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  • Table Mountain - Cape Town
  • Cheetah - Kruger National Park
  • Zulu women - Kwazulu Natal
  • Knysna

There is absolutely no doubt South Africa is blessed with spectacular natural beauty, a fantastic climate and diversely interesting regions with diverse cultures. To say that South Africa is a virtual paradise is a true statement. The country geographically consists of an unspoiled coastline stretching for 2800 kilometres/1740 miles, dramatic mountains and escarpments, extensive bushveld, subtropical forest and outstanding wetlands. Although a comparatively large country, South Africa is easy to get around due to its excellent air and rail services.  

It is bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and itself surrounds two independent countries, Swaziland and Lesotho. The coastline is part of both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Interestingly, South Africa has 3 capitals. Cape Town is the legislative capital, Pretoria, the administrative and Bloemfontein the judicial. The country is divided into 9 provinces and has 11 official languages. 

Although South Africa’s main attraction is no doubt its natural beauty, the visitor can also enjoy the many wildlife reserves, outdoor pursuits, historical sites, wine tasting, local arts and crafts, art galleries and museums plus much more. Some interesting facts are South Africa has the deepest mine in the world,  the highest commercial bungee jump,  2000 shipwrecks along its coastline, some more than 500 year’s old and some of the world’s oldest fossils. Table Mountain has more than 1500 different species of plants and Kruger Park has the greatest variety of wildlife on the continent of Africa.   

A good starting point is Cape Town, a cosmopolitan and modern city surrounded by incredible natural landscapes like Table Mountain and a multitude of beautiful beaches. Table Mountain dominates the city and hovers over not only the downtown core but also the near lying suburbs. It can be reached by cable car and offers amazing views of the surrounding area. The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is a bustling shopping, dining and entertainment neighbourhood and a pleasant place to simply stroll around or enjoy a meal or a drink. Robben Island, a short ferry ride from the city, is where Nelson Mandela spent many years incarcerated and is now UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens have some of the most beautiful unique flora anywhere and around 2000 plant species are grown here. One of the most interesting cultural attractions in Cape Town is the District Six Museum, a memorial to the forced movement of inhabitants of various races in District Six during Apartheid in the seventies shown in photographs, recordings and testimonials. A must visit from Cape Town is the Cape of Good Hope which offers awesome breathtaking scenery, great walks and some 250 different species of birds. Its rocky promontory is where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet with sheer cliffs plunging into the pounding ocean. Make sure to see the fascinating penguins at Boulders Beach en route. 

Johannesburg is certainly a sprawling metropolis but it is one of the most modern and prosperous cities in South Africa. Interesting things to do here include visits to Gold Reef City to get some idea of what the city was like in the Gold Rush days, the Apartheid Museum, a vivid and powerful experience by means of enlarged photos, artifacts, newspaper clippings, and film and Soweto, built as a separate township community for native African people and former home to Nelson Mandela. 

Not far from Johannesburg is the administrative capital, Pretoria with its plethora of blossoming trees that gave it its nickname, Jacaranda City. Here certainly pay a visit to the interesting parliament buildings, the imposing Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park with its Garden of Remembrance, built in memory of all who died in the struggle against Apartheid. 

Durban with its mild climate and sandy beaches is a good place to relax, swim or maybe surf. It offers an exciting mix of urban Zulu culture, a large Indian population and English-speaking South Africans. Take in the city’s interesting Indian Quarter and explore the markets offering exotic spices. Nearby Uhmlanga is a very popular beach resort with locals and visitors alike with its great sand and attractive rocky coastline. 

Port Elizabeth nicknamed "The Friendly City" or "The Windy City" stretches for 16 kilometres/10 miles along Algoa Bay. It is the second oldest city and the fifth largest in South Africa. Life here revolves around the ocean and it is one of the major seaports in South Africa with many fine beaches plus a number of historic attractions, many of which are linked by the Donkin Heritage Trail. These include the Campanile (bell tower), built in 1923 to commemorate the arrival of the 1820 Settlers and which offers a great viewpoint over the city. 

Internationally renowned Kruger National Park is South Africa’s number one wildlife reserve. It encompasses nearly two million hectares and fourteen different ecosystems, Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa and boasts “the Big Five”, the lion, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the rhinoceros plus of coursed a myriad of other wildlife species and birds. One can choose to stay at a private game lodge of which there are many located within the park itself or stay at one of the hotels just outside the park’s perimeter.

Especially beautiful is the scenery along the picturesque Garden Route which stretches several hundred kilometers/miles from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. The name comes from the abundance of flora and fauna. However it also offers lakes, lagoons lush forests and amazing rugged coastal scenery. Some of the major towns are Mossel Bay, George, Knysna and The Wilderness. While the Garden Route road is extremely scenic, the hidden destinations on its side roads are worthwhile visiting. These include Oudtshoorn with its Ostrich farms, Cango Caves with their limestone formations, the Tsitsikama National Park, a coastal reserve well known for its indigenous forests and dramatic coastline and Plettenburg Bay to catch sight of humpback whales, bottlenose and common dolphins and even killer whales that frolic close to shore. 

For oenophiles, some time spent in the Cape Winelands is a must. Besides being South Africa’s wine growing region, it is also offers magnificent soft scenery with its classic Cape-Dutch homesteads and mountainous backdrop. Its many sumptuous restaurants have earned the Cape Winelands the right to call itself South Africa’s culinary capital. Apart from a wide choice of wine estate cellars lined with top-class wines, visitors can discover a variety of locally produced cheeses, olives, fruit and organic produce to sample and buy. Principal places to visit are Paarl with its breathtaking scenery and the chance to go cycling and or walk on nature trails, Stellenbosch, a pretty University town and Franschhoek with its galleries and antique stores.

The spellbinding scenery along the Panorama Route has to be seen to be believed with its breathtaking vistas around every corner and waterfalls plunging down faces of sheer rock.  Blyde River Canyon is the world’s third largest canyon with awe-inspiring views. Scenic landmarks here with names like God's Window, Wonder View, the Pinnacle, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the Three Rondawels are all to be wondered at. Nearby is the authentic gold rush town of Pilgrim's Rest which gives you the chance to relive the 1873 gold rush. 

The Drakensburg Mountains are an area of outstanding natural beauty. They are also home to more than 600 rock-art sites with close to 35,000 individual images painted by the San people who once roamed here. The mountains are also home to several species of birds and plants. 

Zululand is the home of some of Africa’s most traditional settlements and cultural sites. Known as the heart of the Zulu Kingdom, Zululand was the place where many tribes and clans came together to form a united kingdom. The battlefields here have been witness to many of the clashes between the British and Zulu forces over the past 200 years. It is also a region rich in nature and wildlife which includes Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, one of the oldest protected game reserves in the country.

St. Lucia Wetlands, also known as Isimangaliso Wetland Park, is one of South Africa’s most beautiful wetland and coastal sites with coral reefs, long, sandy beaches, dunes, lakes with hippos and crocodiles and swamps with birdlife. 

For a very different experience, consider a visit to Sun City north of Johannesburg, a unique, self-contained resort centre featuring everything from golf courses to casinos. From here one can take a hot air balloon ride over the Pilanesberg Game Reserve which offers game viewing that includes the Big Five. 

Kimberley, the City of Diamonds, came into existence with the diamond rush of the 1870s. It is the capital of the Northern Cape and is steeped in history and culture. It is now a modern city with malls, art galleries, restaurants and an active nightlife.

Namaqualand is popular with visitors during the early springtime, when for a short period this normally arid region becomes covered with a kaleidoscope of colour during the flowering season. This is known as the Namaqualand daisy season, when orange and white daisies, as well as hundreds of other flowering specie, spring up.

Swaziland, although not strictly part of South Africa politically can easily be fitted into a visit to South Africa, It is very scenic and offers more wildlife viewing. Two attractions here are the Swazi Candle Factory located in Ezulwini Valley where you can buy beautifully waxed colorful animal figures in all sizes and the Ngwenya Glass Factory. Here you can find lots of glass works made on location. 

Other activities to consider during any stay in South Africa are whale watching which can be done around Cape Town, the town of Hermanus, possibly the best land-based place in the world, Cape Agulhas and Plettenburg Bay and also swimming with sharks while in a cage. The latter can be done just outside Cape Town along the Indian Ocean coast. 

Finally, it is essential to plan your trip to South Africa carefully obviously based on time available and interests. What to leave out could be your hardest decision. 

Book a South Africa safari or one of our South Africa tours today and experience a "world in one country"!

 


 

South Africa Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to South Africa.

Learn about the history and culture of South Africa, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about South Africa's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering South Africa for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our South Africa tours today!

 

Extend your Stay

After your South Africa vacation, why not consider one of Goway's Europe tours or Egypt tours en route from South Africa or perhaps a stopover in Dubai on one of our United Arab Emirates tours.

 

 

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  • Cape Highlights and Safari

    Take in the wonders of the Cape region of South Africa, from the mother city of Cape Town and winelands, along the wonders of the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth and ending with a search for the Big 5 in a private game reserve.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,096
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Safaris
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  • City Lights and Safari Sights

    Visit Cape Town and the spectacular peninsula. Then journey to Ivory Tree Lodge in the Pilanesberg for an opportunity to have close encounters with a wide variety of big game, including the Big 5, cheetah and wild dog.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Safaris
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  • Magic of Africa - Holiday of a Lifetime

    Carrying our promise of something special, Goway’s Magic of Africa captures the essence of Southern Africa. Marvel at the beauty of Cape Town and explore this vibrant cosmopolitan city. Enjoy first class cuisine and wines, experience fascinating cultures and learn about amazing history. Come face to face with the wildest of animals. Visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and cruise on the Chobe River.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,499
    Trip Type:
    Fully Escorted Touring, Holidays of a lifetime, Single Friendly
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  • A World in One Country

    Enjoy a tour of the best of South Africa, packed full of activities and ‘must-see’ areas from Kruger National Park to the Zulu Kingdom, ending in Cape Town, South Africa’s ‘Mother City’.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,548
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours
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  • A World In One Country - Kruger and The Kingdoms

    Enjoy a tour of the best of South Africa, packed full of activities and ‘must-see’ areas from Kruger National Park to the Zulu Kingdom, ending in Durban.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,090
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours
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  • Adventures in Nature

    Explore Cape Town then experience the Kruger area and Sabi Sands as this family trip offers kids programs that incorporate a junior ranger workshop, activities and peace of mind for parents.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,100
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Arathusa Safari Lodge

    Arathusa is located within the world renowned Sabi Sand Private reserve adjacent to the unfenced Kruger National Park. It is perfect for the nature enthusiast who seeks an affordable intimate environment and warm hospitality.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 979
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Beautiful Knysna

    Knysna is situated on South Africa's only National Lake and is the country's largest permanent estuary. Spend time visiting Featherbed Nature Reserve and get to know this enchanting town.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 269
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Blue Train - Cape Town to Pretoria

    Enjoy grace and elegance as you sit back and relax travelling through the panoramic countryside of South Africa. Start from either Cape Town of Pretoria and let the Blue Train work its spell.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,195
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Cape Desert Safari Northbound

    Enjoy a cultural experience in Cape Town, trek the dunes in the Namib Desert and view game at a watering hole in the famous Etosha National Park and more enroute to the capital of Namibia.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Safaris
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  • Cape Gourmet

    Travel in style with gourmet cuisine as you visit the picturesque Winelands. Head to Walker Bay where a wealth of activities awaits you then venture to Pumba for a ‘Big 5’ game experience.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,008
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Independent Travel Modules, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Cape Grace - Stay of Distinction

    Positioned on its own quay, minutes from the city centre, Cape Grace exudes a feeling of elegance and hospitality. Enjoy stunning views of the harbour, Table Mountain and the yacht marina.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,438
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Stays of Distinction, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Cape Highlights and Safari incl. airfare

    Take in the wonders of the Cape region of South Africa, from the mother city of Cape Town and winelands, along the wonders of the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth and ending with a search for the Big 5 in a private game reserve.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,579
    Trip Type:
    Air & Land Getaways, Safaris
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  • Cape Malay Cooking Safari

    On the Cape Malay Cooking Safari, enjoy a walking tour of historical Bo-Kaap and visit the museum. Join a cooking workshop and demonstration followed by a full-course traditional meal.
    Duration:
    4 Hours
    Prices From:
    US$ 145
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips & Extensions
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  • Cape to Cairo... Ultimate Journey of a Lifetime

    This epic 32-day journey of a lifetime takes in an Africa that people only dream of. It includes life-changing “bucket-list” experiences, stays at iconic hotels, and some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet.
    Duration:
    32 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 44,500
    Trip Type:
    Holidays of a lifetime, Small Group Tours, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Cape to Kenya

    Increasingly popular with visitors who want to do more than just visit, Overlanding is the ultimate way to experience Africa.
    Duration:
    41 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,590
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous
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  • Cape Town

    Uncover Cape Town, the mother city of Africa, and its Western Cape, regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. A rare cultural gem, Cape Town offers a mix of many cultures.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 270
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Cape Winelands - Franschhoek

    South Africa's 'food and wine capital.'
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Cape Winelands - Stellenbosch

    Delicious flavours against stunning scenery make Stellenbosch a special getaway.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 221
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Chimpanzee Eden and Botanical Gardens

    A unique day to study the primates at Jane Goodall's Institute. After a hearty lunch enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Lowveld Botanical Gardens.
    Duration:
    8 Hours
    Prices From:
    US$ 120
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips & Extensions
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  • Chobe Elephants And Livingstone

    Travel from Livingstone to the Falls and enjoy a tour before a sunset cruise on the Zambezi. Next, visit Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant concentration in Africa.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,945
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Safaris
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  • Chobe Elephants And Victoria Falls

    Chobe’s wildlife is very diverse. Only an hour from Victoria Falls, it is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa who assemble along the Chobe River during the dry season.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,762
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Safaris
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  • City Lights and Safari Sights incl. Air

    Visit Cape Town and the spectacular peninsula. Then journey to Ivory Tree Lodge in the Pilanesberg for an opportunity to have close encounters with a wide variety of big game, including the Big 5, cheetah and wild dog.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,469
    Trip Type:
    Air & Land Getaways, Safaris
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  • Cooking Wild Safari

    A combination of game drives and delicious cuisine defines this unique African escape.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,433
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Safaris, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Eastern Cape Beach & Safari Self Drive

    Spend nine days driving from Port Elizabeth and back again visiting amazing beaches, trying adventure activities and experiencing game drives in the Karoo, home to the Khoi and Bushmen.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,276
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Self Drive Road Trip Ideas
    South Africa See Trip Details
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