Southern Africa

Southern Africa Travel and Tours

Southern Africa offers a myriad of travel opportunities for just about any experience you can imagine.  A land so diverse it really presents a world in one country!

Before you commence your journey, discover some more general information about South Africa and visit our Travel Packages page for examples of what we offer.

To help you get better acquainted with our hidden gems, top destinations and general travel tips for your journey, visit our Africa Travel Articles section or browse this site using the tags and categories.

General Information

Southern Africa is celebrated for its incredible natural beauty. It has some of the most varied and diverse landscapes and environments in the world, from the tropical beaches and dramatic mountains of KwaZulu Natal, to the sweeping emptiness of the Karoo or Kalahari Desert. Many visitors come to see the wildlife and the choice of excellent game reserves virtually guarantees good sightings of a whole host of African animals and birds. But the cities too are equally interesting, from the fast-paced sophistication of Johannesburg, the spicy humidity of Durban, to the spectacular setting and vibrancy of Cape Town.

South Africa also has a compelling history from the Boer War to the more recent breakdown of Apartheid, seen in its colonial architecture, breezy battlefields and contemporary museums. Yet it is the people who are the beating pulse of South Africa. It has the largest population of people of European descent in Africa, the largest Indian population outside of Asia, and the largest Coloured (of mixed European and African descent) community in Africa, making it one of the most ethnically diverse countries on the continent.

There are 11 official languages, several religions, and a myriad of cultural identities that are reflected through food, dress music and dance. Visitors to South Africa can not only marvel at its staggering natural beauty but gain an insight on how the Rainbow Nation got its name.

Great Places to Start:

Get to know our oceans by discovering two great aquariums, the one Two Oceans Aquarium which is situated in Cape Town offers you an opportunity for shark cage diving, the other Ushaka Marine World is situated in Durban and offers visitors a real marine experience with dolphin and seal shows and an opportunity to swim with the sharks!

If you’d rather experience an encounter with the mammals of the sea then visit Ocean Blue, located in Plettenberg Bay for permitted whale & dolphin encounters.

Whilst you’re in Cape Town, you can’t afford to miss two of her greats!  The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and a visit to Robben Island!

For outdoor lovers and avid botanists, the Klaas Voogds nature reserve in Robertson (also a superb Western Cape wine region) offers great mazes, hikes and botanical gardens at the Soekershof Walkabout.

For an outdoor adventure of a different kind, visit Tree Top, in the beautiful forests of Tsitsikamma. Glide the steel platform based high in the Yellowwood trees from tree top to tree top and discover the forest birds and monkeys.

Discover the cultural side of South Africa as you travel to Newtown located in Johannesburg. Originally known as the Brickfields, this area was rich in clay and brick making became the most popular form of generating income at the turn of the 20th century.

To discover the diverse heritage of South Arica pay a visit to the Iziko Museums of Cape Town. African museums of excellence that empower and inspire all people to celebrate and respect our diverse heritage.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.

Located at the southwestern tip of Africa, in the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park, Cape Point has captivated travellers for centuries with its dramatic scenery and fascinating history

From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom.

 The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company has been providing visitors with a world-class experience since October 4, 1929. The company operates in a National Park and World Heritage site.

Discover Cape Town’s most intimate wine route, Constantia Valley, and learn about the history of the oldest wine-growing area in Southern Africa. Find everything you need to plan a visit, from places to stay, eat and shop to things to see and do.

Welcome to the official website of the Cape Town Big 6! A visit to South Africa and Cape Town will not be complete without visitng the Big 6 namely – V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch, Robben Island, Cape Point and Constantia Vineyards.

Welcome to South Africa.. we welcome you with open arms and hearts and the warmest, widest of smiles, excited to invite you to our shores, homes and braais.

Come and experience our hospitality wherever you go and get in touch with our wide variety of fascinating cultures and local traditions. Our people are ready to show you our country’s natural wonders, draw you into the rhythm and soul of Africa, give you close encounters with our regal wildlife and take you on an unforgettable journey through our ancient and recent past.

Proudly South African is the “buy local” campaign launched in 2001 by government, organised business, organised labour and community organisations (the constituencies represented in the National Economic Development and Labour Council – Nedlac) to boost job creation and pride in “local” by promoting South African companies and their ‘homegrown’ products and services.

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http://www.capetown.travel/

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