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Adventure

South Africa is perfect for adventure seekers. Go on a safari to explore wild animals or enjoy exciting sports like canyoning, abseiling, rafting or mountain climbing. If you’re really brave you should go bungee jumping off the Bloukrans bridge. This bridge is in the midst of a beautiful landscape, above a 200 meters deep ravine.

Diving

Just off the coast of Kwazulu-natal you can enjoy an ultimate diving adventure. Coral reefs, shipwrecks, sand tiger sharks, everything is right there. Aliwal Shoal is a rocky reef and a remain of an ancient sand dune. This dune once was an obstacle for ships trying to reach the coast. You can find two shipwrecks on about 30 metres deep. Many fishes and reefs find their shelter in these wrecks. Another big attraction are the sand tiger sharks, they can be found around the coast between July and November. The Protea Banks offer divers different kinds of sharks and stingrays. In June and July you can witness the Sardine Run here.

Golf

South Africa has an amazing amount of golf courses, mostly located in the northeast. You can find the best and most beautiful courses around Cape Town. Professional materials and well-maintained courses in the beautiful surroundings make the dreams of many golfers come true. Whether you’re a professional or beginner, everybody can enjoy a game of golf in South Africa. 

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South Africa is a country of great contrasts. High mountains, a plain empty desert, rolling vineyards and green forests. Western and African cities, black and white people. The struggle against apartheid has left its marks and still is not fully over. Get to know the African culture, spot ‘the big five’ going on safari and take a refreshing dive in the ocean.

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Time zone
In summer no difference, in winter +1
Visa
Not required
Vaccinations
None required
High season
December – January
Currency
South African rand (ZAR)

Where to stay?

Where to stay?

South Africa is well-known for:

  • Exciting outdoor activities
  • History full of conflicts and interesting culture
  • Natural diversity

Keep in mind:

  • High temperatures in the summer
  • Lots of rain in the winter in The Western Cape

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Bloukransbridge
Adventure

South Africa is perfect for adventure seekers. Go on a safari to explore wild animals or enjoy exciting sports like canyoning, abseiling, rafting or mountain climbing. If you’re really brave you should go bungee jumping off the Bloukrans bridge. This bridge is in the midst of a beautiful landscape, above a 200 meters deep ravine.

Diving South Africa
Diving

Just off the coast of Kwazulu-natal you can enjoy an ultimate diving adventure. Coral reefs, shipwrecks, sand tiger sharks, everything is right there. Aliwal Shoal is a rocky reef and a remain of an ancient sand dune. This dune once was an obstacle for ships trying to reach the coast. You can find two shipwrecks on about 30 metres deep. Many fishes and reefs find their shelter in these wrecks. Another big attraction are the sand tiger sharks, they can be found around the coast between July and November. The Protea Banks offer divers different kinds of sharks and stingrays. In June and July you can witness the Sardine Run here.

Golfing in South Africa
Golf

South Africa has an amazing amount of golf courses, mostly located in the northeast. You can find the best and most beautiful courses around Cape Town. Professional materials and well-maintained courses in the beautiful surroundings make the dreams of many golfers come true. Whether you’re a professional or beginner, everybody can enjoy a game of golf in South Africa. 

Drakensberg
National parks

South Africa has several national parks, especially famous for the wild animals it houses. In Kruger National Park you can find big baobabs trees along the riversides. A flock of antelopes runs through Bontebok National Park and beautiful landscapes can be found in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. No matter which national park you visit, you’ll for sure enjoy great panoramic views and discover special kinds of flora and fauna.

Blyde River Canyon
Nature

Pretty much all nature reserves in South Africa have great scenery with unique forests. Along the riverside in Kruger National Park you will find big baobabs. The mountain chain Drakensberg can be found in the eastern part of South Africa. The vulnerable grasslands and turf fields alternated with mountain tops are also known as the biggest water factory of Africa. The Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Project protects this area and includes a reservation for rare birds, mammals and mountain flowers. The highest mountain tops catch the rain and through the grasslands the water streams down in to small creeks.  Between November and February the grasslands are covered with beautiful flowers.

Surfing at Durban
Surfing

South Africa has great surfing spots. One of the most famous is Jeffrey’s Bay, also known as J-Bay. You can conquer the waves here all year round. Cave Rock, near Durban, is another great surf spot for advanced surfers. Every year it hosts the biggest surf event of South Africa, the Gunston 500. Muizenberg or Milnerton are the best places for beginners. Here the waves break slowly and you can get some affordable surfing classes. Along the garden route you find the surfing spots Mossel Bay and Storm River Mouth. Great places to dive into the warm water with your surfboard!

Elephants in South Africa
Wildlife

Hot air blows through your hair, pay attention to all that surrounds you. Suddenly you see an elephant crossing your path. Truly amazed you watch the gigantic animal. The ‘Big Five’ are the most dangerous animals to come across and most people who go on a safari hope to spot them. Besides these animals there are great birds, reptiles and other animals that are worth seeing. If you rather explore the sea animals, you should go to Hermanus. This is the most famous place to spot whales in South Africa. With a bit of luck you’ll see killer whales, humpback whales and many other kinds.

 

Historical cave drawing
Historical

The Cradle of Humankind is located in the province of Gauteng. A true treasure with remains of our earliest ancestors. UNESCO added this place to its world heritage list. The museum in combination with the excavation spots make a visit a true experience. Johannesburg, Soweto and Pretoria play an important role in the diverse protest songs about apartheid. Johannesburg expanded in to a big, modern city. The amounts of gold and diamonds that the Witwatersrand mountains deliver make Johannesburg economically important.

Palace of Justice Pretoria
Sights

Robben island has been the home for Nelson Mandela during his 27 years in prison. The Robben Island Museum tells the story of the conflicts in South Africa and the fight of Mandela for equality between white and black. Interesting sights to see in Cape Town are the Table Mountain, Groote Kerk and South African museum. In the Groote Kerk you can see an enormous pulpit and church organ with 600 pipes. Underneath the stone floor, is the burial place for 200 people. When seeking entertainment, visit Kloofstreet. Many shops, bakers, pubs and other bars are located here and at night a vibrant nightlife will arise. In the port you can find some old Victorian warehouses which now function as trendy cafés and restaurants.

Colourful underwater world
Underwater nature

Aliwal Shoal is a rocky reef and a remain of an ancient sand dune. This dune was once an obstacle for ships. Two shipwrecks lay about 30 metres deep in the sea and provide shelter for many fishes and coral reefs. A big attraction for divers are the sand tiger sharks, who travel along the coast between July and November. Protea Banks offers divers different kinds of sharks and stingrays. In June and July you can witness the Sardine Run here. Sodwana National Park is mostly famous for its colourful coral reefs, amazing amount of fishes and special flora and fauna. During summer, turtles lay their eggs on this beach.

Penguin on the beach
Water sports

Traditional water sports like diving or surfing can be practiced in South Africa, but also unique experiences are provided. Think about swimming with dolphins, penguins or whales. Sodwana Bay National Park is famous for diving and snorkelling. Colourful coral reefs, many fishes and special flora and fauna can be seen here. During the summer, turtles will lay their eggs on this beach. The Algoa Bay close to Port Elizabeth has about 40 kilometres of beach. It offers great opportunities for sailing and surfing. Animal lovers can spot whales, dolphins and sea lions here.

Beach at Cape Town
Beaches

Tropical white sandy beaches or beaches decorated with rocks and cliffs, South Africa knows them both. You can find the most famous and popular beaches around Cape Town. The turquoise sea and excellent location of Clifton Beach attracts many people out of Cape Town. Llandudno beach with its shallow water is perfect for families. You could also go there to watch a gorgeous sunset. On Boulders Beach, South of Cape Town, you can watch penguins and even swim with them. The beautiful beaches near Durban, in the province of Kwazulu-Natal, will attract you for a nice swim in the Indian ocean with warm water.

Traditional meal
Dining

Real African food is cooked above an open fire in a crockpot or on a grill. Therefore the meat is often grilled and combined with rice or potatoes. A variaty of vegetables is used. Try Morogo, wild spinach, the African population combines this with butter smothered unions and tomatoes. Amadumbe is a purée of sweet potatoes and peanuts. You buy something similar to the hotdog, called the broodje boerewors, in a food stall on the street. The sausage is grilled above a small fire, put it in bread and cover it with mustard or tomato sauce and you will have a delicious snack.

Handcrafted Zulu bracelets
Local culture

South African culture is a mixture between African rituals and influences from western colonizers. The fight against apartheid was the centre of attention in South Africa for decades. Nelson Mandela was an example for many people and when he became president, a turning point was reached. Some traditions are still used nowadays. Visit with a guide a ‘sangoma’, these mystical doctors still offer advice to the local population. There are different kinds of ‘sangomas’, There are specialists in spices and herbs, and know everything about the healing powers of spices, herbs and plants. Others act out spiritual practices. They bring themselves in a trance to connect with ancestors.

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