Planning Your Trip
South Africa is a vast country. Flying to Johannesburg, affectionately called “Jozi” and leaving from Cape Town will allow you to extend your visit and enjoy the best available attractions such as experiencing the wildest animal encounter in an exclusive safari, driving along the Garden Route and tasting the most authentic local gastronomy, or visiting Zululand and Durban. Do not forget than many visitors to South Africa will take advantage of proximity of Zambia and Zimbabwe to end their trip with an extension to Victoria Falls, known as one of the seven wonders of the world.
“Jozy” the Capital City
Johannesburg is the economic heart of Africa, a throbbing metropolis steadily growing and attracting the African elite. It is also a place where safety should not be forgotten even though it seems that crime statistics are improving. Keep on your toes and don’t take risks. Our selection of hotels is mostly related to be in the expected safest area of the city. Guided tours are definitely the safest way for sightseeing. Among all the multiple choice of interest we highly recommend not to miss “the Cradle of Humankind Tour”, a World Heritage Site, where you will see the 4.7 million year old Little Foot skeleton; the “Township Tour”, originally taking place in Soweto, will give you a fascinating insight into the daily life of the segregated black neighborhood; the “Mine Tour” is a real exposure to the an underground operational-mine which will help you to understand the gold and diamond mining heritage of the country.
Cape Town and The Winelands
Viewing the sunset from Table Mountain should not be missed but many other jewels make Capetown a top of the world hot spot and the best destination in Africa and the Middle East, if we look at the great quantity of awards the city has received. The pristine sandy beaches, the cliff-hugging coast and the extended carpeted hills covered by vineyards are adding charm to it unique climate as it is separated from the rest of the continent by a barrier of Mountains. Table Mountain, a slab of sandstone and granite, is Cape Town most recognizable feature. Cape Of Good Hope Nature Reserve, also known as Cape Point, is home for baboons, zebras, and ostriches; it can be reached following the splendid Chapman’s Peak Drive which snakes passing various suburbs. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is one of the best in the world. Finally, a visit of Cape Town would never be complete without an homage to Nelson Mandela and a trip to Robben Island, a World Heritage Site.
Safaris and Game Reserves
South Africa is a wild country where you can be truly in communion with nature. Home of wild animals with predators roaming, herds of antelopes and elephants grazing in vast plains, rivers swollen with hippos, river banks sheltering sleepy crocodiles. Safaris could extend to neighboring countries, such as Botswana and Zimbabwe following the big game which does not respect country borders. The area’s richest in big game and luxurious or just comfortable lodges are in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Besides the famous and well maintained Kruger National Park you can also experience Private Game Reserves like Sabi Sand, Maneyleti,Timbavati, Thornibush or Makalali.
Zulu Land and Durban
The KwaZulu-natal is often seen as the most “African” province. The main city, Durban, on the Indian Ocean Coast is one of the busiest port in Africa. Ancient traditions still play a major role in today’s life and you will witness the most authentic ceremonies such as Sangoma initiation rites and the annual Reed Dance attended by thousand of Zulu virgins and their king.
The Garden Route and Klein Karoo
Cape Town and Port Elizabeth are the major gateways to the region. The quaint little town of Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. Along the coast or through mountains this part of the journey allows a relaxed approach as you go from surf and sandy beaches to lakes, forests, gardens and vineyards, watching whales and dolphins, visiting an ostrich farm, and tasting oysters, mussels and delicious fresh fish.