South Africa

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DID YOU KNOW?

  • The only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace prizewinners is in Soweto. Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu both have houses on Vilakazi Street.
  • The world’s largest diamond was the Cullinan Diamond, found in South Africa in 1905. It is now part of the British Crown Jewels.
  • The independent nation of Lesotho is entirely within the borders of South Africa
  • South Africa has 11 official languages: English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.
  • The country hosts the world’s largest themed resort hotel  – The Palace of the Lost City. Surrounding the Palace is a 25 hectare manmade botanical jungle with almost two million plants, trees and shrubs.

Where to stay in South Africa

THE BASICS 

Lovers of the sun, wildlife and the natural world are drawn to South Africa’s varied landscape. A vast nation which holds together western and traditional African peoples, it offers winter sun at a very reasonable cost. The food is plentiful – with opportunities to try new meats such as springbok cooked on a brai (barbecue)– and the air clean and fresh.

Mother nature really went to town on South Africa, leaving acres of greenery and unique flowers; and the famous safaris where you can spot the Big Five: lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros – not to mention zebra, giraffes, springbok and others.

The coastal towns offer cosmopolitan places to relax with upmarket restaurants, modern hotels and high standards of service. And you can learn the country’s history of conflict and resolution, through museums and memorials so you come away with a deeper understanding of this complex and welcoming country.

TOP THINGS TO DO 

If there’s one thing you must do in South Africa, it’s go on safari. They can last from a day or two to a few weeks and cater to every type of traveller. So if you’re young and want a bit of adventure, you can follow the animals and camp out under the stars; or if you’re with your family and want a bit of luxury, there are five-star lodges where the animals saunter past while you soak in your hot tub with a cocktail in your hand. A sunset over the savannah will add beautiful colours to the scene.

After all that adventure, you will probably want so spend some time chilling out, and Cape Town is just the place to do it. It’s a historical and friendly city where you can sit in a town-centre cafe or beachside bar and recharge the batteries under a warm sun. And if you still have some energy left, you can climb Table Mountain for views over the city – or just take the cable car up. Kids will love a trip to the nearby Boulders Beach, which has a permanent colony of penguins.

If you have a few days to spare, then a drive along the Garden Route will show you the best of South Africa’s coastline and give you plenty of opportunities to stop off in little towns and wineries to sample their wares.

 

Experience South Africa

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