The southernmost tip of the African continent, hosts many jewels in the Dark Continent. One cannot reasonable fence around this nature’s marvel that has seemingly managed to survive this long given the temperatures, economic crisis, and their natural habitat. You will find the perfect Safari experience here than any other place on the planet. From nature’s most spectacular sceneries, to the most formidable and exotic resorts, South Africa will leave you spell bound!
South Africa houses many natural wildlife zones with the most sought after “Big Five” territory. Photographers, biologists, and of course tourists, flock these natural reserves to spot the “Big Five”: lion, buffalo, leopard, rhino, and elephant in its raw form. You can find them in Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces, Kgalagadi (Kalahari) Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, a place known to be the top safari itinerary.
Durban’s Golden Mile, KwaZulu-Natal is the starting point to tour the city, and continues to have a chain of long beaches, flashy complexes, uShaka Marine World -a wonderland of sea-themed attractions, Moses Mabhida Stadium and Mini Town which is a tiny replica of Durban with a miniature replica of rail, airports, and harbor scenes.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal, is truly a miracle and wonder given the Africa’s largest estuarine system. It connects eight-interwoven ecosystems including coral reefs, swamp dunes, with a record setting rich marine and bio-life species. There are tons of adventure sports one can opt for here. The Garden Route, stretches along the Indian Ocean from the Mossel Bay in the Western Cape, to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. It engulfs a cliff, a couple of lakes, lagoons, green hills and n-number of adventure cladded activity.
The Drakensberg or the Mountain Dragons, KwaZulu-Natal is a must-visit place threaded with jaw-dropping beauty. It has the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, Royal Natal National Park of inspiring Amphitheatre, the Giant Castle Game Reserve protecting herds of eland, with the dense forests sheltering the valleys.
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga, is a home to Africa’s second largest Canyon with living biodiversity. Panoramic viewpoints include Three Rondavels, and the God’s Window aptly named for their aesthetic sense. Boat trips and whitewater river rafting is also available here.
Cage Dive with Great White Sharks in Cape Town for a change and adrenaline rush. Cape Town tour operators organize shark cage dives to areas such as Seal Islands, Simon’s Town, Mossel Bay and is a self-proclaimed :Great White Shark Capital of the World. Since these cages are custom designed to withstand tremendous pressure, you don’t even have to pass the pass the diving certification!
Robben Island, Western Cape in the Table Bay is listed among the World-Heritage sites because of its haunting reminders of the horrors that dawned the apartheid. This place is where the legendary Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. The best part about this place is that your guides are ex-prisoners of this place who share their first-hand experiences with you. It has Victoria and Alfred Waterfront has a Museum dedicated for this cause too.
Johannesburg, the largest and also regarded as the “city of gold” is the vibrant heart of the country. This is the land that witnessed the genesis of Democracy. It also is close to what is known as the soul of the land, the Soweto or the southwestern townships that birthed the freedom movement. Pretoria, Gauteng is the administrative capital housing the Voortrekker Monument and Heritage Site and many Freedom Parks. These places are worth a visit to scan through time, with the Mandela House, Apartheid Museums, Constitution Hill, Gold Reef City and what not?
Tourism here is treasured with memories that will last a life-time. With dream-like desert experience, with the lush breeze through the African Savannas, great gaping gorges, private game reserves and lodges, you will find them all in here. Move on Leisure, will take you on its canvas, painting it the way you want is all up to you!