Blessed with an array of landscapes and spectacular scenery, the nine provinces which make up South Africa are each an attraction in their own right. While often thought of as a vast country, in truth no point is much further than a 2 hour flight away, making a combination of highlights practical and rewarding. Safari, city, beach, mountain, desert and forest - the choices are here in abundance, coupled with natural friendliness of the locals, affordable and world class hotels and restaurants, and a fascinating diversity of language and culture. We would be delighted to assist you in tailor making an itinerary to best suit your interests.
Western Cape - offers a bewildering scope of attractions with international recognition, including the city of Cape Town, the Winelands with its distinctive Cape Dutch architecture, Hermanus, the whale watching capital of Africa and the Garden Route - itself a representation of semi desert areas, sub tropical forests and endless stretches of beaches.
Eastern Cape - less explored and a lot wilder, with a remote and breathtaking coastline, mountain retreats at Hogsback, the cities of Port Elizabeth and East London, and a sophisticated collection of private game reserves, many centred around the Addo National Park
KwaZulu Natal - home to two World Heritage Sites, the imposing Drakensberg Mountains which are shared with the mountain kingdom of Lesotho and the St Lucia Park, a Wetland of world significance and home to hippos, crocodiles and a wide variety of birdlife. In addition, the province has excellent National Parks, including Hluhluwe Imfolozi, home to the greatest concentration of rhino in the world; prime diving sites at Sodwana, Aliwal Shoal and Mabibi and a fascinating history centred around the Battlefields region
Free State - expansive plains and dramatic skyscapes, as well beautiful sandstone mountains known as the Malutis make this one of the top unexplored gems of South Africa. The city of Bloemfontein, rich in Boer history, and the artist retreat of Clarens are both well worth visiting
Mpumalanga - undeniably famous as the safari capital of South Africa with internationally renowned private game reserves in the game rich Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. It is also home to the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest Canyon in the world and part of a scenically spectacular route known as the Panorama Route, as well as the trout fishing Highlands centred around Dullstroom.
Limpopo Province - stretching to the Zimbabwean border, this vast province has the greatest diversity of game reserves, from the mountainous Waterberg region, close to the huge parks of Welgevonden and Marakele, to private concessions adjoining the Kruger National Park such as Timbavati and Manyeleti. The majority of the Kruger National Park falls in Limpopo Province. Highly recommended are the new game reserves found in the far north, such as Pafuri and Mapungubwe, which also have significant archaeological finds detailing the golden age of African tribes in this area.
North West Province - perhaps best known for the mega holiday paradise of Sun City and the adjoining Pilanesberg Nature Reserve, which is located in an extinct volcano crater, the latest attraction is the Madikwe Reserve, a huge conservation area on the border with Botswana with the Big Five as well as a healthy population of the endangered Wild Dog.
Northern Province - the biggest province in terms of size, the highlight here is the incredible desert scenery and unique game found here, including cheetah, oryx, bat eared foxes and springbok. The Great Hole of Kimberley, the lush desert oasis of Upington on the banks of the mighty Orange River, the Augrabies Falls and the natural spectacular of the desert flowers in spring in Namaqualand are all top attractions.
Gauteng - the first entry point for many visitors to South Africa, this small province also has the highest population concentration and is the economic hub of the country. It includes Johannesburg and the more sedate capital of South Africa, Pretoria. Well worth exploring over a couple of days, top highlights include Soweto and the Apartheid Museum, the gold and diamond mines on which Johannesburg was founded, De Wildt Cheetah rehabilitation centre and the shopping hubs of Sandton and Rosebank.