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South Africa is a big country with a geographical position that has two oceans on the East, West and South – the Indian and Atlantic oceans respectively, and neighbors four countries of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia up north. It also completely surrounds the Kingdom of Eswatini and almost the whole of Lesotho. Its culture, people, history, wildlife and land forms, blending together to offer amazing and artistic touristic attractions.
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Cape Town is a port city of South Africa’s South West coast, on a Peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the Mountain’s Flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious freedom struggle prison that once held Nelson Mandela and is now a living Museum
Hikers’ paths crisscross the slopes and also climb the Mountain, via forests and manicured lawns at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the lush wine producing suburb of Constantia, and steep platen Gorge. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
In town V &A Waterfront is a chic shopping and entertainment district that includes the two oceans Aquarium. Historic sites include the Dutch built, 17th Century Castle of Good Hope. City beaches range from ritzy Clifton to boulders, where there’s a penguin colony. Popular out of town trips take in Chapman’s Peak Drive, with coastal views and the Cape of Good Hope, where craggy cliffs meet the ocean.
Cape of Good Hope
The Cape of Good Hopeis at the Southern tip of the Cape Peninsula approximately 50 Km south Cape Town, South Africa.
A common misconception is that the Cape of Good Hope is the Southern tip of Africa. This misconception was based on the misbelief that the Cape was the dividing point between the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. Contemporary geographic knowledge instead states that the most southern point of Africa is Cape Agulhas about 150 Kilometers (90 miles) to the South East. The currents of the two Oceans meet at the point where the Warm-water Agulhas current meets the Cold-water – Benguela current and turns back on itself. The Oceanic meeting point fluctuates between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point (about 1.2 Kilometers east of the Cape of Good Hope.
When following the western side of the African coastline from the equator, however, the Cape of Good Hope marks the point where a ship begins to travel more eastward than southward. Thus, the first modern rounding of the Cape in 1488 by Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Dias was a milestone in the attempts by the Portuguese to establish direct trade relations with the Far East (although Herodotus mentioned a claim that the Phoenicians had done so far earlier) Dias called the called the cape, Cabo das Tormentas (“Cape of Storm”: Dutch Stormkaap), which was the original of the “Cape of Good Hope”.
As one of the greatcapes of the South Atlantic Ocean, the Cape of Good Hope, has long been of special significance to sailors, many of whom refer to it simply as, ‘the Cape”. It was a way point on the Cape Route and the Clipper Route followed by Clipper Ships to the Far East and Australia, and still followed by several offshore yatchraces.
The European-Asia Sea route, also known as the Sea Route to India or Cape Route, is a shipping route from European coast of the Atlantic Ocean passing by the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas at the edge of Africa. The first completion of the route was made in 1498 by explorer Vasco da Gama. The route was important during the Age of Sail, but became partly obsolete as the Suez Canal opened in 1869
Robben Island Museum (RIM) is a public entity responsible for managing, maintaining, presenting, developing and marketing Robben Island as a National Estate and World Heritage Site. It was established by the department of Arts and Culture in 1997. Visits to the Robben Island depart at the following times on Monday to Sunday:
Currently, Robben Island Museum, has tours that run as follows; 09:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00. The ferries depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V & A Waterfront. The tour take 4 hours including the ferry trips to and from the Island. (It also depends on the boat used as they have different travel times). Tour Charges are: Non South African R550.00 Adults and R300.00 Children – South African R380.00 Adults and R200.00 Children
In 1659 Autshumato escaped with a fellow Khoi Khoi captive by rowing to the mainland in a stolen boat. In 1960, a convict, Jan Rykman escaped by swimming to the main land in the first recorded swim from Robben Island.
The clients will disembark at Murray’s Bay Harbor situated on the east coast of the Island and take a short walk to the buses that will transport you to all the historical sites around the Island. On the way to the buses, Clients will pass buildings and a high wall built by Prisoners during the 1960s. The building were used for family and lawyer visits to prisoners.
Clients will meet Tour Guides when you have boarded the buses. The prison tour will be conducted by a Robben Island Tour Guides. This sis part of our integrated tour model. They are fully conversant and knowledgeable about the island’s muilt-layered 500 year old history. The tour route includes the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s House, the Blue stone Quarry, the Army and Navy bunkers and the maximum security prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom Fighter were incarcerated for years. The tour culminates with the viewing of the Nelson Mandela’s cell.
Robben Island is a unique symbol of “the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, suffering and injustice” with a rich 500 year old multi – layered history, visited every year by thousands of people eager to understand and honor the important aspects of South Africa’s history that the island represents.
The first recorded landing on Robben Island by Europeans was in 1498, when a group of Portuguese sailors took refuge there and stayed overnight in a cave.
The Garrison Church on the Island was built in 1841 using the prison labor from the British convict station on the Island.
During the WW2 Robben Island was chosen as a key site to protect Table Bay and Cape Town from threats of the enemy attack, resulting in the construction of the artillery batteries, fortification and an Airstrip
The Robben Island Museum Tour has dedicated Education department. Among its many activities is the facilitation of subsidized school tours. These tours are from Monday to Friday during the concession period (2 May to 31 October), but can change at discretion of Management.
Learner may be transported on ferries that are part of the general tours, and at the times of those ferries or a dedicated ferry departing at a specific alternative time may be arranged. These tours target learner in primary and secondary school from across the country. It is designed to educate, inform and expose young people to elements of South Africa’s rich heritage that is embodied in the Robben Island’s multi layered history. The tours provide information and experiences of the Island that are more in- depth than the general visitor tour and focusses on the inculcating an understanding of, and commitment to human rights and development. The learner also get to visit all the various heritage sites that reflect the Island’s longstanding. The tours are implemented in partnership with individual school as and when requested.
Specialized tours include Private Tours, VIP Tours and Protocol Tours. Private tours are for individual ore small groups. VIP Tours are for ‘Famous’ personalities. Protocol Tours are for Head of States.
Robben Island Ferries
Robben Island Museum uses two of its own ferries which transport visitors and staff in the island, along with several private vessels is, and when they are required.
Robben Island ferry Susan Kruger, named after the wife of once Minister of Justice Jimmy Kruger who served in the National Party Government during the Apartheid years. The vessel was used to transport staff and political prisoners between the mainland and Robben Island when the prison was still functioning. It is now in service as a ferry for the Island.
The ferry was also used to transport staff and political prisoners between the mainland and Robben Island.
Penguins at Boulders Beach
The beautiful Boulders Beach is one of Cape Town’s most visited beaches and the only place in the world where one can get close to the African Penguin.
Cape Town definitely has no shortage of amazing beaches, but boulders Beach in the False Bay offers something extra special- a colony of African Penguins in all their smart dresses, wedding glory, right under your nose. Currently, the population is estimated between 2,000 and 3,000 birds. Sadly, the African Penguin has been classified as an endangered species, due to things like over-fishing, habitat destruction,, ppollution and irresponsible tourism activities and the boulders beach colony has also felt the effects, with numbers dwidling over the last couple of years.
Thankfully, Boulders and the surrounding beaches now form part of the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area, thus ensuring the beaches are safe and clean, and Penguin protected. A couple of years ago three wheelchair –friendly boardwalks were constructed to accommodate the nearly 60,000 visitors that visit the beach each year. These boardwalks wind their way through the dunes and vegetation and not only provides great viewing spots, but also protects mesting penguins and their chicks. However, you can still spot one or two of the little fellas wadding through the parking lot from time to time.
The V&A Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront, which attracts roughly 24 million visitors each year, is South Africa’s most visited destination. This is hadly surprising when you think about how much it has to offer.
While it is still technically a working harbor- you’ll no doubt catch a glimpse of fishing noats ans container ships. The V&A Wterfront is more frequently thought of as a shopping destination. Covering 123 hectares (180 Rugby fields), the V&A Waterfront is divided up into five shopping districts: Victoria Wharf, the Watershed, the Alfred Mall and Pierhead, the Clock Tower and Breakwater Point. With more than 450 stores, you’ll find everything from local designors to big International brands. For Crafts and local talent, make sure you pop into the Watershed, and if its Art or Jewellery you are after, head over to the Alfred Mall and Pierhead.
All the shopping is likely to work up an appetite, and myriad restaurants, Coffee shops and Fast food outlets will keep you fuelled. Of course, some of the restaurants and bars are reason enough to visit V&A Wtaerfront. The majority of the restaurants at the V&A Waterfront have excellent views of the harbor, and those that don’t- such as Willoughby & Co – make up for it with top –notchfood. (Really the Sushi is hard to beat) If you are after something a little more relaxed head over to the V&A Food Market where you’ll find regional delicacies, artisanal breads and cheese, Craft beer, Vegan treats and biltong. It’s foodie heaven. If it’s a hot day – even if it’s not – make sure you swing by the Creamery for a scoop of the best Ice Cream in Town.
For Sundowners, you’ll want to try the Drand Café &Beach or the trendy Shimmy Beach club, where the beautiful views with gorgenous patrons for your attention. Bascule Bar at Cape Grace hotel offers a sophiscated whisky-tasting experience and Belthezar on Victoria Wharf reputedly has the widest selection of wine by the glass in the World.
The V&A Waterfront isn’t all about rampant materialism and hedonistic pleasure (although the number of world class spas would suggest otherwise); theirs is also a little something for the history buffs. The Waterfront is name after Prince Alfred, who began construction on the Harbor in 1860, and his mother Queen Victoria. The V&A Waterfront encompasses 22 landmarks, including the Chavannes Battery Museum, which dates back to 1725 and is the harbor’s oldest heritage site. You can opt to do a self-guided walking historical tour, which starts at the information centre, or you can take the 90 minute guided tour that departs daily from the Chavannes Battery Museum at 11 am and 2 pm.
Check out the infamous Breakwater Prison (dating back to 1860), the Robinson Dry Dock (one of the oldest operating Dry docks in the World) or brush up on your marine history at the Iziko Marine Centre. For something a little more recent, visit Nobel Square, which boasts bronze sculptures of South Africa’ Nobel Peace Prize winners, or the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, which immerses you in the history of the boys in Green and Gold.
For the Kids, there’s the Two Ocean Aquarium, where you’ll find a penguin exhibit, predator tank, and a mystical Kelp forest. Your little oneswill also love the Scratch Patch, where they can pick out their favorite gemstone, and the 18-hole putt-putt course next door. But before you head home, treat your inner child (or your actual kids) to a ride on the Cape Wheel – the views if the City are Spectacular.
North West Province
North West is an inland South African Province that borders Botswana. Its landscape is defined by mountains in northeast and bushveld scattered with trees and shrubs. The Province is home to Sun City, Sun City,is located between Eland River and Pilanesbuerg, and isan upscale resort with hotels, a casino and a water park with a massive wave pool. On the edge of the Gary Player Country Club, this high –end resort is 4 Km from the southern entrance to the Pilanesberg National Pak.
The Unique accommodations are set in different locations, and include views of the resort. All come with tea and coffee making equipment and minibars. They also feature work desks as well as free Wi-Fi and flat screens. Free breakfast is served in the poolside restaurant, and other restaurants in the resort feature Asian, Indian and South African Cuisine. There’s a café, cocktail bar and poolside bar. Activities include 2 water parks, tennis, squash and golf, plus outdoor pools, a casino and shops and a spa.
Nearby is Pilanesbuerg National Park, with an extinct Volcano and more than 7,000 animals, including Lions and Elephants.
Pilanesberg National Park
Among Southern Africa’s fascinating game reserves, Pilanesberg National Park is possibly the most accessible. Situated in the ecologically rich transition zone between Kalahari and Lowveld, this vast area promises thrilling big game viewing in a malaria free environment. A wide variety of accommodation is available to suit the needs of any visitor.
Some of the most beautiful scenery within the entire park can be viewed in the Mankwe Dam region. The Dam is the largest body of water in the game reserve. This makes it the perfect place to spot a wide variety of animals such as Water-bucks, Wildebeests, Zebras and Impalas among other animals that make a stopover the grassland bordering the dam.
For bird lovers, there is a bird hide very close to the Water’s edge. Make sure you take note of the fish eagles, Kingfishers and Cormorants circling the dam. All of these places provide many fantastic opportunities to photograph the plentiful array of fauna and flora.
Pilanesberg National Park or Pilanesberg Game Reserve as it is often called, is located in the Bojanala region, within the North West Province and relatively near Johannesburg. With an Area of 550 Km2, it is the fourth largest park in South Africa. The Volcano crater in whichthe park is situated erupted 1300 million years ago. Pilanesberg was originally owned by 3 of the local tribes. Many of the Stone Age and Iron Age sites round the reserve show proof of the presence of man.
In 1979, Operation Genesis was launched. Operation Genesis was designed to reinforce the homegrown game population in the area. As part of the initiative, 110 Kilometers of game fence was put up, as well as the 188 Kilometers of roads that were established. Another plan of action put into place involved 6,000 animals being introduced to the area. In the years that followed, Operation Genesis has been expanded on. Today, there are over 7, 000 animals, 360 bird species and more than 200 kilometers of roads.
The Lion and Safari Park is a 600 hectares wilderness reserve situated in the Hartebeespoort, Magaliesburg and Craddle of Humankind. The offers guest an incredible opportunity to get up close to many of South Africa’s most iconic animals. The Pilanesberg is a Mountain in the North West Province, South Africa. The Mountain is an ancient Volcano, structure, circular in shape that rises from the flat surrounding plains. It is formed by three concentric ridges or rings of hills, of which the outer most has a diameter of about 24 Km
Gauteng is one of the Nine Provinces of South Africa. The name in Sothos – Tswana mean “Place of Gold”. Situated in the Highveld, Gauteng is the smallest Province in South Africa accounting for only 1.5 percent of the land area
Pretoria (Tswane), in Gauteng Province, is the administrative capital of South Africa. Known as “Jacaranda City” for its thousands of Jacaranda trees, it’s also home to universities and government buildings. The semicircular Union Buildings encompass the President’s offices and hosted Nelson Mandela’s inauguration. Nearby is the Voortrekker Monument, honoring 19th Century Afrikaans settlers from the Cape Colony.
Church Square is flanked by historic buildings such as the Neo Renaissance Ou Readsaal and stately Palace of Justice both completed in the late 19th century. Close by, Kruger House is where Paul Kruger, the former President of the Transvaal, lived from 1883 to 1901. The expansive National Zoological Gardens is home to rare species such as Komodo dragons. Other animals, such as the blue Wildebeest, can be found at the Groekloof Nature Reserve which offers game safaris and many outdoor activities. Pretoria also hosts a number of local food and flea markets.
The Hector Peiterson Museum is a large museum located in Orlando West, Soweto, South Africa, and two blocks away from where Hector Peiterson was shot and killed on 16 June 1976. Hector Peiterson Museum also known as the Hector Peiterson Memorial and Museum, opened in Soweto in 2002, not far from the spot where the 12 year old Hector was shot. It commemorates the role of the country’ students in the struggle against Apartheid and in particular the role played by the school children who took part in the Soweto protests of 1976, many of whom were shot by the Apartheid police while protesting against sub-standard of education in black school in South Africa.
On June 16, 1976, Soweto high school students took to the street in a peaceful protest against the mandatory use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction in black Secondary schools. The students planned to meet at Orlando Stadium before marching to the regional offices of the Department of Bantu Education, where they intended to raise their grievances with the authorities.
They carried placards that read, “Away with Afrikaans”, (“Power to the People”) and “Free Azania” “South Africa”), and sang the hymn ‘Nkosi Sikeleli Africa’ (God Bless Africa), now the basis for the National Anthem of democratic South Africa.
On the way to the Stadium, they were met by the police, who ordered them to end the march and disperse. A violent confrontation ensued in which student threw stones and police fired shots. News of the events in Soweto soon spread, igniting an up rise around the country in which hundreds of people died. One of the first to be killed by the police was 12 year old Peiterson. Newspaper photographer Sam Nzima was in Soweto on June 16 covering the protests and the riots which followed. The iconic image of Peiterson’s body being carried by high school student Mbuyisa Makhubo, with sister, Antoinette Sithole, running alongside, is a graphic representation of the repression under the apartheid state.
The Voortrekkers Monument is located just south of Pretoria in South Africa. This massive granite structure is prominently located on a hilltop, and was raised to commemorate the Voortrekkers who left Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. It depicts the battles that took place along the way in limestone cravings.
The Union Building
The Union Building form the official seat of the African Government and also house the offices of the President of South Africa. The imposing buildings are located in Pretoria, atop Meintjieskop at the northern end of Arcadia, close to historical Church Square and Voortrekkers Monument.
The Pretoria Zoo
The Pretoria Zoo, more formerly known as the National Zoological Garden is a great spot for families, students, school groups and tourists alike. The 85 hectare Zoo is home to thousands of species including mammals, birds, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians. If you hadn’t already guessed, it is the largest Zoo of its kind in South Africa. This is one of the reason it has been named the National Zoo of South Africa.
You need not drive for hours outside of the city for this super cool outing. The Pretoria Zoo is situated just 5 minutes outside Central Pretoria and 5.4 Km away from Pretoria University (commonly known as Tuks University).
In case you weren’t yet sold, Pretoria Zoo also houses South Africa’s largest inland Aquarium as well as a reptile shed. It really is fun for the whole family and offers a variety of additional activities.
The ever growing Zoo was founded by J.W.B Gunning in 1899 and is internationally recognized and rated among the top 10 Zoos in the world. The highly accredited tourism site, World Atlas published an article rating the Pretoria Zoo as one of the 10 best Zoos in the World competing with the well-known Bronx Zoo in New York.
Pretoria Zoo Animal list
The Zoo prides itself on promoting the importance of animal conservation. It also plays a vital role I protecting endangered species. Some of the animals which you can find at the Pretoria Zoo are as follows: Elephants, Bears, White Tigers, Zebras, Giraffes, Lions, Pygmy Hippopotamus, Western Lowveld Gorillas and White Rhinoceros. There are different feeding times for different animals.
- Lions and Tigers are fed at 2:30 hours on alternate days
- Bears feeding times is from 09:30 to 10:00 hours
- Penguins are fed 3 times daily at 09:30. 12:30 and 15:30
- Red River Hawks are fed at 14:00 hours
- Elephants are fed at 10:30 hours
- Sharks are fed on Wednesday and Sunday at 12:00 hours
- Vultures are fed on Wednesday and Sunday at 14:00 hours
Rietvlvlei Nature Reserve
The Rietvlei Nature Reserve is located in Pretoria and is about 4000 hectares (40 Km2) in size. Located within the reserve is Rietvlei Dam.
The Reitvlei Nature Reserve surrounds and include the Reitvlei dam and is situated south east of Pretoria, in the Gauteng Province of South Africa, between the R21 highway (OR Tambo Airport Highway) on the western side and the R50 (Delmas/Babsfotein) road on the north east. The site lies in the quarter degrees grid square.
Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city and capital of Gauteng province, began as a 19th Century Gold mining settlement. The Sprawling Soweto Township was once home of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Mandela’s former residence is now the Nelson Mandela Museum. Other Soweto Museums that recount the struggle to end segregation include the Oscar Pretorius, Apartheid Museum and Constitutional Hill, a former prison complex.
To the northeast, Herman Eckstein encompasses a boating lake and Johannesburg Zoo. The Gold Reef City theme park combines thrill rides with mining history and underground tour. The Johannesburg Art Gallery features contemporary local work and 17th Century Dutch paintings. Arts on Main is a trend studio development in a converted industrial precinct, part of the up and coming Maboneng district. Upmarket stores at the Sandton City Mall, and Sunday’s Rosebank rooftop Market showcase African crafts, food and entertainment.
Soweto is a township of the city of Johannesburg Metropolitan municipality in Gauteng, South Africa, bordering the city’s mining belt in the South. Its name is an English Syllabic for South Western Townships. Formerly a separate municipality, it is now incorporated in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, suburbs of Johannesburg
The Craddle of Mankind – Humans
The cradle of humankind, is one of the eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa, and the only one in hominid, Australopithecus and was found in 1924 at Taung in the North West Province by Professor Raymond Dart of the University of the Witwatersrand. It is one major tourist attractions in South Africa.
The cradle of humankind area boasts of 13 excavation sites that are recognized as National Heritage sites, both internationally and by the South African Heritage Resource Agency, For those wanting to experience the birth place of humankind first hand, the official visitor centre for the cradle of Humankind, Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves, are within as easy hours’ drive from Johannesburg.
Maropeng ia a world class exhibition centre that focuses on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. On arrival, visitors are met by what appears to be a massive burial mound, the entry point into the secrets of humankind’s beginnings.
The Sterkfontein Caves, the site of the most longstanding, continuous palaeaoanthropological dig in the world, are world- renowned for their fossil finds. These Caves have produced the pre-human skull popularly known as “Mrs Ples”, and an almost complete hominid skeleton affectionately known as, “Little Foot.”
Recently, the cradle of Humankind unveiled the partial skeletons of the Australopithecus Sediba fossils. These fossils are suspected to be candidates for the transitional species between the Southern Africa Ape-Man, Australopithecus Africanus (of which, “the Taung Child” and Mrs Plies” are examples) and Homo Habilis; or even a direct ancestor of Home Erectus. The two skeleton are of an adult female and a young male, recently name “Karabo”, which means “Answer” in Setswana
Experts suggest there are more discoveries to be made in Sterkfontein Caves and similar sites in the cradle of Humankind. Having world Heritage Site status will ensure that the treasures of this area will be protected for many years to come.
The cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site has become a key International tourism destination with a total of 387 tourist attractions, including 91 graded establishments. There are 175 places to stay and 113 restaurants in and around the area from which to choose, offering plenty of accommodation in Gauteng for whatever type of trip you’re planning.
The Aparthied Museum
The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the World dealing with 20th Century South Africa, at the heart of which is the Apartheid story.
The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of Apartheid. An architectural consortium, comprising several leading architectural firms, conceptualized the design of the building on a seven-hectare stand. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape offering the international community a unique South African experience’
The exhibits have been assembled and organized by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film makers, historians and designers. They include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts illustrating the events and human stories that are part of the horrific period in South African history, known as Apartheid.
In 1995 the South Africa government set up a process for the granting of Casino licenses, establishing an agency to do the called the Gambling Board. The bid documents stipulated that the bidders should demonstrate how they would attract tourism and thereby grow the economy and stimulate job creation.
A consortium, called Akani Egoli, (Gold Reef City), put in a bid that included the commitment to building a museum. Their bid was successful, the Gold Reef City Casino was built and an adjacent piece of land was given to the consortium for the construction of a museum.
The cost of the construction of what became the Apartheid Museum- approximately 80 million rand – was paid for by Gold Reef City.
The museum is registered as a Public Benefit Company (incorporated not for gain) with an independent board of trustees, the chairman of which is Dr. Kohn Kani. The Company is independent of Gold Reef City, which has leased the museum to the Public Benefit Company for the duration of the Casino License. The museum therefore relies on donations, contributions and sponsorship to sustain its growth.
KwaZulu Natal Province
Known as the Kingdom of the Zulu, KwaZulu Natal is a melting pot of Africa, European and Indian cultures. The Province boasts of two World Heritage Sites – the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park and the majestic UKhahlamba- Drakenberg Park There are 8 distinct regions and numerous ‘must see’ attractions in KwaZulu Natal.
Attractions, Places of Interest and Popular Destinations
The province of KwaZulu Natal is home of a multitude of attractions, with something to suit every taste, budget and relaxation requirement’ It also has a subtropical climate, making it ideal to visit at almost any time of the year.
KwaZulu Natal is a world in one province: to the North of Durban you will find the best African game reserves and pristine beaches, numerous sugar cane plantations and relics of great battles in South African history. To the West lie the majestic Drakensberg Mountains and temperate Midlands while to the South there await superb golf courses, fishing spots and miles of subtropical coastline.
The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is the only park under the formal conservation in KwaZulu Natal where the Big Five are found. 280 Kilometers north of Durban and established in 1895, this is the oldest park in South Africa along with the nearby St. Lucia Reserve.
From having only 25 Rhinos at its inception, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve now has the highest population of both White and Black Rhinos in South Africa. Due to the increasing intensity of poaching in the Park, field rangers have been stepping up their monitoring and patrolling efforts in the area.
Set in the heart of Zululand, this is the oldest game reserve in Africa, where Zulu Kings such a Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws.
Today, Africa’s ’Big Five’ (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhinoceros) stalk the flourishing savannah. Game viewing is the principal attraction in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Viewing hides overlook pans and water holes enabling one to observe the wildlife at close range.
As the home of Operation Rhino, in the 1950s and 60s, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park became world renowned for its White Rhino conservation. Other areas of focus for which Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is famous for include wilderness trails which originated in Umfolozi in the 1950s and its renowned Game capture unit upgraded into the Centenary Capture Centre, a bench mark for animal capture and sustainable utilization throughout Africa.
The Park covers 96,000 hectares of land and contains an immerse diversity of fauna and flora.
Hluhluwe Umfolozi Reserve is characterized by hilly topography and the northern section of the game reserve is noted for its wide variety of both birdlife and wildlife.
Apart from Game viewing drives, there are self – guided auto trails which provide information on both the management and natural history of the Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve. Guided walks, more especially can be rewarding in the early mornings and afternoons.
There is a 40 seater boat on Hluhluwe dam which takes visitors on guided trips twice a day. The trips are conducted by an experienced community guide and visitors can see an excellent range of birds and animals within the park while the Zulu Culture is covered the community areas outside
About UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, Battlefields Region – KwaZulu Natal
Not only the place of some of the most picturesque landscapes in the country, the sweeping hills and knotty rock formations that pepper the rolling plains and the valley of northern and central KwaZulu Natal are also the site of a concentration of historical battles that took place over numerous years ago and shaped the history of both South Africa and British history.
Today what appears to be little more than wind swept plains littered with the remains of stone forts, graveyards and little else to indicate strife, bore witness to innumerable fierce battles. First between the Voortrekkers on their way to the hinterland in a bid to escape the British rule of the Cape colony, and fierce Zulu Kings, who believed that this beautiful land that lay between the Drakensberg Mountain and the Indian Ocean was their own “Heaven on Earth’.
The same area of land the witnessed further clashes between the British Empire, battling to gain control over land across the Tugela River, and the Zulu Nation in the Angola – Zulu War of 1879, encompassing the famous battles at Isandlawana and Rorkes Drift.
Isandlawana nad Rorkes’ Drift are two of the most famous battlefields in the country, and also perhaps in British Histoty, because it was here that, in a furious two hour battle, Zulu forces armed primarily with traditional spears and shields thrashed the mighty British Colonial Empire forces, one of the few times they were ever routed by an indigenous army. Eleven Victoria Crosses were rewarded to those who defended Rorke’s Drift.
Just two years later, the British were at war again in South Africa in what became known as the First Anglo-Boer War, putting the Boers and British against one another, with numerous battles ensuing across this same area of land.
Today this beautiful and somewhat fragile region forms the heart of a Battlefield Route that one can do as part of a tour or as a self -drive experience. Maps and Brochures tow to trace the battles that involved Mahatma Gandhi, Churchill, Shaka, and General Louis Botha – all of whom played strategic roles in these intense clashes that have left the landscape imbued with the echoes of battles.
About Midlands Meander
Situated in KwaZulu Natal, the Midlands Meander is just north of Pietermaritzburg and extends from Rietvlei and Currys post in the east, to Dargle Valley and Nottingham road in the west. This stunning stretch is about 80 Kms long and brimming with amazing sights, sounds and activities.
This midlands Meander is to provide an enriching experience for the visitor by offering a varied array of Hospitality, Arts and Crafts and outdoor activities in this beautiful and unique country setting. Midlands Meander Association is a collective of creative and hospitable people, making a living at a gentler pace.
No wonder thousands of people traverse the Midlands Meander each year. In 1985 local artists, potters and weavers decided to join forces to create an arts and craft route. Soon enough, six studios were opened and the Midlands Meander was born. It is also known as the ‘Arts and Crafts Route’. From humble beginning, the Midlands Meander has grown to more than 160 places to eat, drink, sleep, shop, play as well as a diverse and fascinating mix of Arts and Crafts.
There are weavers, potters, woodcrafters, leather workers, artists, metalworkers, box makers, herb growers, cheese makers, beer brewers and so much more. There is very little time to be bored with the array of activities and things to see. These villagers are also set in picturesque landscapes offering magnificent views. There is so much to explore in the Midlands Meander. From the vastness of shimmering waters of the Midmar Dam to the looming but breath taking Drakensberg Mountains, from the quiet Village to an array of craft shops, there is just so much to see and do.
Water sport lovers congregate at the popular Midmar Dam where enthusiast enjoy windsurfing, sailing, boating, canoeing and much more. Anther famed aspect of the Midlands Meander Route is the Battlefields Route. It is hard to imagine that this tranquil and beautiful area was once the centre of Military clashes of the Anglo-Boer War.
The region boasts the largest concentration of battlefields in South Africa and attracts thousands of history lovers each year. Every town, history buildings, Battle and memorial sites has a fascinating tale to tell. So do not miss out on the opportunity to go on the Battlefield Tours.
There are also many historical buildings many of which date back to the 18180s. A number have been declared National Monuments including some well-preserved settlers Churches. These monuments include the National Railway Museum, the Goodman Household monument and the commemoration war of pillars where President Nelson Mandela was arrested prior to his 27 year imprisonment. Whether you are a fan of history or not, these sights and monuments provide a fascinating glimpse into the South Africa of Old.
The offering of accommodation in Midlands Meander is varied enough to suit any preference. While it is still possible to stay in one of the original old hotels, also can have the opportunity to spend the night in the tree house surrounded by wildlife in a nature reserve, cuddle by the warm fire in a cave in the mountains, camp in a lush forest or stay in an upmarket Bed and Breakfast or Guest House – whichever you choose, it promises to be a memorable stay.
There a number of fantastic restaurant with a diverse of mouth – watering munchies to choose from. Time goes so much slower in this part of the country. Interestingly, the word, ‘meander’ means ‘to wander at random’. So take your time, relax and enjoy aimlessly wondering along the winding paths of the beautiful Midlands Meander Route in South Africa. It promises to be truly unforgettable time.
Ushaka Marine World
Ushaka Marine world in Durban is a world class entertainment and tourism destination. At the end of Durban’s Golden Mile is the beginning of Ushaka Marine World-spanning over 15 hectares of prime beach front. Ushaka Marine World is Africa’s largest Marine Theme Park.
A theme park to note, the Oceanarium alone is worth the fee and if you’re with kids, the amusement park, shopping and beach fun, fills a day easily. There is even a shipwreck thrown in for fun. Water rides, Frolicking dolphins, Seal stadiums and Penguins rookeries, make this a bird’s eye view of the Western Indian Ocean. Despite Ushaka Marine World being a touristy thing to do, you would be hard pressed to beat it.
Ushaka Marine World incorporates fresh and sea water, lush vegetation, natural material and the re-creation of a wreck of a 1940’s cargo ship. With the 5th largest Aquarium in the world by volume on water, the park is tastefully themed with a focus on family entertainment. No matter what the occasion, you will find something to do at Ushaka Marine World.
Enjoy fun at Sea World, have a memorable meal at any of the many restaurants (including the amazing shark restaurant, situated in the themed shipwreck with a window into a shark tank), go shopping in over 11, 250 m2 of retail space featuring clothing boutiques, outdoor gear, arts and crafts as well as indigenous and tourist focused goods, information and services.
Activities at Marine World
Located in the centre of Ushaka Marine World, you can experience the salt water aquarium with indoor and outdoor displays and exhibits, a 1200 seater dolphin stadium where you will be entertained by the world famous Dolphins, the seal stadium and penguin rockery. In addition, Sea World offers edutainment tours behind the scenes and special interactive activities such as snorkeling through reefs and grottos and scuba dives.
Durban is famous for its beaches and that is exactly what you will find at Ushaka Marine World. Bell’s Beach, adjacent to the Ushaka Marine World, has been set aside for adventure seekers and offers perfect all year nonstop fun. Activities include; Windsurfing, Paddle boat rides, Beach volleyball, and Beach volleyball, Jet skiing, Kite surfing, dolphin viewing charters and hosts National and International sports events.
The there’s a Wet ‘n Wild World. A fresh water entertainment wonderland, Wet ‘n Wild World offers exhilarating fun and safe entertainment for the whole family. It features separate swimming pools for kids and adults, relaxing river rides and high speed chutesfor the adrenaline junkies. This the pace where the wild at heart are set free to experience adrenaline pumping action while the rest of us can merely sunbathe on the sandy beaches, grass or decks.
There is a mini-super tube (for “Kids’ of all ages), the play area with water cannons and water mushrooms will keep kids busy for hours and ensure your visit to Wet ‘n Wild World is fun filled. And a “must-experience” is the tunnel ride – a roller – coaster enclosed ride not for the claustrophobic, speeding round the curve at a gut – wrenching four meters per second in the dark, makes for a thrilling experience and you will definitely come back for more.
Sea World also incorporates the research facilities of the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI) which manages and protects scientific and environmental credibility of Sea World and SAAMBR as a whole. These research facilities also offer classrooms for lectures to schools and other groups on marine and other coastal matters as well as a research and reference library.
Other Highlight Activities at the Ushaka Marine World
Rocky Touch Pool
Have you ever touched a starfish? Have you ever felt the skin of a sea cucumber? If not, then this is the place to do it- gently of course – with the help of a specially trained guide.
The Open Ocean
Gazing through an enormous window 8 meters long by 3 meters high, you will feel as though you are actually standing underwater with the many fish associated with the open Ocean such as; Tuna, Pompano, Dorado and Rays.
Danger of Deep
Get ready to meet some of the most feared creatures of the deep. Sharks, Sea Snakes, Devil fire fish and Stone fish occupy this area where from the surface you might even be able to touch a shark as it swims past a purpose- built balcony at feeding time.
Bright Yellow and red, orange and blues – nature manages to put so much beauty into a coral reef, and of the richest and most diverse ecosystem on earth that has been re-created for you within Sea World.
The deep zone is a window into the lives of some of the weirdest and most spectacular animals inhabiting a world hundreds of meters below the surface of the ocean, often in total darkness.
The African Penguins are an endangered species. However, our breeding colony will provide you with a special opportunity to see rare birds as they ‘fly’ through the water and waddle on land.
Getting To Ushaka Marine World
To reach Ushaka Marine World from Central Durban, join Point road from West Street or Victoria Embankment and travel south. Continue on Point Road, turn left into Southampton and again into Albert Terrace.
The Valley of a 1000 Hills Region, Durban
The valley of a 1000 Hills forms around the majestic valley created by the Umgeni River and its tributaries. A magnificent gorge between Durban and Peirtermaritzburg, the valley of a 1000 hills is about more than its spectacular greenery but also the clear blue African Sky. It’s even more than the breath –taking photo opportunity and idyllic backdrop to your holiday memories.
The valley of a 1000 hills is a place where the blue and untainted beauty of Africa is celebrated in its scenery, animals, culture, history and the vibe that infuse the part of KwaZulu Natal.
The valley of a 1000 hills is situated between the massive urban metropolis of Durban and capital city of the province. Pietermaritzburg. The valley is the meeting point of the Umgeni and Msunduzi Rivers, making it a place of unrivalled natural beauty. The Umgeni flows all the way from the mammoth Drakensberg to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
This region is also famous for its deep and complex culture and history. The province was once the homeland of the powerful Zulu tribes and villages. When the Boers and the British were vying for territory, though, there were many bloody battles. Today, the battlefields serve as reminders of the exorbitant prince once paid for, for such a magnificent territory. It is called such because of the repeatedly folded hills that extend as far as the eyes can see from the top of Botha’s hill. Up on this ridge the views of the hills, valley and gorges is a feast but for sore eyes. Drive a choice of routes from there that pass villages, art galleries, country pubs, nature reserves, farms and places to stay.
There are many cultural villages that still occupy parts of KwaZulu Natal and the Valley of 1000 hills. Visiting these villages means getting a sneak-peak into the traditional lives of the local African people. See their huts, visit the medicine men and women, taste their traditional food and enjoy song and dance performances, and meet with the people that call this place home for a real glimpse of the South African Experience. Of course, an area this spectacular is just begging to be explored. So take advantage of the many walking, hiking, running and cycling trails through the valley. The mountains are excellent for the rock climbing, abseiling and heading out on 4 x 4 adventure.
The valley of a 1000 hills is well equipped with hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, and other accommodation facilities. It has an excellent infrastructure so visitors from all over the world are assured of quality and convenience amidst the beauty. The King Shaka International Airport is within a short drive from many of the attractions in the area.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Previously known as the ST Lucia Wetland Park, Isimangaliso Wetland Park lies on the north eastern edge of KwaZulu in the sublimely beautiful region known as the Elephant Coast.
The Isimangaliso Wetland Park is so bio diverse. It supports more species of animal that the Kruger National Park, despite being only the third largest park in the country.
The incredibly beautiful series of beaches, Coral reefs. Lakes, Swamps, Wetlands, Woodlands, Coastal forests and Grasslands that stretch all the way from Kosi Bay, virtually on the Mozambican border, to Cape St Lucia in the south, collectively form the first of eight South African UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
There is a wealth of diversity of birds and animals life that ranges from Whales, Dolphins, Sea Turtles and incredible Waterfowl – such as Storks, Pelicans, Terns and Herons; well over 500 South African Bird Species. Including the Madagascar Fish eagle, the Nile crocodile, South African’s largest Hippo population, Elephant, Black and White Rhino, Giraffe, Buffalo and a range of Antelope that includes Waterbuck, Impala and Kudu.
Isimangaliso Wetland Park includes Lake St Lucia, the St Lucia and Maputaland Marine Reserves, the Coastal Forest Reserves, the Kosi Bay Natural Reserve and Mkuze Game Reserve – no fewer than 328, 00 hectares of pristine natural ecosystem, and the country’s third largest protected land mass.
A considerable part of the park centers on the huge estuary, Lake St Lucia – part of the estuarine system in Africa – that runs parallel to the coast line with the world’s highest forested sand dunes sandwiched between the estuary and the sea.
The park is one of South Africa’s most popular destinations, and, aside from the numerous hiking trails, offers fishing, rock and surf fishing, estuary fishing and deep sea fishing, as well as diving, horse riding game viewing and whale and bird watching.
KwaZulu Natal has its own rocky reef, roughly 5 Kilometers out to sea off the coast of the town of Umkomaas, and half an hour’s drive from Durban. July to November is when you can expect to see great number of ragged- tooth sharks. But throughout the year, there’s always something special to see at Aliwal Shoal including Monta Rays and Dolphins.
Not only is Aliwal Shoal rated by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive spots in the world, but regular divers say it is second onlt to the rocky ride over breakers to get there(‘rocky’ describes the turbulence of the sea rather than any protuberances between the coast and the reef).
The marine life of the Shoal is said to be spectacular. Raggies or ragged tooth sharks (also known as grey nurse sharks) are regular spotted between August and November as they use the area to mate. They are, despite looking like hunters of the deep, rather docile. In fact in history of diving the Shoal, there has been no recorded attack from the sharks. You are more likely to spot the close to a famous area known as the ‘Raggy Caves’.
But it is not only the prospect of seeing 15 to 20 sharks at any one time that attracts divers here. You can also see mantas, moray eels, huge stingrays, sweetlips, potato groupers (also known as potato bass or ood) and turtles.
Whilst, with any luck and only at certain times of the year, you can also hope to see dolphins, humpbacks, Whale sharks and hammerheads. This excludes the schools of pelagic and coral fish that frequent the 5 Kilometers long reef or shoal.
During summer temperatures in the water average a warm 24 degrees, whilst in winter it does not get much colder than 19 degrees because the shoal lies on the inner edge of the Mozambique current. Popular diving sites on Aliwal Shoal includes the Cathedral – an amazing hole in the reef – the pinnacles, the north sands and the raggie cave and shark alley.
Route 66 Zululand Heritage Route
Whilst the name of the route brings the battlefield of Ladysmith, Colenso, Dundee and Volksrust to mind, Route 66 is of slightly different nature. Rather than heading up and around the N3, Route 66 takes one along a parallel route, slightly further north east, that links the towns of Gingindlovu, Eshowe, Melmoth, Ulundi, Nongoma and Pongola tracing the oldest transport riders, missionaries, soldiers, settlers and farmers.
The route traces one of the oldest trade routes through Zululand, once ridden by horse and ox wagons by early settlers to the then Port Natal., in similar fashion to the American equivalent (although their route 66 has not only largely been abandoned in favor of more modern highways, but incorporates, ‘history’ in the form of wigwam shaped motels and original fast food outlets).
Zululand’s Route 66, by comparison, traces the path of the transport riders, missionaries, soldiers,settlers and farmers as they made their way inland It also explores the incredible clashes that took place here – the tribal wars of the early 1800s, the Voortrekkers- Zulu war of 1838, the Anglo- Zulu war of 1878 and the Bhambatha Rebellion of 1906.
Route 66 starts at Dokodweni toll plaza on the N2 just south of Durban. It follows the alternative route inland to Eshowe past sugar cane fields and rolling hills. En route learn about the history that carved these hills. Visit Fort Nongqayi a museum filled with Zululand’s past, particularly the basketry and pots.
A bit of a diversion will take you to the Dlinza Forest to walk its aerial board walk, or Ntumeni Nature Reserve and the Nkandla Forest. Head on to Memoth and Mtonjaneni and visit the eMakhosini Monument that overlooks the Valley of the Kings.
Ulundi hosted the battle on Gqokli and was the site of the final battle of the Anglo-Zulu War. In Ondini you will find the recreated residence of King Cetshwayo. From here you can divert to the Hluhluwe- iMfolozi Park or continue to Pongola and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
The Sardine Run is an annual migration of sardines along South Africa’s east coast, between May and July. These tiny fish migrate from the cold waters of the Cape to seek the warmer waters of KwaZulu Natal.
Sardine are cold water fish. They like to remain in cold, nutrient rich waters, which is why their usual home is along the Western Cape, where 2002, 00 tones are caught annually, creating work for thousands of fishermen, and meals in a can for thousands of people.
Why, then, does a group of them veer off and head east?
We know that their passage has a great deal to do with the cold current that stretch along the Cape and Eastern Cape, for these currents produce a great deal of plankton; Sardine – major food source.
The mate and spawn on the Agulhas banks off the Southern Cape coast and their eggs are left to float, fertilized, on the waters of the open sea, where they are carried north west. Once they are strong enough to swim against the current, they collect in huge shoals and make their way slowly back to their spawning grounds.
There is a small group that annually makes its way east up the Wild Coast. No one understands why. They seem to take advantage of a cool water current on the continental shelf of the east coast. This cool water is a seasoned occurrence and happens only as a thin strip between the coast and the warm Agulhas Current.
If the current doesn’t occur, the sardines don’t run. Consequently for the years 2013 and 2014 the sardines did not run up the coast to enter KwaZulu Natal waters.
To minimize their risk of being eaten the sardines converge and travel in huge shoals. They travel in groups of thousands at a time remaining close to the surface of the ocean and close to the shoreline for much of their passage.
As a result they become targets for a whole group of predators – birds, larger fish, sharks, whales and dolphins – all join in the feeding frenzy. Humans too join in the hunt for the sardine. The appearance of common dolphins along the KwaZulu Natal south coast is an indicator.
The annual sardine run give everyone the chance to stock up – from commercial fishermen to women who fill their skirts with tiny, slippery fish. The Shark board has to be on the ball as well as if they do not lift the nets before the shoals arrive, they are severely damaged by the sheer numbers of sharks and dolphins.
But their bathing removal means ’discretionary bathing’ on the part of tourists, who are no longer protected by the nets. If the sardines run is on, you enter the waters at your own risk.
The Umhlanga Coast is characterized by long stretches of sandy beaches that promise stunning backdrops against which to swim, surf or sunbathe. The Indian Ocean has particularly warn waters, averaging 24 to 24 degrees during the summer.
Nice to know. The Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse is fully automatic lighthouse. It has never had a light keeper because the Oyster Box hotel (originally the first beach cottage in the area) has always had the lighthouse controls in its office. This continues today, It is one of the most photographed lighthouses because of its proximity to the popular umhlanga beach.
The Umhlanga Coast is a magnificent stretch of the South African shoreline, it shows off the splendor and wonder of this country in a tranquil display that remains extremely powerful. This is part of KwaZulu Natal, and is very close to the city centre of Durban, which is the province’s main city and one of South Africa’s major metropolises. However, the Umhlanga coast whisks you away from the bustle of the city living and to the peaceful prettiness of the Indian Ocean as it lazily dances onto the sand.
There are a number of beaches along the Umhlanga Coast, spread through the areas of Umhlanga itself, La Lucia, Mount Edgecombe and Undloti.
Mpumalanga (Zulu name for “the place where the sun rises”) is a province in the eastern South Africa, bordering the nation of Eswatini formerly Swaziland and Mozambique. It embraces the southern half of Kruger National Park, a huge nature reserve with abundant wildlife including big game. The province’s iconic Blyde River Canyon, among the world’s largest, is known as a green canyon because of its subtropical foliage.
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is the first of South Africa’s parks containing significant numbers of all the big 5 game species. Many travelers choose to visit during the dry winter months (April – September), when animals are easier to spot, especially at waterholes. At this time of the year, days are warm and nights are cool, sometimes colder. November –February weather is hot and balmy, and rainfall is common. Migratory birds and windflowers are common during this period, but foliage is denser.
Formerly Mbombela, Nelspruit, is the capital of South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province. It’s a gateway to Kruger National Park, home to Elephants, Zebra, Rhino and other wildlife. The City’s lowveld National Botanical Garden features a man – made rainforest. Northwest are the prehistoric Sudwala Caves, with unusual rock formations. South Umhloti Nature Reserve contains the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimp EdenSanctuary
Graskop is a small town in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. It was set up in the 1880s as a gold mining camp but it now serves as a tourist destination and the timber industry. The name is Afrikaans for grassy hillock, “God’s Window”, a scenic view from the escarpment of the Lowveld below, located outside the town. Graskop is 14 Kms south east of Pilgrim’s Rest and 28 kms north of Sabie. It was laid out between 1880 and 1890 on a farm belonging to Abel Erasmus, native commissioner of the Transvaal Republic. Named after a grassy hillock. Originally it was a mining camp. It is the best place to view the “Edge of the Lowveld”, with a sudden drop of 700 meters.
There are a number of reasons that one would want to venture to Graskop, Mpumalanga. However, it probably is the splendor of God’s Window that drives most people to the area. The spot is located on the Panorama Route and it offers quite the panoramic view of the Blyde River Canyon. One can stand on top of the Drakenberg Escarpment and look down over the cliffs that plunge almost a kilometer down to the Lowveld.
Previously called the Northern Province, Limpopo is a land of beautiful and contrasting landscape, which is typical of Africa. Hence it has become a favorite destination for leisure and adventure travelers worldwide.
Limpopo Province is located in the far Northern part of South Africa and shares borders with three neighboring countries of; Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. For this reason, the province is also known as the gateway to other African countries. The Province also shares provincial borders with Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West Provinces.
Limpopo landscape and vegetation vary from one area to the other. The vegetation ranges from Tropical Forests, Bush and Shrubs to semi –desert areas with small trees and bushes. The landscape also ranges from mountains to flat lands.
Come to a region of infinite scenic beauty with a great diversity of both natural and man-made attractions, rich heritage and an abundance of wildlife and nature based tourism opportunities.
Out network of protected areas and nature reserves is amongst the best on the Africa continent. Through these nature reserves, we seek to preserve our natural heritage for future generations and for sharing with the international community.
Limpopo has spectacular mountain scenery, which beckons hikers, climbers and bikers, while mystic cultural destinations intrigue both local and International tourists. The game viewing is absolutely fantastic and possibly the best in the country – hence the preferred Eco – Tourism destination in Southern Africa.
Limpopo is divided into five regions, strategically located according to the cultural inhabitants. Capricorn is the central region predominantly occupied by the Bapedi People. Waterberg is the largest region in the province with the majority of people being the Batswana people. The Vhembe region in the far north is dominated by Vhavenda and Vatsonga people. The Mopani region towards the Kruger National Park is dominated by Vatsonga, whereas the Sekhukhuni region is dominated by Bapedi and Ndebele people.
Limpopo is the only province in South Africa with more thantwo cultural groups staying together in their original habitat in harmony, Other ethnic groups include the English and Afrikaners people. English is regarded as a business language but other native languages of the province include Tshivenda, Sepedi, Xitsonga, Setswana, Isindebele and Afrikaans.
Limpopo has a predominant Christian religion society. However, there are other traditional religions such as Islam and Hinduism.
Limpopo’s land area takes 123 Km2 with a population of about 5.3 million. Polokwane International Airport is the main airport along with other local airports, such as Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit and Kruger National Park Airport at Pharaborwa.
The province has a network of tarred roads which cover the entire area, including the tarred road inside Kruger National Park.
The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province, with a desert landscape, Wildlife and Gemstones. With Botswana it shares Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, whose red sand dunes shelter lions and falcons. Wild daisies and other springtime flowers carpet the typical arid plains of Namaqualand, a region stretching into Namibia. In Kimberly, the provincial capital, the Big Hole mine recalls the 1870s diamond rush
The Eastern Cape is a province of South Africa. Its capital is Bhisho, but its two largest cities are East London and Port Elizabeth. It is the second largest province in the country with a land area of 166,966 km2 after the Northern Cape.
In South Africa internet operates in almost all areas and there are internet cafes available in major towns around the Country. The value added tax is charged at 14 percent. Visitors may claim VAT refunds at major border posts and at international airports on the departure from South Africa.