South Africa has everything from breathtaking scenery, world-class wines, cosmopolitan towns and of course wildlife that will make you feel as though you are a documentary film-maker!
If you begin your holiday in Cape Town make sure you ascend Table Mountain early in the morning to watch the mist rise over the city, then continue to the winelands to enjoy a picnic on the lawns of the Cape Dutch homesteads. Savour fine wines in Stellenbosch, sample the finest cusine in Franschhoek or stop off in Hermanus for some whale- watching during July to October. Cape Town is the perfect holiday base for so much and the sun-bathed city itself is both beautiful and packed with history.
The Garden Route is a verdant and scenic region stretching from Mossel Bay to Nature's Valley, a region celebrated for a wealth of natural beauty that ist fans say is unsurpassed anywhere in the world. Here you will experience diverse vegetation, tranquill lagoons, immense forests, dramatic mountains and invigorating hikes.
Go on safari: few experiences are more rewarding than watching wild animals in their natural enviroment. The world renowned Kruger National Park, home to the Big Five, covers nearly 2 million hectares. Meanwhile, Madikwe benefits from being Malaria-free, while the Eastern Cape boasts more exculsive reserves.
Two icons of rail travel, Rovos Rail and the Blue Train. will take you on a luxurious journey to a bygone era through some of South Africa's most spectacular scenery.
November- February is the busiest time, but March- April and September-October are also popular. Whale Watchers should plan to visit July-October, whilst May-October is good for safaris.
Holidays in South Africa can easily be extended to include stays in neighbouring countries; consider self-drive adventure around Namibia, safaria in Botswana or a thrilling few days at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
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