South Africa Destination Guide
Stretching from sandy beaches and colonies of penguins in the west, to the open plains of wildest Africa at the stunning Kruger National Park, South Africa is one of Africa's most unique and vibrant destinations. With 11 official languages, a wide variety of awe-inspiring landscapes and a diverse mix of culture and tradition, South Africa captivates and inspires hordes of travellers every year.
Depending on your itinerary and the amount of time you have to spend on it, there are numerous types of South Africa holidays to choose from. Why not consider some of the fantastic South Africa tours available – from African safaris spotting the 'big five' (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) to touring the wineries in the Western Cape?
This amazing country harbours an undercurrent of contrasts, where the scars of apartheid remain, where rich meets poor and sleek new architecture juxtaposes buildings of crumbling disrepair. However it's a vibrant country bursting with cultural attractions and one that will leave you with lasting memories of some incredible experiences.
Use this South Africa Travel Guide to highlight your favourite destinations. Most visitors enter South Africa through the largest city Johannesburg or the stunningly beautiful Cape Town. With a bit of patience you can find great deals and cheap flights to South Africa to take you to these exhilarating cities.
For an insight into South Africa's past, head to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg or book tickets to a soccer game at the newly built FNB Stadium – better known as Soccer City – and witness in the electric atmosphere in this sports-mad city. Animal lovers should not miss exploring the stunning Kruger National Park, just over 400-kilometres from Johannesburg.
Head south to the province of KwaZulu-Natal and experience authentic Zulu culture, explore the breathtaking Drakensberg mountains and visit the coastal city of Durban to dive, surf, swim and enjoy some fun in the sun.
Modern, vibrant and with the stunning Table Mountain at its centre, Cape Town is one of the world's most iconic cities. With beaches, galleries, nightlife and food that match the hype, this is a city not to be missed. On a clear day take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain and marvel at the spectacular views of the coast and the city. Head out to Robben Island and see Nelson Mandela's former prison cell, or hire a car and take a day trip down to the Cape of Good Hope to see the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach and explore Cape Point.
Travel Chapman's Peak Drive – one of the most picturesque coastal routes in the world. Explore the famous 'Garden Route' along the coast to just beyond Plettenberg Bay in the east and don't miss a tour of the wine region through the beautiful Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. There is so much to see in this amazing country, so start planning your South African adventure today.