Travelling to South Africa can be a very rewarding experience. Considered the cradle of life and situated at the Southern portion of the African continent, South Africa offers something for everyone. From Big 5 tours where you can see lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo in the wild, to deeply buried secrets of humankind from the distant past, South Africa is rich in history and diversity.
Cape town and the wild Cape coastline
The wild rugged coast lines of South Africa will thrill and amaze you, offering deserted beaches, dolphins, horseback riding and hiking trails. The famous Cape town in South Africa and the Cape Peninsula will want to be your first destination, giving you access to Table mountain and celebrity beaches, world class shopping and night-life and laid back atmosphere. While their also be sure to visit the award winning wine-lands, scattered along the beautiful cape wine routes through green valleys and historic towns.
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park was established in 1898 as a refuge to preserve and protect the wildlife of the Lowveld. Kruger national park has an impressive number of species, including 507 different species of birds and 147 mammals. From bushman rock painting to archaeological sites that represent the cultures, people and events in South Africa’s history. You can take guided tours or travel alone and camp alongside nature in this wonderful refuge.
Robben Island is a tourist attraction just off the Southern tip of the African continent. A short trip by high speed boat, it was once a political prison, the same place that once held Nelson Mandela during the Apartheid era, and offers guided tours of the high security prison. Visitors can roam the maximum security wing that held apartheid political prisoners, see the lime quarry where Nelson Mandela worked and a graveyard that dates back to the time when Robben Island was a leper colony. Robben Island also invites spectacular views of Cape Towns Table mountains.
South Africa is surrounded on three sides by water, making it a fantastic place to visit its rugged coastline and ocean wildlife, including whales, flying sharks, seals, sea otters and dolphins. The large colonies of African penguins have re-established on the Southern tip of the African coastline over the last two decades as well. An excellent place to view the penguins is at Boulders beach in Simon town.
Just a few hours drive from Cape town is Hermanus, known for its whale watching, and official whale crier that sounds a horn when a whale is spotted in the bay.
Africa’s Table Mountains
Now that you have seen the Table mountains from Robben Island and Cape town, it is time to visit the two mile wide sandstone mountain range and see it up close and personal, and take in everything they have to offer. Whether you take a few hours and hike the challenging trails or take a cable car, the 3500 foot (1,000 meter) mountain range has a wide variety of plant species. As part of the Unesco world heritage sites since 2004 to protect the local Fynbos (An Afrikaans word for floral kingdom), Table mountain offers a diverse range of bird, reptile, mammal, insect and amphibian species.
Africa’s wine lands
Now that you have been on the go for the past few days on wildlife adventures, travelling over land and sea and hiking the wild trails of South Africa, it is now time to relax and take a step back from the heart stopping excitement that Africa has to offer.
Visiting the Wine lands scattered across South Africa in Worcester and Paarl, South Africa’s wine industry dates back to the first European settlements in Cape Town more than 350 year ago by Dutch traders.
Visit South Africa
South Africa is a land rich in history and diversity, boasting a land of interesting artefacts and wildlife not seen any where else in the world. Be sure to visit Africa, and engage your heart and your mind in this exotic land.