The South & West Cape

Suburbs of Cape Town have with its fine houses in old Dutch and British Victorian style. Create a walk through the city centre, to the Castle of good hope, Green market Square and visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. A trip to the table mountain, Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in (SAT), Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, great Constantia, Cape of good hope and Boulder’s Beach, with its African penguins a must, of course, not in your travel planning.
Hermanus is known as the best location in the world to whales. Each year, attracting around 40 to 70 animals from the sub-Antarctic waters to the Bay to calve. There are Whales, including between June and December, the best months are September and October.
The Garden route

The region between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains, stretching from Mossel Bay beyond the Storms River. The coast is in no way violent and can be toggled off, but with beautiful rocks, wooded slopes and fine sand beaches.
KwaZulu Natal

Natal is the smallest and most populated province of South Africa and to the West, bounded by the Drakensberg. Here you can find summits of over 3,000 m, by the Zulus uKhahlamba district municipality (barrier of javelins). The original inhabitants were the bushman (San), this peaceful hunters-gatherers 1000 years ago were gradually expelled by Zulu’s, Xhosa, Afrikaner and British. Durban is the main attraction for tourists with it’s beaches and UShaka world marine park.

Mpumalanga/Eastern Transvaal (The Panorama route)

Transvaal through The Long Tom-Pass to Sabie, the small town of Lydenburg, you will find several waterfalls, Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes in the Blyde River and the Nature Reserve, a botanical paradise, with many rare plants and an abundance of wild animals. The vegetation is particularly interesting: wild orchids and lilies and aloes.
The Kruger park

The Kruger National Park 19,000 square km is great. This is the largest and the oldest African Hluhluwe after Park with 138 species of mammals, 500 species of birds and over 100 species of reptiles. The most prominent place to the Big five personality traits to play around!
In this expanses and world-famous National park, in the North-East of South Africa, there is a wide variety of wildlife. The southern section is the most wild. In the Park, many roads, both of asphalt as a metalled sand paths. There is a speed limit and it is forbidden to leave the car, but in addition there is place that allows stepping out your vehicle. It is clearly marked, and you can find your own way with a “route map”. Nearly all the rest camps have a restaurant. The Kruger park has opened their borders with gonarezhou National Park. National Park in Zimbabwe and the Limpopo River National Park in Mozambique. This is called The Great Limpopo Transfrontier park. Trans front Irishman Park. Best experience is open vehicle safari.
Johannesburg, Pretoria, Gauteng

Pretoria Today, the city of Tshwane metropolitan municipality (Jacaranda City) is the political capital of South Africa and was the birthplace of Paul Kruger, the first President of the Transvaal. All his houses are now museums.
In the city of Pretoria (Tshwane) provides several attractions such as the Old Gathering hall, the Cultural Museum, the City Hall, the Union buildings (Government), and the Pretoria Art Museum.
The Voortrekker monument lies on the southern side of the city. Also close to Pretoria you will find Cullinan Diamond Premier Diamond Mine. Lists walkthroughs. In October, the entire city is under a banner of the flourishing Jacaranda’s.
Is it really safe?

There are many “Untrue” (stories) that is been told about South African countries, it is often not less safe than, say, in the evening in Amsterdam. An exception is perhaps the large cities, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town in a minor degree and Windhoek. Additionally, of course, common sense: take a taxi in the evening to show you around. poverty in some regions is great, so let’s not tempt people.
Further tips for a safe journey:
Health matters

You can also inform them through:
* National Centre for passengers consultancy
* Tropics care

Money

In South-Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia almost all places you can withdraw or pay by credit card.

Mozambique and Botswana little more difficult to withdraw or pay by credit card.

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Language
English (business), Afrikaans , African (administrative, similar to English) and 9 other official languages, including IsiZulu, isiXhosa, siSwati and isiNdebele are collectively referred to as the Nguni languages, and have many similarities in syntax and grammar. The Sotho languages – Setswana, Sepedi and Sesotho – also have much in common.
According to historical data, many of South Africa’s indigenous tribes share a common ancestry. But as groupings and clans broke up in search of autonomy and greener pastures for their livestock, variations of the common languages evolved.
Climate and best travel time
South Africa has a wonderful climate throughout the year with the lovely warm sunshine. Because the country lies on the southern hemisphere, the seasons are opposite to those of Europe, making it an ideal destination for winter here to escape and enjoy the South African summer (October to February). For the observation of wild animals are the clear, dry days of South Africa in winter, the best (April-September), if the few vegetation makes it easier to see the animals.
Cape Town and the southern portion of the Western Cape have a Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and winters while Durban and the coast of KwaZulu-Natal subtropical, with plenty of sunshine throughout the year.
Practical
Do not let this country fool you. This truly worth spending your money. Camping and driving with a 4X4 is the cheapest way and more adventurous. Travelling by airplane and stay in the delta could cost you a lot of money, but still worth every cent.
Visa
For South Africa, you need a visa. You will receive it automatically and free of charge at the point of entry to your passport should. 6 weeks after you go back home. A visa is valid for 3 months and requires 2 blank pages in your Passport.
History
VOC

The written history begins in South Africa on 6 April 1648-1652, when Jan van Riebeeck in the service of the VOC founded in the Cape of good hope. The area with Dutch settlers as it became later, during the 17th and 18th century fades away, East to the Fish River.
British regime

In 1795 the British occupation of the region around the Cape of good hope, gave it back to the Dutch. But in 1806 names for the Britain’s of the Cape. There was disagreement between the British and Dutch farmers, inter alia, on the compensation for the abolition of slavery in 1833. Many of the Dutch and German (and Huguenots) settlers, known as Farmers, in the years 1830-1840 in the so-called Great Trek from the Cape Colony, they declare it the independent republics, which were United in the Orange Free State and the Transvaal. An attempt by the Farmers to Natal, NATO was turned down by the Zulus, under Dingaan the brother of the famous Shaka. It was mainly his wars that had other strains so weakened that farmers were able to keep their advancement. The Zulus were later defeated by the British.
In 1867 the diamonds were discovered in Kimberley on the border of the Orange Free State. Gold was in 1886 at the Witwatersrand found in the Transvaal. This led to a flood of white immigrants and wealth for the Transvaal. The Farmers are opposed to interference by the British, won the first Boer War (1880-, 1881), but were defeated in the Second Boer War (1899-1902).

Budget Tour

Budget travel is travel that is budget-conscious. … Budget travelers differ from backpackers in the sense that they may not necessarily be staying for a long period of time, they lean towards budget hotels/motels rather than hostels, and usually, their trip is not open-ended.

Bush Walk

WALKING SAFARIS IN SOUTH AFRICA
There are numerous options for walking safaris throughout South Africa offering varying terrains.

Discover the beautiful terrains and the fantastic diversity of the wildlife South Africa has whilst on a walking safari. Take a relaxing walk and discover the excitement and ancient secrets of the African wilderness. There are numerous options for walking safaris throughout South Africa offering varying terrains. South Africa has a superb array of National Parks and Game Reserves that offer South African walking safaris.

Did you know?
On a Game Viewing Walk you get taken deep into the bush and track wildlife by foot (under the expert guidance of an armed game ranger).
Kruger National Park walking safaris are guided by experienced rangers with an extensive knowledge of the area, the wildlife, birdlife and indigenous vegetation. Accommodation and lodging in the park are in two-bedded safari-tents, with communal toilet and shower facilities. The camp-staff cook and clean while your guide leads you into close encounters with the African wild. Feel your excitement build as you track the South African Big 5 on your walking safari.

Also within the Kruger National Park, the 5 Star luxury Jock Safari Lodge offers walking safaris, birding safaris and guided historical tours will take you along the paths of legend and mystery.

Many game reserves in South Africa offer exhilarating walking safaris where guests have the opportunity to identify tracks and insects, bird watch and learn about habitats and ecology as they walk through the bushveld. Ngala consists of 14 780 hectares of exclusive game-rich land. The safety of their guests is their highest priority so all their rangers undergo intensive specialized instruction.

The rangers begin each walking safari with an all-inclusive briefing on how to behave when encountering animals on foot as they are frequently sighted on these safaris. Observe the glorious sunset whilst getting up close and personal with the incredible wildlife. The walks always cover new terrain, ensuring a comprehensive interpretive experience.

Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape offers daily walking safaris and luxurious accommodation. Shamwari gives people the opportunity to spot the big 5 including the awe-inspiring leopard and wild dogs.

In the Sabi Sands Reserve, many lodges offer optional walking safaris which are conducted daily in order to experience the beauty of Africa’s flora and fauna. Bush dinners and bush breakfasts can be arranged following the walking safari, weather permitting.

At Pakamisa Private Game Reserve in the Maputuland region of KwaZulu Natal, a walking safari is included in the daily rate. Your guide will explain the often-fascinating life cycles of everything from insects, plants, and trees to the behavior patterns of the mammals and birds, giving you a chance to experience at first hand the magic of the African wild.

In the Western Cape, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve offers walking safaris. Discover the spirit of the Little Karoo on foot and see the little things of the Reserve through the eyes of the San. With the guidance of your experienced ranger, early morning walking trails to greet the day have been developed to cater for individual needs.

From gentle strolls, taking in the breathtaking beauty of the indigenous fauna and flora, to challenging trails discovering isolated vistas, reveal the beauty of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Be it a gentle or challenging trail or a secluded rock pool that invites one to submerge into its watery and invigorating bliss or returning to your lodge for a scrumptious breakfast, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has all of this and much more to offer.

The feeling of carefully walking through the thick vegetation, in search for one of the majestic Big 5, is an experience like no other. Getting up close and personal with this magnificent wildlife is a rush of excitement and a definite addition to your list of South African activities.

Convoy 4X4

A unique adventure. A journey for people who would like to drive a 4 × 4 themselves, search for the adventure, but also appreciate the safety of a backup.
A journey off the beaten track, with lots of wildlife and nature, but also to experience the local culture. So no group travel, but you can look up the atmosphere if you want, so you don’t have to!
The journey is accompanied by an experienced 4×4 and wildlife guide, in the rougher areas we drive in convoy, you are in contact with each other with walkie talkies. Outside the 4 × 4 routes, you can also draw your own plan.

Family

A family vacation or tour is always fun and could be adventurous and healthy for the whole family.

Fishing

Fishing in Southern Africa is the best in the world experience from freshwater, rivers, dams to the deep oceans, we have it all for you!!

Hiking

Hiking is the preferred term, in Canada and the United States, for a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails (footpaths), in the countryside, while the word walking is used for shorter, particularly urban walks. On the other hand, in the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, the word “walking” is acceptable to describe all forms of walking, whether it is a walk in the park or backpacking in the Alps.

The word hiking is also often used in the UK, along with rambling (a slightly old-fashioned term), hillwalking, and fell walking (a term mostly used for hillwalking in northern England). The term bushwalking is endemic to Australia, having been adopted by the Sydney Bush Walkers club in 1927. In New Zealand a long, vigorous walk or hike is called tramping. It is a popular activity with numerous hiking organizations worldwide, and studies suggest that all forms of walking have health benefits.

Jungle Safari

A safari is an overland journey, usually a trip by tourists in Africa. In the past, the trip was often a big-game hunt, but today, safaris are often to observe and photograph wildlife—or hiking and sightseeing, as well.

In 1836 William Cornwallis Harris led an expedition purely to observe and record wildlife and landscapes by the expedition’s members. Harris established the safari style of journey, starting with a not too strenuous rising at first light, an energetic day walking, an afternoon rest then concluding with a formal dinner and telling stories in the evening over drinks and tobacco. The hunting aspect traditionally associated with the safari is said to have its origins in the early 1800s in the region of Évora, Alentejo, where villagers got together to hunt wild boar and reclaim land for farming.

Open Game Drive

An open 4×4 game drive provides the quintessential African safari experience. An open 4×4 game drive serves as one of the highlights of an African safari. These excursions are typically conducted in the early morning hours or late afternoon when the animals are at their most active. You may book extra game drives throughout the day or the whole day.

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is a mode of underwater diving where the diver uses a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba) which is completely independent of surface supply, to breathe underwater.Scuba divers carry their own source of breathing gas, usually compressed air, allowing them greater independence and freedom of movement than surface-supplied divers, and longer underwater endurance than breath-hold divers. Open circuit scuba systems discharge the breathing gas into the environment as it is exhaled, and consist of one or more diving cylinders containing breathing gas at high pressure which is supplied to the diver through a regulator.

They may include additional cylinders for range extension, decompression gas or emergency breathing gas. Closed-circuit or semi-closed circuit rebreather scuba systems allow recycling of exhaled gases. The volume of gas used is reduced compared to that of open circuit, so a smaller cylinder or cylinders may be used for an equivalent dive duration. Rebreathers extend the time spent underwater compared to open circuit for the same gas consumption; they produce fewer bubbles and less noise than open circuit scuba which makes them attractive to covert military divers to avoid detection, scientific divers to avoid disturbing marine animals, and media divers to avoid bubble interference.

Self-Drive

A Self-Drive Safari gives you the freedom to drive yourself around the Kruger Park in your own vehicle. It is the most affordable way to see the Park and gives you flexibility and the thrill of spotting wildlife at your leisure.

Sightseeing

Tourism is travel for pleasure or business; also the theory and practice of touring, the business of attracting, accommodating, and entertaining tourists, and the business of operating tours. Tourism may be international, or within the traveller’s country. The World Tourism Organization defines tourism more generally, in terms which go “beyond the common perception of tourism as being limited to holiday activity only”, as people “traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes”.