By any standard, the Cape Town region of South Africa is one of the most beautiful and compelling places to visit on the planet. Here, in addition to a city with fascinating historical sites, excellent museums, vibrant markets and a handsomely restored waterfront you’ll countered mountain wilderness, rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, lush gardens, beautiful wine estates, superior hotels and some of the warmest, most welcoming people.
Experience wine tasting at the numerous wine estates, the thrills of Ratanga Junction Theme Park and the splendour of the V&A Waterfront. Then there's the grandeur of Table Mountain and the awe-inspiring views from Cape Point. For business or pleasure, a quick break or a long relaxing holiday, the Cape Metropolitan Area has it all!
Whether you're a discerning businessman, pleasure-loving bohemian, thrill seeking adventurer, sports fanatic or inquisitive historian, the Cape Metropolitan Area offers you a rich variety of activities to excite the senses. Enjoy classical music with the Philharmonic Orchestra and sunset concerts at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Buskers entertain you as you explore the city malls, and down at the V&A Waterfront there's live music at the open-air amphitheatre.
The varying definitions of the Kruger can be confusing: the Kruger National Park is the bulk of the area, managed by South African National Parks (SANParks), while the Greater Kruger Park includes a significant swathe of land on the western flanks of the National Park comprised of private reserves but still given over to conservation and generally sharing unfenced borders with the National Park. As far as the animals are concerned, they are all the same thing. Generally it is the larger, combined area that people mean when they refer to the Kruger Park.
The Greater Kruger area is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. The facts and figures for the Kruger are worth repeating to reinforce why it is the flagship for conservation on the African continent: nearly 20,000 square kilometres of land home to 147 species of mammal, 507 species of birds and 336 species of tree across 16 distinct habitats. With a range of accommodation and game drive safaris to suit all preferences and budgets, the Greater Kruger National Park offers, you, the visitor, an exceptional experience in Africa at its best.
The tent and tin shanty town which sprang up hot on the heels of the discovery of gold in 1886, has developed into South Africa's largest city: a vibrant, bustling modern metropolis which, while lacking the obvious attractions of our coastal towns, certainly has a lot to offer the sightseer and explorer.
A popular attraction is Gold Reef City, just south of the city centre, where you can descend 220m underground, see a bar of gold being poured, browse through the charming reconstruction of Johannesburg circa 1888, clip-clop through the streets in a horse-drawn buggy and wind up with a foaming tankard of draught. Its latest attraction is a giant Ferris wheel, allowing panoramic views of Johannesburg. The kids will insist on a ride in the Coco pan in the Victorian Funfair or the tummy-turning Shuttle Loop, and there are various attractions on festival days and during school holidays.
Take a picnic lunch to the Zoo Lake, north of the city centre, where you can feed the ducks, hire a rowing boat or simply relax in this peaceful oasis. Close by is the Zoo where the red pandas and white lions can be seen, as well as the farmyard, which the kids will love. Museums abound! The Museum of Military History has a superb collection of airplanes, tanks, armoured cars, weapons and memorabilia pertaining to the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer Wars, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Border War and MK; the Bernberg Costume Museum and the Museum Afrika in the
Newtown Cultural Precinct which incorporates the Bensusan Museum of Photography and the South African Museum of Rock Art.
For shopping, Johannesburg is tops: Southgate, Eastgate, Northgate, Westgate, Cresta, Sanlam Centre, Fourways Mall, Balfour Park, Rosebank, very chi-chi Hyde Park and ritzy, glitzy Sandton City, with its recent renaissance addition, Sandton Square.
For the total South African experience, Port Elizabeth, gateway to the Eastern Cape, is the perfect extension to the Garden Route, Settler Hinterland, Sunshine Coast and Cape. Located on the southeastern coast of Africa, this major seaport and tourist destination is set along the dazzling shores of Algoa Bay and is fondly referred to as 'The Friendly City'. As a family and adventure holiday destination, the city offers an unbeatable and diverse mix of eco-attractions: scenic nature trails and magnificent wildlife experiences, long golden beaches, a rich historic heritage and a unique coastal climate. Tourists who take the time to discover Algoa Bay's 40km of magnificent coastline boasts a perfect combination of warm water, protected beaches and invigorating sea breezes. Algoa Bay is regarded as one of the best sailing venues in the world, while scuba-diving is of world-class quality with beautiful reefs, shipwrecks, fish and colourful coral species.
Bayworld is one of Port Elizabeth's major tourist attractions and is situated on the beach front at Humewood and comprises the Museum, Oceanarium, Snake Park and Tropical House. In addition to the popular daily dolphin and seal presentations hosted at the Oceanarium, the Snake Park houses a wide variety of exotic and indigenous snakes, as well as an impressive variety of Eastern Cape Reptiles, while a profusion of exotic plants may be viewed at the Tropical House. It has a full mix of family fun, entertainment, shopping, dining and gaming.
Sun City Resort is located in the North West Region of South Africa, and is surrounded by mountains and the untamed majesty of the African bushveld. It is adjacent to the 97-hectare, malaria free Pilanesberg National Park, where elephants, rhinos, lions and antelope roam freely. Sun City is a world unto itself and has earned its reputation as Africa’s Kingdom of Pleasure. Whatever you want, you’ll find it at Sun City, from sizzling entertainment, world-class casinos and restaurants to cater for all tastes, to our more relaxed poolside venues, quiet places, lush gardens and extensive sporting facilities including two worldclass golf courses, we also cater for people with special needs. These are just some of the elements that make Sun City unique to the world’s entertainment resorts.
The wide choice of conference venues and hotel accommodation from The Palace of The Lost City to the informal Sun City Cabanas as well as uncompromising standards and professionalism, ensure a level of convention and banqueting facilities that few can beat. Finally re-discovered and now part of Sun City, The Lost City and the Valley of Waves, fabled to be the ruins of a glorious ancient civilisation, celebrate and bring to life the legends of this mystical city. The Lost City is internationally applauded for its wonderfully imaginative theme and exquisite landscaping whilst the fantastic Valley of Waves is one of the world’s most exciting water parks.
Even if you don’t know what it is, the Garden Route is one name even armchair travellers use! Wildlife-spotting, deserted sandy beaches, sheltered lagoons, bush land and mountain passes: the Garden Route of the Western Cape coastline is an area of spectacular natural beauty. And with outdoor sports and delicious local food, there's plenty of entertainment along the way. There are miles of white-sand beaches, glassy lagoons crossed by low bridges, hillsides covered in vast indigenous forests laced with a network of footpaths, and pretty towns that will charm you.
To explore this beautiful area, you have the choice of the N2 highway, which allows you to quickly cover the length of the Garden Route, or a network of beautiful back roads through the forests and over picturesque mountain streams. Knysna is in the centre of the region, lying on the shore of an attractive lagoon, or it may be that Plettenberg Bay is more to your taste, perched on a cliff over a sweeping bay populated with iconic surfing dolphins. Activities range from ocean safaris to journeys on picturesque steam trains and visits to wildlife sanctuaries or eco-ventures. Close to both the Karoo and the Eastern Cape game reserves, the Garden Route is the hub for many people’s trips to South Africa. And yours too.
Africa's bewitching seaside playground in the sun, Durban has from its earliest days possessed a special charm...a certain mystique that adds 'something extra' to the meeting of warm Indian Ocean, radiant golden sands and lush sub-tropical greenery. Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, Durban Metro after dark is abuzz with elegant lounges, funky taverns and cosy inns...distinctive local theatre and live music...trendy clubs, pubs and discos. Rave 'till dawn and catch sunrise over the vast Indian Ocean horizon - this is nightlife in a modern, authentic African metropolis!