Highlights of South Africa

South Africa attracts more than its fair share of repeat visitors. Some return every year or two to enjoy the familiar pleasures of a favourite beach or re-explore the vast expanses of the Kruger National Park, where no two days on safari are every quite the same. For others, it would be the fact that South Africa offers so many fresh potential experiences to more adventurous travellers.

Hluhluwe Game Reserve south africa safari black rhino and calf Black rhino and calf in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve

You’ve done Cape Town and the Kruger? Then try KwaZulu-Natal’s contrasting UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the lush subtropical beaches and rich wildlife of iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, and superb hiking and rock art associated with the lofty uKhahlamba-Drakensberg. Or a few days in the lovely Cape winelands followed by a coastal foray along the Garden Route to the Eastern Cape. Or head northwest to the vast and thinly populated Northern Cape, whose main attractions include the wildlife-rich red dunes of Kgalagadi, spectacular spring wildflower displays of Namaqualand and magnificent Augrabies Falls. Coupled with the excellent amenities and highly favourable exchange rate, this diversity makes South Africa an ideal destination for repeat visitors.

namaqualand northern cape south africa safari credit northern cape tourism Each year the landscape of Namaqualand bursts into bloom as a carpet of wildflowers cover the earth | Credit: Northern Cape Tourism


Popular South Africa Safaris

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South Africa in July

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Aside from checking any relevant vaccinations and seeking advice about anti-malaria drugs, no special preparations are required for a trip to South Africa. All over-the-counter medications are widely available at pharmacies, but you might want to buy essentials such as sunblock and insect repellent before you travel. Travellers who wear contact lenses might find that their eyes are more…

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South Africa in October

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Health care in South Africa

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South Africa in June

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An adventure holiday in South Africa

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A photography safari in South Africa

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