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Popular Southern Africa Sites
The Apartheid Museum tells a story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity and oppression. The museum has been conceptualized by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film-makers, historians and designers.
The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story.
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between boulders, from which the name originated. It is a popular tourist stop because of a colony of African penguin. Although set in the midst of a residential area, it is one of the few sites where this vulnerable bird can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment. The penguin colony has grown to about 3,000 birds in recent years and is best viewed from Foxy Beach, where newly constructed boardwalks take visitors to within a few meters of the birds.
Cape of Good Hope
The Cape of Good Hope is a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of South Africa. It is a common misconception that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa and the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian oceans. The true southernmost point is Cape Agulhas, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast. However, when following the coastline from the equator, the Cape of Good Hope marks the psychologically important point where you begin to travel more eastward than southward. It’s a magnificent view regardless!
Cape Town is not only the most popular international tourist destination in South Africa, but Africa as a whole. This is due to its good climate, natural setting, and well-developed infrastructure. The city has several well-known natural features that attract tourists, including such landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape of Good Hope, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Robben Island. It is also one of the most multicultural cities in the world, situated on the southwestern tip of Africa. The destination with its many restaurants serving traditional or contemporary Cape and international cuisine, is also one of the wine capitals of the world.
Experience Cape Town and the Western Cape and discover the ultimate combo of nature, wildlife, culture, adventure, heritage and vibe!
Chobe National Park
Botswana is Africa at its very best – untamed, vast expanses of pristine wilderness, teeming with wildlife, alive with expectancy and an ultimate safari destination. The magnificent Chobe National Park and neighboring Okavango Delta form the nucleus of this ultimate African safari destination, where great herds of grazers and browsers – followed by predators – roam between the red sands of the Kalahari.
Exhilarating game drives, night drives and walking safaris enable you to see magnificent African wildlife at close, yet safe range. An African safari is truly an unforgettable experience – an event which captures the imagination and evokes noble ideals of an era of exploration and discovery. Almost every safari experience you have ever dreamed about can come true in Botswana.
The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a very large inland delta formed where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and does not flow into any sea or ocean. Each year approximately 11 cubic kilometres of water spreads over the 6,000-15,000 km2 area. The Moremi Game Reserve is on the eastern side of the Delta and is home to many specials of animals, reptiles and birds. The scale and magnificence of the Okavango Delta helped it secure a position as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa as well as the 1000th site to be officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Durban is a natural paradise known for its gorgeous coastline of beaches and subtropical climate, situated on the eastern seaboard of Africa. The City is built around one of the busiest ports in Africa and our people are our pride. The city focuses on providing visitors with a unique set of experiences that go beyond the beach and into the realm of Durban’s diverse culture, urban lifestyle and scenic diversity.
Kruger National Park
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares is unrivaled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger National Park is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. All the Big Five game animals are found at Kruger National Park, which has more species of mammals than any other African Game Reserve.
Ostriches are found in great numbers in the Oudtshoorn area and the region produces the best feathers, leather products and ostrich meat world wide. A tour of an ostrich farm is fun and enlightening for the entire family. You’ll learn all about ostriches, see various craft demonstrations using the feathers, leather and eggs, as well as feed, sit on or even ride one!! There’s even an Ostrich Derby with local jockeys to entertain you.
Robben Island is an island in Table Bay, west of Cape Town. Since the end of the 17th century, Robben Island has been used for the isolation of mainly political prisoners but was also used as a leper colony and animal quarantine station. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid. To date, three of the former inmates of Robben Island have gone on to become President of South Africa.
Robben Island is both a South African National Heritage site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Seal Island is a modest-sized island in the huge False Bay just off Hout Bay outside Cape Town. Boats can take you out to the island to get a better look at the seals but you won’t want to disembark because it’s so rocky. Since there is a very distinctive smell, skippers try to keep well upwind of the island.
The whole island can be covered with brown bodies stretching or hauling their clumsy bodies along the rocks, blissfully scratching themselves with their silly hind-flippers and bellowing and orking at one another. They are officially known as Cape fur seals, and the comical little tags on the side of their necks will tell you why they are called ‘eared seals’.
Sun City is located near Pilanesberg National Park and is a family resort with various attractions close at hand, including casino play, water park, hot air balloon rides and golf. There’s something fun for the entire family!
Fun Fact – Sun City is where the movie “Blended” was filmed, starring Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore.
The magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain is
alluring. With the city stretching to its lower slopes, the mountain dominates Cape Town. There is a network of over 550 walks covering Table Mountain, but the quickest and easiest method to enjoy the dazzling views of Table Bay and the Atlantic is by taking the short cableway trip to the top.
Table Mountain Cableway
The best views of Cape Town are from the top of Table Mountain.
Table Mountains Aerial Cableway takes you to the summit in under 10 minutes whilst rotating gondola’s ensure that visitors enjoy a 360 view of Cape Town and Table Bay. Once on top visitors can stroll along 2km of pathways and enjoy magnificent views from over 12 viewing sites and decks. Facilities at the top of the mountain include a self service restaurant as well as a gift and curio shop. All facilities re wheelchair friendly.
The Blue Train
The Blue Train has become synonymous with sheer African elegance, easily placing it amongst the world’s top luxury trains. One of South Africa’s finest rail journeys, along with Revos Rail, the Blue Train is a travelling five-star hotel with no shortage of first class amenities. It has hosted many a dignitary over its lifetime and offers top-class service, giving all who take it the royal treatment. You even get your own personal butler.
Victoria Falls is a spectacular waterfall located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Falls are 1.5 times wider than Niagara Falls and is twice the height, making it the biggest curtain of water in the world. Around mid-April is when peak flood waters occur, roughly 625 million liters of water flow over the edge per minute. This huge volume of water produces a spray that rises up to 500 meters into the air.
Victoria Falls is one of the most famous falls and is considered to be among the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
The Winelands offer breathtaking scenery, historic homesteads on wine estates, superb restaurants and of course, copious quantities of fabulous wines.
Visit the Cape Winelands for a day – relax and enjoy the food and wine.