South Africa is one of the most unique and exciting global destinations for a vacation. You will quickly discover that the overriding theme is that there is something for everyone. This is not an exaggeration or sweeping statement. Those seeking tranquility and solitude will revel in the vast tracts of wilderness and quiet, countryside hideaways. Adventurers will find their hearts racing at the extraordinary range of opportunities for an adrenalin rush, from bungee jumping and abseiling to cage diving with great white sharks. Avid sportsmen and the perpetually active can blow off steam on the seemingly endless supply of hiking trails or wile away the hours fishing in South Africa’s proliferation of waterways. If none of the above tickles your fancy, city slickers will undoubtedly take pleasure in the extraordinary range of designer stores, world-class restaurants, captivating museums and historic sites. Our cities are arguably the most cosmopolitan on the continent.
What makes this all the more extraordinary is the space that all this diversity is contained in – some 1,221,037 km2 (471,443 sq mi). It is nothing short of remarkable how seamlessly and authentically a remote wilderness is replaced by an urban jungle only a few hours’ drive apart from one another. The longest commercial flight is less than three hours long. It means that you need not travel great or expensive distances to experience a variety of destinations in one comprehensive and unforgettable vacation. This is what is meant when we affectionately refer to South Africa as ‘a world in one country’.
Our South African vacations range from family-friendly adventures to relaxing beach holidays, tasting the spoils of the winelands to learning more about the history of this magnetic 'world in one country'.
The attractions of South Africa can be broadly classified into three different categories, namely natural, cultural, and historic.
Natural attractions favored by tourists include the many wildlife reserves located throughout the country, the fine beaches found along a seemingly endless coastline and the grandeur of the majestic Drakensberg mountain range.
Cultural attractions that demand mention include villages depicting traditional African lifestyles and the many festivals held in various regions of the country throughout the year, most notably the Whale Festival in Hermanus and "Second New Year" in Cape Town.
Historic attractions include notable landmarks like the Cape Castle as well as battlefields of several different wars that lie scattered across South Africa.
Whether you are seeking adrenalin-fueled activities like bungee jumping, abseiling or rhino tracking, or enjoy more leisurely activities, South Africa has something to offer everyone.
The most popular activities include sunset cruises and open 4x4 game drives at one of the many private game reserves in South Africa. These reserves also offer bush walks and picnics in the wilderness - a couple of other activities that rank high on the wishlist of vacationers to the most southerly country in Africa.
Though not for the faint hearted, shark cage diving has become increasingly popular during the last few years. If staring down a great white is not up your alley, you could relax with a glass of South Africa's finest wine and enjoy some of the country's award-winning culinary delights.
Along with Cape Town, the Kruger National Park is South Africa's number one vacation destination. Revered for its remarkable diversity and conservation efforts, Kruger is simply one of the most special wilderness areas on the continent.
Other destinations of distinction include the Cape winelands and the Garden Route with its stunning beaches and equally impressive natural backdrops.
Those seeking to get away from it all without sacrificing any of life's luxuries could do no better than a safari vacation in one of South Africa's premier private game reserves. The reserves recommended by African Sky include the Sabi Sand, Timbavati, Phinda and Shamwari.
The many small, opulent lodges that offer a variety of safari activities and adventures will ensure that your vacation is both exciting and relaxing.
Structuring a vacation around any special interests that you might have is a great way of ensuring that your time away from the rat race is rewarding and informative.
We cater to a host of special interests, ranging from foodie tours to excursions focused on South African rock art. Other popular interests include amateur astronomy and tours visiting the historic battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift.
Prospective visitors planning a honeymoon vacation will also find that romance is inherent to every corner of the country. Disappear into the wild isolation of the bush, or stretch out on one of the pristine beaches on our remarkable stretch of coastline. From the northern reaches of the West Coast all the way around to Sodwana Bay, our shores will take your breath away and make your special time together unforgettable.
This vacation has given us a much greater understanding of South Africa. We were able to explore areas that would have been difficult to explore on our own. Mary-Anne was a wonderful guide. Her knowledge of the various battles fought was vast, and she met all our expectations on the subject. She also proved an excellent guide concerning the history and wildlife of South Africa. We enjoyed her company very much.
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The best way of ensuring that your vacation in South Africa is all it can be, is to effectively communicate your needs, budget and any special interests that you might have. The more detail provided in your request, the easier it is to propose a package that is in line with your specific requirements.