No visit to South Africa is complete without experiencing the rich wildlife of the bushveld. With an almost unparalleled diversity, density and sheer numbers of animals, the Kruger National Park is one of the world’s greatest national parks. The vast savannah and bushveld landscape is home to The Big Five - elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino as well as a host of other mammals, birds and reptiles.
The Drakensberg escarpment offers visitors dramatic scenery and cascading waterfalls on the Panorama Route. Further south, in the rolling hills of the tiny kingdom of Swaziland awaits a smorgasbord of natural and cultural experience. iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the success story in subtropical Kwa Zulu Natal, the home of the Zulu Kingdom, provides endless beaches with colourful coral reefs. Boat safaris offer encounters with hippos and crocodiles amongst the mangrove swamps of St. Lucia.
From malaria-free game viewing in Eastern Cape to the whale watching mecca of Hermanus, the pristine coastline of the Garden Route offers visitors unique experiences in an unspoilt natural environment. One of South Africa’s top destinations lies at the end of the continent – Cape Town; the ‘Mother City’, surrounded by sea and dwarfed by the majestic Table Mountain range, is a photographer’s dream.
In this lively metropolis, opportunities for visitors are endless. Visit the dramatic Cape Point National Park, swim amongst African penguins in the Indian Ocean, take in the beauty of the Cape’s indigenous flora at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, hike or take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and drive along the dramatic scenery of Chapman’s Peak Drive winding your way along steep cliff faces above the surfing Atlantic ocean below.
After a full day of sight seeing, shop till you drop at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and explore lively music venues and arts and craft stores in Kalk Bay. Then head inland to sample world class wines from the vineyards of Stellenbosch and Paarl or visit South Africa’s culinary mecca of Franschoek. The Winelands are dotted with picturesque wine estates and restaurants amongst a dramatic mountainous landscape.
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