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Where to start? Our heads are a patchwork of colour, texture, beauty, history, animals and people.

You planned a spectacular tour of South Africa for us. Your country has left an indelible impression on us. We have caught the “African bug” for which the only cure is to return!

Aney & David (travelling
with a group of friends)

South Africa Coastal
South Africa occupies one percent of the world’s land yet is home to 10% of the world’s bird species. It is also the richest when it comes to plant life, the tiny Cape Floral Kingdom boasting 6 000 species that are not found anywhere else. It is a country with 11 official languages, over 20 ethnic groups, and a united vision of its place in the world. Moreover, it has one of the world’s most extraordinary coastlines.

WESTERN CAPE: Stretching from Lambert’s Bay in the west to Plettenberg Bay in the east, the Western Cape is a province that flaunts a generous portion of South Africa’s coastline. Apart from the sweeping beaches, quaint villages, and resort towns for which it is renowned, the province offers interior diversity in the form of the breathtaking Cedarburg Mountains and the expansive Cape Winelands. The pristine portion of coastline to the east of Cape Town is known as the Garden Route.

CAPE TOWN: Referred to as the Mother City, Cape Town was the first European settlement in South Africa. It is a city of great cultural diversity and increasing international cosmopolitanism. The city has world class hotels and restaurants and is flanked by beaches, mountains, and countryside. It is distinguished by dominating presence of Table Mountain that soars above the city centre.

CAPE WINELANDS: Easily accessible from Cape Town, the Cape Winelands are a wine lover’s paradise. Wine estates with distinctive gabled Cape Dutch manor houses offer wine tasting and fine dining amid their carefully nurtured vineyards. The towns of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, and Paarl are centres of historic interest. Surrounded by haunting mountains, they are also home to some of South Africa’s finest restaurants.

WEST COAST: South Africa’s Atlantic coastline has a unique appeal. The rugged beaches and quiet fishing villages of the coast are met by tracts of wild flowers, fynbos, and Karoo succulents. The area’s barren hills are transformed by explosions of colour with the coming of spring. A coastal wildflower reserve, the West Coast National Park embodies solitude and beauty. Seagulls, cormorants, and other bird species also attract interest.

GARDEN ROUTE: Dramatic mountain ranges form a backdrop to this extraordinary stretch of land on South Africa’s south coast. The coastal road that brings travellers from the Cape and the mountain passes that join the area to the interior provide spectacular scenery. The Garden Route is a place of beaches, bays, and immaculate indigenous forests. Home to quiet fishing villages and fashionable holiday resorts, it caters for seaside indulgence as well as outdoors activities in the form of whale watching and hiking. The birdlife of the Tsitsikamma National Park is worthy of attention.

KLEIN KAROO: One of the most beautiful yet least known itineraries in South Africa takes travellers through the rocky hills and fertile valleys of the Klein Karoo on an interior coastal road named Route 62. The road passes through picturesque towns and hamlets that offer great value in terms of accommodation. Wine farms open their doors to visitors and Calitzdorp is a great place to sample South African port. The charming town of De Rust is set against the majestic Swartberg Mountains while ostrich farms surround Oudshoorn. The nearby Cango Caves are world renowned limestone chambers while the Outeniqua Mountain pass provides a way onto the Garden Route.

EASTERN CAPE: From the Tsitsikamma Forest that forms its western boundary to the rugged wilderness of Baviaanskloof, from the southern Slopes of the Drakensberg Mountains to the desolate Great Karoo, the Eastern Cape is another province of great scenic diversity. An area of European settlement in the early 19th century, the historical towns of the Eastern Cape feature Cape Dutch homes and ornate Victorian buildings that contrast the lime-washed homesteads of the rural Xhosa people.

WILD COAST: Grassy hills with cliffs that that fall onto white beaches with effervescent waters, the appeal of the Wild Coast requires no explanation. Beaches here are remote and unexploited. The Wild Coast also provides a glimpse of rural South Africa in its traditional form. Thatched Xhosa homes are perched on hills overlooking fields and fruitful valleys.

KWAZULU NATAL: A province of long sandy beaches, coastal estuaries, lush forests, and the stunning Drakensberg Mountains, Kwazulu Natal has much to offer. It addition to its natural beauty, it attracts history enthusiasts to the famous 19th century battlefields of Spioenkop, Isandlwana, and Rorke’s Drift. The province offers spectacular wildlife encounters at the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park.

The coast of the Southern tip of Africa offers retreat and adventure.
Relaxation for some and exploration for others. A must for all!

 
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