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Clifton Beach, Cape Town

Behind Table Mountain, nestled between Lion's Head and the majestic Twelve Apostles, you'll find one of the Western Cape's most beautiful beaches - Clifton. Soak up the sun or cool off with a delicious cocktail or sumptuous meal in one of the many fine restaurants in the area. Venture into the "Mother City" (as Cape Town is affectionately know), and explore the history, the culture, shopping and wine routes. Whether it's a visit to South Africa's oldest building - The Castle of Good Hope, a trip to famous Robben Island or a night at the opera, Cape Town has so much to offer, you'll be spoilt for choice.

Table Mountain

For an unparalleled view of the Cape Town coastline, there's no better lookout point than Table Mountain. Whether you choose to walk, rock climb, or take a leisurely cable car ride to the top of Cape Town's most famous backdrop, the reward when you get there will make it well worth your while. For those who like to do thinks differently, abseiling or paragliding back down this mountain certainly offers an adrenaline rush. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden lies on the slopes and with more than 6,000 species of indigenous plants, is well worth a visit.

Cape Point

It could be said that this, the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans is one of the most spectacular headlands in the world. Look out for dolphins surfing the waves or see how many of the 6,000 indigenous plants you can identify at your feet. In an environment so beautiful, it's no surprise Sir Francis Drake dubbed it "the Fairest Cape in all the circumstance of the world".

Robben Island

No visit to Cape Town would be complete without a trip to Robben Island. Once a prision, this is where South Africa's most famous son, Nelson Mandela spent much of the Apartheid era. This historical island, now a World Heritage Site, is also a proclaimed nature conservation area and home to a fascinating museum.

West Coast National Park

This national park stretches from Yzerfontein to Saldana Bay and is hailed as one of the world's greatest wetland reserves. It includes the Postberg Nature Reserve, Langebaan lagoon and islands, and is renowned for its diverse and prolific bird life.

Garden Route

Drive from Mossel Bay on the West Coast to the Tsitsikamma Forest on the East Coast and you'll find yourself on the spectacular Garden Route. With picturesque towns dotting a route lined by mountains, ocean and forest, you're never far away from a place to stay - or eat! Be it simple fare, or world-class cuisine that's to your liking, a self-catering lodge, luxury hotel or spectacular health spa you prefer, here you have what you desire. Go whale watching, indulge in the Cape's finest wines, browse through stunning, locally produced crafts or visit areas of historical interest. For the more adventurous, the world's highest bungee jump, white water rafting and deep seadiving are just a taste of what's on offer.


Between June and December each year, Southern Right Whales are frequently seen off the shores of the picturesque town of Hermanus. But whales are not the only attraction at this charming seaside town. There's wine sampling, cliff walking, fine dining or just plain relaxing.


Every spring - provided there has been sufficient winter rain - the semi-desert Namaqualand region, North West of Cape Town is transformed almost miraculously into a sea of colour. Stretching as far as the eye can see, a blanket of wildflowers - many unique to South Africa - covers the arid landscape, making for a truly unforgettable sight.


Built around the largest man-made hole in the world, which resulted from the dig for diamonds between 1871 and 1914, it's hardly surprising that Kimberley - the capital of the Northern Cape - is known as the "City of Diamonds". The town has a charming vintage tram running through it and a fascinating museum, which is a replica of the town during the original diamond rush.


The birthplace of "Lord of the Ring's author, J R R Tolkien, Bloemfontein is both the judicial and provincial capital of the Free State. Translated, the city's name means "Flower Fountain", although it's also often referred to as "City of Roses". A visit to King's Park with its 4,000 rose bushes or more soon reveals why! Dominated by impressive sandstone architecture, this university city offers a wealth of informaton regarding the Anglo-Boer War. Bloemfontein also has a number of great restaurants, pubs and night spots.

Cango Caves

Not far from Oudtshoorn, a Karoo town known for its ostrich farming industry, you'll find the majestic Cango Caves. Situated in the Swartberg mountains, guided tours through the chambers of the cave will reveal magnificent stalagmites and stalactites.


With a population of about 2.5 million people in a country of 36.5 million, vibrant, fast-paced Johannesburg is South Africa's largest city. From humble beginnings as a gold mining town, "Jozi" as the locals call it, is today the financial capital of the country. From sophisticated world-class malls, to African markets, theatres, live music and restaurants to suit every taste, there's loads to see and do. Visit the Apartheid Museum or Museum Africa for an insight into the country's history. Or experience part of it firsthand at Gold Reef City Theme Park and Casino, which has been recreated in the style of the old gold mining town from which the city grew.


Pretoria, now known as Tshwane, is the administrative capital of South Africa. The city is renowned for its historic buildings, monuments and museums. Designed by celebrated architect, Sir Herbert Baker in the English monumental style and built from light sandstone, the Union Buildings - the seat of South Africa's government - are Pretoria's most famous landmark. Named after the Union of the South Africa under British Rule, the building's cornerstone was laid after 3 years of work in 1913. The gardens are exquisitely landscaped and gorgeous liliac-flowered Jacaranda trees abound.

Sun City

Luxury surrounds visitors to Sun City - the destination of choice for tourists wanting to gamble, enjoy fine dining or watch a show or two. Here you'll find a choice of exquisite hotels, a man-made beach and wave pool, championship golf courses, water sports and more. And all this, not half an hour from the unspoiled Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Pilanesberg National Park

The Pilanesberg Reserve, with its savannah bushveld topography, lies in the crater of a 1,200 million years old volcano. Home to the Big Five - elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo - the park offers guided bush walks and game drives at sunrise and sunset. But probably the best way to see the wildlife in their natural habitat is from a hot-air balloon. Just a few minutes from Sun City, a visit to the Pilanesburg National Park is well worth it.

Kruger National Park

Best known for the Big Five, the Kruger National Park is Africa's flagship game reserve. Covering an area of about 2 million hectares - roughly the size of Whales or the State of Massachusetts, there are several vegetation zones in the Park. The Big Five aside, the Park is home to numerous other species, including the endangered Wild Dog and the Black Rhino. A bird lover's paradise, you won't have to travel far to see the stunning Lilac Breasted Roller, or the distinctive Yellow Billed Hornbill. The Park has a number of rest camps to choose from, with larger camps providing restaurant, filling station and shopping facilities. On the western borders of the Kruger are a number of private game reserves offering 5-star luxury bush experiences.


Blesses with balmy weather all year round, Durban is a holidaymaker's paradise. 5-star hotels and luxury apartments, overlooking the Indian Ocean border the beachfront - known as the "Golden Mile". Visit the Seaworld Aquarium where more than 1,000 fish species, including sharks can be seen. Right next door, is the Dolphinarium - home to much-loved dolphins, seals and penguins. There's an amusement park with a cable car offering a bird's eye view of the area, a host of stalls selling authentic Zulu beadwork and a Snake Park. Away from the beachfront, there's also loads to see and do. Wander around the stunning Botanical Gardens or explore the Victoria Street markets and many Indian restaurants that reflect the strong Indian influence of this culturally diverse city. Enjoy the African Arts and Culture Centre, the BAT Centre and the many fascinating museums. With the International Convention Centre and adjacent Durban Exhibition Centre able to accommodate up to 15,000 delegates, Durban is also an ideal conference centre. Just north of the city are the popular seaside towns of Umhlanga Rocks, Ballito and Salt Rock. And south you'll find resort towns like Margate and Port Edward, as well as the beautiful Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve.

The Wild Coast

Stretching from Port Edward for approximately 280km / 174 miles is the spectacularly unspoilt Wild Coast. Walk for miles along sandy white beaches where your footsteps are often the only one on the beach. Visit the spectacular Hole-in-the-Wall, watch dolphins at play or stop off at one of the many cosy hotels, where personal attention is the order of the day.

Addo Elephant National Park

One of the South Africa's biggest conservation success stories, Addo Elephant Park is situated in the beautiful Sundays River Valley in the Eastern Cape. Established in 1931 with the region's 11 remaining elephants, Addo today is home to over 300 of these incredible creatures.

Port Elizabeth

Spend just a short time in Port Elizabeth and you'll soon understand why it's known as the "Friendly City'. Just as famous as its hospitality is the weather. Rated as having the fourth best weather conditions in the world, Port Elizabeth is a year-round sea and beach lover's paradise. Go kayaking, windsurfing or even power kiting. Or simply lie back on one of the many protected beaches and simply watch life go by! The city also offers a diverse mix of eco-attractions, including nature trails with magnificent wildlife and rich historic heritage.


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