This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures. Discover the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scene, vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches of Cape Town; enjoy a local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browse the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sample some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotting the Cape Winelands. Some historical attractions to explore include the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.
Days 1 - 3
Situated just north of Mbombela in Mpumalanga, South Africa, White River is a quiet, peaceful town made up of a large farming community, with agriculture centred on the production of tropical fruits, vegetables, flowers and timber. Three irrigations dams, forests, a botanical garden, a plant nursery and distinctive rock formations enhance the natural splendour of the area. Visitors can stroll around town and check out White River’s early lowveld architecture, visit the reptile park, view local works at an art studio, sample locally-produced wines at a winery, or shop for some beautiful handmade furniture, antiques and crafts. Other highlights include: the Lowveld National Botanical Garden, Rottcher Wineries, the White River History and Motor Museum, the Born Biking Indoor Skate Park and the Bagdad Farmers market.
Days 3 - 6
The southern area of South Africa’s most famous game reserve is separated from lush farmland by the Crocodile River, a popular spot for lazy crocs, playful hippos and thirsty animals. The game viewing area is known as the ‘Southern Circle’ and is renowned for its rhinos and lions, of which there are different prides with definitive hunting techniques and behaviours. Also found here, near the Hippo Pool, are ancient San rock paintings.