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AA safari in the untouched wild, a breathtaking view, a sun-soaked beach, the pulse of a bustling city, a fascinating window into a vibrant culture, an unforgettable adventure through an outdoor playground – in South Africa you can have it all!

Wildlife safari

Sun-soaked coasts

Wetlands, wildlife and a World Heritage Site, Elephant Coast has it all

Sun-soaked coasts
Wetlands, wildlife and a World Heritage Site, Elephant Coast has it all

The KwaZulu-Natal Elephant Coast offers tourists a range of eco-orientated activities in its two main national parks, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Within these parks, there are several nature reserves, some offering extensive game viewing and water-related activities.

Wildlife safari

Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve

Wildlife safari
Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve

Many of Limpopo’s rivers have their source in the mountains of the Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve, which is also dense in indigenous forest and offers accommodation.

Breathtaking scenery

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - two countries and one unforgettable desert safari

Breathtaking scenery
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - two countries and one unforgettable desert safari

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park combines the former Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana to create a large wildlife preserve and conservation area with an abundance of wildlife.

Wildlife safari

The giant quiver trees of Namaqualand are rare kings of the desert

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The giant quiver trees of Namaqualand are rare kings of the desert

The critically endangered and rare, giant quiver trees are one of the most spectacular aloe species found in South Africa. They grow in northern Namaqualand and the Richtersveld.

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The Olifants River

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The Olifants River

The Olifants River flows through South Africa and Mozambique. It is a tributary of the Limpopo River. Visit the Kruger National Park to see the elephants that visit the river regularly. Because of the wildlife it attracts, the river is considered one of South Africa’s most interesting watercourses.

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Photographic safaris in South Africa

Wildlife safari
Photographic safaris in South Africa

South Africa is an enormously rewarding country for visitors with a camera. The country’s varied scenery entices photo opportunities around every corner. One of the best times to practice photography is on safari in the bush, as South African wildlife makes for captivating subject matter.

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South African ostriches in the wild

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South African ostriches in the wild

Ostriches aren’t only found on farms. They can be found in game reserves around South Africa, and you’ll probably spot one on a dusty drive through the hauntingly beautiful Karoo. Ostriches have some interesting habits, and it’s well worth learning more about these peculiar birds.

Wildlife safari

Jock of the Bushveld Trail, Mpumalanga

Wildlife safari
Jock of the Bushveld Trail, Mpumalanga

The Jock of the Bushveld Trail is a circular day-walk through lush and wild scenery. It retraces the routes that Jock of the Bushveld – South Africa's most beloved pooch – once frequented with his master Sir James Percy FitzPatrick.

Breathtaking scenery

Wildlife safari

Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve

Wildlife safari
Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve

Many of Limpopo’s rivers have their source in the mountains of the Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve, which is also dense in indigenous forest and offers accommodation.

Breathtaking scenery

Scenic hiking in Mpumalanga

Breathtaking scenery
Scenic hiking in Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga offers a variety of hiking trails to suit all levels of fitness and duration from a half-day trail to 5-day hikes. Blyde River Canyon offers some of the best hiking in the country.

Breathtaking scenery

Visit Augrabies Falls to experience the power of nature

Breathtaking scenery
Visit Augrabies Falls to experience the power of nature

The 60m-high Augrabies Falls, situated in the Augrabies Falls National Park, are called ‘the place of great noise’ by the Khoisan.

Breathtaking scenery

Goegap Nature Reserve offers an explosion of colour

Breathtaking scenery
Goegap Nature Reserve offers an explosion of colour

The Goegap Nature Reserve, close to Springbok, comes alive in flower season but also offers some of the best wildlife and birding in the Northern Cape.

Breathtaking scenery

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - two countries and one unforgettable desert safari

Breathtaking scenery
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - two countries and one unforgettable desert safari

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park combines the former Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana to create a large wildlife preserve and conservation area with an abundance of wildlife.

Breathtaking scenery

Sweet water in the desert

Breathtaking scenery
Sweet water in the desert

In the Kalahari desert lies what is said to be the largest natural spring in the Southern Hemisphere, the Eye of Kuruman. This spring made possible the establishment of a mission station in 1824 by Robert and Mary Moffat.

Active adventure

Rovos Rail

Active adventure
Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail is a train company that offers passengers a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Exploring South Africa by railroad doesn’t get fancier than this. Cross stunning expanses of countryside while sipping on champagne. Relax into a serene routine and channel Agatha Christie in the lap of luxury.

Breathtaking scenery

The sandstone route

Breathtaking scenery
The sandstone route

South Africa's sandstone route takes you through mountainous grasslands and along the foothills of the great Maluti mountains. There you'll find dinosaur fossils, trout-filled streams, art galleries, bookshops and scenic hikes.

The Kruger National Park – a safari destination that can’t be missed.

Not only can you catch a glimpse of the famous Big Five, but you'll find yourself surrounded by hundreds of species of birds, ancient trees, winding rivers, superb accommodation and adventure.

Sun-soaked coast

Sun-soaked coasts

Knysna Oyster Festival, Western Cape: the Garden Route’s annual shellfish feast

Sun-soaked coasts
Knysna Oyster Festival, Western Cape: the Garden Route’s annual shellfish feast

The Knysna Oyster Festival warms up winter in this Western Cape tourist hotspot with delicious food and wine, sports and adventure, varied entertainment options and fun family activities.

Sun-soaked coasts

Wetlands, wildlife and a World Heritage Site, Elephant Coast has it all

Sun-soaked coasts
Wetlands, wildlife and a World Heritage Site, Elephant Coast has it all

The KwaZulu-Natal Elephant Coast offers tourists a range of eco-orientated activities in its two main national parks, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Within these parks, there are several nature reserves, some offering extensive game viewing and water-related activities.

Sun-soaked coasts

Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape

Sun-soaked coasts
Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape

Plettenberg Bay – also known as Plett – is a popular destination for nature-lovers, adventurers and beachgoers. You’ll find plenty to do in Plett – whether you’re after a seaside holiday; a wilderness experience in pristine natural surrounds; or adrenaline-packed adventures.

Sun-soaked coasts

Lappiesbaai, Stilbaai

Sun-soaked coasts
Lappiesbaai, Stilbaai

Lappiesbaai, which means ‘bay of rags’, is a relaxed beach hideaway and a Blue Flag destination. It’s renowned for its beauty and the recreational facilities on offer in the area – it’s a great spot for birding, fishing and whale-watching.

Breathtaking scenery

KwaZulu-Natal attractions

Breathtaking scenery
KwaZulu-Natal attractions

KwaZulu-Natal, the Zulu kingdom, is a coastal province known for its mild climate, beaches, mountains and big game savannah. Home to two World Heritage Sites, its capital, Durban is a harbour city popular with surfers.

Sun-soaked coasts

The romantic Northern Cape seaport of Port Nolloth

Sun-soaked coasts
The romantic Northern Cape seaport of Port Nolloth

Port Nolloth is currently a centre for small-scale diamond recovery and the crayfishing industries. Established for the copper mining industry, the harbour’s narrow, shallow entrance made it unsuitable for ore carriers.

Breathtaking scenery

West Coast Wine Route

Breathtaking scenery
West Coast Wine Route

The West Coast Wine Route follows the N7 North and has a surprisingly large selection and quality of award winning wines to chose from. It includes boutique and garagiste producers, along with some of the largest wineries in the country.

Active adventure

Surfing competitions in South Africa

Active adventure
Surfing competitions in South Africa

South Africa hosts some of the world’s most festive surfing competitions, which attract some of the biggest names in the sport every year. More than 3 000km of coastline, beach breaks, reef breaks – and perfect weather conditions – make South Africa the perfect destination for surfers.

Bustling city life

Vibrant culture

The South African State Theatre, Pretoria

Vibrant culture
The South African State Theatre, Pretoria

The South African State Theatre is one of the top performing-arts venues on the continent. It proudly offers a distinctive pan-African experience, and is also known as the Theatre of Africa. It houses a range of venues used for performances, conferences, fashion shows, festivals and parties.

Breathtaking scenery

KwaZulu-Natal attractions

Breathtaking scenery
KwaZulu-Natal attractions

KwaZulu-Natal, the Zulu kingdom, is a coastal province known for its mild climate, beaches, mountains and big game savannah. Home to two World Heritage Sites, its capital, Durban is a harbour city popular with surfers.

Vibrant culture

Market on Main, Johannesburg: breathing vibey life into the inner city

Vibrant culture
Market on Main, Johannesburg: breathing vibey life into the inner city

Visitors to Johannesburg can shop till they drop every Sunday at Market on Main; the weekly inner-city event offering the trendiest art, design, fashion, food and entertainment, plus lots more.

Breathtaking scenery

The Best Time to Visit South Africa

Breathtaking scenery
The Best Time to Visit South Africa

From safaris to magnificent trips through the winelands in winter, to scuba diving and hiking in summer, there’s an activity for every season when travelling in South Africa.

Bustling city life

Bringing the Night to Life: Bustling Nightlife in the LGBTQ community

Bustling city life
Bringing the Night to Life: Bustling Nightlife in the LGBTQ community

Explore South Africa’s thriving nightlife which also includes several clubs, pubs and venues that cater for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

Bustling city life

A feast for the eyes, stomach, heart and soul: Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg

Bustling city life
A feast for the eyes, stomach, heart and soul: Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg

Maboneng, located in Johannesburg’s inner-city, is a haven of creativity and commerce. With a fantastic mix of galleries, restaurants, boutique stores, studios, residential buildings and theatres, there’s never a dull moment in this thriving district.

Bustling city life

10 of the Best Johannesburg Coffee Shops

Bustling city life
10 of the Best Johannesburg Coffee Shops

Check out these curated coffee shops across Johannesburg for the best brew in town!

Breathtaking scenery

15 Honeymoon destinations that prove South Africa truly is for lovers

Breathtaking scenery
15 Honeymoon destinations that prove South Africa truly is for lovers

Where to honeymoon in South Africa, a truly unique destination.

Add some adventure to your township tour at the Orlando Towers

The Orlando Towers bungee in Soweto adds a whole new dimension to sightseeing in this famous Johannesburg township.

Vibrant culture

Vibrant culture

Ronnies Sex Shop

Vibrant culture
Ronnies Sex Shop

Along Route 62, between Barrydale and Ladysmith is the world-famous Ronnies Sex Shop. It is one of the most popular pubs on the route and travellers on the road stop for refreshments and a photograph of themselves next to the ‘Ronnies Sex Shop’ sign.

Vibrant culture

The South African State Theatre, Pretoria

Vibrant culture
The South African State Theatre, Pretoria

The South African State Theatre is one of the top performing-arts venues on the continent. It proudly offers a distinctive pan-African experience, and is also known as the Theatre of Africa. It houses a range of venues used for performances, conferences, fashion shows, festivals and parties.

Vibrant culture

Pretoria Art Museum

Vibrant culture
Pretoria Art Museum

The Pretoria Art Museum is known for its impressive collection of South African art. Its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions showcase South Africa’s old masters, as well as contemporary artists. It also features a collection of international art. The museum houses both rural and urban masterpieces, and is well worth a visit for anyone interested in South African creativity.

Vibrant culture

The History of the Lemba People and Exploring Limpopo’s Diverse Cultural Heritage

Vibrant culture
The History of the Lemba People and Exploring Limpopo’s Diverse Cultural Heritage

Limpopo is a culturally rich and diverse area and the perfect place to delve deeper into the diverse cultures that make up South Africa. Experience the history of the Lemba people, view spectacular South African art, and learn more about Venda and Tsonga culture while visiting this beautiful region.

Vibrant culture

Gaabo Motho cultural village is an authentic multi-cultural experience

Vibrant culture
Gaabo Motho cultural village is an authentic multi-cultural experience

Gaabo Motho cultural village in the North West province provides a multi-cultural experience of the Zulu, Ndebele, Tswana and Venda people. Accommodation, meals and entertainment is provided.

Breathtaking scenery

KwaZulu-Natal attractions

Breathtaking scenery
KwaZulu-Natal attractions

KwaZulu-Natal, the Zulu kingdom, is a coastal province known for its mild climate, beaches, mountains and big game savannah. Home to two World Heritage Sites, its capital, Durban is a harbour city popular with surfers.

Vibrant culture

iSimangaliso’s arts and crafts

Vibrant culture
iSimangaliso’s arts and crafts

Women of iSimangaliso Wetland Park are empowered by selling the arts and crafts they produce from local and sustainable resources.

Vibrant culture

Zulu reed dance is a celebration of Zulu culture

Vibrant culture
Zulu reed dance is a celebration of Zulu culture

The Zulu reed dance is a celebration of Zulu culture and the event takes place in Spring each year involving several days of singing, dancing and other activities to prepare young Zulu girls for womanhood.

Active adventure

Active adventure

White water rafting

Active adventure
White water rafting

If you’ve never been white water rafting before, South Africa is the perfect place to give it a shot. A white water rafting expedition involves a mix of navigating through rapids at high speed and enjoying the scenery along the calmer sections of water in-between, and there are white water experiences for all levels.

Breathtaking scenery

Scenic hiking in Mpumalanga

Breathtaking scenery
Scenic hiking in Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga offers a variety of hiking trails to suit all levels of fitness and duration from a half-day trail to 5-day hikes. Blyde River Canyon offers some of the best hiking in the country.

Active adventure

Rovos Rail

Active adventure
Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail is a train company that offers passengers a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Exploring South Africa by railroad doesn’t get fancier than this. Cross stunning expanses of countryside while sipping on champagne. Relax into a serene routine and channel Agatha Christie in the lap of luxury.

Breathtaking scenery

KwaZulu-Natal attractions

Breathtaking scenery
KwaZulu-Natal attractions

KwaZulu-Natal, the Zulu kingdom, is a coastal province known for its mild climate, beaches, mountains and big game savannah. Home to two World Heritage Sites, its capital, Durban is a harbour city popular with surfers.

Wildlife safari

Mapungubwe National Park - A golden kingdom among glowing rocks

Wildlife safari
Mapungubwe National Park - A golden kingdom among glowing rocks

The Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is a must-see for travellers interested in wildlife and birds, as well as archaeology. Mapungubwe Hill was home to one of southern Africa’s first kingdom’s 1 000 years ago.

Active adventure

Surfing competitions in South Africa

Active adventure
Surfing competitions in South Africa

South Africa hosts some of the world’s most festive surfing competitions, which attract some of the biggest names in the sport every year. More than 3 000km of coastline, beach breaks, reef breaks – and perfect weather conditions – make South Africa the perfect destination for surfers.

Active adventure

Shark Alley: get up close and personal on a marine safari

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Shark Alley: get up close and personal on a marine safari

Get in the water with great white sharks, or laze on the beach watching the whales – Shark Alley near Gansbaai in Western Cape, South Africa offers all sorts of coastal adventures.

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Paragliding in South Africa

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Paragliding in South Africa

There are great paragliding locations, and adventure companies making the most of them, all over South Africa, whether you’re an experienced pilot or a beginner looking for a tandem thrill.

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