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IImagine taking a game drive as the sun sets on the African plains, or how about daring yourself to a thrilling adventure that’s sure to get your heart racing. These are just a few of the epic activities to enjoy in South Africa.

Game viewing and safaris

Safaris and game viewing in South Africa are as up-close and as wild as it gets. Go on a game drive, a bush walk, or even a horse ride or veterinary safari, for an authentic, even life-changing wildlife adventure.

City lifestyle

From a night of fine dining to a raucous all-night party in a township shebeen (tavern), South Africans love to have a good time. Let your hair down and live it up in our clubs, pubs, late-night bars, theatres and live music venues. So come on, the party’s starting!

Did You Know?
OOne of South Africa’s thrilling activities is the adrenaline-fuelled Big Rush Swing. Here you’ll swing off the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Shopping

From off-the-beaten-track curio markets filled with collectable handicrafts to bargain-stuffed flea markets and glitzy malls in our big cities with the latest must-have name brands, shop-a-holics are spoiled for choice in South Africa; more so because our favourable exchange rate makes your retail therapy last longer.

Beaches

We have thousands of miles of glorious coastline, with Blue Flag beach gems dotted along its length. Whether you’re a trendy sun-worshipper, a water-sports fanatic, a beachcomber or a family seeking sea and fun – South Africa’s got a beach that’s perfect for you.

Adventure

However you define adventure, it’s possible in South Africa. We can conjure up your wildest expectations and more: seeing the Big Five, death-defying adventure sports or discovering the humanity and generosity of other cultures. Name your adventure – we’ll make it happen.

Wine and dine

South Africa offers exquisite landscapes and exceptional food and wine experiences. There is a focus on fresh seasonal produce used in top restaurants across the country accompanied by some of the world's best wines. Wine farms, game lodges and city escapes all offer something different, something delicious and a top-class experience that is not to be missed.

SScenic beauty

Every day in scenic South Africa ends with a horizon to look out on. No matter which province you’re in, you’re always right around the corner from something breathtaking… something that will leave you incapable of saying anything other than “wow”. Blyde River Canyon, Chapman’s Peak or the flowers of the Northern Cape in spring all offer their own kind of magic.

Cultural travel

Discover the rich and vibrant history of South Africa and learn more about the incredible people that make South Africa a unique experience. Whether you are looking for art, architecture, music or digging back to the beginning of humanity, there's something for every type of visitor.

History

To be in South Africa is to be part of a story that goes back to the start of all humanity. Today, South Africa has evolved into an amazing mix of modern cultures, inspiring history and incredible heroes. It really is a melting pot with roots that run deeper than you think.

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