South Africa Vacations

South Africa is unsurprisingly one the most popular destinations in Africa. With eleven official languages and three capital cities, this alluring country offers a rich culture and a variety of things to do. Visit the City of Gold (Johannesburg) to see the great economic ambition of South Africa and experience some of the best nightlife in Africa. ... Read more
Not surprisingly, Cape Town's stunning attractions -- a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, surfing and swimming beaches and penguin colonies -- make it one of the most popular cities for world travelers. Outside of the cities, the highlights don't end, including rolling hills, world-class wineries and the outstanding Kruger National Park, home to countless rhinos, crocodiles, leopards and gazelle (some of which you can see on foot; Kruger is one of the rare wildlife reserves that offers a walking safari).

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The driest and warmest time in South Africa is from November through March, when the weather is best for a safari through Kruger National Park, hiking Table Mountain, and working on your tan on the country’s ... Read more
numerous beaches. But the country will also fill up with tourists during this time, so if bumping into crowds on your tour of the Winelands is something you’d rather avoid (why risk spilling that glass of shiraz), aim for the shoulder seasons in October - November and March - April. Winter is cold in most of the country and it does snow, so while you may be getting better rates, you will pay extra for a suitcase full of heavy boots and jackets.

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South Africa, like many destinations, felt 'safer in bigger cities' but 'in smaller towns and villages, especially traditional Zulu areas, keep your sexuality to yourself to avoid trouble.' If you 'want to be open about your sexuality, go to Cape ... Read more
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Pretoria

Country of my heart and soul! South Africa has a vibe which you will not find anywhere else. We have all the seasons, cuisines and nice things to do and buy. Great tasting foods and craft beers are found almost everywhere. There are spectacular views of mountains and oceans. Take a hike in nature, go on a Safari, visit the beach! South Africa is a great place for tourists! (Be sure to Google places to AVOID before coming here - we do have a high crime rate!)

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London, UK

If you want to see big game in its natural environment, but don’t want that natural environment getting on the bottom of your $1,000 Louboutins, South Africa might be the answer. The beautiful game reserves and national parks in the north of the country are home to the so-called Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), but also some big budget lodges. Elton John’s favourite is Royal Malewane, complete with Persian rugs underfoot on the outdoor terrace, while Singita Lebombo looks like someone stole the furniture from a chic Malibu beach house and scattered it around in the bush. http://www.originaltravel.co.uk/africa/south-africa

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United States

This is a shot that I took in South Africa. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been to, South Africa is my home country, in which I visit it often , discovering loads of new places, The beauty of the country is incredible.

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Plymouth, Minnesota

Lived in the Soweto township. Was a volunteer for one year. Explored the vast country and built lasting relationships with the people. Beautiful and diverse culture

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London, UK

Absolutely loved South Africa. Exciting, dynamic country which seems to be escaping the worst of the global financial crisis. Sure there are political problems, but the Western Cape especially is energizing.

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Cheltenham, UK

South Africa is country that seems to have it all: mountains, beaches, game-viewing, international cities, great cuisine and lovely wine.

Any trip to South Africa needs to include Cape Town, the Winelands and the Garden Route. This easy, few-day itinerary will show you the European-side of South African culture, staying in beautiful Cape Dutch-style B&B's and hotels, visiting stunning wineries around Paarl, Stellenbosch or my favourite, Frankshoek (French Corner) and exploring the dramatic coastline that has nice beaches and attractions such as whale watching and surfing.

However a trip to South Africa is not complete without a visit to one of it's game parks. Kruger is undoubtedly the most famous and you can visit the main national park as locals do or, spend quite a bit extra and stay at one of the private concessions that abutt the park. Both options are good depending on the level of comfort you are used to. It's a popular park, so don't expect to be alone, but saying that the last time I was in Kruger I saw the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino), which is always very special. There are other reserves in South Africa including Madikwe, Phinda, Pilanesberg and Hluhluwe, Addo and all have something different to offer and focus on.

Zulu country is in Natal (Durban and surrounds) and there are plenty of tours and places to stay that focus on this famous tribe of South Africa. Likewise there are plenty of battle tours that can be taken that outline the history of the Anglo-Zulu and Boer wars.

For dramatic landscapes you can't go past the Drakensberg Mountains which are great for short or long hikes, or just stay nearby and at one of the interesting towns such Pilgrims Rest and Graskop.

Finally, no visit to South Africa is complete without seeing the home of the anti-apartheid struggle, Soweto, in Johannesberg

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Palm Desert, California, USA

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Sydney, Australia

South Africa is a country that has it all -- stunning beaches, cosmopolitan cities, big game parks, wilderness, desert, mountains and a rich and varied culture. From Cape Town to the the Garden Route to Oudtshoorn to the Wild Coast to Durban, Jo'burg, and the Kruger, you'll be hard-pressed to find a country with more wonders to explore.

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Paternoster, Western Cape

The best time of the year to visit South Africa will depend on where you want to go. Summer or winter rainfall areas? Warm or freezing cold winter? In other words South Africa can be visited all year round,

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Kettering, UK

How do you sum up South Africa? It seems almost impossible to put into words. South Africa is a country of extremes. Such variety in culture, scenery and sadly the inequality of its residents. I defy you to not enjoy a trip to South Africa. There are safaris to go on, sharks to dive with, mountains to climb, beautiful views to admire, world renowned wine and food. A wealth of cultures in vibrant cities. A sad and cruel history and current economic inequality which must not be overlooked or ignored. I adore South Africa and keep going back time and again. We fell in love with this country, and hope one day to make it our home.

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