Exploring South Africa

With golden beaches, jagged mountains and national parks overflowing with wildlife, South Africa is the Africa you’ve always imagined. It is known as the holiday capital of the continent, visited by nearly 10 million people every year wanting to get a glimpse of its rich history, culture, nature and beauty.
 

 
1. SPEND A DAY WITH RASTAFARIANS
You can ask all those questions you’ve always hungered to know about Rastafarians and their cultural ways when you visit Judah Square in Knysna – South Africa’s largest Rastafarian community. Opt for a personalised tour and you’ll have the chance to see first hand what a South African astafarian life consists of.
 
2. LIVE LIKE VOORTREKKERS FOR A DAY OR TWO
Learn more about the Voortrekker history in the makeshift museum, which consists of converted ox wagons dating back to the 1800’s. You also get the opportunity to wear a traditional dress and, although the frilly hats are optional, they will make the adventure that tad more fun!
 

 
3. EXPLORE LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE
This is your chance to live in a traditional Xhosa village, to watch performances and learn all about the Xhosa history and culture.
 
4. CLIMB TABLE MOUNTAIN
Cape Town’s famous flat-topped mountain provides a magnificent backdrop when you’re exploring the region. Whether you want to hike up or take the cable car, the exapansive views at sunset are truly breath-taking.
 
5. EXPLORE SOWETO LIKE A LOCAL
Enjoy a guided bicycle tour through this well-known township outside of Johannesburg, chatting to the locals and getting a feel for their daily lives.
 

 
6. HIKE THE DRAKENSBURG MOUNTAIN TRAILS
For the adventurists out there, South Africa has various amazing hiking opportunities with trails covering the dramatic Drakensberg mountain that are some of the best in the world. Walk through the ancient yellowwood forests, indulge in spotting the rare birdlife; or even camp in the nearby caves.
 
7. FLY IN AN EX-MILITARY FIGHTER JET
When visiting Thunder City in Cape Town be sure to fly in an ex-military fighter jet. The impressive collection of jets includes the world’s only flying English Electric Lightning, the famous cold war supersonic jet interceptor.
 
8. FROLIC AMONG THE SPRING FLOWERS IN NAMAQUALAND
Namaqualand, specifically The West Coast National Park, suddenly explodes into colour after the annual rains, when wild flowers blanket the landscape like a beautiful mosaic.
 

 
9. VISIT LOCAL BATTLEFIELDS
Brush up on your local war history, see where men fought for their lives and gain a different perspective on South African stories as you visit the battlefields of the Anglo-Boer wars and the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879. Most tours are centered in northern Natal and can be personalised according to your interests.
 
10. TAKE A NIGHTTIME TOUR AT THE GOLD OF AFRICA MUSEUM
Make your way through this iconic Cape Town museum after dark. While torches light up the corridors, you’ll learn all about the strong role that gold plays in South Africa’s history