South Africa is an extraordinary country, home to a huge scope of landscapes, people and activities. From the vast nature reserves to the thunderous waters of the South Atlantic and beautiful blue of the Indian Ocean, it’s almost impossible to do justice to this country of extremes.
However, there are certain experiences and destinations that above all others shouldn’t be missed when travelling here. Here, we have an insight into some of South Africa’s most sensational highlights.
Kruger National Park
Positively teeming with wildlife, Kruger is the mother of all national parks. One of the largest and best known game reserves in the whole African continent, and by extension the world, it covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres.
Situated in the north east of the country in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, it is one of the ultimate safari destinations, with your chances of glimpsing the Big Five better here than almost anywhere else on the planet.
As well as wildlife, South Africa is also home to some urban and modern cultural experiences. The beautiful city of Cape Town, backed by the iconic Table Mountain, is a thriving metropolis that’s also home to the historic Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years in captivity.
You can also visit the penguins at Boulders Beach plus the stunning Victoria and Albert waterfront.
Wine culture and wetlands
Another burgeoning side of South Africa is the wine industry that’s thriving around the Western Cape. It's a great area to explore, stopping at cellar doors to sample some of the world’s most exciting new wines and some old classics too.
The wetland area of St Lucia is another must visit destination, home to hippos and crocodiles in a network of waterways that just beg to be explored.
Cango caves and whale watching
Visit a geological phenomenon at the site of the Cango Caves. These magnificent dripstone caverns, with an other worldly quality, are located in the Precambrian hills of the Western Cape Province. Nearby you can experience the truly magical site of watching humpback whales off the coast at Hermanus.
The best way to travel
South Africa is a vast country with a number of ways to get around but one way of exploring the Western Cape Province around Cape Town, taking in the Garden Route wine tour, is on two wheels. Travel with us and our Explore Leaders are equipped with outstanding local knowledge of the best places to visit, camp, eat and explore.
See our adventures in South Africa.