Reasons to Visit
The most economical and by far the most popular way to experience South Africa is on a self drive. The roads are good, traffic tends to be light and driving is on the left.
Within easy driving distance of Cape Town, the valleys of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek have become known as 'The Winelands'. Here you can admire the manicured rows of green and russet vines and even stop to sample the local tipple.
Cape Town – one of the world’s great cities, Cape Town has excellent accommodation, is easy to explore and is the gateway to the Wine Regions and Garden Route. Cape Town is an ideal place to start your trip around South Africa.
Hermanus and Walker Bay, near Cape Town, are perhaps the best places in the world to spot whales from the shore (Jun-Dec). Whale watching trips from boats are also popular in South Africa.
Learn how Ghandi, Paul Kruger and Winston Churchill were all involved in the battle of Spioenkop, during the Boer War, or how a hundred British soldiers held off some 4,000 Zulus at Rorke’s Drift, and how nearly 1,800 were killed a few hours earlier at the battle of Isandlwana.
South Africa offers some of the best safari in the whole of Africa. One of the best places are the private reserves of Kruger Greater Park, where you can see the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo).
South Africa boasts some spectacular scenery across the whole country. These include the imposing Drakensberg Mountains, coastal views along the Garden Route, the impressive Blyde River Canyon and the vast Karoo.
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At the heart of the Garden Route is Knysna, the town most geared towards tourism. It has some nice walking and trekking trails and is famous for its delicious oysters and fresh seafood.
At the heart of the Garden Route is Knysna, the town most geared towards tourism.
The setting for this historic logging town is wonderfully dramatic, hemmed in between the Knysna Lagoon and mountainous Knysna Forest.
Knysna sits on the edge of a lagoon that meets the surging sea in tempestuous waters between the buttress-like sandstone cliffs of the Knysna Heads. Behind the town, thick forests cover the hills and there are a number of well-marked walking and hiking trails, while you can get up close to the small herd of resident elephant at the Knysna Elephant Park.
Driving over the Seven Passes road from George is a great way to approach Knysna, getting you in amongst the dramatic scenery.
The town itself offers an array of curio shops and a lively waterfront development, and is famous for its delicious oysters and fresh seafood.
With the "Grand Tour" of South Africa it is possible to include a wide variety of South African highlights in one trip.
The Garden Route & Eastern Cape, 17 miles away
The Garden Route & Eastern Cape, 27 miles away
The Garden Route & Eastern Cape, 39 miles away
The Garden Route & Eastern Cape, 43 miles away
The Garden Route & Eastern Cape, 190 miles away
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