South Africa

Officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country on the African continent.

South Africa is roughly 5 times the size of Britain ! covers an area of 1.291.201 sq km. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometres of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, . It is the only country that borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean !

On the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and on the east and northeast by Mozambique and Swaziland, and surrounding the kingdom of Lesotho 

South Africa is the 25th-largest country in the world by land area, and with close to 53 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation.. 

Bloemfontein Afrikaans and Dutch previously "fountain of flowers" or "blooming fountain" the capital city of the province of Free State of South Africa; and, as the judicial capital of the nation, one of South Africa's three national capitals; the other two capitals are Cape Town, the legislative capital, and Pretoria, the administrative capital.

South Africa "The Rainbow Nation" has been described as offering the whole World in one Country This is also a country with 11 official languages and multifaceted culture. About 80 per cent of South Africans are of Sub-Saharan African ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different Bantu languages, nine of which have official status. The remaining population consists of Africa's largest communities of European (white), Asian(Indian), and multiracial (coloured) ancestry.

Experience extraordinary natural beauty, exceptional wildlife and marine adventures, mouth-watering traditional African cuisine and delicious wines, incredible cultural diversity and traditions, world-class golf resorts and spas, friendly service and so much more right here in South Africa. African Diamond Tours & Incentives is proud to welcome you to an endless variety of affordable holidays packages that showcase the best that this country has to offer.

 

South African Provinces

Western Cape, Northern Cape, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, North West 

 

Western Cape

One of the most popular travel destinations in the world, the Mother City Cape Town brings visitors from all over the globe to its shores. Set against the Ocean and the overlooked by the imposing Table Mountain Cape Town is the most scenic city in South Africa .

The grand Public buildings and excellent museums such as Castle of Good Hope are indicative of Cape Town’s Legislative CAPITAL to beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery, friendly people and a cosmopolitan city , with a number of attractions on offer ranging from: 

Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, Camps Bay, Cape Winelands, trendy Long Street, The SA National Museum and Planetarium, Company Gardens, Boulders Beach and many other highlights to enjoy on your South African vacation.

The Western Cape is an extravaganza of experiences: 

Whale watching at Hermanus, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, fascinating wine tasting at legendary wine estates. 

 

 

Garden Route

This magnificent stretch of coastline of the Garden Route offers a plethora of natural wonders. encompasses mountains, rivers, lagoons, lakes, beaches and the indegineous forest of the Tsitsikamma National Park. The Knysa and Wilderness wetlands teem with birds and the Porth Elizabeth has long beaches. 

Highlights along the Garden Route include Mosselbay, Knysna, home to beaches, forests, art galleries, harbour, festivals and excellent seafood; Nature’s Valley, a lush and spectacular nature extravaganza near Plettenberg Bay; the easy-going small town atmosphere of George and of course breath-taking beaches and perpetual holiday atmosphere of Porth Elizabeth.

 

North West Province

Just two hours from Johannesburg, into the heart of untamed bushveld, towering domes, glowing lights, seemingly ancient stonework, giant sculpted animals and swaying palm trees. Welcome to the mind-boggling Palace of the Lost City, and Sun City Resort. Golfing? Yes, if you are looking for two of the world’s top-ranked courses. The beach?  In North West Province?  Yes, there’s a man-made beach complete with waves.

This is a world-famous oasis of pleasure and entertainment, the setting for major international events such as the Miss World Contest, celebrity rock concerts, golf tournaments and lavish extravaganzas.

 Right next door is the Pilanesberg National Park, home of the ‘Big Five’ and a renowned bird haven. Here are some of the best animal spotting opportunities, including an underground Scavenger Hide with glass viewing ports, not to speak of a bird-hide on stilts in the middle of Mankwe Dam.

Travel further north – still only four to five hours from Johannesburg – to the Madikwe Game Reserve, an enthralling joint venture between the state, the private sector and local communities.

 

 

Mpumalanga & Limpopo

You could not imagine a finer big game area than this, with super-luxurious Africa-style lodges, gourmet bush cuisine and exciting, adrenaline-pumping wildlife experiences. If you listen carefully, you may hear a faint roar in this north-east corner of South Africa. This is big game territory.

In the world-famous Kruger National Park you’ll find the largest concentration of game species on earth, and the best developed infrastructure of all of Africa’s game parks.

If your preference is the more secluded, luxurious version of an ‘Out-of-Africa’ experience, take your choice from the wide range of breath-taking private bush camps in the Sabi Sand and Timbavati areas to the south of Kruger Park.

You will stand in awe at the view from God’s Window near Graskop, or the Blyde River Canyon’s rust-coloured sandstone cliffs and craggy buttresses. Take a drive to Pilgrim’s Rest, the charming Victorian town ‘frozen’ in the time of the gold-mining prospectors.

In Limpopo Province to the north, you’ll find more rich wildlife sanctuaries, magnificent scenery and a world of historical and cultural fascination. Mix the past and the present as you view the rchaeological treasures found at Mapungubwe National Park, a World Heritage Site.

 

 

 

 

KwaZulu-Natal

Durban & surroundings

This is the wet ‘n wild province, where the sun shines all year round, where the warm Indian Ocean calls, and the fun never sets. There’s swimming, surfing, hiking, biking, history and spectacular mountain scenery.Have fun on one of the many world-class beaches. 

South Coast

Margate, Port Shepstone, Scottburgh, Port Edward, sardines, golf, whales, dolphins, the Oribi Gorge, hibiscus flowers and golden beaches are some of the terms which people associate with this magnificent South Coast region of South Africa and the Zulu Kingdom. Sub-tropical forests, blue lagoons, golden beaches, rocky coves, the warm Indian Ocean and sunny weather make KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast a popular year-round holiday resort for both local and international visitors.

Every winter, there is the phenomenon of the sardine run - millions of sardines migrate up the coast, accompanied by dolphins and other large fish as well as thousands of sea birds which feed on them, and people come from far and wide to scoop up buckets of this natural harvest.

Zululand – Hluhluwe & St Lucia – close-up encounter with hippos, from a boat on Lake St Lucia.

Catch sight of the white rhino, elephant and giraffe in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.

• snorkelling at Cape Vidal.

• night-safari to see the giant leatherback turtles.

• Go scuba-diving at Sodwana, one of the world’s top dive-sites.

 Drakensberg – majestic Mountains

Reaching 3000 metres above sea level the awe inspiring Drakensberg Mountains and the 243 000 hectare mountain park  a world heritage site, offers memorable experiences and activities to suite everyone. Seek out ancient Bushman rock art. Experience a Canopy Tour above ancient trees.

Gauteng 

Johannesburg this is the largest city in South Africa the financial and commercial heart of the country. The city has many names and most of them like Egoli and Gauteng mean ‘PLACE OF GOLD’ !Soweto and Johannesburg are part of the urban conglomerate that developed around rich gold mines in Gauteng. To the North of these cities elegant PRETORIA today South Africa’s ADMINISTRATIVE  CAPITAL . 

There’s something for everyone - exclusive boutiques, outstanding eateries, vibrant pavement cafes and theme complexes for entertainment.

• Built around a 19th Century Gold Mine, the world-class Gold Reef City theme park is a must for a fun filled day out

• Get the adrenalin pumping at the Orlando Towers in Soweto - bungee jump, power swing, internal swing or rap jump to get back down.

• Shop up a storm at Sandton City, regarded as the most glamorous international standard shopping mall in Southern Africa.

• Take a trip on Africa’s first world-class, modern rapid rail system, the Gautrain travelling at 160km/h.

Free State

The Free State is a South African province sprawling over high plains and stretching along the Maluti Mountains bordering Lesotho. Near the sandstone cliffs and Basotho Cultural Village of Golden Gate Highlands National Park is Clarens, a town distinguished by its art galleries. 

Bloemfontein: Afrikaans and Dutch previously "fountain of flowers" or "blooming fountain" the capital city of the province of Free State of South Africa; and, as the "judicial capital"  Bloemfontein was popularly and poetically known as "the city of roses",. The city's Sesotho name is Mangaung, meaning "place of cheetahs". 

• Stand in awe before the giant sandstone formations in the Golden Gate National Park, an inspiration to local and visiting artists.

In Bloemfontein, the City of Flowers, visit the National Botanical Gardens, the home of a petrified tree dating back about 150 million years!

Nothern Cape

The Northern Cape is South Africa's largest province, known for its desert landscapes, wildlife and gemstones. With Botswana, it shares Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, whose red sand dunes shelter lions and falcons. Wild daisies and other springtime flowers carpet the typically arid plains of Namaqualand, a region stretching into Namibia. 

In Kimberley, the provincial capital.

Kimberley is the capital of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The city has considerable historical significance due to its diamond mining past The Big Hole mine recalls the 1870s diamond rush .. Notable personalities such as Cecil Rhodes and Barney Barnato made their fortunes here, and the roots of the De Beers company can also be traced to the early days of the mining town. Kimberley was the first city in the Southern Hemisphere and the second in the world after Philadelphia to integrate electric street lights into its infrastructure on Sept. 2, 1882. The first Stock Exchange in Africa was also built in Kimberley, as early as 1881.

Watch the mighty Orange River plunge wildly into a gaping granite chasm at the Augrabies Falls, the 6th largest waterfall in the world.

Spot the black-maned lion in the Kgalagadi Transfor tier Park, sharing an unfenced boundary with Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park.