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Welcome to South Africa

South Africa. The Rainbow Nation; and the land of my birth is a place of stark contrasts and juxtaposition. A home to diversity in every form. It is a wildland where the sound of silence still melds effortlessly with star-studded skies.

 

The unlikely rainforests of Nelspruit and lush St Lucia wetlands blend and shift freely into the rocky Drakensberg mountain ranges and onto seemingly arid Karoo semidesert sands. It is a land where the call of the fish eagle and vuvuzela pierce the coming dawn.

South Africa is a country of laid-back cool and bustling commerce. It is raw rural plains, rough urban edges and sleek and glossy highrises. It is informal settlements and acre long manicured lawns. It is a land of opulence and survival. It is an amalgamation of mosques, synagogues, churches and temples and 11 local languages mixed into the air. It is a fragrant bursting, melding and jiving of art galleries, hip bars, shabeens and world-rated restaurants; and where design-savvy shops sit aside street vendors and hagglers. It is a place of colourful cuisines and excited tongues. There is no other place like it.

 

Meet my South Africa.

The options and experiences available to you when visiting South Africa are as endless and as varied as you ever could have imagined! Whether you’re an outdoorsy nature lover, culture vulture, foodie, an adrenaline junkie, simply in need of an unwinding seaside chill, or wanting a combination of all of the above, there is a match to fit your mix!

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South Africa Highlights

  • The Blyderiver Canyon in Mpumalanga. It is the third largest canyon in the world – and the largest green one.
  • The Tugela Falls in KwaZulu Natal. At 948m (3110ft), is the second highest waterfall in the world.
  • Hermanus in the Western Cape. It is the world’s best land-based whale-watching spot.
  • St. Lucia estuarine system, in Kwazulu Natal. It is a World Heritage Site and the largest estuarine system in Africa lording 280km of coastline and is 328 000 hectares in size.
  • The Vredefort Crater. At 2,02 billion years old, it is the oldest known crater on Earth and with an original diameter of 300km, it is also the largest crater on the planet.
  • Maboneng Precinct. Visit the Graffiti Capital of Africa and explore life behind the ‘tag’.
  • Route62. Spanning a distance of 850km, this is the longest wine route in the world.
  • Table Mountain. Whether you take up the climb or opt for the line to the car, there is something special about seeing the city from atop this quartzitic sandstone marvel.
  • Bloukrans Bridge. At the border of the Eastern and Western Cape, just outside Plettenberg Bay, you will find the highest commercial bungee jump in the world. That’s a 216m drop.
  • Robberg Beach. A blue-flag beach and arguably the Garden Route’s finest.
  • Timbavati and Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. I have a soft spot for these two Private Concessions as one is home to Tanda Tula Tented Camp. A little gem is a sea of big brothers.  The other Londolozi, which is undeniably the matriarch and historian to the Greater Kruger.
  • Cape Town and Surrounds. It is a Factory of all-sorts for foodies with an ever-expanding range. The gamut is as wide and wonderful to please any belly on any budget.

 

Planning a Trip to South Africa

A bit of advice on where to go and what to do.

 

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Welcome to South Africa

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