A country of astounding diversity, South Africa is a captivating sight to its travelers with its stunning landscapes, burning deserts of Karoo and Kalahari, misty heights of Drakensberg range, and the massive Blyde River Canyon. Even in urban Cape Town you need to just look up to see the beautiful fynbos (indigenous flora) climbing the slopes of Table Mountain while, nearby, two of the world’s most dramatic coastal roads lead to Cape Point, and Hermanus. Add the vineyards carpeting the Winelands, old-growth forests along the Garden Route, and Tsitsikamma, Indian Ocean beaches and Lesotho’s inspiring mountains, and there is a staggering variety to enjoy.South Africa is one of the continent’s best safari destinations, offering the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino), and more in accessible parks and reserves.
South Africa’s ever-changing scenery is the perfect canvas on which to paint an activity-packed trip. Try rock-climbing in the craggy Cederberg, surfing off the Eastern Cape coast, abseiling from Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain, or bungee jumping from a Garden Route bridge. If sports aren’t your thing, opt instead for a multi-day treks through wildlife reserves, dusty day walks in the semi-desert Karoo, catered “slackpacking” trails along the Cape coast, or an overnight hike into the sometimes snow-capped peaks of the Drakensberg.
The rainbow nation is culturally rich sharing traditions, language, and cusines of Africa, Asia, and Europe; encounters with creatures from dung beetles to white rhinos; accommodation options from rustic cabins to deluxe hotels and above all, a constantly changing landscape in which to enjoy it all.