See, smell, touch, taste and listen
A feast for your senses
A visit to South Africa will satisfy all 5 of your senses. As you come alive to the sights, sounds, smells, flavours and textures of this beautiful and diverse country, you’ll create a wealth of memories to last you a lifetime.
Astound your senses at South Africa's Valley of Desolation.
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Experience Namakwaland in full bloom after the first spring rains; and revel in the changing landscape from the Blue Train as it cuts through the countryside.
Take in the Cape Dutch architecture and the majestic peaks and valleys of the Drakensberg. Watch whales splashing in the seas off the rugged southern Cape coast, and savour a blazing orange sunset or the spectacular view from Table Mountain.
Be silenced by the Kgalagadi desert’s sculpted dunes or stirred by the bright colours of an Ndebele village. Shudder at the roar of a lion on a starry bushveld night; be swamped by waves crashing against rocky Cape Point; sway to traditional drums or the melodious song and rhythmic beats of tribal music.
Bask in the soft kiss of the sun on bare shoulders; or be invigorated by a mid-winter day on the highveld. Feel the adrenalin rush of a bungee-jump off the 216m-high Bloukrans Bridge or ride an elephant in Mpumalanga.
Smell the heady aromas of Durban’s spice market; soak up the rich aroma of Free State earth after a summer storm; indulge in the bouquet of an award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon from the winelands; and be soothed by the smell of indigenous wood on a roaring fire in a traditional reed boma.
Sample gourmet cuisine, typical township fare or the exotic local flavours of crocodile, bobotie, Karoo lamb, biltong or boerewors. Slurp oysters fresh from the sea at Knysna’s annual oyster festival; or sip marula liqueur in the lush Limpopo, South Africa’s own Eden.
And finally, after your senses are sated, feel your heart open and be touched by the history and the people of South Africa – a country that is truly alive with awesome possibility.
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