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South Africa is a great place to visit for safari. You can find all the classic African scenery: golden savannah, great gaping gorges, and hauntingly beautiful deserts, as well as an aweinspiring presence of African creatures and, furthermore, all the comforts you may need.
Apart from the big-name parks of Kruger and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa is home to some of the world's most luxurious private game reserves and lodges. Wildlife lovers come here from all corners of the globe in search of the "Big Five": lions, buffalos, leopards, rhinos and elephants, and often they find them and so much more.
Coral reefs, dragon-backed mountain ranges, white-water rafting and golden beaches lapped by legendary surf breaks are some of South Africa's many other attractions. Traveling around this vast land and touring the vibrant cities, you can learn about the nation's turbulent history in Cape Town, one of the world's most beautiful cities; in Durban, a melting pot of cultures and cuisines; at the poignant museums and galleries in Johannesburg; and in Soweto, birthplace of Nelson Mandela, who started democracy here.
South Africa is one of the world's natural gems; a treasure nestled at the southern tip of the abundant African continent. Visitors from all around the world descend on the country to take advantage of the stunning climate, accommodation, game reserves, natural attractions and, of course, the huge variety of wildlife.
The landscapes of South Africa offer the full spectrum of habitat types (from dense green forests to arid deserts, and everything in-between), making them the ideal environment for thousands of species. These include exciting predators, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. There are about 230 mammal species to be found in South Africa, which include a collection of impressive predators. These make for fabulous sightings on any game drive or safari.
The "Big 5" is one of the main attractions to South Africa in terms of its wildlife. This group includes the African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Lion, Black Rhino and Leopard. This combination of predators and mighty terrestrial mammals makes for a once-in-a-lifetime sighting of some of the world’s most impressive species.
What to do
Diving & snorkeling
Great White Shark - Cage Diving
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Helicopter Tour & Safaris
Kruger National Park
In terms of wildlife, Kruger is one of the world's greatest N.P. The diversity, density and sheer numbers of animals is almost unparalleled: all of Africa's iconic safari species (elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, giraffe and zebra) live here, among 137 other mammal species and more than 500 varieties of bird.
Cape Town is the most popular destination in South Africa — and for good reason. It’s a vibrant, multicultural city with lively bars, delicious food, great weather and lots of nature and hiking nearby. In addition to the city’s amazing beaches, the waterfront is bursting with things to do as well.
Robben Island, Western Cape
You can’t visit South Africa without learning about the horror of apartheid: this means a visit to Robben Island, off the coast of Cape Town, a maximum-security prison until 1996. Many political prisoners were sent here, including Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 years behind bars on Robben Island. The prison is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Cape of Good Hope
Known for the stormy weather and rough seas encountered there, the cape is situated at the convergence of the warm Mozambique-Agulhas current from the Indian Ocean and the cool Benguela current from Antarctic waters.
Johannesburg and Pretoria
Johannesburg, named "City of Gold" for its rich deposits of the precious metal, is the largest city in South Africa by population. It's also the economic engine and vibrant heart of the country. Close in distance, but a world away in sensation, Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa. City of parks and gardens and home to many popular attractions.
Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga
Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world. It’s particularly lush and green compared to the Grand Canyon and also has extremely deep, sheer cliffs. There are numerous natural rock formations and other natural features in this UNESCO-listed reserve.
Along the country's southeast coast, the Garden Route runs for about 200 kilometers through some of South Africa's most breathtaking coastal scenery. The route stretches along the Indian Ocean from Mossel Bay, in the Western Cape, to the Storms River, in the Eastern Cape.
In the shadow of a continuous belt of Cape fold mountains, lies a series of generous valleys known as the Cape Winelands, a collection of historic towns, little hamlets and Cape Dutch farmsteads that provide well-regarded South African wines to the world. These mountains create an incredible scenic backdrop for a myriad of vines.
Table Mountain National Park
This natural world heritage site, and Natural New 7 Wonder of the World, is a haven of magnificent mountains plunging into crystal seas fringed with bleached white sands of the Cape Peninsula. One of the main attraction is the penguin colony.
Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
The famous private game reserve Sabi Sands offers a safari experience found nowhere else in the world. Game viewing possibilities are simply unparalleled, including the "Big 5". Add a fantastic range of luxury lodges suiting all tastes for a perfect African dream. There are no fences between Kruger N.P. and Sabi Sands, so wildlife roams freely.
Cage Dive with Great White Sharks
Climb into a thick iron cage, plunge into the ocean, and come face-to-face with the great white shark. Believe it or not, this is one of South Africa's top attractions — for thrill seekers. The sport has become so popular that new tour operators keep sprouting up every year.
The diving here is world-class thanks to the mixing of warm and cold ocean currents. But the must famous sight is the Sardine Run, that occurs from May through July, when billions of sardines spawn in the cool watersand move northward along the east coast of South Africa. A wonderful life-changing spectacle!