South Africa

South Africa

South Africa is a great destination for a varied holiday. It offers fantastic wildlife viewing, beautiful beaches, trendy cities and much more. Kruger is its flagship park with many self-drive and budget options, and all of the Big Five are easily seen.

We often hear that South Africa is a continent in one country … South Africa is that and more … It is an immense complex and fascinating land.

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. It has 2,798 kilometres of coastline that stretches along the South Atlantic and Indian oceans. The coast has pristine, some uninhabited beaches, rugged mountains while the interior is a contrast with its vast desert plains, mountainous towering peaks, jungle-like regions and bushveld. Wow!

If you could visit only one African country, South Africa should be your first choice.

The natural and cultural diversity, as well as the authenticity of the African people, combined with the sophistication and comfort of European influence, gives an absolutely unique atmosphere that is found no where else in the world.

The many ethnic groups that make up the South African social fabric have their origins in different parts of Africa and Europe, giving the state a cultural landscape as diverse and rich as its nature.

There are eleven official languages of South Africa: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. South Africa is often referred to as the “Rainbow Nation” a term coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and later adopted by the then president, now late Nelson Mandela as a metaphor to describe the country’s newly developing multicultural diversity in the wake of segregationist apartheid ideology. Land of contrast, the people provide a multitude of colours expressed in art, architecture, fashion, dress, traditions and religions.

Discover exceptional wildlife, unique flora, landscapes, breathtaking kilometers of virgin beach and some of the highest and most magnificent mountain ranges in Africa, this country offers a very warm welcome.

South Africa has numerous National and private parks, some are malaria free, and offer abundant wildlife and unique flora. Safaris offer professional rangers, passionate about the country and whose knowledge of fauna and flora is truly fascinating and overwhelming.

Additional to all these natural wonders we must add the unique Fynbos plant species. The plant world is divided into six floral “Kingdoms”, of which the fynbos Kingdom is the smallest in size but contains an extraordinary diversity of plants and approximatly 12000 species concentrated mostly in the Cape.

The term “fynbos” comes from the Dutch word for “sparse bush” and generally refers to a vegetation which survive under unfavourable conditions such as poor soil and strong winds. It is located in a small region of the Western Cape making it among the richest regions on earth in terms of plant diversity. Most plants are evergreen with hard, fine, needle-like leaves. Another uniquely South African flowering plant group is the genus Protea with around 130 different species.

The king protea (Protea cynaroides) is the national flower of South Africa and is also known as giant protea, honeypot or king sugar bush and is widely distributed in the southwestern and southern parts of South Africa in the fynbos region.

The iSimangaliso St Lucia National Park, a UNESCO site, is known to have a unique abundance of ecosystems and is the most diverse in the world and offers a wondrous spectacles.

iSimangaliso must be the only place on the globe where the oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world’s biggest terrestrial mammal (the elephant) share an ecosystem with the world’s oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world’s biggest marine mammal (the whale).

Whether you’re passionate about nature, culture, art, history or sports, South Africa is the destination par excellence. It is worth remembering that it is the nation’s famous springbok rugby team two-time world champion which was the symbol of unity for the abolition of apartheid.

South Africa, with its beautiful beaches, world class surf waves where waves curl with epic force and as a result, the country is a monumental mecca of the sport for grommets and pros alike.

Every year during the austral winter (June / July) Jeffrey’s Bay organizes the international surfing championship where excellent competitors from around the world compete.

Whichever package tour you choose we offer you the best of this country, the “Big Five” (elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and lion) in the famous Kruger Park, National and private reserves, eight sites listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, the bustling Johannesburg city, Cape Town, Mother City, and many beautiful, exceptional lesser known places.

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