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The world in one country? Anybody who’s visited South Africa will tell you that the country’s diversity is unparalleled not only in Africa, but around the world. It’s not just the country’s geography—dry savannahs, rainforests, and coastlines—which underpins this diversity. Eleven official languages, recognized by the country’s constitution, encompass a multiethnic society that, since the end of apartheid, continues to draw tourists from around the world. Take a trip to the Rainbow Nation and find out why.
Spot roaring lions on the savannah and sip a local Sauvignon Blanc in your lodge. Wander down the V & A Waterfront as an amber sunset sets across the "Mother City." Or trek through the Kruger National Park, spotting leopards and elephants as you move further into the wilderness. All these activities can only be described as quintessentially South African, and evoke a country where history meets culture, and the wild meets the natural.
Only a stone's throw away from Cape Town, Stellenbosch is a world-famous wine region known for its juicy Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage grapes. Whether you visit South Africa’s leading wine region on a day trip from Cape Town, or spend several days in the area, you’ll be entranced by the beauty and aroma of Stellenbosch’s numerous, outstanding wineries.
Stretching across 150 miles from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, it's a route filled with diverse landscapes and wildlife, from nature to marine reserves, which feature lagoons, lakes and primaeval forests. Of course, no coastal drive is complete without visiting a beach—some of the best in the world await you here.
The city of Tsitsikamma is known for its beautiful, pristine forests brushing up against the Indian Ocean. Its highlight attraction could be its seaside cliffs, used for excellent, shore-based whale-watching opportunities. Thrill seekers will be sure to notice that Tsitsikamma also offers the world’s highest bridge-based bungee jump as well as whitewater rafting opportunities.
The Kruger National Park is undoubtedly South Africa's most popular destination for exciting game drives. It is the oldest, largest and best-established park in South Africa. Discover the enormous variety of wildlife here, including the legendary Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard) spread throughout the parks 7,700 square miles. With a park this big to explore, you’ll want to spend the night (or seven) in one of the luxurious tent camps or exclusive lodges within the park.
Located in the north-east of South Africa, near Kruger National Park, The Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world and an outstanding natural beauty of Africa. Covered in red sandstone rock as well as lush, subtropical foliage, the canyon is truly a unique world wonder. Offering possibly the best view in Blyde River Canyon is the "Three Rondavels" viewpoint, overlooking the three huge, towering rock formations.
Many travelers come to South Africa in the summer (November to March). Coastal areas tend to be hottest, with interior locations, like the Drakensberg mountains, being cooler. Winters in South Africa occur between June and September and are usually dry, warm and sunny. Winters are considered the best time for observing wildlife at the wildlife parks in South Africa. The dry weather forces animals to spend more of their time at various waterholes, helping to increase the number of animal sightings. There are also great festivals you’ll want to integrate into your trip. The carnival Kaapse Klopse, for instance, takes place January 2nd in Cape Town, where thousands of minstrels take to the streets garbed in bright colors, typically playing an array of musical instruments.
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