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South Africa Destinations
Recently voted as the World’s Best Destination 2011 by Fodor’s travellers, Cape Town has a lot to live up to. Luckily this buzzing city, cradled between dramatic mountains, historic wineries and gleaming oceans, more than delivers on its promises and fully deserves its reputation.
There’s a wide range of outdoor activities on offer in Cape Town: hiking, biking, sailing, fishing, surfing, diving, and more extreme adventures like abseiling, kloofing (jumping into rivers from cliffs) and sandboarding. The city centre has some fine museums including the thought-provoking District Six Museum while the famous V&A Waterfront receives over 20 million visitors a year and is a must for great shopping and eating.
With plenty of interesting sightseeing, contemporary museums, beautiful places and a wide range of tours and activities, you won’t be short of something to see or do in the Mother City.
You might love or you might hate it but there’s one thing visitors are often unable to do, and that’s avoid it. Jo’burg is South Africa’s business centre and logistics hub and many South Africa
Overland tours start or finish there.
Jo’burgers like to eat out, and there are some fabulous restaurants, and when it comes to nightlife, Jo’burg really rocks. South African jazz is particularly popular and there are many sophisticated venues where you can get down and experience the rhythm and soul of Africa. Johannesburg warrants at least a couple of days to take in the sights, eat well, shop and soak up the atmosphere. It’s first world; it’s third world; it’s happening - and its name is Johannesburg.
South Africa’s favourite province is home to iconic Cape Town, the pinch-me-I’m dreaming Cape Winelands and the Garden Route plus whale watching, big game parks, empty beaches and fantastic hiking in pristine mountains. It’s a destination for the energetic: the Garden Route has a range of adventure activities including the mother of all bungee jumps at Bloukrans Bridge. See it to believe it.
Home to the Xhosa people and Nelson’s Mandela’s birthplace, the Eastern Cape remains one of South Africa’s least developed provinces. The scattered villages and empty coastlines promise an authentically wild experience, far removed from the more familiar South Africa destinations.
Seemingly endless horizons and a distinct lack of people characterise South Africa’s largest and least populated province. With its stark and unforgiving environments, the Northern Cape appears lifeless during much of the year but the winter rains trigger a mass eruption of spring flowers.
With its curious blend of English colonialism, Zulu culture and Indian influences, KwaZulu Natal is a bit of an anomaly. It is however home to superb national parks, the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains, historical battlefield sites and a tropical coastline boasting scuba diving and surfing.
Home to the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route, Mpumalanga is neither short on wildlife nor big views. Easily accessible from Johannesburg, there aren’t many South Africa overland tours that don’t include this province on their itineraries.
South Africa’s smallest province is not only the most populated but - thanks to the presence of big, bold and brash Johannesburg - the country’s economic powerhouse too. Many South Africa overland tours start or finish in the ‘City of Gold’.