Personal Travel Manager, Penny Hall, shares her experiences and tips for a true South African adventure.
South Africa is probably best-known game parks of Kruger National Park and the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. Unbeknown to most there is far more to see and do in South Africa than these standard tourist areas. With such a vast landscape and wild environment, there truly is something for every traveller in South Africa. Whether you’re seeking an experience with wildlife, getting in touch with nature or an insight into history and culture – South Africa will exceed your expectations.
Road trip through the Karoo
There is something incredibly liberating about driving through the Karoo – South Africa’s desert wilderness. The immense space of the 400,000km2 landscape is breathtaking and the silence is bliss. September through to October is the most picturesque time of year to visit the region as the wildflowers bloom along the highway. Each town through the Karoo provides a different experience and insight into the South African people, and the remarkable culture that has been created over the years.
The Garden Route
The Garden Route is perhaps my favourite part of South Africa – a stretch of coastline to the South East of the country. The Garden Route is a sightseers delight, from the Southern Right Whales to the Knysna forests. A must see is the Garden Route National Park, which covers the Knysna and Tsitsikamma Forests with lakes, rivers and wetlands to explore throughout. For the more adventurous traveller, Tenikwa offers the best chance to spend some quality time with cheetahs. A sanctuary and rehabilitation environment for injured animals, Tenikwa hosts two hour sunrise or sunset cheetah walks where you can walk a cheetah on a lead with a guide through the park. It definitely makes for a great postcard home!
Kimberley was the birthplace of the diamond rush in South Africa in the early 19th century and the home of the renowned Kimberley Mine. It’s well worth visiting the Big Hole, the largest hand dug hole in the world. Bird watchers should visit Flamingo Island near Kamfers Dam, one of the four bird sanctuaries in the world. As an old mining town there are many pubs to visit too – each with their own history. The Halfway House Inn is a must see for it’s history and the folklore surrounding the pub. The Star of The West is another great spot for a pint or two and is believed to be the oldest pub in South Africa.
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Image courtesy of South Africa Tourism.