The cradle of human kind
It is not surprising why those who have experienced South Africa, often refer to it as “a whole world in one country”. This astonishingly beautiful country is blessed with most breathtaking landscapes, mountain ranges, and canyons, wildlife National parks, and reserves, desserts, subtropical forests, unspoiled coastline stretching for 2800 kilometres/1740 miles, picture-perfect beaches, rivers, streams and wetlands. The spectacular natural beauty is further complemented by a fantastic climate and immensely diverse cultures Wildlife and nature conservation is very important to South Africans, generally developing the passion for it as young children, through visiting the national parks and reserves from a young age. This passion is also passed on from generation to generation as a safari experience is possibly the most enjoyed getaway choice for multigenerational families, ideal, as this unforgettable experience appeals to grandparents, parents and children alike. Safaris incorporate everything from wildlife viewing and walking safaris to canoe trips and cultural tours to the local villages, all allowing families to bond over common interests and also open the eyes of the younger generation to the importance of nature conservation, philanthropy, and social responsibility.
With a history of Apartheid, South Africa has transformed into a true democracy with its rainbow nation (over 11 different cultures, traditions, and languages all recognized equally) has come through true transformation and today standing together against all forms of oppression, xenophobia, and segregation. Whether your prime purpose in South Africa is to experience a safari, learn about the transformation and the heroes who saved this country from a civil war, visit the magnificent city of Cape Town and experience its breathtaking beautiful wonders of nature, landscapes, and the wine country, we are sure you will discover something unforgettable. South Africa enjoys a very temperate and pleasant climate, with warm sunny days most of the year. Summer runs from December to February, with warm to hot weather. Winter runs from June to August characterized by mild days and cool to cold evenings. We at Salute Africa are very passionate about the natural beauty and fascinating history of South Africa and are ready to guide you to the best experience within your budget and personal interests and preferences to create a perfect South Africa holiday. With the country itself surrounding two independent countries – Swaziland and Lesotho, bordering Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and easy logistics to Zambia, Madagascar, Ruanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar, your Africa adventure can be diverse, romantic, exotic and perfectly balanced. Let our experts assist you in full filling your once in a lifetime dream Africa trip!
- South Africa has 3 capitals. Cape Town is the legislative capital, Pretoria, the administrative and Bloemfontein the judicial.
- The country is divided into 9 provinces, each surprisingly different in landscape and experiences, and has 11 official languages.
- This was the first African country to host the FIFA Soccer World Cup and is the second country in the world to have hosted the Cricket and Rugby World Cups as well.
- The longest stretching wine route in the world.
- Table Mountain, one of the newest wonders of the World is also one of the oldest mountains with more than 1500 different species of plants.
- With the finding of the skull (named Mrs.Pless) and some of the oldest human fossils, the area outside of Johannesburg is dubbed as the ‘Cradle of Human Kind’.
- South African coast runs along the Atlantic Ocean in the West and the warm Indian Ocean in the East.
- Here you will find the deepest mine in the world and the highest commercial bungee jump.
- 2000 shipwrecks lie along the South African coastline, some more than 500 year’s old.
- Kruger National Park has the greatest variety of wildlife on the African continent.
- Johannesburg is a modern and prosperous city today, originally established as a result of the Gold Rush. On its outskirts are the separate township communities for native African people, established during the Apartheid era. The Apartheid Museum takes one back to the day to day life in the townships during that time and aims for a vivid and powerful experience through photographs, artifacts, newspaper clippings, and film. One of these townships being Soweto, was a former home to Nelson Mandela.
- Cape Town, a cosmopolitan and modern city surrounded by incredible natural landscapes like Table Mountain and a multitude of beautiful beaches. The vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, various arts and crafts and organic food markets, boutique style shopping, antique shopping and art galleries make Cape Town a must stop in the first place, yet they are further complemented by a multitude of experiences:
- Robben Island is where Nelson Mandela spent many years incarcerated, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens have some of the most beautiful unique flora with over 2000 plant species grown here.
- District Six Museum is a memorial to the forced movement of inhabitants of various races, during Apartheid in the seventies.
- Cape of Good Hope, a romantic meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, offers breathtaking scenery, great walks and some 250 different species of birds.
- Boulders beach is a sheltered beach with a colony of African penguins who settled here since 1982.
- Zululand with Durban at its center with its mild climate and sandy beaches is a great beach destination. It is also home to some of Africa’s most traditional settlements and cultural sites. Here one can explore the urban Zulu culture and a large Indian Quarter. St. Lucia Wetlands is one of South Africa’s most beautiful wetland with coral reefs, long, sandy beaches, dunes, lakes with hippos and crocodiles and swamps with birdlife.
- The scenery is especially beautiful along the picturesque Garden Route with exciting hidden destinations on its side roads worth visiting. These include Oudtshoorn with its Ostrich farms, Cango Caves with their limestone formations, the Tsitsikamma National Park, well known for its indigenous forests and Plettenberg Bay for a chance to see the humpback whales, bottlenose and common dolphins and killer whales who all frolic close to shore.
- Port Elizabeth, established with the arrival of Europeans in early 1800’s, dubbed as “The Friendly City” or “The Windy City” is the second oldest city and the fifth largest in South Africa. Even today, the city is an important trading center and harbor.
- Internationally renowned Kruger National Park is South Africa’s number one wildlife reserve. Nearly two million hectares with fourteen different ecosystems, it boasts “the Big Five”, the lion, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the rhinoceros plus a myriad of other wildlife species and birds. This area also offers beautiful scenery along the Panorama Route with a spellbinding landscape, world’s third largest canyon and waterfalls plunging down sheer rock mountains.
- The Drakensberg Mountains, naturally breathtaking, are also home to more than 600 rock-art sites with close to 35,000 images painted by the San people who once roamed here.
- Observe urban life and experience Kimberley, the City of Diamonds, onboard the worlds’ most luxurious trains – 6* hotel on wheels.
- Sun City north of Johannesburg, a unique, resort features everything from golf courses to casinos.
- Namaqualand is popular with visitors during the early springtime, the flowering season when for a short period this region becomes a kaleidoscope of color.
Braai’s, being a local term for open fire barbecue are also automatically associated with ice cold beer, have become a tradition and are the perfect social gatherings. Try a Bunny Chow – a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry and vegetables. Biltong or beef jerky is a very popular snack and a Koeksister is a mouth-watering dessert made from braided dough that is soaked in sweet syrup.
Planning your trip to South Africa is imperative. Book a South Africa safari or one of our South Africa tours with Salute Africa today and experience a “world in one country”. What to leave out could be your hardest decision.