First time visitor to South Africa

Garden Route

The vast majority of first time visitors to South Africa enjoy a two week self-drive holiday to the Western Cape. The trick for any first time visitor is not to pack in too much, simply on the grounds that once AFRICA bites you will return time and time again. Our highly experienced consultants, South African born and bred, can help plan your ideal first time holiday to ensure that it not only meets your objectives but exceeds your expectations.

The Western Cape is an extravagance of experiences: the fascinating mix of up-to-the-minute vibrancy, memorable history and culture, and the spectacular natural beauty of Cape Town; The Winelands offers breathtaking scenery, national monuments, historic homesteads and superb wine estates; Stretching north and east from Cape Town is the Overberg. Walker Bay provides some of the easiest and best land based whale-watching (June to November) as well as Great White shark cage diving;

Travelling north from Cape Town, the West Coast and its hinterland are a cultural experience of museums, monuments and missionary stations such as Mamre and Wupperthal. In spring (August & September), carpets of wild flowers cover the region from the coast to the mountains. Spring flowers and fynbos are a constantly changing wonder that attracts hikers and nature lovers throughout the year or discover the secrets of the Cederberg with spectacular views and unique rock art amidst rugged mountainous terrain

An area of magnificent views, panoramic landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams, an abundance of trees and indigenous flora, the Breede River Valley is the largest of the Western Cape’s three fruit and wine producing valleys. A heavily cultivated region, graced with orchards, vineyards and wheatlands, surrounded by mountains, the higher peaks of which are heavily capped with snow in winter.

Heading inland the Klein Karoo region has a landscape fashioned almost entirely by water, ranging from lush greenery in the fertile river valleys to short, rugged Karoo plants in the veld. Gorges follow rivers that cut through towering mountains and passes cross-imposing terrain, leaving one stunned by the magnificence. The long narrow valley is rich in geological shapes, culture, history, Bushman art, prolific plant species and is also the home of the spectacular Cango Caves as well as the largest bird in the world – the ostrich.

Stretching along the southern Cape coast from Wilderness to the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River is the Garden Route. As the name implies this is an area of outstanding natural beauty comprising indigenous forests, lakes, beaches and meandering rivers

No visit to South Africa is complete without experiencing a few days of Big Five game viewing, either in the non-malaria regions of the Western and Eastern Cape; Madikwe in the North-West Province or in the world renowned Kruger National Park.

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