South Africa Travel Guide

South Africa is celebrated, first and foremost, for its incredible natural beauty. It has some of the most varied extreme environments in the world, from the tropical beaches of KwaZulu Natal to the sweeping emptiness of the Kalahari Desert. It's a top-rate safari destination and many visitors come here to see the Big Five - the collective term for the big-bucks players of wildlife spotting: elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion. But there are numerous other equally interesting animals, birds and marine species and the choice of excellent parks and reserves across the country virtually guarantees sightings. 

Being outdoor is very much a way of life here and you can try hiking and surfing, or opt for one of the booming adrenaline sports such as bungee jumping or scuba-diving. South Africa's history is compelling too, from the early hunter-gatherers to the arrival of the Europeans, the Boer War and the ore recent breakdown of Apartheid, reflected in the cave paintings, colonial architecture, lively townships, moving battlefields and contemporary museums. 

The county's vibrant cities are home to a fascinating mix of cultures, religions
 and ethnicities.  There's fast-paced sophistication of Johannesburg and Tshwane (Pretoria), the steamy humidity and spicy Indian influence of Durban, or the spectacular setting and quirky beach-side hedonism of Cape Town. 

South Africa Travel Guide Highlights

South Africa Travel Guide: Durban beachfront by Trevor Payne
Famous beachers, rolling surf, a vast shopping mall, and an intriguing Indian culture.

South Africa Travel Guide: Garden Route by Coplandj
Garden Route
Gorgeous beaches, pretty forests, scenic lagoons, and a number of attractive seaside towns.
South Africa Travel Guide: Cape Town coastline by Mark Van Overmeire
Cape Town
Climb Table Mountain, soak up the culture, shop up a storm, or lounge on the pristine beaches.
South Africa Travel Guide: Winelands by Francois Malan
World-class wines, rolling vineyards, stark mountains and historical Cape Dutch estates.
South Africa Travel Guide: Drakensburg Mountains by Nico Smit
Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
Lofty peaks, verdant valleys, San rock art and the finest trekking in southern Africa.
South Africa Travel Guide: Zululand by Retlaw-Snellac
Unspoilt beaches, excellent game reserves and fascinating culture and history.
South Africa Travel Guide: Wild Coast by Holger Karius
Wild Coast
Deserted windswept beaches backed by sheer cliffs and villages of isolated Xhosa kraals.
South Africa Travel Guide: Cheetah in Kruger National Park by Davidgarry
Kruger National Park
King of the game parks, with top facilities and the chance of spotting the Big Five.

South Africa Travel Guide: Addo Elephant National Park by Ken Moore
Addo Elephant National Park
An accessible park that is home to herds of wild elephant and the unique flightless dung beetle.

South Africa Travel Guide: Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg by Patrick Allen
Learn about South Africa's vivid history in the Apartheid Museum, and the lively township of Soweto.

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