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Top Trip Memories
  • Spotting the Big Five – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalo -- while on safari tour in Kruger National Park.
  • Riding a horse through Kwa Madwala, a private game reserve near Kruger, while gawking at zebra, giraffes, and other big game.
  • Taking in the panorama from the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, preceded by a thrilling cable car ride up.
  • Touring the prison and jail cells where the late president Nelson Mandela was held on Robben Island near Cape Town during the apartheid era.
  • Discovering a surprising piece of the country’s racial past at the District 6 Museum in Cape Town, which documents the history of an area that was fully integrated until going “white only” in the 1950s.
  • Journeying to the Boulders Penguin Colony outside Cape Town for an up-close view of African penguins molting on the beach.
  • Getting a real taste of local life touring one of the townships in the Cape Flats area of Cape Town.
  • Marveling at mountains, forests and waterfalls along the Panorama Route, one of South Africa’s most famous scenic drives.
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Tour Tips
  • South Africa is a big country, rich in attractions and activities. Allow at least a week and preferably two for your first tour – which will only whet your appetite for more.
  • South Africa train travel tours can be a highlight in itself. Tour companies can organize excursions on a restored steam train, Rovos Rail, travelling between Pretoria and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, as well as between Pretoria and Cape Town. Or ride the luxurious Blue Train, which rides the rails between Pretoria and Cape Town, and Pretoria and Durban.
  • Consider tours that include the world-famous annual run (from May-July) of millions of sardines along the east coast of the country in the KwaZulu-Natal region. The sardines cause a feeding frenzy that attracts thousands of sharks, dolphins, whales, birds and other ocean predators.
  • While most of South Africa is malaria-free, it is present year-round in Kruger National Park and the low-lying areas of northern KwaZulu-Natal. Travel operators can arrange safaris in many malaria-free game reserves, such as Madikwe or Pilanesberg in North West province, the Waterberg in Limpopo, or private reserves in the Eastern, Western and Northern Cape.
  • Looking for an unusual “lodging” adventure? If you’re customizing your trip, ask your travel provider to arrange an overnight stay in a cave in the Drakensberg mountains. Marble Baths Cave, Sherman’s Cave, Spare Rib Cave, Nutcracker Cave and Sleeping Beauty Cave are just some of the caves that allow such stays.
  • South Africa is known for its flora as well as its fauna – the country’s Cape Floral Region contains a fifth of the flora on the African continent. If you like viewing plant life, look for tours that include visits to gardens, forests and nature preserves.
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South Africa Travel Reviews & Ratings
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Tour Reviews

Cycling Drakensberg and Kruger

Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger

5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This is the trip for you if you're looking for challenging cycling through
soaring mountain scenery combined with wildlife spotting in the Kruger
National Park. There's also time for relaxing away from a city environment in
comfortable accommodation in beautiful natural surroundings. The trip is a
good mix of active cycling days on a variety of routes (mostly low traffic)
but with hills! The game drives in Kruger give a good break before two quite
challenging cycling days toward the end of the tour. All round a great trip
for people who enjoy active outdoor holidays.
Completing the challenging rides through the majestic scenery of the
Drakensberg Range and, particularly, the ride along the spectacular Blyde
Canyon. Spotting wildlife in the Kruger National Park and observing a rare
African Wild Dog face off hyenas on a morning game drive was inspirational!


The group leader worked hard to ensure the group was looked after well. He
has a good knowledge of local history and was sociable with the group. All
the team of guides worked hard, were good-humoured and took care to ensure
everyone had a good time, plenty to eat and drink and enjoyed the cycling and
other activities.


There is plenty of uphill on many of the routes so a bit of cycle training is
advised. However all the routes are do-able and there is a support vehicle
following the group at all time. Great for travellers who want social media
downtime as WiFi is limited in many places.


There are some relatively long travel days but the drives are scenic with
plenty of stops along the way.


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South Africa Cape and winelands

Cycling the Cape & Winelands

5.0 May 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Excellent trip; great guides who went out of their way to keep whole company happy.
Awesome scenery along the route, good food and wine.
The coastal scenery was breath-taking.

Excellent group leader, hit the right balance of fun and safety. He couldn't have gone to more trouble to tailor the trip to suit the group; Brilliant.

Enjoy!

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Cycling the Cape and Winelands

Cycling the Cape & Winelands

5.0 May 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes A very well planned, organised and led tour of a fantastic country. The cycling was at times hard but always breath taking. A wonderful way to see a country.
When the wind finally came from behind and we got to ride Chapmans drive which was closed to traffic. Riding with the stunning coast at our side.

With Jean Paul Gardelli in charge it was like having your Mom, Dad and best friend rolled into one. Ten out of ten for organisation and forward planning, a great encourager and patience worthy of a saint. He went above and beyond what I have experienced before and ensured we all had the best experience possible.
Assistant leader Layla and driver Endy followed JP's high standards. So accommodating, friendly and accomplished.

The wind at times turned moderate into challenging but the minibus was always readily available.

Don't wait, book now.

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Cycling Drakensberg and Kruger

Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger

5.0 May 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This is the trip for you if you're looking for challenging cycling through soaring mountain scenery combined with wildlife spotting in the Kruger National Park. There's also time for relaxing away from a city environment in comfortable accommodation in beautiful natural surroundings. The trip is a good mix of active cycling days on a variety of routes (mostly low traffic) but with hills! The game drives in Kruger give a good break before two quite challenging cycling days toward the end of the tour. All round a great trip for people who enjoy active outdoor holidays.
Completing the challenging rides through the majestic scenery of the Drakensberg Range and, particularly, the ride along the spectacular Blyde Canyon. Spotting wildlife in the Kruger National Park and observing a rare African Wild Dog face off hyenas on a morning game drive was inspirational!

The group leader worked hard to ensure the group was looked after well. He has a good knowledge of local history and was sociable with the group. All the team of guides worked hard, were good-humoured and took care to ensure everyone had a good time, plenty to eat and drink and enjoyed the cycling and other activities.

There is plenty of uphill on many of the routes so a bit of cycle training is advised. However all the routes are do-able and there is a support vehicle following the group at all time. Great for travellers who want social media downtime as WiFi is limited in many places.

There are some relatively long travel days but the drives are scenic with plenty of stops along the way.

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Ian Cooper. Cycling the Drakensburg Ranges

Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger

5.0 May 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Very well run trip with Jean-Paul Gardelli looking after us, Ende driving,fixing bikes and game spotting and Skhumbuzo ably assisting and telling stories. The guys turned out excellent meals every day on the road and kept a steady supply of liquorice allsorts to get us up the hills!
Ende our driver spotting a leopard on a branch driving out of Kruger was brilliant. The scenery is truely spectacular ( just like the ads!)

Jean-Paul Gardelli was great. Very informative on many subjects thrown at him. Obviously loves his country and got on really well with everyone..Nothing was too much trouble for him.

This is a great trip for the moderately fit. Lots of variety in the scenery and the driving sections are not too long.

Lots to see in South Africa so try and incorporate another tour

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South Africa Trips & Tour Advice

Spanning nine provinces and eight UNESCO heritage sites, South Africa is a haven for adventure seekers, history buffs, naturalists, wine connoisseurs, and hikers, among many others.

The smallest province, Gauteng, is the most densely populated and hosts a powerhouse of attractions, including Johannesburg (the largest city) and the township of Soweto, site of the anti-apartheid 1976 uprisings. Johannesburg, which was built on the discovery of gold in 1886, hosts the Apartheid Museum, which documents South Africa’s freedom struggle. Just outside the city, the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site contains some of the most important paleo-anthropological discoveries in the world, with 14 excavated fossil sites and 200 unexplored caves.

The "Mother City"

Cape Town, in the Western Cape province and dubbed South Africa’s “Mother City,” is sandwiched between towering Table Mountain and bustling Table Bay harbor. Part of the extensive Table Mountain National Park mountain chain, Table Mountain can be accessed on foot or via the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway – a must on any itinerary. Another “don’t miss” stop in Cape Town, Robben Island, is where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in incarceration.

Cape Town is also known for its beaches, nightlife, art galleries and a wealth of vineyards. Many travel providers include the trip to Cape Winelands on their tours, with wine tastings and gourmet meals on the docket. Cape Town also marks the starting point for tours to the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Some 3,000 African penguins call the beach home, and you can get close-up views of their daily activities. In spring, southern right whales visit the coastline.

The Western Cape

Many tours take in the Western Cape’s natural attractions, including Cape Point, home to scenic bays, beaches, rolling hills and valleys. Cape Point falls within the Cape Floral region, which harbors nearly 20 percent of Africa’s flora. Along the province's eastern coastline lies the picturesque Garden Route, which stretches from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The perfect end to a Garden Route tour is a visit to the Addo Elephant National Park near Port Elizabeth.

South Africa’s main beach scene runs north and south of Durban on the east coast. To the west sprawls the Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, home to Drakensberg, South Africa's largest mountain range and more than 600 rock-art sites, with paintings by the San people who once roamed here. The province is the heart of the Zulu Kingdom.

Kruger for Wildlife

For wildlife spotting, including the Big Five, Kruger National Park (Africa’s oldest) is the place. Tours typically include morning and evening game drives and bush walks -- and often add on scenic drives along the waterfall-and-mountain-laden Panorama Route as well as deep Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons on earth.

With so much to consider, Stride can help take the stress out of proceeding on your South Africa journey. Simply compare what our travel providers have to offer, make your choices, and you’ll soon be on your way to the splendid southern tip of Africa.

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Continent:

Africa

Local Attractions:

Kruger National Park; Table Mountain, Amphitheatre, Cape Winelands, Durban beaches, Blyde River Canyon and Many More

Top Activities:     

Wildlife viewing, Exploring Culture & Safari

Similar Destinations:       

TanzaniaKenyaBotswanaNamibiaZimbabweZambia & Uganda

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