From its fabulously lush national parks to its world-famous vineyards around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, South Africa is a destination in a league of its own. Home to a whopping seven World Heritage Sites and one-of-a-kind flora and fauna, South Africa harbors plenty of must-sees and thrill-seeking activities. Mingle with incredible Great White Sharks in Gansbaai, attend the distinctively South African social gathering or gaze at the gentle giants of the ocean at Hermanus.
First, we’ll drop into Johannesburg, the largest city in the country. Tours around the Jo’burg metropolis include driving through Lion Park for some game viewing of big majestic cats and visiting the Gold Reef City amusement park before setting off for the captivating Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves.
Covering an area of 7,523 square miles, Kruger promises plenty of animal eye-candy and photo opportunities. Venturing down to the southern part of the park will place you directly in “Big Five” territory. (And if you’re unfamiliar with that term, the “Big Five” refers la crème de la crème of African flora and fauna, including lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes.)
Next, we’ll make our way to Cape Town, perched on the Western Cape Province and replete with sprawling plazas and burgeoning nightlife. Named “the best place in the world to visit” in 2014 by The New York Times and The Daily Telegraph, Cape Town plays host to the 36-hectare Kirsten Bosch National Botanical Garden (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)and the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood or Malay Quarter.
But perhaps its most iconic feature, one plastered over postcards far and wide, is the glorious Table Mountain which you’ll scale via cable car during one of our breath-taking tours. You’ll also visit scenic Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town and chock-full of perky African penguins frolicking about in the water – a real treat to see!