Cape Town & Cape Peninsula
Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula up to Cape Point, are famous for scenic beauty; celebrity beaches; Table Mountain; whale-watching; world-class shopping, nightlife, food & wine; and a laid-back atmosphere. The warm balmy summer days and very mild winters make Cape Town an attractive year round destination to combine with a luxury safari.
Being the oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city with a rich and colourful history. The first Europeans to develop a permanent settlement here were the Dutch who set up the Dutch East India Trading Company in 1652. Other inhabitants were the French, German, British, Malaysian and Khoisan people and their presence can be seen in the well preserved mix of architectural styles scattered around the city which include classic Dutch style, German Boroque, French Neo-classical, English Regency and Georgian style.
If you’re looking for South Africans’ most popular small town, go to the end of the Garden Route in the Western Cape to Knysna – the ‘elegant lagoon’. It’s easy to get the ‘Knysna Spirit’ as you drive in on the N2 Highway from Cape Town. The town is well developed these days, but you still feel you’re travelling in woodcutter country.
Knysna has, for many, become the pot of gold at the end of the Garden Route. It’s famed attraction is the Eastern and Western Heads, a cavenous expanse where many a ship has met its doom. Today the Featherbed Nature Reserve pays homage to the richness of fauna and flora that Knysna has to offer.
In Johannesburg, wining and dining is superb; the championship golf courses are of the highest standard; and there seems to be an ongoing party all day, every day. In addition, the city boasts beautiful natural surroundings, adventure sports and the world’s foremost palaeontological site at Sterkfontein.
The area where Johannesburg stands was once grassland, but is now one of the biggest man-made forests in the world. The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden at Kloofendal conserves a piece of the original grassland as well as succulents and ferns. It is home to over 120 bird species, including the only pair of nesting black eagles in Johannesburg. The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens off Thomas Bowler Avenue in Emmarentia is famed for its Rose Garden and numerous waterfowl found in the reed beds of Emmarentia Dam.
Suncity is internationally renowned as Africa 's premier holiday resort. Suncity offers a myriad of different entertainment and relaxation opportunities, as well as enough attractions and activities to keep everyone busy. The fabulous Suncity resort complex captivates visitors with its combination of golf, game and gambling as well as world-class hotels. Formerly the gaming mecca of South Africa, Suncity still attracts those wishing to gamble but also those just wishing to relax, and the focus is now on the total experience of Africa. Suncity in South Africa offers everything and more and it has become a haven for holidaymakers to South Africa.
Pretoria is the political and diplomatic hub of Gauteng province and is situated an hour’s drive north of Johannesburg. The municipality is called Tshwane and for now, the city itself is still Pretoria. Pretoria is a multicultural city, with a decidedly international flair.