Whale watching in South Africa Whale watching in South Africa

South Africa is a unique country that offers experiences that leave an indelible mark on anyone who visits here. Renowned for its great weather, friendly hospitality, good infrastructure, wildlife, culture, adventure and scenic beauty - these are some aspects that keep incentive travellers coming back for more.

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An incentive tour in South Africa will entice and excite even the best-heeled traveller. We have a flair for the unusual; a penchant for the decidedly different. Many of South Africa's unforgettable experiences you'll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the world.

Here, you can walk with elephants, swim with dolphins, dive with great white sharks, cruise among whales, share your stretch of beach with a colony of penguins, be a game ranger for a day, or learn business lessons from nature.

Our wilderness and wildlife experiences are among the best in the world. You can go on walking tours in the bushveld with an experienced ranger as you track animals in their natural habitats, view the Big 5 up close from a secluded hide in the middle of nowhere, and examine the stars as you are serenaded by a family of hyenas.

Whether it’s at a bushveld breakaway, a wilderness team building experience or an overnight stay in a luxury game lodge, no visit to South Africa is complete without a brush with the wild.

South Africa’s conservation track record speaks for itself  We have 19 national parks, numerous game reserves and nature reserves, and a range of ecosystems from rain forests to semi-deserts.  Not only do we have the Big 7 (rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard, whales and great white sharks); we also have an incredible array of bird and plant life.

Amongst the unforgettable experiences are night safaris, the spotting of an elusive leopard out on a hunt, spending the night in a treetop retreat, staying in a tented bush camp, being a game range for a day, taking part in a ‘green’ hunting expedition, and visiting a rural local village on the outskirts of a game reserve.

South Africa is known for its excellent weather and wide range of natural attractions. Its outdoor adventure activities are extremely popular. Whether you’re playing golf on a championship golf course, free diving with tiger sharks, abseiling off Lion’s Head in Cape Town, climbing up an icy waterfall in the Drakensberg or river rafting down the Tugela – there’s an outdoor activity with your name on it.

For adrenalin junkies, hardcore adventure options include abseiling, paragliding, microlighting, kloofing and diving with predators. For softer options there’s horse riding on the beach, hot air ballooning, fishing, angling, and surfing and cycling. For those who enjoy the water, there are thousands of kilometres of coastline to explore.

Golf in South Africa is big business and there are golf tours available to our many championship golf courses. Where else in the world can you putt to perfection while watching whales out of the corner of your eye? Where else can you view crocodile and hippo as you traverse the greens?

Immerse yourself in South African culture. It is fascinating and insightful and can open your eyes to different ways of doing things. Our varying cultural traditions will surprise and delight you. You can follow a Hindu procession down Durban’s streets during the Diwali festival, meet a sangoma (traditional healer) at a traditional cultural village, or learn about kwaito music at a local township shebeen. You can interact with South Africa’s many cultural tribes that include Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Ndebele, Venda and Sotho, and learn about their traditional ways.
 
And if you adore the good things in life, South Africa is the perfect incentive destination for you. We are renowned for our superb cuisine, our exquisite wines and a desire to have as much fun as possible. Don’t miss out on a good old-fashioned South Africa braaivleis (barbeque), or the taste of traditional African cuisine in a township shebeen. 

Our award-winning wines are world-renowned and a visit to Stellenbosch, Paarl or Franschhoek in the scenic Cape winelands is an unforgettable experience. You can head off on a wine tasting safari and buy bottles of local Pinotage, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to take back home.

Eight of South Africa's natural attractions have been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites, each an area of extraordinary beauty and importance to humanity; each offering unforgettable experiences. These are Robben Island, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the Cradle of Humankind, the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, the Cape Floral Region, the Vredefort Dome and the Richterveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

South Africa National Parks
Tel: +27 (0)12 428-9111
Email: reservations@sanparks.org

The National Heritage Council
Tel: +27 (0)12 348-1663/8233
Email: nhc@nhc.org.za

Cape Town & Western Cape Information Centre
Tel: +27 (0)21 405-4500

Cape Town Routes Unlimited
Tel: +27 (0)21 426-5639
Email: info@tourismcapetown.co.za

How to get here

More than 40 international airlines fly into South Africa.

Best time to visit

South Africa is a year-round destination with warm summers and mild winters.

Tours to do

There are many reputable tour operators in South Africa offering tours in all 9 provinces of South Africa.

Get around

You can fly between South Africa's cities, or take a bus or train. Hiring a car when you reach your destination is recommended if you want the freedom to explore.

What to pack

In summer pack a bathing suit, sunscreen and a hat. In winter, pack some warm clothes as it can get chilly, particularly at night. If you're visitng a game park, bring neutral coloured clothes, binoculars and a camera.