Southern Africa

South Africa holidays

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Located at the Southern end of the African continent, the 'Rainbow Nation' is a large, diverse and beautiful country. South Africa is Big Five territory and boasts excellent wildlife opportunities, the pinnacle being the world-famous Kruger National Park. Other attractions include the vibrant city of Cape Town, infamous Robben Island and the chance to tour the Soweto township. At the end of the day, relax with a glass of South African wine; South Africa boasts the oldest wine industry in the world outside of Europe.

Cape Town's coastal setting is jaw-dropping. This remarkably beautiful city nestled at the base of Table Mountain has a lot to offer. Take a cable car to the top of this iconic mountain for superb views over the city and the Cape peninsula. Visit a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach and discover historic Robben Island, the former prison where Nelson Mandela was famously incarcerated for 18 years. Leave the city behind to explore the beautiful Cape Winelands, including the charming town of Stellenbosch, and enjoy wine tasting at several of the best wine estates of the region.

South Africa’s famous Garden Route is not a garden in the true sense of the word, rather it is an area of natural wilderness with endless expanses of untamed forest and pristine beaches. Imposing mountains line the roads and waterfalls cascade into blue-green seas from dramatic cliffs. Base yourself in the lagoon-side town of Knysna or the seaside resort of Plettenberg Bay.

If staying in South Africa’s commercial and financial capital Johannesburg, a visit to Soweto (short for South Western Township) is highly recommended. The area is famous for its role in the struggle against apartheid, and there are many sites of historical significance found here, including Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu’s former homes. This sprawling 'city within a city' is now the largest black residential area in South Africa, home to approximately 3.5 million people.

Kruger National Park is world famous for its plethora of wildlife, including the 'Big Five'. Kruger is the largest game reserve in South Africa and is approximately the same size as Wales. There are over 20 private game reserves that neighbour Kruger National Park, sharing an unfenced border, including Sabi Sand Game Reserve. These private reserves limit the number of people who can stay there, allowing for a more intimate wildlife experience. Kruger is home to over 140 animal species and more than 150 bird species. It also boasts has the world’s largest rhino population and the Sabi Sand Game Reserve boats the highest density of the elusive leopard anywhere in the world. The private game reserves of the Eastern Cape also offer a Big Five experience with the added bonus of being malaria free.


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