Welcome to South Africa, a diverse country of breathtaking natural beauty - from sun-baked deserts to sub-tropical coastlines, majestic mountains to vast expanses of untamed bushveld, teeming with wildlife.
The Eastern Cape is strikingly varied in its scenic beauty. Its landscape ranges from pristine forest to arid desert, from looming sandstone cliffs to unspoilt emerald green coastline. Scattered along the Garden Route, fashionable seaside resorts abound, attracting visitors from around the globe. Tiny coastal villages appeal especially to outdoor people who enjoy an unstructured holiday agenda.
The national parks and game reserves are home to a wealth of wildlife including the rare mountain zebra. Over 200 elephants inhabit the Addo Elephant Park.
A popular leisure resort, Port Elizabeth beckons with an attractive atmosphere of year-round holiday fun against a backdrop of urban activity. In addition to sport, land-based leisure options encompass a wide range.
The Sotho word, Gauteng, means "Place of Gold”. Vibrant, exciting Johannesburg, the provincial capital of Gauteng offers visitors a large selection of recreational, cultural and historical attractions.
This dynamic province offers a wide variety of cultural and leisure activities - over 60 museums which include South African art, natural and military history and gold mining. For a wildlife experience, visit the Johannesburg and Pretoria Zoos or game reserves which are within an hours drive from Gautengs major cities. There are also outstanding botanical gardens and bird sanctuaries for visitors to enjoy.
Kwazulu Natal is a kaleidoscope of natural wonders, ultra modern facilities, fascinating glimpses of a multi cultured people, a history rich in heroic deeds and bloody battles. All set against a majestic backdrop of sun, sea, mountains, sky and rolling hills of sugar cane.
Leisure facilities abound. Visit uShaka Marine World, Wilsons Wharf on the Victoria Embankment and the nearby BAT centre. Enjoy fine traditional dining, entertainment and shopping in scenic surroundings. Shop till you drop in modern shopping malls. Grey Street and the Warwick Triangle boast vibrant local shops and markets. Beachfront stalls sell traditional arts and crafts. Enjoy the excellent entertainment on offer at the city’s theatres and clubs. If its peace and sheer beauty you’re after, make for Durban’s nature sanctuaries or parks.
A visit to the Drakensberg is a must, with its awe-inspiring basalt cliffs, snow-capped peaks in winter, lush yellow wood forests and cascading waterfalls.
Wedged between the magnificent Orange and Vaal Rivers lies a region blessed with such beauty and grace that for scores of years thousands of pioneers paid the ultimate sacrifice for the honour and privilege of calling it their home.
The Free State is a rural province of wide horizons and blue skies, with farmland, mountains, goldfields and widely dispersed towns.
Impressive game reserves exist such as the Willem Pretorius. The grassy plains in the south of the reserve provide ideal conditions for large herds of plain game such as black wildebeest and springbok. The ridges, koppies and plains typical of the northern section are home to kudu, red hartebeest, white rhino and buffalo. The African wildcat, black wildebeest, zebra, eland, white rhino and, the endangered wild dog can also be seen. Probably the most scenically attractive of all the reserves in the Free State is the Golden Gate Highlands National Park dominated by spectacular sandstone mountains.
Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy horse-riding, hunting, and bird watching. The rivers and dams offer a myriad of water sport opportunities. There are various day and overnight hiking routes.
Known as the Great North, the Limpopo province is land of legend. Ruins and relics abound in ancient forests, sparkling trout waters, hot mineral springs and waterfalls. Much remaining unchanged for centuries, offering unlimited opportunities for the enjoyment of untamed Africa. Limpopo is home to ancient lands and pre-historic secrets. This is home to the Stone Age and Iron age relics of Makapansgat Valley and the treasures of Mapungubwe that date back to time immemorial.
The northern section of the Kruger National Park is renowned for its large herds of elephant and buffalo, significant numbers of tsessebe and sable and a rich bird life. On the parks western border, excellent privately owned game reserves offer luxurious, air-conditioned accommodation and day and night game viewing in open 4x4 vehicles. The mountainous area of the Waterberg is also home to numerous game reserves, proving a rewarding experience of wilderness country.
Mpumalanga, which means the place where the sun rises, is a province of extraordinary natural beauty. Typical of its landscape are forests, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and panoramic passes offering magnificent scenic views.
Mpumalanga is well known for its wildlife parks. In particular, the world renowned Kruger National Park, with several luxurious private nature reserves on its western boundary, are literally teeming with wildlife and is one of South Africa’s top tourist attractions. This is big game country where visitors can see the Big Five. Some of the other popular attractions include the Blyde River Canyon, one of Africas true scenic gems, and Bourkes Luck Potholes.
Although primarily a farming region, producing sunflower and much of South Africas maize, the North-West province is rich in mineral wealth such as gold and platinum. A number of excellent game reserves have been established including the Pilanesberg National Park, known as "The Jewel of the North-West". The crater of a long extinct volcano is the setting of the Pilanesberg National Park - a fascinating alkaline complex produced by volcanic action some 1 300 million years ago. Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world.
Adjacent to the Pilanesberg National Park lies the famous Sun City leisure resort and The Palace of the Lost City. Sun City is internationally renowned as one of South Africa s premier holiday resorts, offering a multitude of attractions and activities to keep everyone occupied. It also has two of the best golf courses in the country.
In the southwest corner of South Africa, the sun points the way to a place of clear skies, overwhelming quiet and wide open spaces.
Reminiscent of the discoverers of old, their sense of adventure uncurbed, modern-day adventurers are becoming more and more entranced with the Northern Cape. Hikers, 4x4 enthusiasts, river rafters, hunters and divers seize at the opportunity to explore the unspoilt desert and dunes, river and sea. They do not come here to get lost in the crowds, but rather to find themselves, to hear again their own thoughts and to rediscover their connection with Nature. They harness all their senses to truly experience the Northern Cape and are well rewarded for the effort.
The intrepid San people, small tribes of hunter-gatherers, were among the first humans to explore this land and make it their home. Their account of their lives and beliefs has been left in the form of rock art all over the province.
Cape Town and the Western Cape is a first class destination, located at the tip of the African continent. In 2004 it was chosen as the Best City in Africa, voted as one of the world’s top 8 creative cities by Newsweek in 2002 and also as Favourite Foreign City in 2004 by the UK Telegraph.
Cape Town and the Western Cape have extremely successful film, advertising and fashion industries. In addition its wine, fishing and agricultural industries are famous al