South African travel offers you so many exciting options that it can be difficult to choose what to do next. Whether you enjoy the bush veld and getting away from it all or you like surfing beaches and glorious mountains, South Africa has something for everyone!
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1. Kruger National Park.
The Kruger National Park offers you a double whammy: you get to enjoy the most amazing wildlife and also get away from the hustle and bustle.
As the country’s largest game park, you can spend weeks exploring its secrets and discovering the allure of the bush veld.
Mobile phone signal in the Kruger Park is limited to rest camps and you can pick up a weak WiFi signal only at the main reception areas, forcing you to relax, unwind and enjoy nature without your phone.
The best wildlife spotting occurs at dawn and dusk and we recommend enjoying a fun game drive at these times.
During the day is the perfect time to go swimming at your rest camp and relax with a cocktail on a deck overlooking a river where you can view animals drinking.
Alternatively, take a slow drive to another rest camp, have lunch there and then drive back.
When the sun goes down, have a relaxed barbecue (or braai) and spend the evening having quality time with loved ones. Bliss!
Kruger National Park is easily accessible from Johannesburg with good roads all the way. If you don’t feel like driving all the way, why not fly to Nelspruit, hire a car and then drive the short distance to the park?
2. Wine Tasting in the Western Cape.
The Cape Winelands is world famous for its vineyards and top quality wines. South Africa has some of the best wines in the world and, if you’re a wine lover, visiting a wine farm is a must!
Many wine farms in the area offer wine tasting where you can sample their best vino and snack on delicious food.
Furthermore, the Winelands is only a stone’s throw from Cape Town, so you could combine it with a visit to this beautiful city.
Mpumalanga is situated in the eastern part of South Africa and has some of the prettiest scenery in the country.
Simply driving through the province and on its winding roads, you will appreciate the panoramic views, forests and breathtaking beauty.
A visit to Mpumalanga is never complete without feasting on some delicious pancakes at Harries Pancakes in Sabie, so be sure to stop in this quaint town.
Go back in time and experience what it was like a few hundred years back during the gold rush with a visit to Pilgrim’s Rest. Some of the original buildings still stand and it is a great place to enjoy a meal in beautiful surroundings.
God’s Window, as the name suggests, gives you the most amazing view of the surrounding countryside. On a clear day, some people say that you see all the way to Mozambique in the east!
Other highlights of Mpumalanga include the iconic Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Lone Creek Falls the Sudwala Caves.
4. Golden Gate National Park.
Situated within the picturesque Maluti Mountain foothills in the Free State, Golden Gate National Park is one of the country’s most well-loved places.
It is perfect if you are looking for a slow-paced and relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings.
Staying at the Golden Gate Hotel will give you close access to the park and many of the rooms have incredible views of the surrounding mountains. The hotel boasts a gourmet restaurant, where you can enjoy a drink and a good meal after a long day of admiring the scenery.
The park has a wealth of wildlife, birds and flora. It is very likely that you will spot groups of eland, zebra, springbok, wildebeest and reedbuck while driving through the park, as well as some interesting birds, such as the cape vulture, secretary bird and blue crane.
Golden Gate National Park is close to the quaint town of Clarens, which is widely known as the “Jewel of the Eastern Freestate”.
Visiting Clarens is great idea for a fun day out as you can browse the many art galleries, boutiques and cafes. Over the weekends, there is often live music playing by local artists.
Fishing enthusiasts will love the excellent trout fishing opportunities in the area, while horse lovers can spend a few hours horse riding.
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