Africa’s natural history alone would make a dozen visits worthwhile – where else on Earth can you fall asleep to the sound of lions roaring, or watch a million flamingos take off from the waters of a remote soda lake or bask on the powder sand beaches?
But the essence of this incredible continent isn’t in any desert, mountain or lake.
It’s the spirit of the people – dancing, singing and laughing – that infects so many visitors, you’ll be struck more than anything else by the honesty, warm-heartedness and vitality of the African people.
South Africa offers a diverse mix of culture, scenic beauty and wildlife. From Big 5 safaris to lazy days on unspoiled beaches, from exhilarating nightlife and adventure activities to empty wilderness and incredible landscapes, it’s no wonder that South Africa is sometimes called ‘the world in one nation’.
From people to landscapes to abundant wildlife, it has all to inspire and enthrall.
Let us take you on an enlightening journey across South Africa, the home of the world famous ‘Kruger National Park’ known for the ‘Big Five’ the ‘Mother City’, Cape Town and the ‘Cape of Good Hope’, described by Sir Francis Drake as “the most magnificent in the whole circumference of the world”, where the two gigantic oceans, Indian and Atlantic, meet.
Kenya, a land like no other, that touches the souls of those who take in her breathtaking savannahs, those who breathe in her crisp morning air, those who listen to her tribal heartbeat and those who experience the spirit of her people. Come travel through time and space, through bush and beach and open your mind and soul to experience the best of East Africa.
- Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city has become one of Africa’s largest and most interesting cities that never seem to sleep. Stay at the landmark hotel Fairmont Norfolk. Amidst tranquil surroundings in the bustling, cosmopolitan city-centre of Nairobi, this boutique hotel will provide a peaceful haven for travelers – its history reflected in the heart of Kenya’s Capital.
- Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. ….is regarded as the God of the local Kikuyu people. Traditionally, all Kikuyu homes were built to face this sacred peak. They call it Kirinyaga, or ‘place of light’. Getting Around – Main road access to Mt Kenya is via Nanyuki or Naro Moru, both easily accessed from Nairobi.
- Masai Mara – No trip to Kenya would be complete without a visit to the Masai Mara. South Western Kenya is the heartland of the Maasai community. At the heart of these lands is the Masai Mara Game Reserve, widely considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve.
- Lake Nakuru provides visitors with one of Kenya’s best known images. Thousands of flamingo, joined into a massive flock, fringe the shores of this soda lake.The lake has become world famous for these birds, who visit the lake to feed on algae that forms on the lake bed. They move back and forth, feeding and occasionally and spectacularly taking to flight, filling the sky over the lake with color.
- Lake Naivasha is one of the Rift Valley’s few freshwater lakes and is very popular with Nairobi residents as it is only around an hour and a half’s drive from the city. The pleasant lush green surrounding of the lake has made it popular for one night safari stopovers as the lake has many attractions for the modern day visitor including boat trips to crescent island. The lake, like many of its Rift Valley sisters, is alive with birdlife and often referred to as a birder’s paradise. For much of the year its surface is covered with pink flamingos.
- Amboseli is a land of giants. This is a place of wide dry plains, where the horizons stretch into the furthest distance and become one with the sky. Amboseli is renowned for its elephant populations and large herds.
- Mombasa – The coastline south of Mombasa is a tropical paradise of palm fringed white sand beaches, where the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean meet beautiful coral reefs. The protective reefs have created ideal beaches with calm, inviting waters.
Tanzania, is a land blessed with warm people, the bountiful Serengeti and wonders like the Ngorongoro crater. This safari and beach destination offers fantastic game viewing, ethnically themed lodges, local cultural activities and the chance to end it with indulgent moments on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar.
- Ngorongoro– Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest unbroken caldera. Often referred to as “Africa’s Garden of Eden,” the crater is home to over 30,000 animals including elephants, lions, cheetahs, wildebeests, buffaloes, and the rare black rhinos. The caldera is home to the Big 5; however the leopard tends to be atop the crater. Ngorongoro Crater was created from a volcano that exploded creating the caldera wilderness haven.
- Serengeti National Park-The Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve across the border in Kenya, protect the greatest and most varied collection of terrestrial wildlife on earth, and one of the last great migratory systems still intact. Serengeti has come to symbolize paradise to many. The Maasai, who had grazed their cattle on the vast grassy plains for millennia had always thought that…it was Siringitu – “the place where the land moves on forever.
- Zanzibar is the majestic spice island of the Indian Ocean. After a safari, it is always great to spend some time relaxing by the sea and Tanzania again does not disappoint. With miles and miles of long white beaches and incredible coral reefs on the exotic ‘spice islands’ of Zanzibar and Pemba, you’ll get the chance to relax in your own Indian Ocean paradise and you can sample exotic seafood dishes and watch the beautiful sunsets. It’s little wonder that this part of Tanzania is a popular honeymoon destination.
- Tarangire National Park – Tarangire National Park, arriving in time for lunch and indulge in game viewing. Lesser kudu, eland, lion and gerenuk can be found in this beautiful park, popular for baobab trees and its tree-climbing lions. Dinner and overnight stay is arranged at the lodge or tented camp.
- Lake Manyara National Park– Lake Manyara National Park is inhabited by hippos, monkeys, tree climbing lions, flamingos and other varieties of birdlife.
Cape Town & Cape Peninsula
Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula up to Cape Point are famous for scenic beauty, celebrity beaches, Table Mountain, whale-watching, world-class shopping, nightlife, food & wine; and a laid-back atmosphere.
While walking through the city’s streets and meeting its people, you will fall in love with its natural beauty, creative freedom and incredible spirit. Cape Town is a city where the unexpected is always just around the corner and the beautiful province of the Western Cape lies ready to be explored across the city border.
- Table Mountain was named among the New7Wonders of Nature, following a lengthy international public voting process.
- Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, established in 1929, takes visitors to the top in one of two cable cars, each with rotating floors and huge windows to ensure you have a spectacular view. Cable cars depart every 10 to 15 minutes.There are a number of short walks on the top, as well as longer ones that can take you down to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, or even further along, to the Silvermine Nature Reserve.
- Cape Point is a spectacular, narrow finger of land, covered in endemic fynbos and home to picturesque bays, beaches, rolling green hills and valleys. Located at the south-western tip of Africa, in the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park, Cape Point has captivated travelers for centuries with its dramatic scenery and fascinating history.
- Winelands – The Winelands are situated east of Cape Town among beautiful mountains creating some stunning vistas. The region is steeped in culture and history with some excellent examples of typical Dutch architecture dating back to the 17th century.
Known as South Africa’s Eden, the famous Garden Route traverses an area rich in natural beauty and charm, attracting adventure-seekers and outdoor enthusiasts.
The Garden Route is a mix of modern golf courses, ancient forests, secluded artists’ communities, retirement estates, modern malls, craft centers, mountain hideaways and beach holidays.
South Africa’s pulsating African heartbeat is felt in the ‘City of Gold’ with its endless opportunities for shopping, entertainment, freedom tours and eating out.
Johannesburg is a city with so much on the go. There are wonderful restaurants, relaxed sidewalk cafes, laughter-filled shebeens, gargantuan shopping malls, tranquil parks, emotive museums, thrilling casinos, busy townships, stunning galleries, funky nightclubs and that’s just a teaser.
Kruger National Park
This world-renowned park of nearly 2 million hectares features 16 ecosystems. Spot the Big Five on a 4×4 game drive or walking safari.
- The northern Kruger National ParkThe Kruger National Park is not just about big game. In the north is the Pafuri region, a wilderness area of great natural beauty where you can discover ancient forests, brilliant birding and traces of early humankind.The northern section of the Kruger National Park is an area of unique biodiversity. It’s one of The Big 5 – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo – are present, and you will encounter elephants everywhere.
For those with fun and sun on their mind, SA’s sunshine city has something for the whole family – golden beaches, surfing and a marine park.
Durban offers excellent urban vibes, including a mix of design, art, music and food – peppered with fascinating cultural influences. Even in winter there’s a lot to experience, especially with snow-capped mountains, top game reserves, country meanders and loads of other top.
Rugged and untamed, the Wild Coast offers deserted beaches, dolphins, horseback and hiking trails, cozy hotels, golf, gambling, mystical history, Xhosa heritage and the Hole-in-the-Wall.
The Wild Coast, Eastern Cape
The Wild Coast is an unspoiled natural treasure. Visitors can explore its renowned beauty on foot, by 4×4 or horseback before embarking on fishing expeditions or snorkeling and diving outings. The seaside villages along the Wild Coast have been the traditional holiday haunt of families for many generations.
- The Wild Coast in South Africa stretches along the Eastern Cape Province northern coastline. As its name suggests, this strip of coastline which reaches from the Mtamvuna River in the north to the Great Kei River in the south is an untamed wilderness. It offers incredible views of the dramatic coastline, jagged cliffs, sheltered bays, wild beaches and rolling hills and valleys.
- Victoria Falls – a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe… is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
- This epic cascade’s local name is Mosi-oa-Tunya, which literally translates as ‘the smoke that thunders’ is the Greatest known Curtain of Falling Water.