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  • Cape Town - Africa's most beautiful city is a must inclusion when booking one of our South African tours.
  • A cheetah in Kruger National Park
  • Experience a luxury safari while in South Africa
  • Table Mountain, a prominent landmark overlooking Cape Town
  • Elephants going for a stroll in Addo Elephant National Park
  • Enjoying the stunning beach views of Cape Town
  • Rovos Rail - the worlds most luxurious train
  • Elephants up close on a game drive
  • An aerial view of the spectacular Cape Peninsula

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, it is easy to get around on a South Africa vacation 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 the main attraction is no doubt the natural beauty on a South African vacation, the visitor can also enjoy the many wildlife reserves suitable for South Africa safaris, 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 on South Africa tours 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 on South Africa travel 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 on a South African vacation 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 on a South African vacation. 

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 on South African safaris 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 on South Africa travel 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 on South African tours 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 to be considered fora visit on South African tours.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, ideal on South African safaris. 

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 on a South African vacation 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"!

 

"Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

Fulfilling My Bucket List With a South Africa Vacation

Scenic Cape Town - South Africa's Mother City

Extraordinary Dining in Extraordinary South Africa

Month by Month in the Kruger Bushveld, South Africa

South Africa's Iconic Table Mountain in Cape Town

 The Inheritance of Zululand in South Africa

Mpumalanga, a World of Wonders in South Africa

Sabi Sands Game Reserve in Kruger South Africa

Sun City, South Africa - So Much More than Sunshine!

Johanesburg - a Great Addition to your South Africa Vacation!

 

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 trips.

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!

 

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  • Cape Winelands: Franschhoek

    South Africa's 'food and wine capital.'
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 370
    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$ 262
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Chisomo Safari Camp

    A safari adventure with extra smiles, the staff at Chisomo are sure to make you feel welcome on your African safari.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 844
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges
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  • Chobe Elephants & 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$ 1,867
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Safaris
    Botswana See Trip Details
  • Chobe Elephants & 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$ 1,855
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Safaris
    Botswana See Trip Details
  • Dulini Leadwood Lodge

    Escape on an adventurous honeymoon or unforgettable family vacation on this South African safari. Spend your days tracking wildlife through the bush, searching for the Big Five, before unwinding in the pool and enjoying gourmet African cuisine beneath the stars at the luxurious Dulini Leadwood Lodge.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,939
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Dulini Private Game Reserve

    Go on game safari to the wild bush of South Africa. Track cheetahs and elephants alongside a professional ranger before returning to the lodge and relaxing by the pool with a choice South African Pinotage from the wine cellar at Dulini Lodge.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,437
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges
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  • Dulini River Lodge

    Indulge in the grandeur of a South African safari. Spend your days tracking lions alongside professional rangers and trackers before unwinding with a bottle of Pinotage beneath the Jackalberry trees and watching elephants play in the river flowing alongside the luxurious Dulini River Lodge.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,072
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges
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  • Durban Delights

    It may be South Africa’s third-smallest province, but KwaZulu-Natal’s scenic and cultural riches include the country’s most popular beaches, numerous game reserves, historic battlefields, and the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains.Take a different style of South Africa vacation, and see why this region is so popular with first-time and repeat visitors.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,620
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Franschhoek Country House: Stay of Distinction

    Located within walking distance to the charming village of Franschhoek, this magnificent property is ideally located to allow you to enjoy the gourmet and wine capital of South Africa.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 610
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Stays of Distinction, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Gorah Elephant Camp

    Gorah Elephant Camp is an exclusive safari lodge that recaptures the romantic mystique of authentic safaris from centuries past.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,060
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges
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  • Grootbos Nature Reserve

    Nestled in an ancient Milkwood forest surrounded by fynbos and mountains, the accommodation at Grootbos offers a complete immersion into the pristine natural surroundings within the gentle embrace of comfort and luxury.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,630
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris
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  • Hamilton's Tented Camp

    Named after Colonel Stephenson Hamilton who was instrumental in establishing the world famous Kruger National Park, Hamilton's Tentend Camp reflects a safari adventure of the early 20th century.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,759
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris
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  • Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge

    Situated on the banks of the Mluwati River, in the Kruger National Park, Hoyo-Hoyo Safari Lodge boasts a breath-taking blend of luxury, encompassing both warmth, and style.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,391
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges
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  • Imbali Safari Lodge

    Escape on safari to the world-famous savannah of Kruger National Park. Search for the Big Five on your guided safari before relaxing in your suite’s private plunge pool and enjoying gourmet cuisine beneath the stars at Imbali Safari Lodge.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,513
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges
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  • Impodimo Game Lodge

    Go on a family-friendly safari to a luxury game lodge in South Africa’s north. Learn to track the Big Five alongside dedicated rangers and trackers before unwinding with a massage in your luxury room and enjoying excellent food and drink in the dining boma at Impodimo Game Reserve.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,940
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges
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  • Ivory Tree Game Lodge

    In Pilanesberg Game Reserve, Ivory Tree Game Lodge offers a luxurious, yet natural setting for your safari.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,138
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges
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  • Jock Safari Lodge

    Situated in a private concession within the Kruger National Park, magnificent trees and an abundance of bird life surround Jock Safari Lodge. The Lodge incorporates the romance and elegance of the past, while reflecting in its style the indigenous Zulu and Shangaan cultures.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,628
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris
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  • Johannesburg

    South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg is the financial and commercial heart of the country. With boutiques, superb eateries, cafes and entertainment, there’s something for everyone.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 484
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
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  • Johannesburg: 54 On Bath: Stay of Distinction

    Head on a South Africa vacation to the nation’s largest city, Johannesburg, and stay at the 5-star luxury hotel, 54 on Bath. Explore Johannesburg’s robust history in SOWETO before retiring to the hotel to enjoy exemplary service and swank accommodations.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 664
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules, Stays of Distinction
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  • Kapama Buffalo Camp

    Go on safari to an affordable and charming safari lodge in South Africa. Track down the Big Five alongside professional rangers before feeding elephants and dining on gourmet African cuisine beside a roaring fire at Kapama Buffalo Camp.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,245
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris
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  • Kapama Karula Lodge

    Consisting of seven luxury air-conditioned tents and five large exclusive suites Kapama Karula Lodge is the epitome of luxury. Kapama Private Game Reserve is the largest single-owner game reserve in the region and is renowned for superb safari vacations.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,553
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris
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  • Kapama River Lodge

    Kapama Private Game Reserve occupies a vast area between the northern Drakensberg mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park. Kapama River Lodge features 40 spacious air-conditioned suites, 20 Spa suites, and 2 Royal Suites.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 977
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris
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  • Kariega Game Reserve: Ukhozi Lodge

    Ukhozi Lodge embodies the romance of Africa. Nestled in the bush are ten superbly appointed, air-conditioned luxury suites crafted from log, each with a private plunge pool and deck offering panoramic views of the valley.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,285
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Karongwe Portfolio: Karongwe River Lodge

    Find your safari adventure in the heart of Karongwe Private Game Reserve, close to Kruger National Park.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 861
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges
    South Africa See Trip Details
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