South Africa: What to Expect / Highlights
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Kruger National Park
This park is one of the oldest and largest reserves in Africa and boasts a tremendous variety of game and bird life in its numerous habitats. EXPLORE books accommodation at lodges in private reserves adjacent to Kruger Park to ensure the client experiences the teeming wildlife of the area without the crowds.
A stretch of rocky mountain jutting southward into the sea. Here you find a myriad of pristine beaches, sheltered bays and coves, quaint fishing harbors and a rich array of rare indigenous flora. Cape Point is the meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic oceans and the fynbos-rich reserve is home to various wildlife and bird species. Jackass penguins and Cape fur seals are common.
There are many attractions but some of the most visited are: Kirstenbosch Gardens: one of the world's leading botanical gardens. Here some 9,000 of the country's 18,000 indigenous flowering plant species are cultivated; Table Mountain: Here you take a cable car ride up the steep granite slopes of the Mountain to see the splendid views of the city and peninsula, perhaps the most magnificent views in the southern hemisphere.
South Africa's premier mountain wilderness and the second largest range in Africa. Thanks to the haven it provided for the ancient San people, the largest open-air gallery in the world has more than 35,000 images painted at 600 sites.
The wine-producing regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are not only the most important wine growing regions in South Africa, but also some of the oldest, most beautiful and well-preserved towns in South Africa. The vineyards form a patchwork in the fertile valleys and seem to be overshadowed by dramatic mountains.
The Garden Route runs parallel to a coastline featuring lakes, mountains, tall indigenous forests, amber -colored rivers and golden beaches. Meandering trails are followed by hikers, the forests invite long, leisurely drives, and the lakes and rivers lend themselves to swimming, boating and fishing.