South Africa is a large country of contrasts and diversity – the size of France and Europe combined it is a country of immense beauty.
This is South Africa’s oldest settlement and is majestically surrounded by mountains, beaches and vineyards. It is perhaps one of the safest African cities to visit and you will find it pleasantly relaxing. Be sure to check out Cape Town’s waterfront, one of the biggest tourist attractions of the city which is not only it a beautiful place to visit but it is also a huge entertainment venue with pubs, restaurants, shops markets and theatres. While there don’t miss Cape Peninsula National Park– where the Atlantic meets and the Indian Oceans meet.
Durban is most renowned for its amazing beachfront, which is known as the ‘Golden Mile and the weather here is warm all year round so you can check out the beach any time. It is South Africa’s third largest city and biggest port and has an amazing City Hall, History Museum and African Art Centre. While there definitely check out the nightlife as Durban is also a great party town.
A visit to Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, will give you an insight into the real South Africa! It is not by any means a beautiful city but vibrancy exists here, like no other, as it is the entrepreneurial hub of South Africa. It is a city of extreme contrasts, the area of Alexandra is poverty-stricken and full of overcrowded shantytowns and this is then surrounded by some of the richest suburbs of South Africa.
Kruger National Park
This is one of the world’s biggest, oldest and most famous National Parks, it offers a wilderness experience, which you will never forget. Here you will get to see the big five – lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinos and leopards. The Park is about a days drive from Johannesburg and it stretches some 350km along the Mozambique border and is up to 60km in width. Be sure to take precautions against malaria if you intend to visit the Park.
The Wild Coast
Also known by its former name, the Transkei, this region in the Eastern Cape is one of the least developed in South Africa. As a result it is also home to some of the most natural beauty in the country. Stretching from the Umtamvuna River in the north to the Great Kei River in the south the highlights of the region are the five nature reserves – Dwesa, Cwebe, Hluleka, Silaka and Mkambati but easier reached are the popular destinations of Port St. Johns, Cintsa and Coffee Bay which have shuttle services to and from Umtata and East London. It is well worth making the trip further into the wilderness of the reserves, however, as these areas are just being discovered so they still have a raw and untouched quality that makes them particularly special.
A magnificent stretch of coast with breathtaking scenery, which stretches from Heidelberg to the Tsitsikamma forest and the Storms River. This is a region of amazing beauty, graced with evergreen forests, lakes, golden beaches and exquisite fauna and flora. Other attractions include the Tsitsikamma National Park with its lush indigenous forests and the Addo Elephant Park, as the name suggest renowned for its elephants.