South Africa – probably my most favourite country visited – is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, extraordinary natural heritage, rugged unexplored coastlines and white sandy beaches. It also offers some amazing game viewing, where people all over the world are drawn to the alluring wilderness and stunning wildlife of the Kruger National Park.
There is something agreeably addictive about game watching here, a sense–awakening uncertainty. What’s around the next corner? The elusive leopard camouflaged in a tree? A dozing pride of lions? Rhinos that look like something out of Jurassic Park? It really is an absorbing drama with an ever–changing cast of characters that you can watch for hours on end.
A South Africa holiday caters for all tastes and not just the wilds of a remote game reserve. Relax on one of the fabulous beaches, sip cocktails in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, savour the five star wine and cuisine along the Garden Route. It’s all there just waiting to be discovered with some of the very best retreats available across the seven key regions of South Africa:
Western Cape: Cape Town, Winelands, Whale Watching, Garden Route.
Eastern Cape: Sunshine Coast, Safari, Addo Elephant Park.
Mpumalanga: Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Kruger Park.
Limpopo Province: Funduzi Sacred Lake, Baobab Tree’s, Safari’s.
North West Province: Sun City, Safari’s, Magaliesberg.
KwaZulu Natal: Battlefields, St Lucia Wetlands, Drakensberg Mountains
With so many options, it’s hard to know where to begin……………….
My top tips when travelling to South Africa
Stay on a private game reserve to get the best game viewing experience – there are ‘Malaria–free’ areas too!
Don’t miss seeing the unusual sight of the Penguins at Boulder Beach in Cape Town
Blyde River Canyon (3rd to the Grand Canyon) is one of those hidden secrets.
A once–in–a–lifetime opportunity to cuddle a purring cheetah at the Cango wildlife Ranch on the Garden Route
Taste the wonderful wines from this remarkable country.
Leave your safari to the end of your holiday – it will be the highlight of your trip!