Wildlife-stalked plains are just the start of a holiday to South Africa. You’ve also got majestic mountains, multicultural cities and postcard-perfect beaches.
Sitting on Africa’s tip, the Rainbow Nation really lives up to its name. Some countries get deserts, while others get grasslands – not South Africa. Here, Mother Nature stepped it up a notch, conjuring up snow-white beaches, never-ending vineyards and sand-coloured savannah. And with a landmass about five times that of Britain, it’s near-impossible to get bored.
Natural beauty isn’t the country’s only appeal. Cosmopolitan Cape Town is home to Table Mountain, a beach full of penguins and a sophisticated harbour of restaurants, shops and museums. Plus, sprawling vineyards spill out from its doorstep. And it’s the starting point for one of the world’s most scenic drives – the Garden Route.
From safaris to searching for whales, this place is a wildlife-watcher’s paradise. South Africa’s western coast is one of the top spots for marine encounters – whether it’s watching huge humpback whales leap from the waves or getting face-to-face with a great white shark. At the other end of the spectrum, you can sleep within earshot of lions, rhinos and elephants at a luxury safari lodge.
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With spotless beaches, mountains and vineyards, Cape Town is a serious contender for the world’s most beautiful city. In fact, Telegraph Travel readers recently voted it the best city in the world. Sir Francis Drake sung its praises, too, back in 1580. Since then, a bustling metropolis has emerged, but the cape’s natural beauty still shines through.