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Kruger National Park

Described as "a world in one country" South Africa offers a great diversity of vacation options.

South Africa is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Situated on the southernmost tip of Africa with nearly 3000 km of Atlantic and Indian Ocean coastline, the sunny beaches are glorious. Neighboured by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique, and encompassing two independent countries (Lesotho and Swaziland), one can easily extend one’s South African holiday to visit more of Africa. With many regional airports and three international airports (Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Kwa-Zulu Natal), travelling to and from South Africa is smooth sailing. Each of the nine provinces has something new and wondrous to explore and the landscapes are truly some of the most breathtaking on earth. With many different ethnicities and languages, there are varying cultural and religious practices and the country is a ‘melting pot’ of social diversity. South Africa is the ideal country for safari getaways and wildlife-focused holidays; for adventure-seekers; for beach lovers; and for city-souls alike.

Some of the best safari destinations include the Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant National Park, Madikwe Game Reserve  and Marakele National Park. Many of the national parks here are free of malaria, although the northern region of South Africa is not. The wildlife is spectacular, with large game that includes the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo – and hundreds of other mammals and vibrant birds. Game drives, nature walks and animal tracking are popular safari adventures and accommodation can be as luxurious or as rustic as you wish it to be.

Major cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg are social and commercial hubs of cultural transformation. Cape Town must be one of the most beautiful cities in the world – set amidst towering Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Visit historic landmarks and retrace the steps of Nelson Mandela at Robben Island. Toast the setting sun with “sundowner”drinks on Clifton or Camps Bay beach; shop at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront; and picnic in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Tour the Cape Winelands and sample wine, cheese, and chocolate pairings in any of the wine farms, and hike the mountainous region to view the endless rolling vineyards. In Johannesburg, learn more about Mandela and other famous African icons at one of the many museums, and enjoy the cosmopolitan and supremely sophisticated social scene at night.

Drive along the coast of the scenic Garden Route, from Mossel Bay  to Storms River, stopping at markets, towns, parks and harbours en-route. Plettenberg Bay is part of South Africa’s whale route and a favourite among whale and dolphin watchers. The Drakensberg, meaning ‘Dragon Mountain,’ which forms the border between Lesotho and Kwa-Zulu Natal province in the east of South Africa, is a grand series of mountains wonderful for scenic exploration and hiking expeditions. Rivers, canopies and caves covered in Bushmen rock art make for an exciting adventure.

The mountains, the wildlife, the people, the sunshine – the beauty and vibrancy of South Africa is something that will capture you and grow roots that burrow into your very being. Having been here once, you will understand why people insist on coming back again and again.