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Kruger National Park

This nearly 2 million hectares in are park was established in 1898 and it leads in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. Kruger National Park is considered one of the best places in Africa to experience wildlife with the 'Big Five' - Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Cape Buffalo. In addition to the big five: plus cheetahs, giraffes, hippos and many species of smaller animals.

The park offers a network of sealed roads and comfortable camps as well as 4WD tracks, mountain bike and hiking trails. Exclusive safari camps and lodges catering for luxury travelers are available in the vicinity of the park.

Cape Town

Cape Town offers a diverse range of attractions, sights and activities for all travelers. With its wide variety of activities one could easily spend a week or more in Cape Town. The must-see places when you are in Cape Town include: Table Mountain, Robben Island, Nelson Mandela Gateway building, the Cape of Good Hope, the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek Winelands and V&A Waterfront.

Time spent in CapeTown will not be forgotten.

Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain National Park is situated at the south-western tip of Africa. It encompasses amazingly scenic Table Mountain Chain stretching from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south and the seas and coastline of the peninsula. The Table Mountain can be easily be accessed by the Cableway which runs every 10 minutes in high season (Dec-Jan) and every 20 minutes in low season (Feb-Nov). The views from the cable car are truly spectacular.

The park is recognized for its extraordinarily rich, diverse and unique fauna and flora - with rugged cliffs, steep slopes and sandy flats. The majority of the park has open and free access for visitors. There are only three points where conservation fees are payable: Cape of Good Hope, Boulders and Silvermine.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is located is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to Sun City, and is the fourth largest game park in South Africa (covers an area of 55 000 hectare). It is set in the crater of a long extinct volcano with a beautiful large central lake, the Mankwe Dam. Pilanesberg offers views of a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets. It accommodates virtually every mammal of southern Africa, including the 'Big Five'.

Beaches and water sports

There are excellent conditions for underwater exploration at the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Sodwana Bay near Durban with its superb coral outcrops and colorful reef fish and turtles is a popular base for reef dives. Dolphins may be also seen there in summer. Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks, further south, are superb for sharks and wrecks.

Jeffrey's Bay (J-Bay) near Port Elizabeth is very popular place for surfers.

There are numerous excellent beaches for those who just want a leisure swim and relax on the sun. The most popular include: Plettenberg Bay, Durban's city beach, the Golden Mile, beaches at the South Coast resorts of Amanzimtoti, Scottsburgh, Port Shepstone and Margate and Camps Bay in Cape Town.

Whale watching

In early June, southern right whales leave their Antarctic feeding ground to frolic in the warmer waters of the Western Cape coast. Whale watching in South Africa is done usually from June to November and some of the best viewing spots include Lamberts Bay on the Cape West Coast, the Cape Peninsula, False Bay, Hermanus, Arniston, Mossel Bay, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. The most popular place for for whale watching is a town of Hermanus, which hosts a Whale Festival annually during the last week of September. The festival consists of nine days filled with music, theatre, sport and parties.

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