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TThere is hope for travellers who want to plan a last minute escape in South Africa. The country is known for its budget-friendly, diverse and unique experiences. Here are four destinations worth visiting:
Enjoy a foodie break in the Mother City
Cape Town is ideal for foodies. With its string of high-end restaurants and wine farms, there is something for everyone.
Whether you wine hop in Stellenbosch or hop onto the wine tasting tram in Franschhoek, there is always a way to enjoy a unique visit to South Africa's oldest and most distinguished wine estates.
If you are more in tune with nature, pack a basket of proudly South African food like boerewors, koeksisters and biltong and head to the Kirstenbosch Gardens for an afternoon picnic.
The Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie is a family-orientated farmstead that offers camel rides, horse riding, a maze world and art studio.
TTake a game drive in Mpumalanga
A safari also makes for an unforgettable family holiday adventure. Spot spiders and scorpions at night or look out for lions, elephants and rhinos during the day.
Kruger National Park has long been a popular safari destination for international and local visitors. Adventurists can go river rafting along the river through the natural bush of the Sabie River Valley. With experienced guides and approved equipment, this is an excellent family activity.
EExplore the majestic Drakensberg
The Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal is ideal for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The Drakensberg region falls within four valleys – Champagne Valley; Cathedral Peak and Didima Valley; the Royal Natal National Park and Amphitheatre Valley, and the Middledale Pass Valley. The Drakensberg offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as horse riding, fishing, hiking and golf, but you can also look forward to arts and crafts, history and adventure activities.
SSpot the Big 5 in Pilanesberg National Park
Pilanesberg National Park, located between the malaria-free Kalahari and the lowveld of South Africa, is a real treat. Home to most of the animal species native to southern Africa, including the Big 5, the park's relatively small size makes game viewing a truly thrilling experience, with an increased possibility of encountering wildlife in their natural environment.
Look forward to an authentic South African experience including game drives, walking safaris, hot air balloon rides, birding safaris, rhino tracking and superb spa experiences.
Underberg offers visitors a bustling farm-town welcome in the foothills of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg – a great base from which to explore this part of KwaZulu-Natal’s many outdoor attractions.
The Tsitsikamma Woodcutters’ Journey on the Garden Route in Western Cape takes you through pristine indigenous forests in one of South Africa’s most beautiful national parks.
Table Mountain National Park in Western Cape: mountain splendour above urban sprawl, from Cape Town to Cape Point – enjoy natural beauty from penguins at Boulders Beach to fynbos at Kirstenbosch.
Aloe ferox – the red or bitter aloe – grows all over South Africa, but Eastern Cape hills are ablaze with orange and red from May to August; the province also produces great aloe health products.
Rock climbers are spoilt for choice in South Africa – Western Cape, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape are all provinces blessed with plentiful mountains and myriad climbing routes.
uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park in KwaZulu-Natal has hikes and rambles to suit all fitness levels – but for the complete back-to-nature experience, spend a night camping out in a mountain cave.
Sani Pass between South Africa and Lesotho is one of the most spectacular routes through the Drakensberg, especially for adventurers with 4-wheel drive vehicles, motorcycles or mountain bikes.
South Africa’s grassland wildflowers, especially around the Drakensberg, put on a floral show to rival Namaqualand in spring, or Western Cape’s fynbos – and even better, it lasts through summer.