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SOUTH AFRICA

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EDITORS NOTE
SOUTH AFRICA is home to some of the worlds oldest surviving ethnic groups, a
stellar wine region with exceptional dining; its where you can see stars the way
our ancestors did three million years ago, where you can swim among Africas only
native penguins, where you can not only dive with great white sharks but also see
them hunting for seals. Few other destinations are worthy of this many superlatives.
Amidst such high acclaim, however, youll discover a country in transition. Cities
are expanding and developing at a rapid pace, and political conditions and safety
of travellers is more stable than ever before, making it an ideal time to visit
the country. The buzzing cities, awe-inspiring wildlife corridors, and warm and
welcoming people will stay with you long after youve left South Africa.

Ruchira Bose
Editor, Travel + Leisure India-South Asia

CONTENTS
G R E AT S T O C K /A L A M Y

4 CROSSROADS OF LUXURY
8 A WHOLE IN ONE
10 THE SOUTHERN WAY OF LOVE
14 ALL IN GOOD TIME
17 WAIT, THERES MORE!
COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY ADIL JAIN
EXPERIENTIAL
HOLIDAYS

CROSSROADS OF LUXURY
Beneath the African skies, these luxury experiences bring you closest
to nature and change you a little each time.

T
he true make of a luxury WINE IN BLISS and Swartland are replete with
holiday itinerary is often Untangle the subtle threads of legendary wine estates that offer
dened by how gratied Pinotage as you swirl the wine tours and tastings in the classic
you feel on your way back. between your cheeks; let the ambiance of old Dutch mansions or
When the best wines have fragrance of Chenin Blanc ll quaint cottages, albeit with a side
complemented the best steaks, your you with a bit of the Cape coast; of history. The Vergenoegd Wine
adrenaline levels have soared to South Africa is blessed with some Estate in Stellenbosch, is one of
surprising new levels, and youve of the nest wine regions in the the oldest farms in South Africa
learnt a thing or two about world world and here, a customary and is famous for its eet of runner
history, you know your South African wine tour is in order. The wine ducks who are set free on the farm
holiday is complete. regions of Stellenbosch, Paarl, twice a day to take care of pests

S U M AYA H I S H A M / G E T T Y I M A G E S

Over 1000 runner ducks march their way to the


vineyard at Vergenoegd Wine Estate. Opposite:
The Rovos trains have a pre-1940s style dining car;
La Motte prepares to recieve dinner guests.
and fertilise the land. Here, you
can book a blending experience
and follow it up with an artisanal
picnic. La Motte in the Franschhoek
Valley is helmed by owner Hanneli
Rupert-Koegelenberg, who is a
TOP: BL AINE HARRINGTON III/GET T YIMAGES; COURTESY OF L A MOT TE

music lover and presents monthly


music concerts in the beautiful La
Motte cellar. Wine connoisseurs can
take the Hermanus Wine Route
on R320 that meanders through
the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde
area with stops at 15 wineries that
produce world-class wines.

THE GRAND STOPS


South Africas repertoire for the
nest experiences go beyond wine
regions. For the most discerning
of luxury travellers, Luxury Yacht
Charters offers a ve-hour cruise
between Cape Town and Hout Bay
(a shing village) on Princess
Emma, an elegant yacht with four

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EXPERIENTIAL
HOLIDAYS

Clockwise:
Skydivers land
at Robertson
airfield in South
Africa; tuna
nicoise at Test
Kitchen; a
group of
travellers enjoy
the sunny deck
on Princess
Emma.

en suite cabins, al fresco dining South Africa is a gourmands CULTURAL PLAYS

C L O C K W I S E : S U R E T H A R O U S /A L A M Y; C O U R T E S Y O F T E S T K I T C H E N ;
for eight, a swimming platform, delight, with some of the most hard- It is only t that you take a walking
sunbeds, a bar and lounge. You to-book restaurants in the world like tour of a multicultural nation like
could also choose a luxury journey The Test Kitchen and The Tasting South Africa for complete cultural
with Blue Train and nd a classic Room at top spots. Take on a golf immersion. Begin with a township
representation of the forties safari with the luxurious Rovos tour with an overnight stay at Soweto,
elegance, with goose down duvets Rail that departs from Pretoria in Johannesburg. Here, you can
in well-appointed suites, butler on a nine-day itinerary, taking you experience the urban vibe that hides
services, and ne dining (expect through Sun City, Champagne layers of black freedom struggle
Shefeld cutlery and crystal Sports Resort, Durban Country underneathvisit the heritage sites,
D O E L A N YA N N / G E T T Y I M A G E S

glassware), between Pretoria and Club, Royal Swazi, and Leopard the museums, and churches. Move on
Cape Town, Durban, or Hoedspruit. Creek. Finally, sleep in the arms to a tour of Bo-Kaap, a former Malay
Walk into One&Only Cape Town of nature in a luxury king size bed settlement with cobbled streets and
for High Tea, and be welcomed with in the middle of a game reserve colourful houses. Other city tours
a wide range of teas and coffees, at Tswalu Kalahari private game offered in Cape Town include the
along with a lazy Suzy crafted with reserve, surrounded by nocturnal District Six Walk in an inner-city
sweet and savoury delights youd sounds under the sparkly suburb, the Historic City Walk that
gladly miss lunch for. Kalahari skies. include spots like Greenmarket

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Brightly coloured houses line
the Bo-Kaap Quarter; Below:
A guest looking over the
forest cover at Tsitsikamma
National Park.

FAST FACT
BO-KAAP
During your tour of this
Malay township, stop at
some of the Malay restaurants
like Bo-Kaap Kombuis that
Square and City Hall, and the V&A serves traditionally cooked
Waterfront Walk for a tour of the cuisine in the heart
Clock Tower and Nobel Square, of the city.
among other places. Then, trace
your way to the indigenous tribes by
visiting one of the cultural villages. on a mountain. Consider a moonlit
In the Matsamo Cultural Village, ride with Cape Nature Conservation
stay in a traditional custom-built in the Western Cape, Ezemvelo
hive, watch entertaining dance KZN Wildlife in KwaZulu Natal, or
performances and captivating folk African Horse Company that offers
songs, and gorge on Swazi food. two- to 10-day trails. Take to the
In Gaabo Motho Cultural Village, skies with tandem skydiving and hang
you will be caught in the local Zulu above the jaw dropping landscape
C O U R T E S Y O F B L A I N E H A R R I N G T O N I I I /A L A M Y;

Wellness Retreat games, the Gum Boot dance, learn


about the Tswana spirit and visit the
in Durban with Skydive Durban,
one of the many skydive centres in
UNDERNEATH THE THICK, traditional healer. South Africa; go whale-watching in
DARK CONOPY OF Hermanus, especially near Walker
TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL QUEST FOR UNUSUAL Bay, the breeding ground for the
IAN TROWER /GET T YIMAGES

In South Africa, experiences that Southern Right Whale in winters


PARK, THE TROGAN HOUSE come in little packages often bring the (June to November). For underwater
AND FOREST SPA OFERS best memories. A horseback safari adventures, take a snorkelling trip that
SOME ONE OF THE MOST takes you through a diverse terrain: departs from St Lucia and takes you
A brisk gallop on the beach, a slow to Cape Vidal. Here, on the shallow
UNIQUE THERAPIES. amble through a vineyard, a quick run oor of the ocean watch rays, re sh,
on the grasslands, an upward climb and octopus in their natural habitat.

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SOCIAL
EXPLORERS

Bungee jumping
off the Bloukrans
Bridge above River
Bloukrans. Below:
The Chapmans
Peak Drive.

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A WHOLE IN ONE
Say goodbye to all your inhibitions and experience a new culture,
try a new sport, or play a few rounds on the tablethe country
offers a repertoire of activities that can excite intrepid travellers.

T
he Big 5 are the biggest
attraction in South Africa,
but if you also want to get
a taste of adventure and
culture, the country will
not disappoint. From night safaris of
the shy-ve and drives on the
stunning Garden Route to jazz clubs
and casinos, a roster of activities can
keep you occupied.

ADVENTURE
South Africa beckons the young
and the restless who need a shot
of adrenaline. Bungee jumping
off the Bloukrans Bridge above
River Bloukrans will give you some
serious bragging rights. This is the
worlds highest bridge bungee where
celebrities like Prince Harry, Kelly
Slater, and Hansie Cronje have
had a go. KwaZulu-Natal where youre dropped the experienced as well as novices.
A nighttime shy ve safari will below the water surface in a secured If youre feeling rather adventurous,
bring you closer to easily spooked cage and white sharks come visit. abseil down the mountain.
species like the meerkat, aardvark, A great incentive to hikers
porcupine, aardwolf, and bat-eared ascending the Table Mountain is its NIGHTLIFE
fox which are difcult to spot during view. South Africas famous landmark Cape Town has a buzzing nightlife
daytime. A face-to-face shark is a part of the Table Top National scene and youll discover the best
encounter is possible at Shark Alley in Park and has dened hiking paths for of it along the Long Street. Teeming

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Clockwise: A performance at the
Hermanus Whale Festival; graffiti at
Long Street in Cape Town; Hout Bay.

with lively nightclubs, hipster bars, Jazz Restaurant in Cape Town which
restaurants, and cafes, this is your sits below the famed St Georges
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go-to place when youre looking Cathedral and The Bassline in


for a great time. Its equivalent in Johannesburg, which is a 1,000-seat
Johannesburg is the suburb of venue. Plan your trip around a jazz
Melville, where locals and tourists festival and youll feel the full swing
party through the night. of it. The Joy of Jazz festival in
The lavish casinos in South Africa Johannesburg and the Cape Town CAPE PENINSULA DRIVE
are true entertainment destinations. International Jazz Festival are two Drive from Cape Town to Hout Bay,
the coastal town between Cape
Take for example the Boardwalk major gatherings for jazz lovers in
Town and Cape Point home to
Casino & Entertainment World the country. Trck other popular antique shops and craft markets.
in Port Elizabeth, which features a event like the Hermanus Whale From Hout Bay, you will come to
Victorian-inspired hotel with beach- Festival that brings thousands of the Chapmans Peak Drive, the
facing rooms and many restaurants visitors to Hermanus each year; nine-kilometre route, which is
and bars. The highlight is its casino the National Arts Festival in possibly the most scenic drive in
with slot machines, tables, and a Grahamstown that celebrates dance, South Africa, meandering along
private area for highrollers. The drama, theatre, music, and visual the Atlantic Ocean with 114 curves.
Pit stops include Cape Point
other popular casino is at Sun City, arts; and the Pick n Pay Knysna
Lighthouse and the Table
in North West province, which Oyster Festival that packs a punch Mountain National Park. The
offers world-class entertainment with oyster shucking, gourmet idyllic views from the False Bay
for people of all ages. dinners, and farm tours. Coastal Road will make for
The country is a hotspot for art Instagram-worthy pictures.
CULTURE & LIFESTYLE lovers. Apart from galleries and En-route, the Boulders Beach
When in South Africa, groove to museums, street art has piqued gives you a chance to observe
the South African jazz. The country the interest of many travellers. penguins and have a quick bite in
Simons Town. End your trip with a
loves its music and you will nd Grafti artists like Mak1One, Solo
relaxing visit to the Kirstenbosch
many jazz bars with a calendar of One, DALEast, and Falko have done National Botanical Garden on the
live performances. Your quest to nd beautiful work that celebrate the slopes of the Table Mountain.
good jazz will take you to The Crypt country and its people.

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ROMANTIC
GETAWAYS
During sunset, enjoy scenic views
of the ocean at Cape Point.

THE SOUTHERN
WAY OF LOVE
Fancy twosome dinners under the stars,
long drives on scenic routes, wine-tasting
in picturesque vineyards? They are all
here in South Africa.

S
outh Africa has opened its South Africa with an unbelievably to Gods Window one of the most
wings for couples who like diverse natural landscape breeding dramatic vantage points in the
to tread virgin romantic the most curious animals, insects, country that offers a sweeping view
territories. We take one and birds. Nature lovers can take of Lowvelds indigenous forests,
province at a time, their romance to the Blyde River deep ravines, and rolling hills.
characterised by what they offer, Canyon, the largest green canyon The valley of Mpumalanga are home
MERTEN SNIJDERS/GET T YIMAGES

and shuttle between whats in the world stretching over 26 kms to South Africas most treasured
anticipated and unexpected. Heres in length and 800 metres deep. wildlife parks: The Kruger National
a short guide for the moon chasers The Panorama Route offers terric Park and Sabi Sabi Private Game
and night gliders. viewpoints of the gorgeous valley, Reserve, for example, that offer
plunging waterfalls (like the Berlin luxurious game lodges with early
MPUMALANGA Falls, Lisbon Falls, and Mac Mac morning game drives, romantic
The place where the sun rises when Falls), and peeking mountaintops turndowns, private dinners, couples
translated in English, Mpumalanga that pay tribute to the Gold Rush spas and bath rituals, and interaction
is the easternmost province of years. You can drive all the way up with elephants on the cards.

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LIMPOPO
Clockwise: Take a hot air balloon ride over the Besides being home to South
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vineyards in Stellenbosch; In Kapama Private Africas best birding route in Pafuri


Reserve, Limpopo, a private dinner for two can and the famous South African
be arranged outdoors, on request.; spot a Amarula Lapa Cream Liquor,
giraffe at Kruger National Park.
Limpopo offers romantic culinary
journeys through world cuisine
French, Italian, Indian, modern
WESTERN CAPE steakhouses, and African
An indulgent getaway with wine delicacies. The Hat and Creek is
tours and cheese-tasting, or an a great place for sumptuous grills,
adrenaline pumping weekend with Cala la Pasta for Italian, and La
aerial and water sports; romantic Fleur for French cafe delights in
holidays in the Western Cape brings Vaalwater. However, the luxury
you to the regions of Cape Town and bush lodges and safari camps are
its main draw, offering wildlife
the West Coast, the Overberg, right
adventure trips to untrodden
through the Garden Route and into territories. Mabula Game Reserve,
the heart of the winelands. Choose Mopani Bush Lodge, and the
one of the removed vineyards Pafuri River Camp are some of the
of Stellenbosch and Paarl, the most famous places to visit here.
centuries-old Franschhoek wine
region peppered with Dutch
KWAZULU NATAL
mansions, or Groot Constantia,
the oldest wine region in the The Groot Constantia Whoosh your partner off to the
country. The Garden Route is a WINELANDS (1679) HAS beautiful Valley of a 1000 Hills or a
travellers paradise with numerous gorgeous beach property in Durban,
lagoons and lakes dotting the CONSISTENTLY PRODUCED TOP Umhlanga, Ballito or Margateat
panorama, private beaches like QUALITY WINES. ITS MANOR KwaZulu Natal or place of the Zulus,
Noetzie, and the famous Stanley HOUSE IS A LEADING TOURIST neither the countryside nor the city is
Island private which has access out of reach. For magnicent ocean
to the Keurbooms Lagoon in the ATTRACTION. views complemented by South
Plettenberg Bay. African hospitality, check out resorts

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ROMANTIC
GETAWAYS
A young couple enjoys a
bottle of Champagne in the
Franschhoek Valley.

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like the Palm Dune Beach Lodge A traveller parks his car to
and Hotel Izulu. If the country charm enjoy the sunset on Orange River.
appeals more, Pietermaritzburg,
Howick, and Winterton offer
numerous owner-run luxury boutique
hotels perfect for intimate weddings.
Further in, the lush landscaped lawns
of Midlands Meander that were earlier
farms, have been refurnished by their
owners to make huge mansions with
gardens. As such, Currys Post, and
Caversham Mill Manor, and other
pretty properties dotting the Mooi
River lend fabulous ambiance to
romantic holidays.

EASTERN CAPE,
GAUTENG, NORTH WEST
A quiet hideaway in a century-old
country estate, a boutique property
in the mountains, or a ve-star Hotel, The Beach Hotel, and Kings
luxury hotel in the middle of the
city; the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, and
Quick Tip Tide Boutique Hotel in Eastern Cape.
You can also book the stylish Oxbow
North West provinces offer couples STOP AT A BEAUTIFUL SPOT Country Estate in Gauteng and enjoy
everything between sophisticated city ON THE BANKS OF THE ORANGE y shing within the estate, and
stays to relaxed, small town spots RIVER IN RICHTERSVELD TO discover the quirky neighbourhood
for quiet weekends. Feel the cool that surrounds the property. In
winds of Port Elizabeth blow over ENJOY THE SUNSET HOURS. the unpretentious mountains of
ocean-facing properties like Paxton Magaliesberg in North West province,

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Clockwise: A long mud path leads to a quaint, lovingly built Cape
Dutch Manor House and Vineyard; A Four wheel drivw in Kgalagadi
Transfrontier Park; Mapungubwe National Park viewpoint
overlooking Limpopo and Shashi River.

FREE STATE
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Expect historic freedom sites,


a terrific topography, and
between them, classic
properties that exude
sophisticated South African
luxury. Whether youre
traversing the capital city of
Bloemfontein, or small towns
like Rosendal, Clarens, and
Bethleham, options are aplenty.
Stay at Gariep Hotel which
offers views of Gariep Dam
(100kms long and 24 kms wide).
Visit the Golden Gate Highlands
Park to see Vredefort Dome, the
oldest and largest crater on
earth, also home to the worlds
only pink granite.

enjoy a quick getaway in a charming the luxury game reserve of !Xaus the Orange River transecting the
country property called Valley Lodge Lodge in the desert area of the Northern Cape. Apart from the
& Spa or settle for some ve-star Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, Tswalu privacy of the lodges, theres the
hospitality in Sun City. Kalahari Reserve in the grasslands, Diamond Coast, winding along the
or Richtersveld National Park in coast of the Northern Cape between
NORTHERN CAPE the vast plains of the Tankwa Karoo. Port Nolloth and the mouth of the
From sprawling cotton, date, and Tread further into the Kalahari Orange River. Take a walk through
grape farms, to lions roaming freely Desert and youll nd boutique the history that pillars this coastline,
in the Kalahari Desert, the best of gems like the Sun River Kalahari among which are some restricted
South Africa is packed in the remote Lodge and the River Ridge Resort diamond mining areas and a
province of Northern Cape. Explore that offer breathtaking views of dramatic shipwreck site.

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ADVENTURE
FAMILY TIME

ALL IN GOOD TIME


Rewarding wildlife safaris, culture trails, adventure trips and island holidays;
South Africa has a melange of activities that a family can take together.

F
amilies yearning for some THE WILD CHASE interesting facts about the
quality time together can Despite the commercialisation of surrounding eco-system. Or take a
take a holiday to South wildlife safaris across the world, bush walk to spot exotic insects,
Africa. The breathtaking South Africa has held its own with butteries, birds, and sh. The
scenery, diverse ethnicity, intimate experiences it offers to fantastic junior ranger programmes
and exciting adventure itineraries earnest travellers. At game reserves allow kids to be directly involved in
make the southern African nation a such as the Pilanesberg National the holiday and learn rst-hand,
fantastic destination to explore for Park, the Shamwari Game Reserve, how nature maintains its balance.
people of all ages. Whether you are the Kruger National Park, and the For the best aerial views of the
treading into wildlife and Madikwe Game Reserve, among country, take a canopy tour of the
conservation, nature and natural others, you can get up close with the lush Drakensberg mountains, the
resources, or tucking in some quick Big 5 (African lion, African elephant, indigenous Karkloof forest, or the
facts about anthropology as you African leopard, Cape Buffalo, and Elgin valley to witness the wealth of
travel between cities, this is where the two-horned rhinos). Whoosh past natural ora and fauna.
your whole family, whether young a sunbathing hippo or a skittish herd
or old, can feel entertained of zebras in a four-wheel drive, and COSMOPOLITAN EDGE
effortlessly. let your guide pour out a wealth of Just a few kilometres away from the

Zebras feed as impala run by and tourists


watch on at the Kruger National Park.

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Clockwise: Summers are spent on Fourth
Beach at Clifton; a traveller hangs above the
canopy line in the Karkloof Forest Reserve;
a visitor observes the homonim exhibit at
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the Cradle of Humankind.

forest cover, the multicultural fth largest aquarium in the world


cosmopolitan cities like Cape Town, and hosts world-class events.
Johannesburg, and Durban bring you
to all the shopping hotspots, theme WATCH AND LEARN
parks, luxury resorts, ne dining South Africa is the melting pot for
establishments that the country has natural resources, culture, and
to offer. Joburg comes to life at the historical milestones. The best way
Gold Reef City, a theme park fancied to navigate its rich variants is to
after a gold mining town, with take a tour of the famous sites, of
thrilling rides, a science exploratory,
helicopter rides, a 4D theatre, and
One of the most which, the Cradle of Humankind
(maropeng.co.za) is a unique
more. At Montecasino, the Italian- ICONIC STADIUMS IN THE kind. This UNESCO World
style entertainment hub, adults may WORLD, THE NEWLANDS Heritage Site preserves the
try their luck at the award-winning CRICKET GROUND OFFERS 2.3-million-year-old fossil remains
casino, while kids enjoy a day out of the Australopithecus Africanus
birding at Bird Gardens. Together TOURS OF THE PRESIDENTS (an early ape species) and the
with the family, learn about the SUITE, THE ELEGANT SOUTH Homo Naledi (early man species)
aquatic diversity in the Indian and CLUB, THE DRESSING ROOMS, in the Sterkfontein caves, about
Atlantic Oceans at Cape Towns Two 50 kilometres northwest of
Oceans Aquarium or head to AND SNAKE PITS. Johannesburg. Also, the Lesedi
uShaka Marine World that has the village in the rocky hills within the

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ADVENTURE
FAMILY TIME

Clockwise: Take

At Boulders Beach a trip to the Gold


Reef City on a
bright summer
IN CAPE TOWN, THE LITTLE South African
morning; spot
ONES WILL LOVE CLIMBING African penguins
THE ROCKS TO GET A CLEAR on Boulders
Beach.
VIEW OF THE AFRICAN
PENGUINS IN SUMMER. BESIDES,
THIS IS A GREAT PLACE FOR A
DAY LONG CAMPING TRIP.

site has accommodation options in


traditional Zulu style where you can
experience the lifestyle of ve African tour of Robben Island, where neighbourhood of Soweto which has
tribes that reside thereZulu, Xhosa, political prisoners like Nelson crucial landmarks where Mandela
Pedi, Basotho, and Ndebele. Move on Mandela were imprisoned. This is a fought against social injustice. A T O P : A S H I S H C H AW L A ; F R A N S L E M M E N S /A L A M Y
to the small town of Oudtshoorn in good place to ne tune your short drive away is the Satyagraha
Klein Karoo, which is called the knowledge of Apartheid. House, where Mahatma Gandhi
ostrich capital of the world. Here, you lived intermittently between
can watch the worlds largest birds THE KIND WE ARE 1893 and 1914.
thrive in their natural habitat. The From museums to townships and If you have a family of beach
region also hides the remarkable scenic drives, South Africa can have lovers, hire a car and drive to one of
Cango Caves, an ecological hotspot you chasing your interests without a the many beaches with a picnic
where three distinct plant biomes breather. In Johannesburg, you can basket in tow: The Camps Bay and
(succulent karoo, cape thicket, and nd yourself in a military or a beer Clifton beaches near Cape Town,
fynbos) ourish. museum depending on how Plettenberg Bay on the Garden
From the arms of nature, fall exploratory youre feeling, but do Route, and Jefferys Bay in Eastern
into to the laps of history. Take a take a full day tour of the historical Cape are great options.

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WOW
EXPERIENCES

WAIT,
THERES
MORE!
So youve ticked off safaris,
diving, and bungee
jumping from your South
Africa bucket list? We have
five experiences that will
bring you to the country
again, and often.

S
easoned travellers whove
fallen in love with South
Africa and wish to visit again,
this is the next stepdig
deeper into the country and nd out
why global travellers are coming back
for seconds.

ALTERNATIVE SAFARIS
Did you know that theres more to
safaris than the Big 5? In South
Africas national parks, look for the
Little Five that includes buffalo
weaver, leopard tortoise, the ant
lion, rhinoceros beetle, and elephant
shrew; the Ugly 5 group of hyena,
marabou stork, vulture, warthog,
TOP: J. COUNTESS/GET T YIMAGES; DOUGL AS HOLDER /GET T YIMAGES

and wildebeest; or the Magnicent


7 that has lion, leopard, rhino,
elephant, buffalo, Southern Right
whales, and Great White sharks.
From above:
Nelson
ON GROUND AND UNDER Mandelas
South Africa is home to the largest statue affront
the Union
cave system in Africa, Cango Caves Buildings in
in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape. Take a Pretoria; on
two-hour caving tour deeper into the volunteering
underground passageways to see projects, one
learns to track
chambers and rock formations. Or, the wellbeing
if you want to up the adventure, go of rhinoceroses,
kloong at the Suicide Gorge in the this in
Hluhluwe-
Western Cape that involves hiking, Imfolozi Park.
jumping off cliffs into water streams,
and sliding in the waters. A freefall
of 68 metres from the gorge swing

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:2:
EXPERIENCES

What to Look For


IN THE CANGO CAVES, SEE
ANCIENT STALACTITES LINE
THE GREY-BLUE LIMESTONE
CEILING AS YOU MOVE FROM
Clockwise: A signboard affront the ONE CHAMBER TO ANOTHER.

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Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of
Humankind; a tourist takes the Big Swing
plunge in Graskop, Mpumalanga; a family
inspects the Cango Caves.
can follow the footsteps of Nelson
Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. The
in Mpumalanga will take you from Hector Pierterson Memorial and
zero to 160kmph in three seconds, Museum built near the spot where
which is quite exhilarating as you understanding of the enormous 12-year-old Pieterson was shot; the
slide into the water. efforts undertaken by the Constitutional Hill in Braamfontein
South African government to which has served as the hallmark for
SELF-DRIVING ROUTE preserve natural habitats. SAVE justice and democracy; the Union
Route 62 is a road less travelled. Volunteerings four-week Predi-Cat Buildings and the Nelson Mandela
It takes you through Wellington, Project guides you through African statue in Pretoria; Mandela House in
Tulbagh, Worcester, Robertson, cat husbandry, with insight into Soweto; Robben Island where
and the Klein Karoo, to terraced the predators life in quasi-captive Mandela spent 18 years in prison; all
vineyards, quaint small towns, and environment. The African Elephant are stark reminders of his battle
art galleries and museums. The Project takes you through the Garden against Apartheid. Mahatma Gandhis
scenery changes from lush green Route on a learning experience legendary moments in South Africa
valleys to mountain passes to farm of the perpetual threats faced by are commemorated by landmarks
lands and there are many adventures the ecosystems, besides elephant such as the Pietermaritzburg
you can stop for: canoeing, hiking, conservation. Lastly, the Endangered Station where he was racially
ostrich riding, and paragliding. Species Project is a hands-on discriminated against and thrown off
involvement in the protection of a rst-class coach during the
VOLUNTEERING endangered species like the African Apartheid and Gandhi Monument
EXPERIENCES rhino and the cheetah. which was erected here in his honour;
Volunteering experiences are Phoenix Settlement in Inanda where
becoming a trend among the FOLLOWING THE Gandhi ran his printing press; the
well-travelled. In South Africa, FOOTSTEPS Hamidia Mosque in Fordsburg where
from elephant rescues to shark History enthusiasts with a voracious he led 2,000 supporters against the
conservation, one gets an appetite for a hands-on experience non-white inter-city passes.

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