Where to go in South Africa, from Cape Town to Kruger National Park

There are few places on earth as diverse as South Africa. Self-drives are a popular way of getting around because the roads are easy to navigate and South Africans also drive on the left – the go-to itinerary is the Garden Route which follows the coast from the Western Cape past stunning coastal scenery and tourist-friendly towns.

Most visitors begin in Cape Town to scale its unusual, flat-topped mountain and enjoy the refinement this world-class city lavishes on its guests. This followed by a couple of nights sipping your way around the Cape Winelands’ award-winning vineyards is a foolproof combination for an introduction to the Western Cape. A safari is the fitting finale to a South Africa holiday. Internal flights take you from city to safari sundowner within a day, with Kruger National Park being the country’s most famous game reserve. South Africa is especially appealing for a safari because of its malaria-free options in the Eastern Cape and reserves in the north-west like Madikwe.

In Hermanus, you’ll find some of the best land-based whale watching vantage points and for the ‘Golden Mile’ of beaches and historic battlefields, head to Durban and KwaZulu-Natal. Johannesburg has excellent connections for internal and international flights for combining Cape Town and northern South Africa and onward travel to glistening beach breaks in the Indian Ocean.

 

Our recommendations for the best places to go in South Africa

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Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the most iconic cities in the world. The famous and dramatic Table Mountain backdrop contrasts wonderfully with the golden beaches...

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Winelands & Hermanus

The Western Cape encompasses a beautiful and diverse array of landscapes, from the rolling vineyards of Franschhoek to the rugged fynbos of Gansbaai a...

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Garden Route

  • Miles of walking and cycling trails
  • Sweeping golden beaches
  • stunning lagoons and ancient forests

The region sweeps eastwards along the coast of the Cape, running from Mossel Bay to Port Elizabeth. See pristine beaches along the rugged coastline fl...

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Eastern Cape Game Reserves

There are some excellent game viewing opportunities in the Eastern Cape. Much is said about spotting the Big Five and here you have a good chance to s...

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Durban & KwaZulu Natal

Known as South Africa’s garden province it stretches along the east coast to the border with Mozambique. This is an area of lush green valleys, wonder...

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Johannesburg & Pretoria

We feature two fashionable suburbs of Johannesburg which are great for connections or one night stays before or after your South African adventure. Bo...

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Madikwe, Sun City and surrounds

On the border with Botswana, two hours from Sun City or four hours from Johannesburg, Madikwe is the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa. One o...

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Kruger and surrounds

Kruger is South Africa’s safari heart and each of its private concessions offers a little extra to enjoy this awe-inspiring landscape. Watch vast herd...

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