South Africa Travel Guide

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'I believe that South Africa is the most beautiful place on earth. Admittedly, I am biased, but when you combine the natural beauty of South Africa with the friendliness and cultural diversity of our people, and the fact that the region is a haven for Africa's most splendid wildlife, then I think even the most scrupulous critic would agree that we have been blessed with a truly wonderful land. I would like to extend a personal invitation to you to come and see for yourself the splendour of South Africa. I know that my people will be delighted to welcome you and I think you will be enchanted by their warmth and hospitality. I am equally sure that you will enjoy our culture, our cuisine and the warmth of our people'.
Nelson Mandela - humanitarian AIDS campaigner and previous President of South Africa (1994-1999)

South Africa is an awesome holiday destination with so much to do you'll be spoiled for choice. South Africa is internationally renowned as one of the world's top game viewing and birding destinations, but it also has some of the world's best flowers, which can be seen to great advantage, particularly in the Western Cape where the indigenous fynbos forms part of the Cape Floral Region, which is a world heritage site.

As if that's not enough, South Africa also has 3,000 km coastline with fabulous beaches and water sports, and great dolphin and whale watching.

South Africa has some fantastic cultural and historical attractions. It's widely accepted to be the birthplace of the human race, so you can explore your roots here and ponder on the meaning of life. You could also visit historical battlefields, fabulous rock art sites and interesting monuments relating to the history of South Africa and the struggle against apartheid.
But it's not all about the past - ancient buildings and dusty museums - it's the people that make South Africa really special. You can spend weeks doing nothing but visiting interesting communities, doing contemporary cultural tours and perhaps spending a few nights as a guest in a township home stay or in a rural village.

For the more physically active, there are loads of golf courses, and an awesome array of adventure activities ranging from mild to wild, serene to extreme, or tame to insane.

But if you'd rather be pampered than pumped up, you can retreat to one of hundreds of wellness centres or spas and be pummelled, plucked and preened to your heart's content. Or you can forget the body beautiful brigade and take a real holiday, indulging in fabulous food and wine and - occasionally - working on your sun tan. It's a hard choice.

Interesting Link: Nelson Mandela Children's Fund

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Accommodation near South Africa

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R1,690
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Thesen Islands

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Bethesda Tower

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from R500
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Hadida Guest House

Sleeps 61 Kimberley Self-catering in Kimberley

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from R400
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A Barn Lodge

Sleeps 12 Kimberley Self-catering in Kimberley

A Barn Lodge is situated in a safe environment with a great atmosphere. The lodge has three luxury e...

from R750
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Beach House Guest House - Hout Bay

Sleeps 18 Hout Bay Guest House in Hout Bay

The Beach House Guest House offers a harmonious blend of d├ęcor and architectural style reflecting th...

from R500
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Beau & I

Sleeps 12 Graaff-Reinet Bed and Breakfast in Graaff-Reinet

Situated in the heart of Graaff-Reinet, we are within walking distance of shops, restaurants, museum...

from R350
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Elior Guest House

Sleeps 10 Generaal De Wet Guest House, Generaal De Wet Self-catering in Generaal De Wet

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from R700
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Valley of The Rainbow

Sleeps 42 Dullstroom Guest House in Dullstroom

Valley of The Rainbow is located in a private nature reserve in a secluded valley surrounded by moun...

from R560
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Ukarimu Guest House

Sleeps 12 Klerksdorp Guest House in Klerksdorp

Ukarimu is situated in a quiet suburb of Klerksdorp, a city in the North West Province of South Afri...

from R1,500
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Birch Cottage

Sleeps 6 Clarens Self-catering in Clarens

Birch Cottage is a comfortably furnished self-catering house situated in Clarens, with beautiful vie...