South Africa a Quick Alphabetical Tour

At the very end of Africa is a land of wonder – offering everything possible to satisfy anyone’s vacation or holiday needs. The following is a brief alphabetical tour of the highlights:

A – Addo Elephant Park – currently housing more than 450 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo, over 48 endangered black rhino as well as a variety of antelope species. Lion and spotted hyena have also recently been re-introduced to the area.

B – Beaches – South Africa has some wonderful beaches, including Blue Flag beaches – some on the cooler Atlantic Coast, and others on the warm Indian Ocean. Visit the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal for endless golden sand.

C – Cape Town – rightfully called the most beautiful city in the world – framed by the awesome Table Mountain, this lovely city is just waiting to be visited. Shops, restaurants, history, views – beaches, mountains, winelands – this is just a sample of what can be found in this wonderful city.

D – Durban – a city in KwaZulu- Natal on the warm Indian Ocean with the famous Golden Mile of sandy beaches and wonderful coastal areas to the North and South.

E – Eastern Cape – part of the famous Garden Route – a stunning area with wonderful scenery, attractive small towns and golden beaches.

F – Free State – when travelling from Johannesburg to Cape Town, you pass through this area – although not a popular destination it has its attractions, including Bloemfontein, a small and lovely city.

G – Garden Route – glorious stretch along the Cape Coast from Mossel Bay all the way down to Port Elizabeth – wonderful scenery, beautiful coastal regions, golfing, Ostriches, caves… an endless variety of entertainment and holiday value.

H – Hermanus – on the Overberg Whale Route – a beautiful small town where at the right time of year, you can see the Southern Right Whale close up!

I – Indian Ocean – the warm side of South Africa – from Cape Point, all the way up the right side of South Africa to Hluhuwe in KwaZulu-Natal.

J – Johannesburg – The City of Gold – although probably not the best tourist attraction, and a little dangerous, it has its moments. Fly into Johannesburg Airport on the way to your Kruger National Park safari.

K – Kruger National Park – famous for the Big Five – Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino. Many wonderful safari and game lodges in this area and a MUST SEE location!

L – Limpopo Province – the real and raw Africa with wonderful wildlife, where the Big Five and other animals roam free. Amazing scenery, and malaria free for your comfort…

M – Mandela – Nelson Mandela, the icon of the New South Africa – imprisoned on Robben Island off Cape Town for 27 years before becoming the 11th South African President.

N – Northern Cape – part of the semi desert area of the Karoo – includes the fascinating Kimberley Hole – diamond mine of fame!

O – Oudtshoorn – just off the Garden Route in the on Route 62, this wonderful little town has many ostrich farms – you can even ride on an ostrich if you are brave enough! Also the famous Cango Caves are well worth a visit.

P – Pretoria – capital of South Africa – affectionately known as the Jacaranda City for all the purple blossom-bedecked trees, and a calm and elegant city.

Q – a difficult letter! Suffice to say that the smaller towns in South Africa are Quaint, Quiet, Quintessentially beautiful!

R – Ramsgate/Margate – on the South Coast of Kwazulu-Natal – beautiful seaside towns with endless sandy beaches.

S – Stellenbosch – in the Cape Winelands of the Western Cape – a historic and beautiful town, home to South Africa’s second oldest University – the University of Stellenbosch. Surrounded by history and endless vineyards, and well worth the visit.

T – Tours and safaris – South Africa offers excellent tour and safari options in all its many touristic areas.

U – Umhlanga – beautiful seaside town on the North Coast of Durban.

V – Another difficult letter! V is for Visit South Africa for the holiday of a lifetime.

W – Wild Coast – on the Eastern Cape – a remarkable area with wonderful scenery, gorgeous beaches and beautiful little seaside towns.

X – Xhosa – the Xhosa are speakers of Bantu languages living in south-east South Africa, and in the last two centuries throughout the southern and central-southern parts of the country. A fascinating language to listen to with a series of fifteen different click sounds.

Y – You should visit South Africa!

Z – Zulu – A member of a Bantu people of southeast Africa, primarily inhabiting northeast Kwazulu-Natal province in South Africa.

In conclusion, South Africa has so much to offer – impossible to put in full detail on one article, but definitely a travel destination of note.