Kruger National Park
Staying in Kruger National Park or one of the surrounding private game reserves is ideal during a visit to South Africa. The safari and game lodges range from artistically elegant to super luxurious with en-suite bathroom facilities. The expert game rangers whisk you off on game drives and walking safaris, tracking the wildlife in their natural habitat.
Pilanesberg National Park
Pilanesberg Game Reserve is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to Sun City. Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the Park ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa (it is in fact the fourth largest park) and covers an area of 55 000 hectare.
The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam. Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets. Pilanesberg National Park accommodates virtually every mammal of southern Africa. Also home to the Big Five.
Addo Elephant National Park
Addo Elephant National Park is one of the South African National Parks and is a delightful reserve near Port Elizabeth. It's easily combined with a Garden Route tour and is also perfect for a self-drive holiday. Make this part of your African elephant safari - as it's name suggests it's a place to see elephants, over 450 of them to be precise, but that is only part of Addo's allure.
It is a dynamic, growing park: 5 of South Africa's 7 biomes are covered by its 164 000 km2 which includes a marine reserve, thus enabling Addo to proclaim itself as a Big 7 destination: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and black rhino are joined by southern right whale and great white shark. The bird count stands at 450 and plans are afoot to expand the park even further to incorporate important breeding sites of Cape gannets and African penguin.
Madikwe Game Reserve
Madikwe Game Reserve, situated adjacent to the Botswana border and only 3 hours' drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, is one of South Africa's largest game reserves and best-kept secrets. The reserve is located in South Africa's North-West Province and is today considered one of our country's prime safari destinations.
Madikwe is an excellent place for a South Africa safari with magnificent vast plains of open grasslands and woodlands bordered by rugged mountain ranges and rocky hills. Of course, it's only an hour and a half drive from the funfest at Sun City allowing you to get the best of both worlds.
Cape Town Beaches
The Mother City has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and something to offer everyone. The Mother City has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and something to offer everyone.
The west side of the Cape Peninsula, on the Atlantic Ocean, has a very definite style of beach. This is where the more fashionable set go to see and be seen, particularly along the Atlantic Seaboard, also known as Cape Town’s "Riviera", which stretches from the V&A Waterfront on the north shore of Table Mountain up as far as Hout Bay and is connected by one of the most picturesque, scenic drives along Victoria Road. The east side of the peninsula, on the warmer Indian Ocean, is generally more laid back and not as frenetic as the Atlantic coastline, although in peak season these family oriented beaches can still become pretty busy.
Table Mountain is Cape Town's icon, easily seen from almost anywhere in the Cape Town area when the distinctive flat top isn't covered in a thick layer of clouds. It is flanked by Devil's Peak to the east, Lion's head and Signal Hill to the west, and Karbonkelberg to the southwest. The top of Table Mountain is a flat-topped plateau overlooking Cape Town, and on a clear day, The Twelve Apostles standing along the Atlantic Coast are visible.
Castle of Good Hope
Declared a national monument in 1936, the Castle of Good Hope houses the Castle Military Museum and ceremonial facilities for traditional Cape Regiments. Visitors to the Castle can see restored barracks, the powder house and armoury, living quarters and the Kat Balcony where proclamations and announcements were made to the early colonialists. Its original bell, the oldest in South Africa, was used to warn citizens of danger and could be heard 10km away; and the famous William Fehr Collection of historical paintings and period furniture housed here is of special relevance.
Descend below sea level, into its dungeons where awaiting trial prisoners were held; watch the Castle Guards perform traditional ceremonies maintained since the forts’ inception and sample typically South African dishes at Het Bakhuys (site of the old bakery), enhanced by spectacular views of Table Mountain.
Discover the joys of SA’s award-winning wines and cuisine along any of the beautiful Cape wine routes, taking you through green valleys and historic towns. At the Robertson Wine Valley Hands-on Harvest Festival, roll up those trousers and go grape stomping. Take the kids on a vineyard tractor trip; make your own verjuice and vinegar, or slurp and spitbraai in a Bedouin tent. You’ll never forget this vintage harvest experience.
The Garden Route
The main arterial highway of the Garden Route in South Africa - a highlight on most visitors' itineraries - is the N2 stretch running from Heidelberg in the southern Cape to Storms River Village on the Eastern Cape border. While the Garden Route road is extremely scenic, it is the hidden destinations on its side roads that are the secret of this region.
The Garden Route is famous for is hardy fynbos floral kingdom, its secluded little bays and its year-round holiday frame of mind. And it's conveniently accessible from Cape Town. Don't forget to look seawards for the Southern Right whales, the humpback, bottlenose and common dolphins, and even killer whales that frolic close to shore, especially near Plettenberg Bay.
The Lion Park is home to more than 85 lions, including the rare white lions, and many other carnivores such as cheetah, wild dog, various hyena species including a variety of antelope indigenous to Africa. The park offers terrific up close views and other exciting interactions
Knysna National Lake Area
With the imposing Knysna Heads as its sentinels, the Knysna National Lake Area is a liquid maze of lagoons, salt marshes, reed beds and protected inlets, shielding the rare estuarine Knysna seahorse; and its unpolluted waters nurture wild oyster nurseries - sample these delicacies at the Knysna Oyster Company. Catch the John Benn ferry to Featherbed Nature Reserve, and go on the 2.5 km guided Bushbuck trail through its protected scrub forest, or ride the 4x4 trailer to the top for breathtaking sea views. Spend a day picnicking in Knysna’s indigenous coastal forest belt, beneath protected hardwood timbers; while at Diepwalle, the last refuge of the Knysna elephants, marvel at the huge King Edward VII yellowwood, 625 years old with a trunk height of 39 m; or hike one of 2 trails - the circular, lushly forested, 18 km Elephant Walk, or the Outeniqua Hiking Trail, 150 km, over its scenic mountains to George.