South Africa

Location: Southern Africa

Total Area: 1.22 million sq km

Border countries: Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana,

Lesotho, and Swaziland

Climate: tropical; rainy season (November to March)

Popularity rating:

10/10

At the southern point of the African continent, South Africa has a long stretching coast line reaching from Namibia to Mozambique, encompassing the independent kingdoms of Swaziland and Lesotho. The countries diverse terrain supports its wide array of animals, plantlife and birds. From rolling plains of the Highveld, to wide-open savannahs of the Kalahari, to the white beaches of Cape Town – South Africa has it all. In addition to the world famous wildlife reserve Kruger in the north west of the country, South Africa  is speckled with other smaller parks or reserves. Whether you want to enjoy the adrenaline of activities of the Garden Route, spot the Big 5 in Kruger or relax besides the ocean – South Africa is the one stop holiday destination.

Cape Town

Cape Town offers a great diversity of cultures, cuisines, activities and landscapes. With the picturesque backdrop of the impressive Table Mountain, the coastal city has a generous offering of things to do.

Wild Coast

Wild Coast includes the pretty seaside villages of the Jikeleza Route that run south along the coastline between the Kei River and East London.

Highlights

Garden Route

The 300-kilometer stretch of coastal road on the south west tip of South Africa regarded as the most beautiful coastal stretch in the country. Home to almost a dozen nature and marine reserves, a road trip on the Garden Route offers plenty of opportunities for activities along the way.

Kruger

The flagship national park of South Africa, is one of the largest game reserves on the continent and one of the world’s greatest wildlife-watching destinations. 

Johannesburg

The biggest of South Africa’s cities, Johannesburg offers a number of historic and cultural sights for visitors, and is a gateway to travel in Southern Africa.

Pilansberg

Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa’s fourth largest game park, is situated in a crater in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, and is roughly 3 hours away from Johannesburg by car.