South Africa’s scenic wonders are widely celebrated. Experience breathtaking scenery along the Garden Route, abundant wildlife at Kruger National Park, and surreal beauty as you travel through “God’s playground” to God’s Window” onwards towards the spectacular Blyde River Canyon gorge.
Combine this with a visit to the Incredible Victoria Falls & explore the magnificent and thundering Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest river in Africa. It is one of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.
Here are some of the unique experiences you must see in your Southern Africa journey.
The Classic Garden Route
The Garden Route, a few hours’ drive from Cape Town, is a stretch of the Southern Cape coastline that comprises a beautiful mix of sandy white beaches, lagoons, forests and sea side towns such as Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley. This scenic route is sandwiched between the Outeniqua, Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean and is a perfect destination for a self-drive holiday.
No magazine will prepare you for the absolutely beautiful views of God’s Window. This is one of South Africa’s most panoramic sights; best known for its cultural heritage and its dramatic landscapes. God’s Window provides superb views over South Africa’s Lowveld more than 900 meters down. Some of the popular sights along this route include the Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels and the Mac Mac Falls.
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s premier “Big Five” national park and is exceptionally well set up for tourists. It is also home to the “Little Five” (buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant lion and rhino beetle). Winter months (May to September) are best for game viewing while summer months (October to April) are best for birding. The park is famous for its game drives, bush walks, foot safaris and wilderness trails.
Victoria Falls – Zambia/Zimbabwe
One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ this spectacle, on the Zambezi River, is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to combine a game viewing and water sports. There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial white water rafting in the world.
The Zambezi Explorer – Boat Cruise
Experience the serenity of the Zambezi River at dawn with a sunrise cruise. Watch as the mist rises off the water as the sun rays warm your face. Don’t miss the opportunity to soak up the birdlife and animals as the boat meanders along the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. With frequent sightings of gigantic crocodiles, pods of hippo and herds of elephants bathing in the river, a lunch cruise is a luxury safari on water. In the evening, sail upstream as you enjoy the glorious setting of the African sun.