From magnificent beaches to historical battle sites, sub tropical Kwa Zulu Natal has it all. From the cultural heartlands of the Zulu people to premier surfing and swimming along the Elephant and Dolphin Coast, to the majestic World Heritage Drakensberg mountains and there wonderful hikes and Bushman Art, it is well worth spending time in this part of the world. The big 5 game reserves of region , the tropical reefs off Sordwana, the World heritage site of St Lucia, and the thriving city of Durban is a must. From Shaka Zulu, the Vortrekkers rolling down the mountains, Rorkes Drift, site of 11 VC awards for bravery, to the gallant defense of Ladysmith and the capture site of Nelson Mandela, are what history is made of. Enrich one ’s self by visiting this beautiful land.
The 2ND largest Province in South Africa, the Eastern Cape has a diversity that extends across landscapes ranging from the deserts of the Karoo to the pounding Wild Coast waves. One can surf some of the best waves in the world at Jeffreys Bay, or snow ski at Rhodes. It has the highest bungee jump in the Southern Hemisphere, and has the big five of Addo Elephant Park. Wonderful beaches, hikes, hidden treasures such as Cape St. Francis, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and the Apple Express are but some of the experiences to be had in this area.
Cape Town is recognized as one of the top travel destinations in the world. With its historical castle, wine lands, olives and Cape Dutch architecture, to its cosmopolitan lifestyle, and with the beautiful Table Mountain as its backdrop, the city itself is a must. Surrounding this one finds wonderful beaches and villages, fantastic scenery and hospitable people. Wonderful food and wine, whale watching, helicopter flips, ostrich riding, cave exploration, prolific and unique fauna and flora, Mediterranean climate, and wide open deserts offer a wide range of experiences which bring guests back and back again.
The mostly desert and semi-desert area lying south of the Orange River has some of the most extraordinary and beautiful landscapes in the country. An area rich in San rock art, Namaqualand daisies in spring, unique quiver trees, starry nights and glorious clear and big skies, set’s the backdrop to this region. The big hole of Kimberly, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with the world’s biggest lions, the Agrabies Falls, The Orange River Wine Cellars and the Richtersveld National Park are just some of the attractions to this area, along with a number of Anglo Boer war battle sites for the historically inclined.
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The province is the countries bread basket with 30 000 farms producing 70% of our grain products. It lies in the heart of South Africa and its prairie like scenery, mountainous and picturesque Eastern Highlands and quaint villages, offers warm and genuine hospitality and scenery. Mountain bike trails, The Maluti Route, tracking the elusive Bearded Vulture in Golden Gate , visiting the Vroue and Armour Museums in Bloemfontein, 4×4 trails, hiking, visiting the white lions of Thandu Tau, attending the Cherry festival in Ficksburg, train rides, fossil hunting and fly fishing are just some of the activities on offer.
The industrial and economic hub of the country, Gauteng has a huge amount to offer the visitor. Built around the discovery of gold, it offers wonderful opportunities to explore the nightclubs, theatres, casinos, and museums on offer. One can explore the origins of man at The Cradle of Mankind, balloon over the Magaliesberg, shop in Nelson Mandela square in Sandton, visit Vilikazi street in Soweto, home to Nobel Peace Prize winners Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, visit the Union building in Pretoria, or Sammy Marks or President Paul Kruger’s Houses in the same city. Irene finds you at the home of Jan Smuts and the Voortrekker Museum is a must for anybody interested in the history of the country. Sports stadiums, zoo’s, restaurants, and Shisa Nyamas abound, and a visit to a gold mine at Gold Reef city is well worth the effort. Being at the hub of inbound tourism, it is a well centered region to kick off your tour of our world in one country.
Lying to the west of Gauteng and reaching the Botswana border, the province is flanked by the Magaliesberg Mountains and the Kalahari Desert. It is one of Africa’s greatest malaria free game viewing areas, the origin of mankind, the site of an extinct Volcano, the home to the Pilansberg National Park, the Palace of the Lost City Hotel and casino, water parks, Hot Air Ballooning, hikes, 4×4 trails, numerous game farms in the Groot Marico district and Mafikeng, the historical siege town under Lord Baden Powel, all fall into this region. Adventure centres are to be found throughout and horse trails and hikes are on offer.
The place of the rising sun is one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, thanks to the Kruger National Park and magnificent scenery, mountain ranges, sweeping rivers and valleys, waterfalls, gold mining legends and places, The Blyde River Canyon, the world’s 3rd largest, Historical towns and some of the world’s oldest caves , Barberton, Pilgrims Rest, Sudwala Caves, Bourkes Luck potholes, Berlin Falls, Long Tom Pass, Gods Window , Sabie, Mac Mac Falls, and the Three Rondavels are but some of the wonderful attractions on offer .
This is the heart of the bushveld country, so loved by South Africans. Thorn and Mopani veld, hunting, private big 5 Reserves and luxury lodges, Game walking trails, 4×4 routes,The Springbok flats, baobabs and Madjadji cycads , the Northern and Central Kruger National Park, the gardens of the Silvery Mists of Haenertsburg, the ruins of Mapungubwe, waterfalls, game farms, Crookes Corner, history and mystiscm all abound in this region.