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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.
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.
The 60m-high Augrabies Falls, situated in the Augrabies Falls National Park, are called ‘the place of great noise’ by the Khoisan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Platbos Forest is Africa’s southernmost forest, located in the Western Cape’s Baviaanspoort hills. This endangered ecosystem is known as a relic forest, home to trees that are over 1 000 years old. Scientists are amazed that the indigenous forest has survived this long, in spite of climate change and other environmental challenges.
Mkhambathi (sometimes spelled Mkambati) falls within the Pondoland Centre of Endemism, a biological hotspot and a botanist’s dream. Take in the antelope-dappled grasslands, a waterfall that flows into the sea, Cape vultures, and a stunning coastline.
With varying habitats along the way, you can expect to see a plethora of birdlife on the Free State birding route. The Free State is also one of the most scenic parts of South Africa, making it a must-see for birders and keen photographers.
You won’t find a wine route further south than the Elim wine route. A handful of winemakers set out to conquer the inhospitable Agulhas Plain terroir, known for its extreme weather and jagged coastline.