South Africa, on the continent's southern tip, is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and by the Indian Ocean on the south and east. Its neighbors are Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, and Mozambique and Swaziland. The kingdom of Lesotho forms an enclave within the southeast part of South Africa, which occupies an area nearly three times that of California. The country the legislative capital is Pretoria.
Explore the origins of ancient man, or cage-dive with Great White Sharks or you could even drink traditional beer in a lively township shebeen. There are nine spectacular provinces to explore within a sensational climate. South Africa truly is a ground-breaking destination for explorers and adventurers who want to experience life in all its fullness.
Regularly tops many lists of world must-visit destinations and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain has recently been voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Cosmopolitan and fashionable, the relaxed atmosphere and pavement café culture give Cape Town a Southern European feel – but with a distinctive African twist. There is a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and all budgets: glamorous 5-star hotels, stylish boutique hotels, comfortable guesthouses.
Cape Town, nick named the Mother City, has been rated one of the top destinations in the world. The city lies at the northern end of the Cape Peninsula, a 75km long tail of the mountains ending at the Cape good Hope Nature Reserve, and it is nested at the foot of the spectacular Table Mountain, South Africas famous landmark. The city has a reputation of being the most welcoming city in South Africa.
There are limitless restaurants, bars, nightclubs, theatres, exhibitions, flea markets and world class shopping centres. Cape Town’s restaurants offer imaginable choices of world food. The Cape Town beaches are legendary- you can spend hours on them soaking in the sun. The Famous Victoria and Alfred Waterfront receives over 20 million visitors a year and is a must for great shopping and eating in a teeming marine environment.
Kirstenbosch is a famous botanical garden nestled at theSouth Africa's six different biomes. When Kirstenbosch, the most famous of the gardens, was founded in 1913 to preserve the country's unique flora, it was the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos. Kirstenbosch places a strong emphasis on the cultivation of indigenous plants.
While enjoying a South African tour in Cape Town, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are ideal for a peaceful picnic under the shade of ancient trees or a hike up the slopes of Devil’s Peak. An informative visitor’s center and variety of restaurants add substantially to the visit. In the summer months, Kirstenbosch is a popular venue for its summer concerts on the sprawling green lawns with Stunning collection of Proteas, Three types of fynbos, Picnic sites, Summer concerts, UNESCO World Heritage site, Scenic hiking trails and Local artworks.
A trip to Cape Town is incomplete without a trip ‘to the top’. The view from Table Mountain offers some of the most striking panoramas on the continent. The mountain’s sheer rock face tumbles straight down to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and on to the sprawling stir of the city bowl. The most overwhelming visual remains the unbounded blue sweep of the Atlantic Ocean. On a sunny day it often looks as though someone dumped a whole mess of glitter on the surface.
Once YOU have reached the plateau, a sprawling network of designated pathways, viewing platforms and hiking trails greet avid walkers and adventurers. The top of the mountain is brushed with fragrant medleys of indigenous flowers and fynbos. Over 1 460 different plant species bedeck the Table Mountain National Park. While dassies dominate the rocky outcrops, visitors may often stumble across the occasional mongoose, porcupine or snake.
The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is located at the southwestern end of the Cape Floral Kingdom and has more plant species than any other area of comparable size in the world. 141 of the 2285 plant species are endangered, and 90 of the plant species are endemic to this area. The indigenous fynbos species is the overall dominant.
The most popular spot within the Cape of Good Hope Reserve is most probably the Point itself with its high sea cliffs carved by the restless 'Ocean of Storms'. The view from the top is magnificent, and can be reached by foot or funicular ferry service. Many picnic spots are available. Hiking, swimming and fishing are permitted. Table Mountain, Silvermine, Cape Poin, Cape of Good Hope, Boulder's Penguin Colony and Signal Hill & Lions Head.
South Africa is one of the best destinations for encounters with sea creatures, with annual visits from southern right and humpback whales between June and December who visit the coastal waters to calve. The first Whale Crier was Pieter Claasen, who first blew his kelp horn in 1992. He has since retired was first replaced by Wilson Salakuzana, Godleck Baleni and the current whale crier Eric Davalah.
The Whale Coast, Gansbaai, offers visitors sightings of the great white shark in addition to the southern right whale. The town also boasts a fantastic hiking trail up on the cliffs, providing hikers with fantastic views of the whales at the end of October, the southern right whales start leaving South African waters, though many holidaymakers still get to see some of the later stragglers in December. Dramatic coastal scenery, Southern right whales, Humpback whales, Hermanus, Arniston and fine swimming beaches
The Boland (Afrikaans for "top country" or "land above") is a region of the Western Cape province of South Africa, situated to the northeast of Cape Town in the middle and upper courses of the Berg and Breede Rivers, around the mountains of the central Cape Fold Belt. It is sometimes also referred to as the Cape Winelands because it is the primary region for the making of Western Cape wine.
Although the Boland does not have defined boundaries, its core lies around the towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Worcester. It may be understood to extend as far as Malmesbury, Tulbagh, Swellendam and Somerset West. This is approximately the area included in the Cape Winelands District Municipality, which was formerly called the Boland District Municipality.
The Franschhoek Wine Route is characterized by an inherent French flair. The town itself is rich with Huguenot history and it is South Africa's unofficial food and wine capital.
outh Africa include the Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant National Park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
before the fall of apartheid the island in Table Bay, 6.9 km west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, Cape Town and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there for 27 years.