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South Africa is one of the most diverse countries in the world and is often referred to the Rainbow Nation. With its first world infrastructure and natural resources, South Africa is economic powerhouse of Africa. This country has it all, Big 5 safaris, beautiful beaches, diverse cultures, great cities, gourmet food, world-class golf resorts and a stunning Wine Region. There is something for everyone in this beautiful and fascinating country.

Garden Route
The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River. The name comes from the diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. It includes towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley; with George, the Garden Route's largest city. 

Cape Winelands
A 45-minute drive from Cape Town brings you to this stunning corner of the Western Cape. With the historic towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, as well as the award winning restaurants and wine estates make this area a must to explore. 

Mpumalanga is one of South Africa's top tourist destinations and is considered to be one of the most geographically diverse and beautiful places in South Africa. Few regions in the world can match the beauty of the Lowveld and escarpment. Panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests characterize the Mpumalanga landscape. It’s top attraction, Kruger National Park and the surrounding Private Game Reserves are teeming with wildlife, including the Big 5. A safari in a Private Game Reserve should not be missed. 

Although it is the smallest of South Africa’s nine provinces, Gauteng (the Sotho word for "Place of Gold"), is the commercial and industrial powerhouse of the country and indeed of southern Africa. Gauteng is a cosmopolitan, multicultural mix of people from all walks of life containing the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. With its museums, galleries, historical battlefields, world class restaurants, shebeens, and shopping malls, Gauteng is more than just a commercial center. 

KwaZulu Natal is a world in one province: Here you will find the subtropical city of Durban, premium game reserves, pristine beaches, superb golf courses, as well as 2 World Heritage Sites, The Greater St Lucia Wetland and the majestic Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. Known as the Kingdom of the Zulu, KwaZulu Natal is a melting pot of African, European and Indian cultures. 

Limpopo is the northern most province in South Africa, bordering onto Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Named after the great Limpopo River that flows along its northern border, this province is rich in wildlife, spectacular scenery and a wealth of historical and cultural treasures. Straddling the northern Kruger Park, Limpopo province boasts wildlife safaris and nature trails for outdoor enthusiasts. 


North West Province is home to the fantastic Pilanesberg and Madikwe game reserves and world-famous Sun City. This area also boasts archaeological discoveries that go back to the beginning of humankind. 

The Eastern Cape region is the second largest of the nine provinces and boasts miles of pristine expansive beaches, lush green forests, mountain ranges and amazing countryside. Here you can enjoy some of the longest hours of sunshine along the sub-tropical coastline, take advantage of the malaria free Big 7 Game viewing. 

The Northern Cape is the largest and most sparsely populated province and is known for its beautiful and serene semi desert landscapes, diamond diggings and fascinating San rock art galleries. There are a number of reserves for visitors to visit, including the Augrabies Falls National Park, The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, one of the largest reserves in the world and the Richtersveld National Park. One of the true highlights of South Africa is found in the Northern Cape – the wild flowers of the Namaqualand. 

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