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What are the best options for a South Africa holiday?
The team at Original Travel has travelled the length and breadth of South Africa, staying at the best lodges and trying out the best activities (and wines). Our favourites include the Kruger National Park and adjoining private game reserves, which are easily combined with those in KwaZulu-Natal, the kingdom of the Zulus, where some of the fiercest battles of both the Anglo Zulu and the Boer Wars took place under the peaks of the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains.
Cape Province, stretching the length of the southern coast, has a marvellous Mediterranean climate at is most agreeable for a south african luxury holidays between December and April. Its capital, Cape Town, is the ideal place from which to begin an exploration of the south starting with its own attractions of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Robben Island, then along the Wine Route and further still into the Great Karoo or east via the Garden Route.
South Africa is a great destination for couples, solo travellers or families (owing to the fact that many parts, and game reserves, are malaria free). The safari experiences, which are somewhat overlooked compared to other African counterparts, exhibit wide varieties of wild game and stunning landscapes, especially in the likes of the Eastern Cape and Sabi Sands Game Reserve. However if you are short on time and fancy a quick getaway, Cape Town and the Winelands are ideal for a long weekend of wine, walking and whales. At risk of sounding like a broken record, South Africa can cater for all, making it a perfect destination for a tailor made experience.
PARKS, LODGES AND SAFARIS
Discover the amazing views of the Blyde River Canyon in the area. Then visit Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Range. Further north, on the border with Zimbabwe, Mapungubwe National Park offers a vast zoological and archaeological heritage. Accommodation within the park is usually in lodges. These are luxury establishments that have been designed to protect the environment and to extend the animal watching experience as much as possible. If you want to travel with your family to South Africa, be sure to check with us in advance as lodges sometimes only accommodate children of a certain age.
Discover our home in Johannesburg - Satyagraha House. Built at the turn of the last century, it was home to a special guest: Mohandas Gandhi. Now restored, it is listed as part of the city's historic heritage and is home to a museum. This site of historical importance has also been converted into a guesthouse. Take the opportunity during your stay in South Africa to relive an important part of the country and the Mahatma's history.