One of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth, South Africa, fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', boasts 11 official languages, and its 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 untamed wilderness is astonishing: wildlife roams freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park.
Days 1 - 3
Bordering Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Botswana, the Limpopo Province is South Africa’s northernmost province renowned for its quintessentially African vistas. This region is known for its immense natural beauty featuring rugged mountains meeting pristine savannah plains sheltering a diverse array of wildlife. It encompasses the Makgabeng Plateau, the Blouberg Mountains, and a variety of towns and cities surrounded by a host of reserves including the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Visitors flock to this province to discover the fossil-rich caves of Makapansgat, explore the archaeological site of Mapungubwe and enjoy an authentic safari experience.
Soutpansberg Mountain Range
Days 3 - 5
Located in the northern province of Limpopo, the Soutpansberg, meaning ‘Salt Pan Mountain’ is South Africa’s most northern mountain range, which forms part of the UNESCO-designated Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. Known as the gateway to the neighbouring countries of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, the spectacular Soutpansberg mountain range stretches from east to west covering over 130 kilometres. These mountains boast a rich cultural heritage, diverse fauna and flora, and unspoilt wilderness featuring rugged peaks rising from the baobab-dotted plains. Take a guided tour to a nearby Venda village, explore the sacred valleys and lakes, and discover the ancient historical rock art of this beautiful area.
Klein Letaba River
Days 7 - 8
Located in the Limpopo province of South Africa, the Klein Letaba River joins the Groot Letaba River on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park where it forms the Letaba River flowing through the whole width of this world-renowned park. The banks of the Klein Letaba River are brimming with a remarkable variety of African wildlife including elephant, buffalo, zebra, impala and giraffe. One of the area’s highlights include what is possibly the largest and most stable breeding herd of elephant in the Kruger National Park, which finds its stomping ground at the confluence of the Klein Letaba and the little Byashishi rivers.
Letaba Ranch Provincial Park
Days 8 - 10
This remarkable 42 000 hectare area of pristine wilderness, located just North of Phalaborwa, shares an unfenced border with the renowned Kruger National Park allowing its impressive variety of African wildlife to roam freely through this vast expanse of African bush. The park boasts not only the Big Five but also a large number of crocodiles and hippos who find sanctuary in the cool waters of the great Letaba River running through the park. This mighty river boasts not only lush galleries of forest thick with sycamore figs, tambotis and sausage trees but also regular sightings of the elusive leopard. With its excellent accommodation, exhilarating night drives and its remarkable abundance of wildlife in a spectacularly scenic environment, Letaba Ranch Provincial Park makes for an ideal safari destination.