FROM - NELSON MANDELA
"I believe that South Africa is the most
beautiful place on earth. Admittedly, I am
biased but when you combine the natural
beauty of sunny South Africa with the
friendliness and cultural diversity of our
people, and the fact that the region is a
haven for Africa's most splendid wildlife,
then I think that we have been blessed with
a truly wonderful land."
Africa makes indelible impressions
and reawakens your sense of awe.
It offers affordable luxury, cosmopolitan sophistication, and untarnished natural beauty.
It’s the heart-pounding thrill of surfing, hiking, or feeling the pulse of Africa in dazzling and chic Cape Town nightclubs.
Experience a wondrous profusion of animals, dazzling colors, and ancient art forms.
South Africa is the heart of soul—unspoiled, but ready to spoil you.
From the cradle of humankind to the celebrated birthplace of a new democracy, South Africa embodies warmth and hospitality, creativity, and possibility.
Set your feelings free. Discover a new world. It’s possible.
Surprising and Unusual Places
From phantom forests to seafood safaris, from diving with sharks in Gansbaai to running with wild horses in Kaapsche Hoop, one thing is for certain - South Africa is an extraordinary destination for those in search of something extra special.
Esoteric South Africa
Soul safaris are the new travel buzzword. As the world speeds up, so people slow down when it comes to holiday time. But rejuvenation is no longer only defined by lying in the sun on a tropical beach. Rather, holiday makers are seeking out more meaningful experiences that focus on personal growth and healing. So if it's esoteric adventure, pilgrimages and places of spiritual retreat that you're after, South Africa has a rich and unique offering.
Lost Kingdom of Mapungubwe
Mapungubwe was southern Africa's first true kingdom. Now it's South Africa's newest cultural World Heritage site and lies at the heart of the majestic Mapungubwe National Park, in the Limpopo Valley.
There are few better places to be at one with nature, than in South Africa. Home to the 'Big Five', a visit to any one of our many game lodges will ensure that you will see Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo.
Enjoy a game drive and see nature's beasts of the field in their natural habitat. The more adventurous can do a game viewing trip on horseback or elephant back.
A horseback game view enables you to get really close, sometimes within arms length, of natures most amazing animals.
Bird lovers, don't despair! South African Game Reserves are teeming with endless varieties of birds. From the lightning fast falcon, to the dainty double breasted roller, fans of our flying friends will not be disappointed.
The little town of Kaapsche Hoop in Mpumalanga province is home to misty mountains and legendary wild horses. The horses are said to run free and there are many myths and legends about their presence in this rural town. If you're not out searching for these wild beasts then visit many of the local artists, hang out at the local pub or stay overnight at one of the quaint bed and breakfasts in the area.
Forest and other great attractions in the
The town of Knysna, along the world-famous Garden Route has always been known for its forest landscapes and genteel atmosphere. Now guests can live in the height of luxury within Knysna's beautiful green lung.
Beautiful hotels and great guest houses with beautifully decorated accommodations to enhance the natural surroundings.
It offers great adventure activities as one of many fun activities the Canopy Tour (the same concept as that in Costa Rica) The up close and personal whale watching with nature researchers and the spectacular beauty of the area keeps one enthralled. The only problem with a visit to the Garden Route …is eventually prompting yourself to leave.
Sharkville, South Africa
They call it the Great White capital of Southern Africa, and for many the coastal town of Gansbaai is an extraordinary place. Situated in the Western Cape (in the shadow of the Duyenefontein mountains) Gansbaai is a veritable mecca for those who are keen on cage-diving with sharks. Only those with nerves of steel need apply.
Gods and other legend
Limpopo's Lake Fundudzi is sacred to the Venda people and for good reason. According to local legend, the lake is said to be protected by a Python God. However, that's not all - the Vondo Forest, closeby, is recognized as a "holy forest" because it is the resting place of the Venda forefathers. Certainly, visitors can't help but be mesmerized by the legendary domba (snake) dance performed during initiation by the young Venda womenfolk.
Bethesda, a small Karoo town is something of
a mecca for artistic souls from around the
world. Once the home of famous local artist
Helen Marten,s who devoted her life to the
"search for light". During her lifetime she
created many beautiful sculptures depicting
otherworldly creatures, including her
absolute favourite - the owl.
Nieu Bethesda's Owl House is a shrine to her work and her life.
South Africans are not shy to take to the skies and hot air ballooning safaris are a rather special way of seeing our world. Known as a "soft-adventure", there are numerous companies that provide ballooning services all around the country. For example one can take flight over the Magaliesberg mountain range; the Natal Midlands, the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and recently Soweto balloon safaris have been added to the mix.
With alternative therapies being all the rage, a few South African psychologists have decided to use the bushveld as the landscape for healing. In South Africa this is known as "wilderness therapy", whereby a therapist takes a small group of people into the bush for some serious self-reflection and contemplation. Although this is a very new concept in South Africa, those who have taken part insist that it's an experience not to be missed. Or for those wanting to relax without any fuss the "Soul Safaris" is just the thing.
One certainly doesn't expect to find a mammoth Buddhist Temple en route to Pretoria (Gauteng Province), but as stated- South Africa is a rather extra-ordinary country. The Nan Hua Buddhist Temple in Bronkhorstspruit is open to visitors. This seminary is also responsible for training African Buddhist monks from all over the continent.
The small Karoo town of Matjiesfontein is definitely trapped in a time-warp of its own making. Perhaps this describes it the best: "Little more than two dusty streets beside a train track, the village resembles a film set rather than a Karoo dorp: every building, including the grand railway station is a classic period piece with tin roofs, pastel walls, well-tended gardens and Victorian frills.."
So if you wish to step back in time, then come along to Matjiesfontein, don't forget to bring your camera. The best way to see Matjiesfontein is on board the legendary ROVOS RAIL, or the elegant BLUE TRAIN that makes a stop there for breakfast en-route to and from Cape Town.
If you are making your way to the wonderful wildlands of Madikwe Game Reserve, then don't forget to stop over at the quaint town of Groot Marico along the way.
Made famous by legendary author, Herman Charles Bosman, Groot Marico is a one-street town with a literary heritage that you won't find any where else in the country. Here, people are incredibly hospitable and if you stay a while you will hear the great tales of Herman Charles Bosman and his wonderful characters.
No visit to South Africa is complete without a trip to one of the breathtaking and awe-inspiring game reserves. Make sure you include one of the parks below on your South African Game Reserve adventure.
The Kruger National park is the premier game viewing area in South Africa. There are many choices in safari lodges but not all of them offer the best game viewing experience. Make sure you discuss with your tour consultant for the best advice on how to maximize your safari experience.
Safari camps of note are Singita Boulders and Ebony, Mala Mala, Singita Lebombo, Sabi Sabi, Royal Malewane, Londolozi, Lion Sands, Leopard Hills, Singita Sweni, Camp Jabulani, Tintswalo, and others.
For something so unique and completely different - Tswalu Private Game Reserve situated in the edge of the mysterious desert wilderness in the Kalahari Desert
Malaria Free Safaris
Madikwe, Welgevonden, Tswalu and Eastern Cape offers malaria free safaris with superb game viewing and a great option of combining a safari with a few games of golf.
Absolutely no visit to South Africa is complete without a visit to Cape Town - Mother City of South Africa. Cape Town is not just another city. It is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Johannesburg once known as the city to be avoided. Not anymore, it has become a buzz with trendy hotspots and exciting happenings! Not withstanding the interesting tours to Soweto, the apartheid museum, the gold and diamond mines to explore, Sterkfontein caves and great art galleries.