South Africa, with its diverse touristic offerings, has become an extremely popular travel destination for visitors from all over the world. The wonderful wildlife reserves are most probably still the biggest attraction, but it is now well known that South Africa has much more to offer than just exceptional safaris.
Thousands of kilometres of coastline, offering popular and vibey holiday spots, but also untouched, pristine beaches, rugged mountains which are ideal for hiking and mountain biking, , cosmopolitan cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg, culinary hot-spots in the Cape Winelands, the scenic Garden Route and the unique Kalahari Desert, to mention just a few.
The best known of the National Parks is undoubtedly the Kruger National Park. This huge park is also one of the oldest and best managed parks in Africa. In the Greater Kruger Park Area you will find the finest private game reserves, like Sabi Sands, Thornybush and Timbavati.
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Cape Town, the surrounding Cape Winelands and coastal areas should definitely not be overlooked when planning a trip to Southern Africa. It makes a perfect city/beach add-on to any safari and has something for everyone.
The Garden Route is one of the best known gems and the perfect stretch for a leisurely self drive itinerary. Visiting the quaint villages of Knysna, Sedgefield and Plettenberg Bay, the ostrich town Oudsthoorn, and the scenically extraordinary Tsitsikamma Forest.
The Kalahari is known as a fossil desert, a dry savannah with many dramatic Acacia thorn trees, grasses and dunes that do not move. Culturally this area is renowned to the San people or Bushmen, who have been living in the Kalahari for thousands of years and are one of the last remaining hunter-gathering cultures in the world.