South Africa is often called the Rainbow nation due to its diverse mix of cultures. This also applies to the range of experiences which guests can have in the country. Having emerged from the oppressive apartheid regime, under Nelson Mandela, South Africa went through a process of reconciliation and flourished. Today, it is one of the most developed countries in Africa with great infrastructure and cosmopolitan cities.
South Africa has one of the most diverse landscapes of any country, ranging from semi-desert to tropical forest, with a long coastline on both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It has some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the world. In the south, trips revolve around the beautiful city of Cape Town. Savour fine South African wines in the Cape Winelands, go whale watching, see penguins on the beach and enjoy a foodie culture. Take in the landscape and experience the many adventure activities to be enjoyed along the Garden Route.
Johannesburg in the north is a city founded on the gold rush. The country’s economic powerhouse it offers many historic and cultural experiences such as exploring Soweto and the Apartheid Museum.
Excellent safaris are offered throughout the country, but the most well-known safari names such as the Kruger National Park and private reserves such as the renowned Sabi Sands are found in the north, which offers the most diverse game viewing in Africa. South Africa is known for the quality of its luxury lodges, especially when it comes to the quality of its guiding. Most lodges have conservation and sustainability programs which uplift local communities and contribute to the preservation of these wildlife areas.
The Eastern Cape region offers many private reserves where guests can enjoy family-friendly safaris which are malaria-free. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean off the city of Durban and sandy golden beaches attract beach lovers to this region.
South Africa has twelve official languages and many diverse cultures. Guests can discover the cuisine of the Cape Malay people and the traditions and cultures of the Xhosa and Zulu people while in the country.