South Africa Vacations and Destination Information

When you consider the range of experiences in South Africa, it seems almost impossible that a single place could contain it all. How many countries can claim to have lions, penguins and dolphins all living within their borders? How many can offer safaris and surfing as easily as offering wine tastings and art galleries? South Africa somehow manages to do all this and more, and blends the best of African and European influences.

Travelers to South Africa often are lured by the chance to safely see big cats, giraffes, antelope, wildebeests and other exotic safari animals up close – animals that most people only get to see in nature documentaries. Kruger National Park in the northeast offers 7,500 square-miles of amazing animal preserves with 16 distinct natural areas, plus deluxe accommodations and services that make safari experiences delightfully comfortable for its visitors.

South Africa’s national imprint is left in cosmopolitan Johannesburg and the leisurely Cape Town area. Johannesburg is home to the county’s major history and art museums, and where you can find cultural pursuits that range from Lipizzaner horse exhibitions to casual shopping in the city’s many craft markets. Cape Town and its surroundings feature many scenic wonders, magnificient seascapes and panoramic vistas and the allure of Cape Town extends throughout its many resort areas along the Atlantic. It's also gateway to the Winelands, South Africa's scenic wine growing region. Both Johannesburg and Cape Town embody the best of South Africa – relaxing fun and a unique culture with a touch of the wild.

Fun Fact: South Africa is one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet. Despite taking up only
1 percent of the land area on earth, it contains
10 percent of all plant species and 6 percent of all mammal and reptile species within its borders.

South Africa Cape Town Winelands Garden Route Johannesburg