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Top 10 Reasons To Visit South Africa

What is your idea of an ideal holiday break? Maybe it's spending time with friends and family exploring new places. Perhaps it's meeting interesting people or trying exciting activities like hiking, horse riding and game viewing. Is it lazy lunches in beautiful surroundings and days spent soaking up the sunshine on a sandy beach?

Welcome to South Africa - where you can have it all! Here are our top 10 reasons to visit this phenomenal country.


Cape Town arguably has the best urban beaches from fashionable Camps Bay to Boulders Beach with its comical penguins. All the way along South Africa’s Garden Route and kwaZulu-Natal's Indian Ocean coastline you'll find long stretches of pristine white sand and lapped by waves that become warmer and warmer the further north you go - there are even tropical coral reefs at Rocktail Bay.

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The Kruger National Park is the most famous Big 5 desintation but this country has a selection of superb game parks and private reserves.Try an exclusive South Africa safari in the world-renowned Sabi Sands; some family time in Madikwe Private Reserve; or combine game viewing with a beach vacation in the Eastern Cape.

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When you visit Cape Town we highly recommend spending time in the Cape Winelands, exploring the beautiful estates, sampling award-winning wines in cool cellars and on vine-covered patios, and sampling some of the world's best cuisine in its sumptuous restaurants. On the country's eastern seaboard, indulge in a gourmet getaway in the lush hills of the kwaZulu-Natal Midlands, fortifying yourself for a comfortable hike in the foothills of the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains.

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With plenty of sunshine, mountains, sea and rivers, South Africans tend to treat their country like a massive playground. For a taste of the great outdoors, hike to the top of Table Mountain; horse ride in the Drakensberg; cage-dive with great white sharks; watch whale in Hermanus; paraglide over Cape Town’s beaches; take a walking safari in the Kruger; cycle through the Cape Winelands; explore the forest canopy in the Garden Route... You need never have a dull moment!

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Visitors often comment on the fact that South Africans smile a lot... yes, we are a friendly bunch! We love to meet new people and passionately recommend our favourite place and things to do. We are a melting pot of many fascinating cultures forming one nation so you'll hear several distinct accents in our English, notice many different faces and taste a rich fusion of flavours in our cuisine.

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Did you know that Durban, Ballito and the beaches of the kwaZulu-Natal Coast average over 300 days of sunshine a year? Enough said!

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Your kids will love it! South Africa has plenty of child-friendly accommodation and loads of great options for a family holiday: Cape Town and the Garden Route are particularly popular for a beach break. For a family safari, I recommend the Pilanesberg, Madikwe or one of the Eastern Cape reserves – all malaria-free with superb game viewing. For loud, unrestrained whoops of joy, try thrill-a-minute Sun City!

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How far back do you want to go? We have the Cradle of Humankind, where the 2.3-million-year-old fossil nicknamed Mrs Ples was found. For a taste of more recent history, I highly recommend the kwaZulu-Natal Battlefields where excellent guides bring to life the world of 1875, when bravery, victory and defeat played out in the bloody battles between British soldiers, Boer commandos and Zulu warriors. South Africa's remarkable modern history is perhaps best illustrated in a visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his incarceration alongside other political prisoners under Apartheid.

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In South Africa, it’s easy to find a cosy guesthouse or family-run lodge that offers that extra bit of holiday pampering plus great value for money. What’s more, eating out in South Africa is affordable, so you can generally enjoy a great meal and local vintage without the bitter aftertaste of an unreasonable bill.

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South Africa welcomes a steady flow of international airlines at international airports around the country, which were all upgraded when we hosted the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Also, once here, you’ll find a network of national highways roads criss-crossing big sky Karoo landscapes, winding through farmlands, nipping along coastlines and over magnificent mountain passes. South Africa is one of only two countries in Africa where we recommend a self-drive holiday – a fantastic option for independent travellers.

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Written by Sandra Mallinson & Angela Achsmann

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