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South Africa: The Rainbow Nation

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The gift that keeps on giving.


Known as the Rainbow Nation (a term coined by the great Archbishop Desmond Tutu), South Africa is diverse in its people as well as the land its people call home.

Because of this diversity, there is an infinite number of things to love and enjoy. From the outdoor adventures to the sweeping landscapes, from the wildlife safaris to the deep history, South Africa is truly an abundant, and diverse, country with so much to offer.art-1219118_1920

The Mother City

Crowned by many as the hidden gem of Africa, Cape Town offers visitors a cosmopolitan lifestyle surrounded by breathtaking nature. With Table Mountain as your backdrop and the Atlantic Ocean skirting this beautiful city, it’s easy to see why Cape Town is a top travel destination for all kinds of travelers.  A perfect area to stay at is the V&A Waterfront, situated in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbor. This commercial harbor is home to countless of the best restaurants in the city, high-end boutiques, shopping malls, luxury hotels and apartments, and different entertainment venues.

Important sites to visit here:

  • Bo-Kaap: A former township situated in the slopes of Signal Hill, known for its brightly colored homes. Bo-Kaap is also home to Auwal Masjid, the oldest mosque in Cape Town.
  • Canal Walk: The largest shopping mall in South Africa, Canal Walk is home to over 400 stores representing both local and international brands.
  • Greenmarket Square: For a different shopping experience, particularly those that master the art of bargaining, Greenmarket Square is the place for you. Here you’ll find traders and artists selling a wide range of artwork, sculpture, beadwork, and more.
  • Table Mountain: No trip to Cape Town is complete without a trip up Table Mountain. Take the aerial cableway to enjoy a 360 degrees’ aerial view of the city and coastline.
Hout Bay

Hout Bay

Cape Town to Cape Point

The coastal road to Cape Point is by far one of the most beautiful drives a person can experience. Embarking on this full day trip will allow you to enjoy the best beaches in South Africa and stunning views where the oceans meet at Cape Point.

The journey begins by driving down the infamous beaches of both Clifton and Camps Bay. No beach in the Western Cape boasts whiter sands and higher waves. Stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay and catch the Bay Harbor market for beautiful crafts and delicious snacks. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Seal Colony located on Duiker Island, a 40-minute cruise from Hout Bay harbor.

Taking Chapmans Peak drive down Cape of Good Hope all the way to Cape Point will provide impossibly even more beautiful views. At Cape Point, the ice queen Atlantic meets the warm lull of the Indian Ocean; a sight which can be enjoyed from the old lighthouse at the very tip of the peninsula.wallhaven

The Garden Route: Where you Stop and Stare

A highlight in any South Africa itinerary is to take on the N2 Highway–more popular known as the Garden Route. The name comes from the lush and diverse vegetation encountered along the highway, compelling travelers to stop and stare.

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of things to do or explore along the drive that stretches 300 kilometers starting at Heidelberg in the Southern Cape to Storms River Village on the Eastern Cape border.

Our favorite stops:

  • Hermanus: The whale conservatory of Africa is world-renowned for being land-based whale watching central. Aside from the chance to spot those whales, you can’t miss the opportunity explore infamous forest trails by quad bikes and get an adrenaline kick through tree-top zip lining.
  • Oudtshoorn: Stop at Oudtshoorn is explore one of the world’s greatest natural wonders: the Cango Caves. These caves are rich with limestone formations in varying colors. Another highlight at Outshoorn is the High Gate Ostrich Farm for an ultimate ostrich experience.
  • Knysna: The charming albeit small town of Knysna has more to offer visitors than meets the eye. Its popular waterfront is no V&A but it possesses charms and spectacular view of the bay that gives other waterfronts a run for their money. No visit to Knysna is complete without a personal encounter with gentle giants at the Knysna Elephant Park.
  • Plettenberg Bay: The bay is a short drive past Knysna and has some of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa. Make sure you visit Monkey Land and Birds of Eden to learn more about primates of Africa and birds both indigenous or migrated in a walking tour in a free-roaming shelter.

Sun City: A World Within a City

For a completely different mode of travel, we recommend the world found in Sun City. Combining everything you want in one place, Sun City boasts hotels, a golf course, a waterpark, and restaurants to suit all tastes. Sun City is a mere 2 hour drive from the bustling city of Johannesburg.

Safari Fever

Millions of travelers to South Africa make the journey to experience the wildlife in an unconstrained environment. This is where world-renowned safaris and game reserves come into play. Stay at the Kwantu Private Game Reserve or Sebaka Private Game Lodge and enjoy 5-stay accommodations and services within close proximity of the Big Five (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros).

Kwantu Private Game Reserve

Kwantu, hailed as the Eastern Cape’s leader in conservation, is located in a Malaria free zone. The luxury hotel is a unique adventure that brings the wildlife as close as possible to civilization. The local staff is highly qualified, friendly and extremely helpful, they’re just what you need when you’re on your first safari trip. Food at Kwantu is not to be missed. Their Halal Afro Asian food is an authentic blend of spices that’s a treat for the taste buds.

Students from all over the world travel to the Game Reserve to work as volunteers. They’re part of the team who interact with wildlife and make sure animals are in good condition and properly taken care of. All crewmembers will tell you enchanting stories, as though you were on a ride at Jurassic Park.kwantu-game-lodge-001-1

Kwantu’s Game Drives are the main attraction that you’d be insane to miss out on. Groups at Kwantu hop on the open Land Rovers and explore the wilderness, which is home to the Big Five. The Big Five are the famous five mammals of Africa – Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino – who were so named because a trip is incomplete without seeing the group.

From your seat on the safari you’ll be inches away from them, as they play, feed and fight out in the open. You’ll be amazed to see the zebras, giraffes and the rare antelopes whose families have been roaming the plains of Kwantu for centuries. Who knows, an elephant might even sniff at your safari with its long trunk, giving you a story to tell.b_kwantu_private_game_reserve3

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