Enjoy travel to South Africa where there are many special offers of stay 4 nights/pay for 3 nights!
South Africa is the WORLD CUP nation and deserves large applause for hosting this global event! The country is rich in natural beauty and wildlife, with unspoiled beaches, dramatic mountains, protected wilderness areas, national parks and game reserves. Accommodations vary from deluxe safari camps and hotels to self-service bungalows. On Safari, you may view game by closed vehicle in national parks and by open vehicle and walking tours in private game reserves and wilderness areas to view the Big 5. Touring around the Cape and on the Garden Route is very popular.
Kruger National Park The most popular area in the country for wildlife safaris for international visitors are the private reserves that lie along Kruger National Park’s western border. Game viewing in the public areas of Kruger National Park itself is not recommended as over 500,000 tourists visit each year, only closed vehicles are allowed, and off-road driving is not allowed.
PRIVATE GAME RESERVES NEAR KRUGER - Along the borders of Kruger are found a number of privately owned wildlife reserves and concession areas including Sabi Sands and Timbavati regions. Some advantages private reserves have over national parks is that they use open vehicles, travel off road, and offer night drives and walks. They generally have exceptionally high standards of accommodation, food and service.
MPUMALANGA AND NORTHWEST PROVINCE Located northeast and northwest of Johannesburg, there are several more private reserves that are destined to become some of South Africa’s new wildlife hotspots.
BLUE TRAIN/ROVOS RAIL The world-renowned, deluxe Blue Train runs between Johannesburg and Pretoria and Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. Rovos Rail, a luxuriously renovated steam train, also runs from Pretoria to Cape Town and Victoria Falls, as well as offering trips to Namibia and Tanzania.
KwaZulu (Natal) is located in eastern South Africa along the Indian Ocean. The Drakensberg Mountains rise to 11,420 feet (3,482 m) and run roughly north and south along its western border, which it shares with Lesotho. There are numerous Zulu War and Anglo-Boer War battle sites in the region, including Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Kwazulu offers well-run, uncrowded, small game reserves, including Hluhluwe-Umfolozi, Ndumo, Phinda and Mkuzi. Walking and game drives are offered.
MAPUTALAND AND ST. LUCIA MARINE AND COASTAL FOREST RESERVES These reserves combined form Africa’s largest marine conservation area. They run along the Indian Ocean coastline from south of Cape Vidal to the Mozambique border.
Cape Town This beautiful city at the foot of Table Mountain offers fine beaches, Cape Dutch architecture, vineyards, and botanical gardens. This is one of the most beautiful cities in the world to visit any time of the year. Northwest and east of Cape Town are attractions that easily rival those on the more well-known Garden Route. Fabulous mountain scenery, whale and birdwatching along the stark Atlantic Coastline, and the magnificent proliferation of flowers in August and September, make this a region well worth visiting.
Garden Route The Garden Route runs between George and the Storms River, near Plettenberg Bay. It is lined with Indian Ocean coastal scenery, beautiful beaches, lakes, forests and mountains. Small, country hotels offer comfortable accommodations.
EASTERN CAPE There are several private game reserves and parks located outside of Port Elizabeth. These include Shamwari, Addo Elephant, Kwandwe and Mkambati. The Wild Coast also offers some great hiking trails.
Best Time to Go
Good: Mar-Jun, Nov
Fair: Dec-Feb Good: Apr-Sep