Where Adventure Meets Sophistication. Is it possible there’s a place where you can feel spoiled in the unspoiled? In awesome South Africa you will truly feel fully alive. You will find that your senses are more acute. Colors are richer. Sounds are more varied. Your days and nights are filled with incomparable experiences.
In South Africa, in the natural home of hippos and rhinos, zebras and cheetahs, wildebeest and leopards, buffalos and antelopes, you are a welcome and cherished visitor. You hold your breath as a trumpeting sound pierces the air, then you feel the ground vibrating as a herd of elephants approaches. Stately giraffes stride across the plain or reach up to graze on the leafy umbrella of an acacia. Watch a lioness lazing in the shade with her cubs or a gathering of marvelous creatures at a watering hole.
Safari is a life-changing experience and South Africa is safari. More remarkably, every safari destination is unique. From the golden sandstone cliffs of Golden Gate Highlands to the waterfalls of Royal Natal to the volcanic craterlands of Pilanesberg to the snow-dusted ridges of Mountain Zebra National Park, there is no end to the rich variety in the landscape—and the resident wildlife. You could easily spend an entire vacation—or two, or three—just exploring the five million acres of Kruger National Park.
As you awaken in the comfort of your safari camp, exotic sounds fill the air. The morning lightens into a pink and apricot wash across the South African sky as you set out, fragrant fresh coffee in hand, on the day’s first game drive. Cruise along the savannah in a four-wheel drive vehicle. Or maybe today you’ll spend time hiking to spectacular overlooks, or horseback (or camel) riding, or taking in the entire vista from the vantage of a hot-air balloon. Whatever you do, your day is punctuated with delicious meals, laughter, and the exchange of amazing stories.
But South Africa has even more to offer: dynamic cities filled with friendly people, delectable food and wine, and vibrant culture. In the urban hub of Cape Town you’ll find world-class accommodations, cool jazz, street musicians, fantastic shopping, museums, theatres, important historic sites, and nearby vineyards. Perched on a lush peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic, with its dramatic Table Mountain backdrop and inspiring ocean views, Cape Town is indisputably one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
Tour the great ocean road to experience the thrill of South Africa’s pristine beaches, world-renowned surf, great fishing, whale-watching, deep river valleys and sheltered lagoons. Visit the cradle of humankind to explore ancient archaeology, or see the landscape of the new democracy, where the exuberant language of freedom is expressed in music, dance, and art.
Play golf on manicured greens (yes, that really was a crocodile!) or plunge into the blue to see great white sharks. Visit traditional Xhosa villages, with their colorful huts and cattle kraals. Enjoy the rollicking oasis of day and night entertainment at Sun City. Sail the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Photograph the Giant King Protea, one of South Africa’s 450 protea and 24,000 plant species. Be inspired by the beadwork and traditional patterns on the houses and costumes of the Ndebele. See and hear more birds than you ever imagined.
Sample award-winning wines at exquisite vineyards nestled among green rolling hills. Stroll beneath the lavender shade of Pretoria’s jacarandas. People-watch in the spacious courtyards of the vibrant new financial center at Sandton. Reawaken your passion for living.
There’s just so much to experience in South Africa. Whatever you’ve imagined, it’s so much more: more cosmopolitan, more untarnished, more welcoming, more affordable, more luxurious, more soulful, more spiritual, and more wild. South Africa: it’s all possible.