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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... Read more

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  • African Leopard

    African Leopard

    Powerful, graceful and arguably one of the most beautiful of all the large cats, the elusive leopard (Panthera pardus or "Luiperd") is a master of stealth and survival. By far the strongest climber, it can haul prey twice...

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  • Beaches In Southern Africa

    Beaches in Southern Africa

    Sun, sand, sea, skimpy swimsuits and the smell of coconut-scented sun tan lotion. South Africa has a 3,000 km coastline with thousands of beaches, some of which are more appealing than others. So if you’re after a beach holiday,...

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  • Wildlife In Southern Africa

    Wildlife in Southern Africa

    Very few people visit South Africa and don't spend at least some time in a game reserve or national park. There is a huge variety of game to be seen, and different areas offer different experiences but many tourists seem to have...

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  • African Rhinoceros

    African Rhinoceros

    Rhino » Rhinoceros » Rhinocerotidae » ‘Renoster’ Who would mess with a rhinoceros? Only the grossly foolish, undoubtedly heartless and short-sighted would trouble this noble beast, endowed with great big horns, extremely tough...

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  • Flowers And Trees In Southern Africa

    Flowers and Trees in Southern Africa

    Botanically speaking, South Africa is a pretty special place, largely because of the phenomenal Cape Floral Region, which is the name given to a large part of the South Western Cape. The Cape Floral Region is part of the Cape...

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  • World Heritage Sites Of Southern Africa

    World Heritage Sites of Southern Africa

    South Africa's 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites are fascinating and exquisite places of natural or cultural inspiration that merit preservation for future generations. UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural...

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  • Public And School Holidays In Southern Africa 2014

    Public and School Holidays in Southern Africa 2014

    EASTER WEEKEND, PUBLIC & SCHOOL HOLIDAYS The beach is calling! Book your dream holiday spot before the rush…Don’t miss out on getting away for that much needed family holiday. During the December to January peak season and...

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  • South African Languages

    South African Languages

    South Africa is one of the world's most multi-lingual and culturally diverse nations, lying second to India. It lives up to its claim of being a ‘Rainbow Nation’ with eleven official languages, bestowing equal status on the...

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  • Sport In Southern Africa

    Sport in Southern Africa

    A PASSION FOR SPORTS South Africa is a sports crazy nation – it’s practically a religion, the most popular spectator sports being soccer, rugby and cricket. International matches and big local matches are well worth seeing...

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  • Airports Guide

    Airports Guide

    Mainstream International Airports Oliver Thambo International Airport Johannesburg airport information (011) 921-6262 Automated flight information 086 72 77 888 Distance from city centre 24km (15 miles) Taxi fare...

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  • Top 10 Attractions In Southern Africa

    Top 10 Attractions in Southern Africa

    KRUGER NATIONAL PARK Experience the bushveld and romance of 'real' Africa in this extraordinary park, indulge in a holistic spa at a luxury game lodge or get your pulse racing on a cycling safari... More info CAPE...

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  • Emergency Telephone Numbers

    Emergency Telephone Numbers

    Police 10111 all areas Ambulances 10177 all areas Emergency Services 107 all areas Johannesburg Hospitals and Clinics Sandton Clinic (0) 11 709 2000 Morningside Clinic (0) 11 783 8901 Milpark Hospital (0) 11 726...

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  • Abseiling In Southern Africa

    Abseiling in Southern Africa

    It was only towards the end of the last century that abseiling, also called rappelling, became an activity in its own right. Till then it was just the method climbers used to get off a mountain, cavers used to descend into the...

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  • African Buffalo

    African Buffalo

    Also one of the great big stomping foot, hoof and horn brigade - the Big Five - the African buffalo is like a massive cow on steroids. Once popular trophies for big game hunters, they're fascinating and incredibly gregarious...

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  • African Elephant

    African Elephant

    The African elephant is the largest living land animal, renowned for its intelligence, memory, unique communication methods and amazing social behaviour. The heaviest elephant ever recorded weighed an astonishing 12,000 kg but...

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  • Leopard

    Leopard

    Powerful, graceful and arguably one of the most beautiful of all the large cats, the elusive leopard is a master of stealth and survival. By far the strongest climber, it can haul prey twice its own body weight up into a tree...

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  • South African Wildlife

    South African Wildlife

    Very few people visit South Africa and don't spend at least some time in a game reserve or national park. There is a huge variety of game to be seen, and different areas offer different experiences but many tourists seem to have...

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  • Bungy Jumping, Swings And Slides, Southern Africa

    Bungy Jumping, Swings and Slides, Southern Africa

    OK – why anybody would want to jump off a perfectly good bridge is a moot point but, obviously, lots of people do – and they pay good money to do so. It's not really a mystery – it's probably one of the wildest (safe) adrenaline...

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  • Canoeing, Kayaking & Rafting, Southern Africa

    Canoeing, Kayaking & Rafting, Southern Africa

    South Africa is a relatively dry country but we do have some fantastic rivers, lakes and wetlands on which to paddle - and, of course, we have a 3,000km coastline so there is plenty of ocean. In fact, paddling is big in SA....

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  • Diving In Southern Africa

    Diving in Southern Africa

    South Africa has a 3,000km coastline so there are hundreds of dive sites and good snorkelling spots. But, even more interesting, there's loads of variety, ranging from the icy kelp forests off Cape Town to the tropical coral...

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  • Mountain Biking In South Africa

    Mountain Biking in South Africa

    South Africa is a great mountain biking destination. And not just mountain biking – there are lovely day cycle tours and good places for bikepacking expeditions. Most MTB trails are on farms, in forestry land or national parks....

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  • Surfing In Southern Africa

    Surfing in Southern Africa

    Sun, sea, sand and ... stupendous surf. Just think about it. South Africa's coastline is 3,000 km long so it's not surprising that it has some of the best surf in the world. Here's a very condensed run around the coast from east...

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  • Tree Top Canopy Tours In South Africa

    Tree Top Canopy Tours in South Africa

    Tree top canopy tours differ from all other zip swings, foefie slides and flying foxes in their emphasis. Sure - you slide along cables at height but that's where the similarity ends. Tree top canopy slides were originally...

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  • Wine In South Africa

    Wine in South Africa

    South African wine is equal to the best in the world, and the many wineries – mostly relatively close to Cape Town – are well geared up for tasting tours, wine sales and international deliveries. Most also have other attractions,...

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  • Flying Adventures In Southern Africa

    Flying Adventures in Southern Africa

    If you're into flying, you'll find that in South Africa the sky's the limit. That's because we don't offer rocket flights out into space, but that's about all we don't do. South Africa is one of the few places in the world,...

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  • Horse Trails In Southern Africa

    Horse Trails in Southern Africa

    There are loads of places in South Africa and southern Africa where you can do a gentle day ride on the outskirts of cities or in popular tourist spots, but there are also some excellent multi-day horse trails and pony...

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  • Bird Watching In South Africa

    Bird Watching in South Africa

    There are over 900 species of birds in southern Africa, many of which can be seen to great advantage in the more popular game viewing areas but, if you're particularly interested in birds, there are a few spots you shouldn't...

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  • Windsurfing & Kitesurfing In South Africa

    Windsurfing & Kitesurfing in South Africa

    All you need for windsurfing or kitesurfing is a nice stretch of water and some wind, and you'll find that in dozens of places all along the coast. But - like anything - some places are just that little bit special, and Cape Town...

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  • Golf In South Africa

    Golf in South Africa

    South Africa is a great golfing destination for a number of reasons. Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, there are loads of great golf courses. Secondly, the weather is fabulous and, thirdly, the green fees, as a rule, compare...

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Umdloti Beach Suburb of Durban City North

Far from the Madding Crowd - We chose Umdloti because it is near Durban but not in the crush of the city. Great beaches and the opportunity to see dolphins and whales (which we saw again).

Paul Sondergaard
South Africa
Stormsriver Village Town of Tsitsikamma

A nice village - Amazing surroundings.

JJB Nienhuis
Netherlands
De Kelders Town of Overberg

Whale watching in De Kelders - A lovely spot to stay in beautiful guest houses which overlook the bay. Whale watching is great as there were several in the bay (dolphins had also visited the day before) and a pair came in very close to the shore for sometime so that guests and hikers could sit and watch them closely. A good cliff walk to a small clean beach but we were disappointed not to be able to walk onto the bigger Nature Reserve beach.

Ms Karen Shaw
England
Oudtshoorn Town of Little Karoo

Near the oude meul - Lots of great touristic attractions.

JJB Nienhuis
Netherlands
Hermanus Town of Overberg

Hermanus - I will definitely go back to Hermanus. Beautiful views, lovely food and wine.

hesther de waal
South Africa
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Things to do in South Africa

  • GorgeGlide Cullinan GorgeGlide Cullinan

    Fun Park in
    South Africa

    3 Reviews
    GorgeGlide Cullinan provides you with high, fast and exciting zip-line slides that leave you wanting...
  • Sodwana Beach Sodwana Beach

    Beach in
    South Africa

    3 Reviews
    Sodwana Bay offers an incredibly long stretch of pristine beach to explore and walk. During December and...
  • Yzerfontein Main Beach Yzerfontein Main Beach

    Beach in
    South Africa

    3 Reviews
    Yzerfontein is mostly known for having wonderful spring wildflowers, great kitesurfing and windsurfing,...
  • Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

    Nature Reserve in
    South Africa

    2 Reviews
    The magnificent Witpoortjie waterfall forms the backdrop to this lovely botanical garden covering...
  • Lion Park Lion Park

    Nature Reserve in
    South Africa

    2 Reviews
    Get up close and personal with rare white lions The Lion Park offers terrific close encounters with...
  • Water Freaks Water Freaks

    Dam or Vlei in
    South Africa

    2 Reviews
    Come and enjoy an extreme jet boat ride with Water Freaks at Hartbeespoort Dam. You'll cruise for 20...
  • Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort

    Popular Attraction in
    South Africa

    2 Reviews
    Offering amazing views of Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort Dam and the surrounding area, the 'Harties...
  • Cullinan Diamond Mine Cullinan Diamond Mine

    Popular Attraction in
    South Africa

    2 Reviews
    Cycle back in time to an immaculately restored, yet living and growing community that is as much about...
  • Bon Af Berry Farm Bon Af Berry Farm

    Farm in
    South Africa

    2 Reviews
    This unique farm offers you a whole list of exciting things to do. Take stroll through the orchard and...
  • Jugomaro Predator Park Jugomaro Predator Park

    Animal Park in
    South Africa

    2 Reviews
    At Jugomaro Predator Park you can come eye to eye with lions and tigers. At very affordable prices you...
  • Alpha Omega Cave Alpha Omega Cave

    Popular Attraction in
    South Africa

    2 Reviews
    Spiritually inspired local artist Doctor Ron van Zyl built the Alpha Omega Cave. In the cave you will...
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South Africa Restaurants

  • Kitima Kitima

    Fine Dining Restaurant in
    South Africa

    4 Reviews
    Kitima is a relatively new addition to Hout Bay cuisine, but has been a huge success from the day it...
  • Canimambo Restaurant Graskop Canimambo Restaurant Graskop

    Portuguese Restaurant in
    South Africa

    3 Reviews
    Specialising in Portuguese and South African cuisine, this family run establishment secures an intimate...
  • Matumi Game Lodge Matumi Game Lodge

    South African Restaurant in
    South Africa

    3 Reviews
    Cradled by lush African conservation, Matumi Game Lodge invites relaxation and authentic African...
  • The Whaling Station The Whaling Station

    Bistro Restaurant in
    South Africa

    3 Reviews
    The Whaling Station is a great stop for refuelling when travelling the scenic R44 through Betty’s Bay. ...
  • Kyoto Garden Sushi Kyoto Garden Sushi

    Sushi Restaurant in
    South Africa

    3 Reviews
    Located in Gardens, Tamboerskloof, Kyoto Garden Sushi enchants with a beautiful setting and soothing...
  • Boulders Beach Restaurant Boulders Beach Restaurant

    South African Restaurant in
    South Africa

    3 Reviews
    Experience Pacific - Rim Cuisine at it's best. Our Australian chef Sean Kiely brings together the fusion...
  • Seaforth Restaurant Seaforth Restaurant

    Seafood Restaurant in
    South Africa

    3 Reviews
    With stunning mountains silhouetting the sea and sparkling white sands of Seaforth Beach, Seaforth...
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    Tourism Region in South Africa

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    Voted Favourite Foreign City by the UK Telegraph, Cape Town is one of the places you just have to visit...
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    Tourism Region in South Africa

    587 Reviews
    Dramatic river cut gorges, beautiful beaches, rocky headlands and deep tangled forests are the...
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    Johannesburg is about money. It's a city built on dreams of great wealth - literally built on gold....
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    The coast between Durban and the Wild Coast is very well developed with small...
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