Getting to know the locals
You can spend time in Soweto or a city township (You’ll be amazed at the activities and experiences on offer); stay overnight or spend a day at a Zulu cultural village; admire the intricate beadwork, metal neck rings and unique geometric mural art of the Ndebele people; enjoy the hospitality of a South African farm; or just chat with the locals wherever you are – you will be amazed at South Africans’ openness and friendliness to visitors.
South Africa has some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery in the world. Expect miles of golden beaches and unspoiled coastline; dramatic mountains and mountain passes; 19 national parks; game reserves teeming with big game and hundreds of birds; ancient forests; semi- deserts; oceans and rivers; rolling grasslands; and natural flower fields – all readily accessible and waiting to be explored.
South Africa’s vineyards have been making some of the best wine in the world for over 300 years. Wine regions stretch from the Western Cape to the Northern Cape, where you can sample wine at world-famous estates or little-known gems, or visit the renowned port and brandy routes. Where there’s great wine, there’s also great food – so Cheers and Bon Appétit!
South Africa has some of the best and most accessible safari destinations in the world. Visitors can splurge on an all-inclusive safari at world-class, award-winning private lodges, take guided game tours, or go it alone in one of our fabulous game-rich private reserves or national parks. You’ll find the Big Five at many of them – buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, and rhino.
Kruger National Park
You just can’t beat it. The size of Israel or Wales, with loads of different accommodation options for all budgets, it’s one of the world’s oldest and most famous game reserves and is teeming with game. Self-drive is a wonderful option – there’s nothing quite like puttering gently along a road and coming face-to-face with a herd of elephants, a ‘journey’ of giraffes, a pride of lions, a ‘dazzle’ of zebras, a solitary leopard or a huge rhino. Don’t worry though; I advise you stay in the car, respect the animal’s space, and just take pictures.
Struggle sites, rock art, and historic battlefields
You can visit top Struggle sites and museums and follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest freedom icons in modern history, such as Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Mahatma Gandhi, among many others. South African rock art is among the best in the world and easily accessible, and historic battlefields where Boer battled Zulus, Zulus battled Brits, and Brits battled Boers abound.
Where else can a person sail beside a whale, or watch whale mothers and babies bask and roll; go eye-to-eye with different kinds of sharks; cage dive with great whites; be charmed by friendly penguins or leaping dolphins; experience some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling in the world; watch giant turtles lay their eggs on deserted beaches; or see the hatchlings making their desperate run for the sea?
Gorgeous, sunny weather most of the time, spectacular locations, loads of mega-thrill adventures (including the highest commercial bridge bungee jump in the world), river rafting, abseiling, hiking, horse riding, hiking, paragliding and 4×4 routes – South Africa is known as the adventure center of the world.
Indulge the senses
Relax and rejuvenate the South African way. You will find health and wellness retreats – many of them globally award-winning – throughout the country. Many use indigenous oils and ingredients to help clients de-stress and wind down – by the beach, in the bush, at a hotel, or wherever they are.
Experience the unique rhythm of the cities when feeling the beat of live kwaito, hip-hop or jazz at a local nightclub, bar or township shebeen (tavern); be entertained in our theatres; play at our ritzy casinos; visit South Africa’s unique museums and art galleries; shop in glitzy shopping malls or African craft markets; or dine in its fabulous restaurants.