South Africa

I refer to South Africa as “credit card Africa” as the country is diverse, big and the bustling cities have a cosmopolitan air of being uniquely African.

Johannesburg is the main transit hub for travellers arriving, departing or moving around southern Africa.

The two icons, Kruger National Park and Cape Town, are found in most travel guides and brochures around the world. You can see the big five on a single game drive in one of the Kruger Park lodges. The lodges are busy and competitive and they have everything that can open or shut and most are in the safari five star range.

Cape Town fondly referred to as the mother city by most residents, is the gateway to the magnificent mountain wine lands, the stunning garden route and the empty Karoo flatlands beyond.

Car hire is affordable, train adventures such as the Blue Train are memorable and yes, there is any kind of adrenaline adventure available – from bungee jumping off the Storms River Bridge to shark cage diving.

For most visitors, the South African experience is a surprise.

What we love about South Africa:

- Quick big five game experiences in malaria free game reserves

- Cultural history that stretches from the Cradle of Mankind to Nelson Mandela

- Magnificent and tasty mountainous wine land hideaways

- Self drive bed and breakfast routes along the garden route

- and over the Drakensberg

- Relaxed and historical tours and overland rail travel