South Africa is a destination that instantly propels you from everything that’s familiar to a world of adventure, wild scenery and vibrant culture. Authentic, unique and inspirational experiences abound. Enjoy wildlife encounters on safari, historic journeys in Cape Town and Johannesburg and fabulous gastronomic moments in some of the world’s most renowned wineries.
At its heart is the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. A popular sightseeing destination, you can easily spend a few days here. The cable-car ride up Table Mountain – camera in hand – is almost expected, while shopping and lunching at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a delight and a trip to Robben Island prison is certainly thought-provoking. To feel the sand between your toes, head for one of the beaches such as Camps Bay. It’s an affluent suburb and a nice place to enjoy the Atlantic, meet the locals and sample some beachside cafes. There’s whale-watching along the Cape too, or enjoy a round of golf on one of the fine courses.
From the city, drive out along the Garden Route – a stunning ensemble of floral beauty – passing wild beaches, sparkling lakes and rolling hills en route. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, horse riding, penguin-spotting and more. If you enjoy the gourmet food scene, the Winelands are a must. Begin with a vineyard tour, then savour a special lunch of fresh Cape cuisine accompanied by a select bottle of wine as you gaze out at the picturesque valley scenery.
At least once in your lifetime, a safari is highly recommended, and Johannesburg is often the place to embark on an onward adventure to the bushlands. The city has shaken off its reputation as somewhere to pass through as quickly as possible, and a couple of days can be spent exploring the arts scene, political heritage and local townships such as Soweto. It’s a springboard to top wilderness destinations including Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. The winter months of May to September are good for game drives and tracking animals, including lions, elephants and rhino, and with the help of an expert tracker it’ll be one of life’s most thrilling experiences. Along with birdwatching, stargazing, sundowners and dinner around the boma, this part of the world will leave you with memories that will last for ever.
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