South Africa is inhabited by over 51 million folks, it is the 25th largest country in the world and has the 24th largest population. 80% of the populace comprises local African populations talking Bantu languages. The remaining twenty p.c is comprised of Europeans, generally descendants of the English and Dutch, also Asians and racially mixed. The official languages are English, Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaans, a Dutch dialect. It has the largest economy in Africa and the fifth highest pro capita earnings on the continent nevertheless , one quarter of the populace still lives on less than $1.25 a day.
The beauty about tours of South Africa is that it can offer a spread of settings like no other country. In South Africa you can go for a real African safari and enjoy luxury game lodges at an accessible price, you can enjoy beach sports and swimming, inland luxury wine reserves and quaint craft markets and even top class night life, dining, theater and all that metropolitan cities have to offer .
As far as nature reserves go, you can not miss going to the Kruger National Park that stretches over the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Here you’ll find accommodation that caters to differing propensities and budgets. You’ll have heard it is easy to view the “Big 5″ here which are specifically the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and cape buffalo. Sure there are numerous other large animals in Africa, like the hippo, or the giraffe but actually the term “Big 5″ was originally a hunting term and these were the animals that were most prized as hunting prizes.
You really should also go see the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, previously known as St Lucia Wetland park which is located along the coast of the Kwazulu Natal. The name means “miracle and wonder” and it’s very suitable since it happens to be one of the most amazing coastlines to be seen. It’s a stretch 280km long and is the third biggest natural reserve in S. A. , measuring 280 km square. It is completely uncontaminated and home to crocodiles, hippos, turtles and whales in season.
In the Eastern Cape you can stop at the Addo Elephant Park, which is home to some 450 elephants. You can view the Big Five here too, as well as whales and great white sharks. This park has recently expanded and now covers 444 700 acres, stretching as far up as the semi-arid Karoo area around Darlington Dam. The original area was proclaimed in 1931, when only 16 elephants remained in the area. Now it’s a perfect ecosystem and sanctuary.
The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is located at the foot of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State Province. Here you’ll be in a position to appreciate the imposing beauty of a view on the Drakensberg Mountains, and also admire Bushman paintings and rare sandstone formations during hikes and rock climbing. This park also offers a phenomenal assortment of animals and birds to please nature lovers.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the North Cape Province is amongst the largest conservation areas in the world covering an overall total of 3,6 million hectares. It crosses the border between Botswana and South Africa and is a preferential spot for photograph lovers due to its unique red dunes set against a deep blue sky. Here you’ll see Gembsbok : large desert antelopes, Meerkat : ( Suricate ) so feted for the way in which they stand up for photographs, Black-maned Kalahari Lions : kings of the desert and very impressive to see, Sociable weavers : Birds that construct great communal nests and Pygmy Falcons : the smallest falcons in Africa.
This country with its contradictions and contrasts is well worth visiting. If you need help or guidance while planning your trip, don’t hesitate to touch base with us at Cape Tours. We are a little family run company with an exceedingly high percentage of re-bookings. Folks that book with us once, usually come back!