South Africa

Truly is a country of astounding beauty and diversity

Immerse yourself in all South Africa has to offer; from wildlife safaris to the international life of Cape Town, from rural villages to city townships.

Travel to a place where you can watch the sunrise from the top of a mountain, catch a morning wave in the ocean and spot an elephant roaming at dusk all in the same day. There’s a reason former President Nelson Mandela proclaimed South Africa the ‘Rainbow Nation’ – the country is diverse and colorful in every way.

South Africa occupies the southern tip of Africa and is home to a range of cultures, languages and customs. Once you touch down in SA you’ll be fully immersed in a blend of music, art and lifestyle. Nevertheless, English is widely spoken by all groups which makes travel here a breeze.

Activities

Wildlife Safari

The Greater Kruger National Park; one of the most famous wildlife destinations in Africa, it is no surprise that Kruger, and its surrounding reserves, is the definitive African Safari option – especially when it comes to Big 5 viewing. Enjoy an unforgettable journey through its untamed African landscape. The Greater Kruger National Park, which comprises such world-renowned destinations as Sabi Sands and the Timbavati, offers pristine nature. Its vastness will draw you into a world of new experiences. It is here that you can enjoy the tranquility of the African bush under a spectacular night sky, with nothing but the sounds of the wild and the sputter of a warm fire. Explore this wilderness on 4×4 adventures; get close to nature and her wild animals on a walking safari.

Robben Island Prison

This notorious prison is located on an island seven kilometers off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay. It is where Africa’s political prisoners were kept during the colonial and Apartheid years of South Africa.

V&A Waterfront

Situated in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbor, the V&A Waterfront has become South Africa’s most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments. The Waterfront is the heart of the tourist industry in Cape Town.

Table Mountain

Rising over 1000m above sea level, Table Mountain is the icon that makes Cape Town an instantly recognizable global destination. It is a symbol, a playground, a spiritual retreat, and a big draw card for travelers from around the world. Table Mountain is proud to be one of the official New7Wonders of Nature, and the only one to in an urban area, making it highly accessible. 

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

The Boulders Visitor Centre is home to the famous colony of Jackass Penguins, so called for their hilarious braying call. This is a truly special experience and Table Mountain National Park staff are knowledgeable and offer guided tours. After you have fallen in love with the penguins head to the secluded Boulders Beach and take a swim in the comparatively warm waters of the False Bay.

District 6 Museum

The District 6 Museum houses an impressive collection of old street signs, photographs and stories of District Six, most which were donated and told by former residents.  If you’re lucky, you might bump into one of the old residents in the coffee shop at the back of the museum. Lunch will be served at the District 6 Guest House where visitors are treated to an authentic Cape Malay experience by the owner and staff at the guest house.

Cape Malay Cooking Class

Jasmina, a local Cape Malayan woman residing in Bo-Kaap, invites you into her kitchen. She will guide you through a step-by-step process of making traditional Cape Malay dishes that are loved by locals in the community. Try your hand at mixing the right amount of spices and perfectly folding a samosa. At the end, you’ll sit down and enjoy your 3-course home cooked meal together.

Township Bicycle Tour

This socially responsible bicycle tour in Langa Township provides guests the opportunity to meet and interact with the local community from a bicycle seat. A local qualified guide will escort guests around the township, visiting interesting places and explaining Xhosa customs. The tour benefits the community.

Shark Cage Diving

The Western Cape is one of only a few places in the world where you can go cage diving with Great White Sharks, the ocean’s most formidable predator. An on-board marine biologist will educate you as you get up close with these amazing apex predators in Gansbaai’s famous Shark Alley. The operation is certified by Fair Trade Tourism and is involved in shark research, including the shark fin identification, and the tagging and tracking of Great White Sharks. You’ll leave with great memories and a deep appreciation of this majestic animal. Along the way, you may also be fortunate enough to spot the rest of our Marine Big 5 – whales, dolphins, seals, and the African penguin.

Franschhoek

The village of Franschhoek, tucked into the Cape Winelands of South Africa, is known as the country’s food and wine capital. Galleries and antique shops fill the tree-lined streets, and vineyards established more than 300 years ago cascade over the hills just outside town. Local activities range from wine-tasting tours, boutique chocolate factory tour, trout fishing and hiking.

South African Fast Facts

Official Name: Republic of South Africa

Location: Southern Africa, bordering Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans

Climate: The climate is largely dependent on the altitude of the area and its proximity to one of the oceans.

The country typically has 7 months of sunshine. Temperatures above 90°F are fairly common in summer months, November – March and cool in winter months, May – August with temperatures dropping to 50 F at night and considered the rainy season.

Capital: Pretoria

Largest City: Johannesburg

Population: 53 million

Currency:  South African Rand (ZAR)

Languages:  English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Setswana, Xhosa and Zulu plus 5 more.

 

Volunteering Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer, from the Kruger National Park to townships such as Masiphumelele and Langa in Cape Town. You can work with children doing sports development, girls empowerment, wildlife conservation, marine conservation and more. Contact us and we’ll create a custom trip to include a South African adventure to fit your goals.

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