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In a country as large as South Africa, each region has many attractions to make visitors want to stay for weeks. We have highlighted some of the more attractive options below.

TIP OF AFRICA

From the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the southern tip of the continent, to the spectacular beauty of Cape Town lying below Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula, with the dramatic Cape of Good Hope, Robben Island, the Winelands, Hermanus and the Whale coast, False Bay, the West Coast, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and the restored Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, to visiting a colony of African penguins ?the choice is enormous.

Endless miles of beautiful beaches, mountain ranges, abundant marine life, fauna and the unique Cape Floral Kingdom, all within an hour of the city centre of Cape Town, make the Mother City an ideal destination.

North of Cape Town, the Cedarberg Wilderness area is an area of peace and tranquillity, seldom disturbed by the tourist bustle, and ideal for gentle hikes and exploring San rock paintings. During spring the West Coast and Namaqualand explodes into a kaleidoscope of colour with carpets of wild flowers.

THE GARDEN ROUTE

We head into the interior, via the dramatically beautiful Little Karoo, and on to the Indian Ocean Garden Route. The coast is rugged and spectacular, broken by small bays and coves, surrounded by thick, forested hills and mountains. The Tsitsikamma National Park holds many secrets in its dense forests and secluded bays. Inland, and further east brings one to Port Elizabeth and a selection of excellent Game Reserves, where the big five (Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino and Buffalo) and many other animals can be seen. This route can be done in either direction.

A few days in and around Cape Town, and a leisurely trip up the South East Coast and the Garden Route, and spending time amongst big game in one of the National Parks or private game reserves in the Eastern Cape, is an ideal way to see a large part of the country. Having said that, there are so many spectacularly beautiful regions of Southern Africa, that it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to visit some of them.

MPUMALANGA AND THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

The savanna country of Mpumulanga province east of Johannesburg is, for the vast majority of people, the true Africa. This is the area synonymous with big game, breathtaking scenery and home to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. At 2 million hectares, it is one of Africas?largest reserves. The Kruger Park is regarded as the prototype of wildlife sanctuaries in Africa. It�s scenery, plants, birds and wild game ensure that it holds a unique place among the world�s wildlife reserves, and is a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

Unlike many reserves and sanctuaries, it is blessed with an outstanding road network, and in recent years its perimeter fencing has been substantially reduced, allowing greater migration ranges and increased wildlife populations.

Stretching along the park's western border are a number of private reserves which supplement the land available to Kruger's game and allow greatly enhanced opportunities for safari visits. Whilst expensive, these luxury Kruger lodges are extremely sophisticated outfits that can almost guarantee 'Big Five' sightings an order of magnitude more frequently than in the Park at large. If that is what you are after, then a three-day visit here should provide a memorable way in which to meet your requirements.

Between Johannesburg and The Kruger Park is the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest, and only green canyon in the world. With miles of lush forest and superb hiking trails, its no wonder the canyons most famous viewpoint is called Gods Window. The Canyon starts with the striking Bourkes Luck Potholes, and nearby is Mount Sheba Nature Reserve, known for it�s indigenous forest and birdlife.



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