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  • A cheetah in Kruger National Park
  • Elephants going for a stroll in Kruger National Park
  • Cape Town - Africa's most beautiful city is a must inclusion when booking one of our South African tours.
  • Experience a luxury safari while in South Africa
  • Table Mountain, a prominent landmark overlooking Cape Town
  • 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.  

About South Africa

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. 

What are the best things to see and do in South Africa?

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.  

Where should I go on my South Africa trip?

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. 

The best Safari in South Africa

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. 

The best Wine Region in South Africa

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!

When on a South Africa Vacation, Stay a While in Pretoria, the Jacaranda City

All Aboard the Revived Shongololo Express in Africa!

Extraordinary Dining in Extraordinary South Africa

South Africa’s Iconic Table Mountain in Cape Town

Knysna – Jewel of the Garden Route in South Africa

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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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  • Kapama Buffalo Camp: Greater Kruger National Park

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: 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.
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  • Adventures in Nature: Cape Town & Karongwe Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Venture through South Africa as a family to have unforgettable wildlife encounters. This family vacation takes you from Cape Town to Greater Kruger to see South Africa’s famous animals like lions and cheetahs, and incorporates kids programs for stress-free family travel.
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  • Black Rhino Game Lodge: Greater Pilanesberg Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Discover the beauty of the South African wild with a stay at a luxury game lodge in Greater Pilanesberg National Park. Enjoy deluxe accommodations as you head on daily game drives to search for the Big Five and other animals in the heart of the bush.
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  • Private Magnificent Garden Route: Silver

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: The Garden Route is legendary for its natural beauty. From Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (or vice versa), journey across mountain passes and along a pristine coastline that boasts excellent resorts.
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  • Cape Town and Safari Encompassed: Cape Town & Greater Kruger National Park

    FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Visit Cape Town and the Timbavati Game Reserve on this classic 8-day trip with a twist. In addition to visiting some of the most iconic sites in and around Cape Town, you'll also have not one but two opportunities to experience some a hands-on cooking sessions. Next journey to Kambaku Safari Safari Lodge for your African Safari. Here you'll enjoy 2 daily game drives as you search out the Big 5 as well as the many other species that call this reserve home.
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  • Oyster Box, Umhlanga: Stays of Distinction

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Situated on the ocean’s edge, a brief 5 minute walk from Umhlanga Village Centre, the Oyster Box Hotel has a reputation for service excellence and stylish comfort dating back to 1947.
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  • Amakhosi Safari Lodge: Amazulu Private Game Reserve

    DELUXE: TAILOR-MADE: Amakhosi Safari lodge offers exceptional service and luxury amidst the African landscapes and the thrilling Big 5 sightings of the Amazulu Private Game Reserve. From night safaris to culinary adventures, experience a South Africa safari like no other.
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  • A World in One Country: Kruger, Hluhluwe, Cape Town & More

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: 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’.
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  • Durban Stopover

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Spend three days exploring the best of Durban on this city stopover. Stay in a first-class accommodation and head on a guided city tour to see the city’s blend of cultural highlights, from the Golden Mile waterfront to the City Hall to the Indian market and Botanical Gardens.
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  • Thornybush Game Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Go on safari to a family-friendly game lodge in the heart of South Africa. Spend your days tracking lions and elephants across the African savannah before relaxing with a massage and enjoying a 3-course meal beneath the stars at Thornybush Game Lodge.
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  • City Lights & Safari Sights: Cape Town & Pilanesberg National Park

    FIRST-CLASS: TAILOR-MADE: Combine South Africa’s most attractive city with the wonders of the African bush on this city lights and safari sights vacation. Start in Cape Town where you’ll have three days at leisure to experience its charms. Then head on to Pilanesberg National Park to head on daily game drives in search of the Big Five.
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  • Luxurious Cape & Kalahari: Cape Town & Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: This deluxe itinerary features two iconic destinations. Cape Grace melds the modern comforts of a luxury hotel with traditional Cape heritage and culture. Tswalu is South Africa's largest private game reserve. This malaria-free landscape is home to over 80 game species including the Desert Black Rhino and black-maned Kalahari lions.
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  • Palace of the Lost City, Sun City: Stays of Distinction

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Just outside Johannesburg, The Palace of the Lost City offers a luxurious escape combining freedom, fantasy and fun.
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  • Gorah Elephant Camp: Addo Elephant National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Gorah Elephant Camp is an exclusive safari lodge that recaptures the romantic mystique of authentic safaris from centuries past.
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  • Nkomazi Private Game Reserve

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: An untamed South African adventure awaits you at Nkomazi Game Reserve. Staying at a luxury bush lodge surrounded by towering mountains, broad river valleys, and golden grasslands, you’ll head on game drives to see lions, elephants, and rhinos and experience the majesty of the African savannah.
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  • Shamwari Long Lee Manor: Shamwari Private Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Enjoy several days on safari in the Shamwari Private Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth. Enjoy luxury accommodations in Edwardian-style suites and head on morning and afternoon game drives to spot the Big Five and rare bird species.
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  • Ukhozi Lodge: Kariega Game Reserve

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: 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.
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  • Blue Train: Pretoria to Cape Town

    DELUXE | RAIL: Enjoy grace and elegance as you sit back and relax travelling through the panoramic countryside of South Africa. Start from either Cape Town or Pretoria and let the Blue Train work its spell.
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  • Mala Mala Rattrays Camp: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Go on safari to the world’s premier game viewing destination. Venture out to the bush to view lions and rhinos in the company of your own private ranger before enjoying delicious African meals and exquisite lodgings along the Sand River at the Mala Mala Rattrays Game Lodge in South Africa.
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  • Rovos Rail: Durban to Pretoria (or v.v)

    DELUXE | RAIL: Join this three day safari on the most luxurious train in the world and experience the splendour of KwaZula-Natal. Take in the 'Big Five' at the private bush retreat of Nambiti Conservancy, and Spionkop battlefields tour with a world class historian.
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  • Hamilton's Tented Camp: Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: 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.
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  • Garden Route Splendour: Port Elizabeth to Cape Town

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: The Garden Route is legendary for its awesome natural beauty. From Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, this touring idea journeys across spectacular mountain passes and along a pristine coastline boasting some of South Africa's top resorts.
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  • Sun City Discovery

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Sun City, renowned as South Africa’s premier holiday resort, offers a multitude of attractions and activities. It provides a blend of golf, game and gambling, as well as world class hotels.
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    3 Days
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  • Lion Sands Ivory Lodge: Greater Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Unparalleled and extraordinarily beautiful in its simplicity and texture is how Ivory Lodge has been described, and it has been recognized with various international awards. Experience the African Bushveld in lavish comfort and style.
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  • Lion Sands Tinga Lodge: Kruger National Park

    DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: With 5000 hectares of wild bush in this private concession within the world-renowned Kruger National Park, you can go exploring off-road and follow the footsteps of the leopard. The Lodge style is grand and spacious with a feeling of historical opulence.
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