Areas, parks & places to visit in South Africa
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls is a fairly remote national park, offering great scenery and some good walking opportunities – combines well into a self-drive trip around the northern Cape, and southern Namibia.
Cape Town is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city that is African and yet very European. There's a lot to see and do - great shopping and harbour-side restaurants, stunning drives along the dramatic coastline, lots of great hikes and endless beaches.
Eastern Cape Game Reserves
The southern safari parks offer a taste of 'the big five' in a malaria-free, child-friendly environment. First-time visitors to Africa often spend 2-3 nights here either on affordable self-drive safaris or at luxurious lodges.
The Garden Route is a compact coastal belt between the warm Indian Ocean and rugged mountain ranges. Numerous cosy hideaways and smarter hotels are dotted amongst lovely beaches, verdant forests and small, bustling towns.
Hermanus is Africa's top spot for whale-watching (best months Aug-Nov), by boat or from scenic cliffs. Nature-lovers also seek out Grootbos Private Nature Reserve for first-rate insights into the Cape's unique flora and fauna.
The O.R. Tambo International Airport in the large, bustling city of Johannesburg is often the gateway for many travellers to southern Africa; here we offer a handful of airport hotels for overnight stops en route to other destinations.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a relatively remote and little-visited national park, perfect for more independent and self-sufficient travellers who want to explore on a self-drive trip.
The vast fynbos veld (open moorlands) of Namaqualand are quiet for most of the year but burst into life during the flower season (Aug-Sept); the Cedarberg Mountains offer great hiking in the south.
Port Elizabeth is at the far eastern end of the Garden Route and is generally used either at the beginning or end of a trip including the Garden Route. It is also the gateway to visiting the Eastern Cape game reserves.
The Winelands are a scenic area of mountains and vineyards, dotted with welcoming retreats. Visit for the day from Cape Town, or stay for a few nights, to enjoy the Cape Dutch architecture, first-class wine and great food.