Get Inspired / Africa / South Africa Experience South Africa Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Africa / South Africa Experience South Africa story by: House of Travel Known as the “Rainbow Nation” because of its diverse population (and 11 official languages) South Africa’s colourful name could also refer to the array of spectacular landscapes and wealth of wildlife. South Africa is an artist’s palette – from the blaze of colours among flower-filled meadows, to the lush rainforest greens, the tawny-gold grasslands and the ever-changing hues of ocean blues. The assortment of landscapes provide an extraordinary variety of animal life. There’s the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) but South Africa has enhanced it to the Big Seven by adding sharks (including the great white) and whales. Place penguins, turtles and meerkats to the mix and you’ll have one remarkarble experience. South Africa is all about people too – this Zulu nation welcomes visitors to watch pulsating song and dance, admire their creations of intricate beadwork and other traditional crafts. The Xhosa people also open their land to travellers. Cape Town, with its spectacular Table Mountain, is an iconic destination, as are its nearby wineries. Johannesburg, the City of Gold, is a melting pot of cultures. Throughout the country you will fi nd sites dating back to some of the earliest human habitation on earth, casting reminders of great historic battles including the Boer War. Whether you opt for an ultra-luxury lodge or prefer to rough it, self-drive or take a tour, South Africans everywhere will be happy to see you. If you’re lucky you may get to try one of their legendary braais – or barbecues. Don’t miss trying the famed traditional borewors sausages! Although South Africa offers an abundance of activities to do year round, the best time to visit would be during winter months. South African’s take breaks over summer and school holidays, and they too like to spend their leisure time in the bush and national parks enjoying the wildlife. This can limit availability in lodges and camps over this timeframe across the nation for locals and visitors alike. South Africa Fast Facts COUNTRY NAME: Republic of South Africa POPULATION: 51 Million CAPITAL: Pretoria LANGUAGES: Afrikaans, English, and more than 10 indigenous languages CURRENCY: South African Rand TIME ZONE: 10 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving) ELECTRICITY: Current is 220V/230V, 50HZ. Plug is a 3 point round-pin adaptor. Our favourite things to see and do THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY Spend a day at the Elephant Sanctuary in Harbeespoort Dam, just one hour from Johannesburg. It is a temporary home for young African elephants before they are released back into an environment where they can be more independent. The sanctuary hosts a fully guided educational program with limited guest numbers to ensure personal attention and maximum elephant interaction for each guest, making this a truly unique and memorable experience. ROBBEN ISLAND Take a trip out to Robben Island in Cape Town, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for over 17 years. Once a place of banishment, imprisonment and isolation, today it is a world heritage site and museum. DINING For a great ethnic dining experience in Cape Town, head to Mama Africa Restaurant. With a welcoming vibrant atmosphere, efficient service as well as lovely music, it’s a dining option not to be missed. MOHOLOHOLO WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Visit this fantastic sanctuary inside Kruger National Park which has become a haven for the rehabilitation and care of abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife. You can visit the sanctuary to see vultures, honey badgers and many baby animals, leaving you with an unforgettable experience. DURBAN A holiday-goers’ paradise with a subtropical climate, Durban, located on the east coast, offers great surf beaches and a fun nightlife. The Golden Mile stretches along the main beaches and has amusement parks, paved walkways, gardens and fountains. Be sure to check out the Victoria Street Market which is the area’s main attraction. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? 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