WD_Explore-south-africa4Image Willem Oets

The Western Cape | The Eastern Cape & Karoo | Kwa Zulu Natal | The Free State | Gauteng & Mpumalanga

“It’s really beautiful. It feels like God visits everywhere else but lives in Africa” – Will Smith

See forever, touch earth, bone, skin and sand.

Design with wood and stone.  Ancient rock Art.

Modern city graffiti.

Township rhythm, honking taxis, morning smoke.

Wine in vine, twisting history in the grape.

History on the Island.  Assagai in the grass.

Beaches of turquoise and salt.  I can taste the salt. 

The Whale Caller. The Whales come.

The Sun wakes and Guinea Fowl are giving me the gossip

with the Baboons and the Hadidas.

Grass swinging, Thunder slaps the Africa bush.

My pulse quickens.

My blood rushes.

Part of the quickening of life.

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The Western Cape with her unique Mountain wrapped around the city and the shore, is a dream destination – once experienced, never forgotten, always yearning to return. Table Mountain was the life sign of explorers, of Nelson Mandela and Cape Town voted, on more than once occasion as the most beautiful city in the world.

Discover the vibrant foreshore of the V&A Waterfront, world class shopping on the edge of the ocean.  Dine on the finest, mix with the locals as they share their colourful lives with you.  Explore Kirstenbosch and the famous ‘boomslang’ or indulge in the electric fare of the Biscuit Mill.  Travel to Camps Bay, Llandudno and multi filmed Chapman’s Peak to pick, with the roving seagulls, at the freshest catch of the day in Houtbay.

Take a trip to Kalk Bay, Boulders Bay where the African penguins are lined up to meet you. On still, to the Naval base of Simonstown and the beautiful Nature Reserve that is Cape Point. Watch out for the Baboons! The drive along the coastline with its hues of the bluest of blue waters, ideal for scuba diving, amazed at the mountains so close you can touch them.

The many restaurants en route, the quips of life and many culture, all will elicit a desire to return.

And inland, to the world famous Cape Winelands. The Old Cape Dutch Style of Stellenbosch and the French Quarter, Franschoek, surround by prime Wine farms (I think the best in the world) where days of tasting and languishing in heaven is the order of the day. Beautiful hardly describes it here, from luxury to classical to family farms, all waiting to welcome you. There is more … could there be … and there is.

Route 44 takes you along the ocean to Hermanus and a spot of whale watching. Follow on to Nature’s Valley, Plettenberg Bay and all the small, quirky towns in between.  The Western Cape is dreamtime … dancing time … laid back time. Nothing quite like it.

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Scrubland, wildlife, a world still simple is the Karoo. This is the escape place of endless horizons and skies filled with stars you never imagined. Small towns that cling to history and tradition, earthy people. Game in abundance. Get lost, be found.

The Eastern Cape offers the safari experience close to Cape Town. Easy access from Port Elizabeth, the rugged coastline leads to the Wild coast.  Here lies Colonial country files. An easy drive, nights under thorn trees, this part of the world is escape world, and this may just be what you are looking for.

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Little will prepare you for the majesty of this province. Homeland of the mighty Zulu nation, place of the Drakensberg mountains. Pristine beaches, land of cane fields, St.Lucia, Phinda. Find your history on the battlefields of Islandlwana and Spionkop. Colonial charm in Pietermaritzburg, a trip on the Midlands Meander. Experience it all in one lifetime. English colonial charm meets tribal culture with safari experience all rolled into one. A personal favourite destination.

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Oh, another personal favourite. It’s the space and the hospitality of the gorgeous people of this province.  The Golden Entrance of Golden Gate beckons you to a different side of Nature where hills roll yonder and farmlands sweep the earth.  Quirky haven for artists in Clarens is a perfect stopover.

Explore the rock paintings of those who lived here many long ago, or indulge in your sports travel adventures, mountain biking, hiking and many more. Or just be, with the braai and good company, where the folk will tell stories long, long to live in your memory.

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Gauteng (formally known as Johannesburg) lies in Gauteng Province. A vibrant, buzzing city that never sleeps.  Finance destination for Africa, an eclectic mix of skyline and market places, a melting pot of cultures and tradition.  This place will have your blood pumping – and if it’s a little history you are after, this is gold.  Gold Reef City will take you back to the early mining days and the many mine dumps around the periphery are a stark reminder of the glory days, which are still evident in this magical place.

Pretoria is the heart of South African Government. Famous for her Jacaranda trees which turn the city purple, indulge in the many restaurants, cafés and boutique shops. Plan a visit to the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary and stop for a cup of tea at the Blue Crane restaurant.

Heading up to Mpumalanga (formally known as the Eastern Transvaal) you can visit many different, interesting places such as Blyde River Canyon, Sudwala Caves or how about a spot of Trout fishing in Dullstroom. Drive through divine landscapes, fruit farms and historical venues en route to The Kruger National Park, close on two million hectares of wildlife.  Choose from Private Game Lodges that offer you the best game viewing, luxurious surroundings, evenings around a boma and possible one of the best holidays you are ever going to have! Expert guides will take you close to Lion, Elephant, Rhino and many more – a visit to Kruger is an absolute must for an safari to South Africa.