SOUTH AFRICA

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Unity in Diversity

‘If you don’t know where you are going, any road will lead you there.
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South Africa is a country defined by its human struggles, you’ll witness the impact of this legacy as you tour historical sites such as Robin Island near Capetown where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. You’ll also have the opportunity to witness the impact of the present day challenges experienced by people you’ll meet during a township tour.

This country with its rich human history also boasts some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the world. Known as one of the six great floral kingdoms, South Africa’s ‘Cape Floral Kingdom’ with its dramatic floral landscapes offer a feast for the eyes. Seven well defined biomes present exquisitely unique plants, animals and birds.

Better known highlights in South Africa include;

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What to visit and explore in South Africa

The following features are found in this bountiful region:

  • Meerkats at the Kalahari Game Reserve & Desert

Kalahari Game Reserve & Desert

The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid desert in Southern Africa covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa, with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains. The Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert. There are small amounts of rainfall and the summer temperature is very high. Whether your in South Africa, Botswana or Namibia, the Kalahari offers a great contrast to the rest of each country, where you have the opportunity to view animals and plants adampted to living in these often very harsh conditions. We offer you comfort in the [...]

  • Johannesburg

Johannesburg

Johannesburg also called Jozi or Joburg is the largest city in South Africa based on population. Johannesburg is the provincial capital of Gauteng, the wealthy province in South Africa, having the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa. While Johannesburg is not one of South Africa’s three capital cities, it is the seat of the Constitutional Court, which has the final word on interpretation of South Africa’s new post-Apartheid constitution. The city is the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. Johannesburg is served by O.R. [...]

  • Pretoria Buildings

Pretoria

A city located in the northern part of Gauteng Province, South Africa. It is one of the country’s three capital cities, serving as the executive (administrative) and de facto national capital; the others are Cape Town, the legislative capital, and Bloemfontein, the judicial capital. The city’s original name was Pretoria Philadelphia (“Pretoria of brotherly love”). It gave its name to the Pax Praetoriana, referring to the country’s relative stability. Pretoria in South Africa is popularly known as The Jacaranda City due to the thousands of Jacaranda trees planted in its streets, parks and gardens.

  • Clifton Beach in Cape Town

Cape Town

Cape Town is the second-most popular city in South Africa and anyone visiting South Africa, has Cape Town on their list of stops and for very good reasons. Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa, where the National Parliament and many government offices are located. The city is famous for its harbour (The Waterfront) as well as its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, including such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Cape Town is also Africa’s most popular tourist destination. Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town was originally developed by the [...]

  • Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve

This is an incredibly scenic park with rippling hills covered in low acacia bush. The north of the park is more rugged and mountainous with forests and grasslands, while the south and west is more undulating with open savannah. Hluhluwe is a difficult word to pronounce though something sounding like “Shoushlooee” is close enough. The park contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhino. Hluhluwe Umfolozi is home to 1,600 white rhino and 370 black rhino – an impressive number which means you are very likely to see [...]

St Lucia Wetlands

St Lucia Estuary is one of the tourism focal points of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a recently declared World Heritage Site. The Park comprises of a number of conservation areas, the oldest of which is the St Lucia Game Reserve, established in 1895. St Lucia Estuary is the gateway to the Eastern Shores of Lake St Lucia. The region contains the highest vegetated dunes in the world, extensive and diverse wetland systems, as well as coastal grasslands with an associated fauna which includes Africa’s highest density of common reedbuck. Numerous waterfowl, grassland, forest and sea birds provide an attraction to [...]

Blyde River Canyon

The Blyde River Canyon is a significant natural feature of South Africa, located in Mpumalanga, and forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. It is 16 miles (26 kilometers) in length and is, on average, around 2500 feet (800m) deep. The Dam itself, when full, is at an altitude of 665m (2182 feet). The Canyon consists mostly of red sandstone. The highest point of the canyon, Mariepskop, is 6378 feet above sea level (1944m) whilst its lowest point where the river leaves the canyon is slightly less than 1840 feet (+- 560m) above sea level. This means that by [...]

  • Penguins at Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain National Park, previously known as the Cape Peninsula National Park, is a national park in Cape Town, South Africa, proclaimed on May 29, 1998, for the purpose of protecting the natural environment of the Table Mountain Chain, and in particular the rare fynbos vegetation. The park is managed by South African National Parks. The park contains two well-known landmarks: Table Mountain, for which the park is named; and the Cape of Good Hope, the southwestern most extremity of Africa. The park is not a single contiguous area; the undeveloped mountainous areas which make up most of the park [...]

  • Hiking at Drakensdburg

Drakensburg Mountains

The Drakensberg “the Dragon Mountains” is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, rising to 3,482 metres (11,424 ft) in height. In Zulu, it is referred to as uKhahlamba (“barrier of spears”). First class accommodation and hiking are available here and anyone visiting South Africa should take the time to take in these ‘Dragon Mountains’. Offering great flora, fauna and views, take a close look at this destination.

  • The Garden Route on the South African Coast

The Garden Route

The Garden Route is a popular stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It stretches from Heidelberg in the Western Cape to Storms River which is crossed along the N2 coastal highway over the Paul Sauer Bridge in the extreme western reach of the neighbouring Eastern Cape. The name comes from the ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. It includes towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley; with George, the Garden Route’s largest city and main administrative centre. Here you will find an oceanic climate, [...]

  • Cederberg Rock Art

Cederberg Wilderness Area

The Cederberg is renowned for its quality of rock climbing routes particularly around the Krakadouw and Tafelberg peaks. The Table Mountain Sandstone creates ideal conditions for spectacular routes. There are numerous day and overnight hikes including the popular and spectacular Wolfberg Arch, Wolfberg Cracks and the Maltese Cross. The area is also home to an amateur astronomical observatory, which regularly hosts open evenings for the public. The Cederberg mountains and nature reserve are located near Clanwilliam, approximately 300 km north of Cape Town. The mountain range is named after the endangered Clanwilliam Cedar (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis), which is a tree endemic [...]

  • Elephant in Addo National Park

Addo Elephant Park

Addo Elephant National Park is an elephant park situated close to Port Elizabeth. The original section of the park was founded in 1931 in part due to the efforts of Sydney Skaife, in order to provide a sanctuary for the eleven remaining elephants in the area. The park has proved to be very successful and currently houses more than 450 elephants and a large number of other mammals. The original park has subsequently been expanded to include the Woody Cape Nature Reserve that extends from the Sundays River mouth towards Alexandria and a marine reserve, which includes St. Croix Island [...]

  • Leopard in Greater Kruger

Kruger National Park and Greater Kruger

Kruger National Park and Greater Kruger – what is the difference? Greater Kruger is made up of private lands that used to be fenced on all sides including those parts that join the Kruger National Park. Some of Greater Kruger was farmed, other parts were simply private nature reserves. Today, all the fences have been removed so that animals can freely move through the National Park and Greater Kruger. There is one Western boundary fence that runs the full length of Kruger National Park and then follows the western boundary of Greater Kruger, keeping all wildlife within these two regions. [...]

  • Meerkats at the Kalahari Game Reserve & Desert

Kalahari Game Reserve & Desert

The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid desert in Southern Africa covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa, with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains. The Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert. There are small amounts of rainfall and the summer temperature is very high. Whether your in South Africa, Botswana or Namibia, the Kalahari offers a great contrast to the rest of each country, where you have the opportunity to view animals and plants adampted to living in these often very harsh conditions. We offer you comfort in the [...]

Information about South Africa

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  • Capital: Cape Town
  • Official language: Afrikaans, English
  • Currency: South African rand (ZAR)
  • Time zone: SAST (UTC+2)
  • Drives on the: left
  • Calling code: +27
  • Motto: “Unity in Diversity”
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