A very large and extraordinarily varied land, South Africa has almost unlimited opportunities for adventures of all sorts. It has excellent national parks, luxury private game reserves, great beaches and deserts, sophisticated cities and wonderful wine growing regions.
Kruger National Park and Beyond.
Many of the popular Safari lodges are on private game reserves surrounding Kruger National Park. The fences that ran along the western side of Kruger were taken down many years ago to allow the animals to roam freely. These border reserves including Sabi Sand and Timbavati, are privately owned which allows you to travel in open 4WD vehicles, do night game drives and walk. These areas are blessed with a variety of habitat and wildlife, including the Big Five-lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino.
KwaZulu Natal. Well known for its conservation of both black and white Rhino and the World heritage St Lucia Wetlands.
A huge variety of fauna and flora can be found here along with the opportunity to scuba dive,canoe,hike and fly fish.
Eastern Cape. Birthplace of Nelson Mandela this is a great place to start or end your trip along the Garden Route. Addo Elephant National Park runs from inland to the coast and offers the possibility of seeing the Big Five and is arguably the best elephant viewing in South Africa.
Cape Town and Winelands.Capetown affectionately known as the Mother City, has great restaurants, beaches, funky shops and markets. Take the cable car up Table Mountain, a boat to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for so many years and photograph the historic houses in the Malay quarter. Head to Boulders Beach, to see the African penguin breeding colony.
In the Winelands enjoy a stay at a beautiful Cape-Dutch Lodge, sip a fine wine and explore the verdant valleys and beautiful vineyards. The French Huguenot town of Franschoek is widely known as the culinary capitol of South Africa with its highly acclaimed outdoor cafes and bistros.