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 R750
1 night, 2 adults

Out of Africa Guesthouse

Sleeps 24 Hartbeespoort Dam Guest House in Hartbeespoort Dam

Out of Africa Guesthouse is a game farm situated at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountain. Out of Af...

from R880
1 night, 2 adults

Dullstroom Country Cottages

Sleeps 16 Dullstroom Self-catering in Dullstroom

Sheltered between magnificent oak trees in the idyllic country setting of a farm, in the fishing vil...

from R400
1 night, 2 adults

Coles Corner

Sleeps 16 Colesberg Guest House in Colesberg

Coles Corner is situated in the shadow of Coleskop, formerly known as Toverkop, halfway to the north...

from R1260
1 night, 2 adults

Little Switzerland Hotel

Sleeps 200 Bergville Hotel in Bergville

Little Switzerland Hotel is an unforgettable experience enhanced by the peace and tranquillity of th...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Anglers Court

Sleeps 10 Dullstroom Lodge, Dullstroom Self-catering in Dullstroom

Anglers Court provides guests with superb, luxury town-house units situated in the heart of Dullstro...

from R790
1 night, 2 adults

Arminel Hotel

Sleeps 172 Hogsback Hotel, Hogsback Self-catering in Hogsback

Spend your days walking through some of the Eastern Cape's most beautiful indigenous forests and spe...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Timmerskraal Self-catering and B&B Cottage

Sleeps 10 Clarens Self-catering in Clarens

Timmerskraal offers a choice of two cottages. The cottages are quite relaxing and with much tranquil...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Die Baai se Bek

Sleeps 6 Hondeklipbaai Self-catering in Hondeklipbaai

Die Baai se Bek is a beautiful self-catering house situated in Hondeklipbaai, where peace and tranqu...

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