Limpopo Province - Discover one of South Africa's well kept secrets
Discover Limpopo’s wealth of distinctive eco-systems and historic and cultural attractions. Explore vast savannahs of weaving grasslands, rugged mountains, unchanged village life and customs, game and nature reserves. You’ll find a side of South Africa less know – and hugely rewarding.
Kruger National Park, Mapungubwe National Park and Waterberg Biosphere Reserve
East Limpopo holds two thirds of the Kruger National Park. Its westerly zone the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of the Waterberg mountains has game reserves with malaria-free safari opportunities.
On its entire northern boundary, at the confluence of the Limpopo River and the wide Shashe River, lies Mapungubwe National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site celebrating this fascinating cultural landscape.
The site charts human history from the times of the San people to Iron Age civilisations linked to Great Zimbabwe.
Phenomenal birding on the border with Botswana and Zimbabwe
The Limpopo River, over 1000 miles long, separates South Africa in turn from Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Baobabs dot the landscape. Birding is phenomenal. Art, craft and music are celebrated like nowhere else in South Africa…
KwaZulu-Natal Province - Walk in the footsteps of Mandela, Churchill and Gandhi
KwaZulu-Natal, or ‘KZN” to those who know it, reminds us of Dr Who’s famous ‘Tardis’: Outwardly compact, inwardly vast and transports visitors to exceptional places and yes, even back in time to extraordinary events.
Explore the Battlefields
Explore the Battlefields: Stand and reflect at the exact spots where Zulu warrior, Boer guerilla and British redcoat fell during the epic three-way struggle. Walk in the footsteps of Mandela, Churchill and Gandhi.
See 4000 year old San rock art paintings in the “Barrier of Spears”
Be dwarfed by soaring basaltic buttresses and golden sandstone ramparts in uKhahlamba Drakensberg. Amidst “the barrier of spears” see vivid 4000 year old rock-paintings representing the spiritual life of the San people.
Great temperatures all year round with top attractions
With enviable daytime temperature averaging 21 degrees in winter, great beaches, affordable prices and many family friendly attractions, KZN shouldn’t be overlooked. Top things to do include safaris at Hluhluwe-Umfolozi private game reserves, shark cage diving at Scottburgh, or our favourite – exploring the UNESCO world heritage estuary ecosystems of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Surf, dive, swim, kayak, hike, geocache.
It’s thirsty work
It’s thirsty work and you’ll find it’s not only the Cape that offer quality South African wines. Taste KZN’s wine of origin at Piggly Wiggly on the Wine Meander, or if it’s silly hot, quaff ice cold beer at the Firkin micro-brewery…
Oh, and by the way, Authentic’s owner grew up here. Biased? No. The Zulu Kingdom speaks for itself. Exceptional.
Western Cape - Natural beauty beyond imagination
Western Cape is South Africa’s best known region and justifiably so. Table Mountain and Cape Town posses a magnetic appeal. The surrounding coastal areas are dramatic and magical. Famous winelands produce quality sun-soaked vintages easily on a par with the very best European offerings. Restaurants cater to all tastes and are good value. With a huge range of famous hospitality and attractions, it’s a stand-out destination for visitors new to the continent.
Nestled between the ocean and the mountains, Cape Town’s a natural world icon. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the Cape Floral Kingdom, with a plant species diversity greater than all of Europe combined. The list of things to do is endless – hiking, surfing, diving, eating out…check out this “101 things-to-do” list for the full lowdown.
Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are the best known places to dive into this regions incredible winemaking talent. But there are other less known vineyards and producers to be discovered. Wines seem to taste so much better here than imported bottles in colder climates. Nothing quite matches a lunch-time meal at a wine estate with a quality bottle of chilled white wine while gazing out across the majestic mountain backdrop.
Extending south from Cape Town the Peninsula drops off into the rugged rocky landscape of Cape Point. Here the Atlantic Ocean churns and rolls around this southerly point of Africa. The historic lighthouse, walking trails, and dramatic natural beauty make this southernmost National Park a must. En route villages like Kommetjie, Kalk Bay, Scarborough and Hout Bay reward visitors with fine fare, funky bars, antique shops, vibrant working fishing harbours, beaches and local markets with outstanding original art, craft and design work. Boulders Beach is famed worldwide for its colony of African penguins. Watching the antics of these flightless birds is a delight for adults and kids alike.
A classic expedition, head east along the coast to Knysna, Plettenberg and Tsitsikamma. Dramatic coastal scenery, wild ocean beaches, indigenous forests home to giant stinkwood and yellowwood trees, reefs, rivers, lush forest all await.