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South Africa

  • JNB Cooling Towers - Large

  • NW Sun City

  • Limpopo KNP Hippo

  • Mpumalanga KNP Springbok

  • KZN Traditional Zulu Dancing

  • FS lake near Clarens - SA Tourism

  • EC - Addo Elephant Park - SA Tourism

  • WC - Table Mountain & Robben Island

  • NC - Augrabies Falls

  • Gauteng - Johannesburg Cooling Towers
  • North West - Sun City
  • Limpopo - Kruger National Park Hippo
  • Mpumalanga - Kruger National Park Springbok
  • KwaZulu Natal - Traditional Zulu Dancing
  • Free State - Lake Near Clarens
  • Eastern Cape - Addo Elephant Park
  • Western Cape - Robben Island and Table Mountain
  • Northern Cape - Augrabies Falls

 

Gauteng

Soweto – The city developed as a township for black people under the apartheid system and is now a living monument of the history of political struggle combined with the hopes and aspirations of a dynamic and multi-cultural community facing the challenges of transformation.

The Apartheid Museum Complex – Consisting of 22 separate exhibition areas that take the visitor through the history of apartheid in South Africa.
Pretoria

Union Buildings – Designed by the architect Sir Herbert Baker and set in terraced gardens modeled on the famous Villa d’Este at Tivoli near Rome, Italy, with magnificent panoramic views overlooking the city. The Union Buildings still house the offices of the South African State President.

Voortrekker Monument – Built to commemorate the Great Trek and the Voortrekkers, (Pioneers), who left the Cape Colony in their thousands between 1835 and 1854. This enormous grey building can be seen from all directions as you near Pretoria.

Cradle of Humankind – A World Heritage Site consisting of a variety of important palaeo-anthropological sites. Meet the famous “Mrs Ples” and the amazing “Little Foot”.

North West Province

The Sun City Complex – Africa’s kingdom of pleasure and rated amongst the world’s most unusually conceived lavish inland resorts, it is an enormous, opulent extravaganza of luxurious hotels, entertainment centres, restaurants, gaming rooms, shops, discos and extensive, beautifully landscaped grounds.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve – Adjacent to the famous Sun City resort and just two hours from Johannesburg, the Pilanesberg is home to thousands of animals including the Big Five and currently the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa. The Pilanesberg mountain range exists as a result of a volcano that erupted millions of years ago.

Madikwe Game Reserve- This reserve is regarded as one of the finest conservation areas in Africa, and is home to the big five and is famous for its wild dog, spotted hyena, cheetah and elephant population.

Limpopo Province

Polokwane – Founded in the gold rush days of the 1880s, it has witnessed Stone Age nomads, Iron Age settlements, European migrations, wars and political upheaval.

Kruger National Park – The Park is characterised by combinations of savannah, thornveld and woodland and his home to the “Big Five” – Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino, as well as a remarkable number of wild life species.

Mpumalanga

The Panorama Route – Contains some of the most scenic attractions in the region including God’s Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, 3 Rondavels and a host of waterfalls.

Blyde River Canyon – The third largest canyon in the world and one of South Africa’s scenic wonders, it contains the most spectacular scenery, and has a diverse vegetation and wide variety of birdlife.

God’s Window – Majestic cliffs plunge over 700 meters to the Lowveld and the private game reserves. God’s Window is a small part of a 250km long wall of sheer cliffs.

Three Rondavels – Also known as the ‘Three Sisters’ is an unforgettable view of three huge rock spirals rising out of the far wall of the Blyde River Canyon.

Bourkes Luck Potholes – Rapids and whirlpools occur and through millions of years. Water-borne sand and rock moving through these whirlpools, have scoured smooth-sided potholes into the original riverbed. Paths, bridges and viewing sites have been built over the potholes.

KwaZulu Natal

Durban – the heart of the province’s business and tourist industry and a major port city. Durban’s beachfront is adorned with luxury hotels and boasts spectacular beaches

Valley of a Thousand Hills – Just 45km from Durban is a picturesque drive along the tightly folded hills where Zulu people still live in traditional homesteads. The views here are magnificent and it is well worth a visit

The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park – Acknowledged as one of South Africa’s first World Heritage Sites – this is one of the most beautiful wetland areas in the world. Beautiful lakes, swamps, forests and marshlands surround the estuary of Lake St Lucia. Abundant plant and sea-life as well as numerous animal species can be found in this sub-tropical eco-system.

Hluhluwe and Umfolozi Reserves -The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park is the biggest of KZN’s reserves and has a fantastic range of wildlife and is well-known for its rhino conservation programme and ‘Big 5′ sightings

Mkuzi Reserve -This reserve has an abundant variety of birds and animals as well as a rare forest of giant fig trees

Zululand – The former Zulu heartland is where King Shaka created the most powerful nation in Southern Africa. This area was the scene of countless battles between the Zulus and the British. Today visitors to this area can explore cultural museums that concentrate on the local history

The Drakensberg mountain range or uKhahlamba – (the Barrier of Spears to the Zulus) was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. The Drakensberg, or ‘Dragon Mountain’ or The Berg – as it’s popularly known – is a very popular region for nature and outdoor enthusiasts.

Free State

The Golden Gate National Park – This Park derives its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the park’s sandstone cliffs, especially the impressive Brandwag rock.

Clarens – This town has a Swiss-like appearance and concentration of artists. Visitors can view one of the many art galleries or the tiny Cinderella Castle built entirely out of bottles. There are also several Bushman rock paintings in the region.

Eastern Cape

Nelson Mandela Museum – One of South Africa’s most significant heritage institutions situated close to Nelson Mandela’s and preserves a collection of gifts given to him throughout the years.

Addo Elephant Park – Situated in the malaria free and only 73 Km from Port Elizabeth. There is a wide diversity of game viewing available.

Western Cape

Table Mountain – No visit is complete without a trip up Cape Town’s most famous landmark, with its breath-taking views over the spectacular peninsula, city centre, Table Bay and Robben Island

Castle of Good Hope – The oldest building in South Africa, the castle was built by the Dutch East India Company and established to re-supply ships en route to East Asia.

The Company Gardens – Originally created to provide fresh produce for Dutch East India Company’s ships en route to East Asia, it is now a beautiful public park and botanical garden.

Greenmarket Square – This cobbled square serves as a popular open-air flea market selling a variety of goods. Surrounding the square is a variety of restaurants, cafés and beautiful old buildings.

The Bo-Kaap – This cobble-stone area on the slopes of Signal Hill is the traditional home to Cape Town’s Muslim community and contains many beautiful Mosques and brightly coloured homes

The V & A Waterfront – Set within a working harbour, this is Cape Town’s most visited attraction consisting of a diversity of shopping, eating, entertainment as well as sightseeing facilities

Robben Island – A former prison and now national monument, the island was `home’ to many of South Africa’s freedom fighters including Nelson Mandela.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – One of the world’s leading botanical gardens showcasing only indigenous South African plants.

Cape Point – The southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula situated within the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, it consists of incredible scenery, magnificent views and the mountains of the Cape.

Cape Winelands – wide selection of wine farms and cellars as well as the rich historical and cultural heritage of museums, galleries and numerous restaurants serving the finest cuisine

Hermanus – A thriving tourist town known for its shore based whale watching (reputed to be one of the best places in the world for viewing).

Knysna – In the heart of the Garden route offering a diverse mix of attractions and activities and surrounded by world-renowned indigenous forests and the lagoon. Wilderness – The region is surrounded by lakes, forests, rivers, mountains and miles of unspoiled beaches.

Tsitsikamma Forest – Containing the country’s biggest indigenous forests including the giant Outeniqua yellowwood tree, fynbos, stunning wetlands and is also a bird lover’s paradise.

Oudtshoorn -The capital of the Klein Karoo and ‘ostrich-feather capital’ of the world.

Cango Caves -A series of caverns and chambers naturally developed out of limestone.

Northern Province

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – Africa’s first transfrontier game park, consisting of the South African Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and the Botswana Gemsbok National Park. It is one of the largest nature conservation areas in southern Africa and provides unfenced access to a variety of game.

Augrabies Falls National Park – One of the lesser-known game parks in the country. It is here that Africa’s second largest waterfall thunders down into a granite gorge.
The Big Hole – Known to be the largest man-made excavation sight in the world Manually dug by pick and shovels by diamond miners, it was mined to a depth of about 800m.