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The Royal Coach

13 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

The Royal Coach is situated in the historic gold mining village of Kaapschehoop and is the original coach that Queen Elizabeth II travelled...
The Royal Coach is situated in the historic gold mining village of Kaapschehoop and is the original coach that Queen Elizabeth II travelled in on her visit to South Africa in 1947. The Royal Coach is ideal for visitors looking simply to get away and relax and for wanderers seeking new viewpoints. The Coach is very old and quaint and a nostalgic and unique destination, . Due to the need for restoration the rates have been kept as low as possible. The coach consists of three wood-panelled comfortable bedrooms furnished with double beds. One of the rooms has an en-suite bathroom while the other two rooms share a bathroom; they both have baths. There is a small fridge, a microwave and a kettle. linen, towels, coffee mugs, and teaspoons are supplied. Meals are available at the Salvador Bistro which is open from 07:30. The bistro is famous for wood-fire pizzas and a cosy fireplace in cold weather. There are a number of alternative village restaurants. All offer good meals at reasonable prices. Kaapschehoop is a fantastic venue for photographers, birdwatchers and nature lovers, and is the ideal romantic setting as proven by the frequency of weddings in the town chapel. Birdwatching can be done at the Blue Swallow Nature Reserve and guests can book a guided tour to seek out the endangered birds. Various other animals can also be seen including a vast selection of flora and fascinating rock formations. There are a variety of nature walks, a waterfall and mountain bike trails within walking distance, as well as a horse trail facility located 8 km from the village. The town provides a convenient stopover for travellers making their way to the Kruger National Park or Mozambique.
from R560

Aloe Again

7 Reviews
Sleeps 23 in 8 rooms

Aloe Again Beach Accommodation has the most desirable address, Pepper Street. This places you only 50m from the world famous Supertubes...
Aloe Again Beach Accommodation has the most desirable address, Pepper Street. This places you only 50m from the world famous Supertubes surf break. Our laid back self-catering house feels like a home away from home. It offers eight basic twin, double and family en-suite rooms that are serviced daily. An open-plan kitchen, lounge and entertainment area featuring a pool table and indoor braai invite you to kick back and take in the ocean air while you mingle with other guests. The back garden has an awesome fire-pit which serves as the ideal place to meet new people and forge bonds of friendship that will draw you back to our bay time and time again. Do as much, or as little, as you like here. All rooms come standard with linen and towels. There is select DStv in each room as well as in the communal lounge. A rack for surfboards and wetsuits can be found in the courtyard.
from R400

McGregor Backpackers

1 Review
Sleeps 23 in 7 rooms

Welcome to McGregor Backpackers, where your hosts Geoff and Dorothy Botton along with their ‘backpacker mutts’ Gracie, Jessie and Phoebe,...
Welcome to McGregor Backpackers, where your hosts Geoff and Dorothy Botton along with their ‘backpacker mutts’ Gracie, Jessie and Phoebe, are waiting to welcome you to their little world of peace and serenity. McGregor Backpackers is situated in the heart of McGregor, surrounded by the majestic Langeberg Mountains, and just a short stroll away from all the places of interest in the village. McGregor Backpackers offers you a complete homely experience with a fully fitted kitchen and modern gas cooking convenience. The kitchen has everything you need if you are in the mood to cook up a storm. The cosy dining room, with its Gaudi-inspired fireplace, invites you to sit and linger over a meal or a lovely glass of wine. The lounge area offers DStv, a selection of games, magazines and books. Wi-Fi is also available so you can stay in touch. If its game time then Pooky's pub is just the right place for you to watch that important game and cheer for the home side. The braai area is made for interesting ‘around the fire’ conversations, bring your musical instruments and entertain the crowds that are sure to gather there. Braai wood can be supplied at a small fee. Weber braai facilities are also available. There are a variety of different rooms at the backpackers. A total of 22 people can be accommodated in the backpacker’s comfortable rooms, mostly all with en suite facilities, except for two buddy rooms which would share a communal bathroom. All linen and towels are supplied. McGregor with its beautiful climate, clean air, wonderful night skies, not to mention its friendly people, beckoned and we could not resist her call. You can visit the coffee shops, chat with the locals and allow the relaxed pace to slow your heartbeat down. There are many activities for visitors to McGregor, we have beautiful walks and hikes, the level of effort is up to you, or you can just park off and relax in the tranquillity of our beautiful gardens. There are a number of local wineries to visit for wine tasting and purchasing those lovely wines that may not be available in your local wine shop at home You can bring your mountain bike and go and explore the countryside, take the highways or the byways, you never know what you will encounter till you get there.
from R362

Augrabies Backpackers

18 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 4 rooms

Augrabies Backpackers is the legendary base of a whole generation of river and desert adventure people. We offer guided half-day river...
Augrabies Backpackers is the legendary base of a whole generation of river and desert adventure people. We offer guided half-day river rafting trips on the Lower Orange River as well as hot air-balloon rides over the Kalahari Desert. Lounge in the shade, take a dip in the dam, and enjoy the seasonal organic fruit. One thing is certain, one night is never enough. Accommodation is offered in six rooms, sleeping up to 16 guests. Features include a bar on site and a dam to cool off in. Laundry services are also available for guests' convenience. We are situated just 10 km from the Augrabies Falls National Park, making it an excellent base from which to explore the area. Activities include various day hikes and walks as well as a portion directly alongside the middle gorge.
from R390

Villekulla Easy Living Lodge

8 Reviews
Sleeps 20 in 9 rooms

The travel lodge for people who want to get away from the big city. Relax, enjoy the view and...
The travel lodge for people who want to get away from the big city. Relax, enjoy the view and discover the Cape peninsula. Located between Cape Point and Cape Town and close to the village of Kommetjie, Villekulla lodge is the perfect place to start your trip up the Garden Route. We provide excellent service for all types of travelers and backpackers. Villekulla lodge offers dorms, cosy wooden cabins on the hill side and doubles with en suite at the pool. Roll from the deck for a brekkie-with-a-view whipped up in our self catering kitchen to the sparkling pool for a lazy afternoon. End your day in the bar for a delicious braai with endless sea and mountain views. Clean toilets and showers and private and safe parking off street parking will make your stay even more relaxing.
from R350

Bushwhacked

2 Reviews
Sleeps 13 in 5 rooms

Bushwhacked is a self-catering house in Barberton, focused on accommodating wildlife orientated people, especially guides and lodge staff...
Bushwhacked is a self-catering house in Barberton, focused on accommodating wildlife orientated people, especially guides and lodge staff as a place to recuperate on their time off. Bushwhacked is situated on the edge of town backing onto an uninhabited valley, with spectacular views. Accommodation is offered in basic, clean and comfortable double rooms, all of which have access to a communal kitchen, lounge and dining area. The rooms each have a name, so once you know Bushwhacked you can request the room that you prefer. Linen and bath towels are provided. The kitchen is fully equipped for self-catering, and the lounge area features a TV and a DVD player. There is also a braai area with amazing views over the valley. Your hosts live on the property, in ‘The Woodshed’ in the back garden. There are two mountain bikes available for guests to use, as well as an air-rifle so guides can practise on the homemade range. Bushwhacked is situated just outside the old gold rush town of Barberton which has a rich history, a lot of which can still be seen and explored. The house is set in the foothills of the Makonjwa Mountains just 40 minutes from Nelspruit. This is a welcoming, comfortable and affordable place for likeminded people to relax on their time off, or use as a stopover on your way to a destination. If you walk about the back door of Bushwacked and up the mountain you’ll have a wooded valley all to yourself where you can spot a variety of animal species and bird life. There is also a well-known birding area, a pocket of indigenous forest, known as 'Pedlars bush', close by.
from R420

Jacobs Bay Backpackers - The Plot

4 Reviews
Sleeps 127 in 29 rooms

Jacobs Bay Backpackers "The Plot" is situated at Jacobsbaai on the Cape West Coast, 160 km north of...
Jacobs Bay Backpackers "The Plot" is situated at Jacobsbaai on the Cape West Coast, 160 km north of Cape Town. We can sleep up to 30 people in Double Rooms and dorms. Our facilities include a fully equipped kitchen, a lapa with a big screen TV, indoor and outdoor braai areas and an indoor bar. We are a great venue for bachelors, birthday parties, small weddings and team building. There is a projector and music system available; and hot showers and bedding are included. Jacobsbaai is situated midway between Vredenburg and Saldanha Bay and is an isolated traditional Cape West Coast village. Most of the roads are gravel roads which keeps traffic at a snail's pace; this has resulted in a peaceful little resort town ideal for a weekend getaway or relaxing holiday.
from R280

Swan Gables

10 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 4 rooms

Swan Gables is situated in the tiny village of Botrivier in the breath-taking Overberg. It offers a selection of accommodation consisting...
Swan Gables is situated in the tiny village of Botrivier in the breath-taking Overberg. It offers a selection of accommodation consisting of three garden rooms with shower rooms and sharing a communal kitchen/lounge. These rooms are within walking distance of the hotel, Beaumont Wines and the Shuntin' Shed restaurant on the station. There are also three garden cottages with shower rooms and kitchenettes; one with private pool and braai area and a flatlet with lounge, shower room and coffee making facilities. Rates include linen, towels, coffee, tea, milk, sugar and rusks. All cottages offer secure off-street parking behind lockable gates in quiet garden settings overlooking the beautiful valley and surrounding mountains. Swan Gables can satisfy your requirements, whatever they may be.
from R360

Anna Sophia Self-catering Cottages

10 Reviews
Sleeps 15 in 4 rooms

Anna Sophia offers neat and clean accommodation in a rustic country atmosphere, keeping with the...
Anna Sophia offers neat and clean accommodation in a rustic country atmosphere, keeping with the Karoo town of Calitzdorp theme. The cottages are the perfect place for the weary traveller to unwind and relax while traversing the famous Route 62. Accommodation comprises fully equipped air-conditioned, self-catering units sleeping a total of 10 guests, as well as a backpacker’s dormitory that sleeps seven people.
from R490

De Rust Boutique Backpackers

8 Reviews
Sleeps 14 in 5 rooms

Guarded by majestic mountain ranges, De Rust is a beautiful little town where idyllic days are...
Guarded by majestic mountain ranges, De Rust is a beautiful little town where idyllic days are spent swimming in waterfalls and lunching at this Victorian village's eateries. De Rust Boutique Backpackers is a large house situated within easy walking distance of the restaurants, art galleries and shops in town. The house has a spacious, well-equipped kitchen for all your self-catering requirements, a communal lounge and dining room, as well as outside areas and braai facilities. We offer double, twin and triple en-suite and non en-suite rooms. We also have a bar on site and a free pool table. For the more adventurous there is the breathtaking Swartberg pass, Meiringspoort gorge, mountain hikes, cycle routes and the world-famous Cango Caves, crocodile and ostrich farms. Whether it is country tranquility or off-road adventure you seek, De Rust is the ideal location from which to enjoy and explore this fascinating part of South Africa.
from R310

SinkShack Guest House

7 Reviews
Sleeps 69 in 23 rooms

SinkShack is an interesting and funky guest house offering live music in the great restaurant and bar. The guest house has shiny tin walls...
SinkShack is an interesting and funky guest house offering live music in the great restaurant and bar. The guest house has shiny tin walls and neon lights that glow in the night. We are situated in the heart of Mpumalanga. The restaurant features live music, local fare and a congregation of assorted folk into blues and just having a good time in a small town. The little town of Bronkhorstspruit that forms the point of a triangle with Rayton and Bapsfontein, about 50 km east of Pretoria, is a little farming community that deserves a visit for the sheer beauty of the area. It is home to the Nan Hua Buddhist Temple, the largest Buddhist temple and seminary in Africa. Bronkhorstspruit, which began as a railway station, lies on the border between Gauteng and Mpumalanga. The Bronkhorstspruit dam is today a major attraction due to its being one of the most productive bank angling spots in the country. Thick grass line the banks of the dam, which serve as great cover for bass awaiting their bait.
from R360

Watervale Lodge

8 Reviews
Sleeps 34 in 9 rooms

Watervale Lodge provides accommodation, outdoor activities and delicious home-cooked meals in a tranquil, secure, and beautiful country...
Watervale Lodge provides accommodation, outdoor activities and delicious home-cooked meals in a tranquil, secure, and beautiful country setting in Inchanga, halfway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, close to the N3. The comfortable en-suite rooms inside the Main Lodge and the outside en-suite rooms, as well as the log cabins with separate ablutions, carry the flavour of Africa, and are located in a quiet and beautiful African setting. Campers are welcome and can camp in the grassy areas close to the log cabins and ablutions or anywhere else on the 25ha surrounding the Lodge, all of which are securely surrounded by an electric fence. Wake up in the morning to the sounds of the abundant bird life and take a walk in the grounds where you may be lucky enough to encounter some of the small wildlife at Watervale, such as Oribi and Duiker. A few Hamerkop families have also made Watervale their home.
from R400

Jikeleza Backpackers

8 Reviews
Sleeps 31 in 12 rooms

Explore the revamped young heart of Port Elizabeth. Jikeleza Backpackers is just a few streets away from buzzing nightlife. Clubs range...
Explore the revamped young heart of Port Elizabeth. Jikeleza Backpackers is just a few streets away from buzzing nightlife. Clubs range from hip hop, African house to radio funk. Lounge in on street couches at the Cafés, sip cocktails or chow down on local fare. Visit live music and theatre shows, banks, post office, pubs and 24 hour shops. All you fancy is a brisk walk away. After a long day on the road, relax with a local movie, or chill in the tranquil shady garden and slap a steak on the braai. Sleep in sunny airy dorms/rooms or quaint wood units in the garden wander through the history of Olde Worlde Central, experience trendy art meccas and meet the locals. The friendly staff will help you book or get advice on anything to anywhere. Jikeleza Backpackers is an International Backpackers Hostel. You'll find it safe clean and comfortable offering a true African experience and South African hospitality. It is designed by travellers for travellers to meet in a home away from home atmosphere. The hostel has a reputation for making you feel welcome and is enthusiastically run by the owners and their manager. The old building with all its gleaming wood and warm, atmospheric charm is a stone’s throw from everything. The owners are fanatical about cleanliness and all the staffs are friendly and go out of their way to help you. The Backpackers is set right in the heart of the old historical Port Elizabeth city and right on the Donkin Heritage walking trail. Jikeleza Backpackers offers you a variety of accommodation. There are single rooms, double rooms with double bed and twin rooms with two single beds, three, four and five bed family/group rooms, dorms and camping. The hostel is never crowded and their dorms only have a maximum of seven beds and at times are smaller. The dorms are mixed, both male and female, and may not be suitable for some local holiday makers who are not conversant with traveling etiquette. The kitchen is fully fitted so that you can whip up a quick meal or cook up a storm. Jikeleza Backpackers has its own in-house travel desk and is the best place to get advice on anything to anywhere. They can arrange day trips to Addo Elephant National Park, lion safaris to Schotia, city and township tours, Baz Bus and Intercape Inter City Bus tickets, historical and heritage tours, transfers and overland trips and tours anywhere in Southern Africa. They also have specially priced accommodation and tour packages for backpackers and you can save quite a lot if you take one of these.
from R314

Santos Express

28 Reviews
Sleeps 118 in 32 rooms

The Santos Express is a train lodge situated on Santos Beach in Mossel Bay. It is a genuine train with all cabins facing the sea. We...
The Santos Express is a train lodge situated on Santos Beach in Mossel Bay. It is a genuine train with all cabins facing the sea. We offer you a unique stay in a double Compartment or single Coupe, which is similar to the Trans Karoo Express. We are a five to 10-minute walk from the Dias Museum, the harbour and the town centre. Simply known as "The Train" by locals and situated in the heart of the famous Garden Route of South Africa, guests can enjoy the unique and romantic experience of staying on a real train only 30 m from the sea. With double, single and budget units, accommodation offers spectacular sea views and clean showers. A Compartment comprises four beds and a Coupè comprises two beds. Each coach comprises two Coupès, five Compartments, a communal shower and two toilets. For those celebrating that special day, we have a Caboose offering private bathroom facilities and a private balcony. For the more budget conscious, we have a Dormitory which comprises 16 beds. We also have a fabulous conference room which is ideal for weddings, birthday parties or business meetings. Our happening restaurant and bar serves breakfast all day, as well as other delicious meals such as steaks, seafood and famous traditional meals. The restaurant is open from 7:30 am. Our staff can help with all travel and adventure arrangements such as shark cage diving, boat based whale watching, sky diving, game drives, quad biking, deep sea fishing, or pleasure boat trips to Seal Island.
from R300
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Volunteers   Billy Bongo Backpackers and Travellers Inn is situated in Sabie, surrounded by mountains, forests...
Billy Bongo Backpackers and Travellers Inn is situated in Sabie, surrounded by mountains, forests and waterfalls. The backpackers comprises of five bedrooms, a well-equipped communal kitchen, a lounge with television and a DVD player, an entertainment area with a foosball table and a pool table, as well as braai facilities. The Inn also offers guests Wi-Fi Internet access, a swimming pool and parking on the premises. Meals or take-aways can be ordered and delivered and the back packers is closed every Wednesday for servicing. Sabie is close to the Sudwala and Echo Caves, Gods Window, Graskop, Bourkes Luck Potholes, the Kruger National Park and Pilgrims Rest.
from R350

Misty Mountain Reserve

32 Reviews
Sleeps 48 in 16 rooms

Gateway to the Garden Route We boast a variety of accommodation from Ocean View Lodges, Rustic Farm Cottages and Luxury Tented Lodges...
Gateway to the Garden Route We boast a variety of accommodation from Ocean View Lodges, Rustic Farm Cottages and Luxury Tented Lodges nestled above the rugged Tsitsikamma coastline and breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and Tsitsikamma Mountains. Take in the spectacular ocean or indigenous forest views at the gateway to the Garden Route, bordering the Tsitsikamma National Park, with our range of accommodation types to suit you.Our spacious rooms are equipped with luxury percale linen, eco-friendly amenities, coffee/ tea station, Wifi Hotspot, flat screen TV, access to BBQ facilities and much much more...not to mention the picture perfect sunsets Adventure for those who venture out Those wanting a little more adventure will be happy to know that the reserve offers many exciting in-house activities from scenic indigenous forest walks, to fresh water fishing, a 9 hole mashie chip and wedge golf course and is one of the destinations for the Big Year MTB, boasting 4 mountain biking routes varying in difficulty. The reserve is also surrounded by many wild animal sanctuaries and adventurous activities including canopy tours, bungy jumping, waterparks and much more all ready for your choosing.
from R1000

Kaapsehoop Adventures

6 Reviews
Sleeps 20 in 5 rooms

Kaapsehoop Adventures is located in Coetzeestroom, in the heart of the Berlin Forest. Guests have access to a communal boma that is...
Kaapsehoop Adventures is located in Coetzeestroom, in the heart of the Berlin Forest. Guests have access to a communal boma that is equipped with barbecue facilities and cooking facilities, and breakfast, dinner and picnic baskets can be supplied at an additional cost on request. Guests have a choice of staying in four comfortably furnished rooms. One of the rooms is furnished with a double bed and has a built-in log fireplace, while the other three rooms are furnished with single beds; one of these has a built-in log fireplace. Ablution facilities are shared and consist of male and female bathrooms with showers. There is no electricity but limited solar lightning is available and hot water is provided with a donkey boiler. Kaapsehoop Adventures is a true nature lover’s paradise and with over 200 bird species, one of which is the endangered enigmatic blue swallow, the area is the birdwatcher and photographer’s delight. Guests can go on hiking trails or guided tours to waterfalls, horseback riding, archery and mountain biking. Several herds of wild horses roam the greater Kaapsehoop area and are often seen at Kaapsehoop Adventures.
from R560

Marine Guest House and Backpackers

3 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 6 rooms

Marine Guest House and backpackers is a large house situated on the beachfront in in Kleinbaai. ...
Marine Guest House and backpackers is a large house situated on the beachfront in in Kleinbaai. The house has six bedrooms and offers comfortable accommodation that is booked per room. Guests have access to a fully equipped kitchen with a stove, a microwave and all crockery and cutlery. The lounge area features a comfortable seating area with a satellite TV and large windows that offer views towards the ocean. The space offers an entertainment area with a pool table and a built-in braai. There is also a large outdoor area with braai facilities. The guest house is conveniently located just a short walk from the jetty where the boats launch for shark cage diving tours. We can also book power boat trips, horse riding and skydiving for guests.
from R300

Windstone Farm

1 Review
Sleeps 140 in 19 rooms

Windstone farm is a peaceful Backpackers lodge located on the R45, 10 km from Vredenburg and 120 km from Cape Town. Once a horse stud and...
Windstone farm is a peaceful Backpackers lodge located on the R45, 10 km from Vredenburg and 120 km from Cape Town. Once a horse stud and equestrian school, Windstone is now primarily a guest farm and caters for groups of all sizes. Windstone is centrally situated and all major towns and attractions are within 25 km from us. There are two accommodation options available, a Backpackers which has six rooms and can accommodate six persons per room, each room is en suite. Backpackers features a shared Lounge, Kitchen and Braai area. We also have dorm accommodation for school, church and youth groups and can cater for 104 persons. We can also accommodate larger groups by combining the backpackers which gives us 140 persons. There is a male and female wing with separate ablutions and an adjoining hall which can fit 200 plus persons seated and includes a stage and lighting. Catering is available for group bookings and all food is made with fresh ingredients. We also offer conference facilities in one of two halls, and can offer a PA system, overhead projector, whiteboards etc. We have seats for 300. There are many facilities on the farm that guests can make use of including Volleyball court, large sand soccer field, obstacle course and braai facilities sprinkled all over. You will also find horses in paddocks if you explore a bit and no doubt will come across many feathery friends that call Windstone home. We have bird feed buckets scattered throughout so children can feed the chickens and peacocks. We are Pet friendly and have a Kennels and Cattery on the property to keep your pets safe for an additional cost.
from R240

The Outpost Dullstroom

3 Reviews
Sleeps 44 in 8 rooms

The Outpost is a warm and welcoming self-catering guest farm set in the tranquil surroundings of lush Dullstroom. 2 large dams with jetties...
The Outpost is a warm and welcoming self-catering guest farm set in the tranquil surroundings of lush Dullstroom. 2 large dams with jetties add to the ambiance of enjoying an early morning stroll or sunset walk observing the abundant bird life and game viewing (blesbok,eland, springbok, ostriches) Use of the enclosed game area is for all guests. All units have fireplaces and braai area. Fisherman's is a romantic cabin nestled in the forest surrounded by naturally grown arum lilies, the sunrise over the dam provides a spectacular view. Die Stal is a cosy cottage, with full Dstv perfect for a family breakaway, lovely sunset view of the farm and farm animals (cattle and sheep) Feathers is a homey unit with a view of the old stables, perfect for a couple looking for a relaxed stay. The Dam Huis is a large family unit which sleep 6. Full Dstv with 2 televisions,indoor braai, and pool table. The Sara units are ideal for golfers, birthday parties and groups. Each unit sleeps 6 (single beds) Separate ablution facilities for gents and ladies. A fully equipped communal kitchen provides cutlery and crockery for guests, a guest lounge with a fireplace, braai facilities (outdoor), a lapa area, games room with a pool table, these units overlook one of the large dams on the farm. The bush chapel offers an intimate, picturesque atmosphere for any blushing bride or christening. Featuring fully functioning conference facilities, wedding venue and customized team-building packages. The enthusiastic golfers planning to challenge the highly rated golf course may use the driving range in preparation. The Outpost strives to make your experience as comfortable as possible. From accommodation to catering, we take care of the details so that you don't have to. If one needs to getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, The Outpost Dullstroom with various self-catering units is the perfect choice. We are situated about 15 km outside Dullstroom on the Machadodorp gravel road which is maintained on a regular basis and accessible for any sedan car.
from R480

South Africa

South Africa Backpacker Hostel Accommodation

'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

'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...

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