You’ll find a rich variety of places to visit in this huge, diverse country at the bottom of Africa. From the national parks and their big game safaris to the penguin-patrolled white beaches. You can also explore everything from the craggy coastal cliffs to the forests along the Garden Route, and from the lush winelands to vibrant cities like beautiful Cape Town.
Explore what strikes your fancy in South Africa’s 1.2 million square km, where you’ll find something for everyone. Discover rugged coasts, ancient forests, mountain hideaways, World Heritage Sites, extraordinary wildlife and a melting pot of cultures.
Beaches and sports
With 2,500km of coastline on the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, you’ll be delighted to find that the many beaches in South Africa never end. You can unwind on soft white sand lapped by gentle blue waves or hide away among wild, subtropical dunes. Watch the sunset at Cape Town’s Bloubergstrand Beach, try bodyboarding at Durban’s North Beach or get away from it all on the secluded, coppery sand of Sodwana Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. You’ll find the beaches are perfect for swimming, sailing, diving and windsurfing. If you want to be even more adventurous, try shark diving to get exhilaratingly close to those great whites. Shark Alley is one of the top cage-diving destinations in the world and you don’t have to be a qualified diver.
History and culture
The country’s transition from divisive and unjust apartheid to a democracy with Nelson Mandela as president is one of the most remarkable events of the 20th century. South Africans are rightly proud of their leader and you can visit memorials to Mandela everywhere, from his modest house in Johannesburg to Robben Island where he was jailed for 18 years. With its fascinating mix of cultures and tribes, it’s no surprise South Africa is called the Rainbow Nation. Most people speak English or Afrikaans, but there are eleven official languages, including Zulu and the distinctive clicks of Xhosa.
Adventures in the great outdoors
South Africa is known for its fantastic safaris, but the whole country is also an exhilarating adventure playground. To get your heart racing, you can plunge from the world’s highest bridge bungee, fly on the fastest zip line in the world, or take a hot air balloon over the plains. And if you’re into golf, you’ll want to try your hand at Legend Golf Resort in Limpopo, home of what claims to be the world’s most difficult hole. You can only reach the tee of The Extreme 19th, at the top of Hangklip Mountain, by helicopter, and it’s the highest and longest par three hole on earth.