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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Addo Elephant Park is is home to the 'Big Seven' - the usual Big Five as well as great white sharks and southern right whales.
Though once farmed, vast tracts of the Eastern Cape have now been returned to the wild.
Thanks to pioneering conservation initiatives the original landscape has been restocked with indigenous game.
The largest is the Greater Addo National Park, formed from the original Addo Elephant National Park, which has stretched this wilderness region south to include coastal dunes and an offshore marine reserve. This exciting expansion now means the Addo is the only place in South Africa that is home to the 'Big Seven' (the usual Big Five as well as great white sharks and southern right whales).
Run by SANParks, there is a variety of accommodation available from self-catering bungalows to permanent tented camps, as well as various activities on offer including game drives and game walks. Alternatively you do not have to take part in guided activities, and can instead drive round the park at your own pace.
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