South Africa, Life At Its Fullest
South Africa is a country full of life and adventure,
a place that awakens all the senses, with new experiences to be found just around any corner. With so much to offer, South Africa is sure to please.
Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and a great place to start any trip to the country. With the beauty of its landscape, and its proximity to a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site and places relating to the apartheid struggle, Joburg offers a great introductory “base of operations” to begin your client’s adventure.
Soweto, bordering the mining belt of Johannesburg, is one of the city’s most famous townships, and has been home to South African heroes Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.Though much has changed since the dismantling of the apartheid system in Soweto, there is still a great deal of painful history here. While in Soweto be sure to visit the Mandela House, on the corner of Vilakazi and Ngakane. No. 8115 was home to Mandela prior to his imprisonment, and a place he returned briefly after his release from Robben Island.
Another place of historical depth in Soweto is the Hector Pieterson Museum. Hector Pieterson was shot and killed by police at the age of thirteen during the clashes between police forces and rioting students. The museum sheds light on the significance of the role of the youth in working towards changing an oppressive system and fighting for a better future. Just outside of Soweto is the Apartheid Museum, a worthwhile stop for anyone looking to discover more about South Africa’s social struggles. The museum is a deeply cathartic and uniquely interactive experience, which leaves visitors absorbed in the apartheid struggle.
For travelers willing to venture from city limits, the Cradle of Humankind, located about an hour outside of Joburg, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A museum on site offers an almost entirely interactive experience and education on the origins and evolution of humankind in South Africa. Just a few minutes drive from the museum are the Sterkfontein Caves where remains of early human ancestors were discovered.
The best way to start a morning in South Africa is with a hot air balloon ride, and no one does it better than Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris.
Cape Town and the southwestern coast are true gems of South Africa. Cape Town is nestled between Table Bay and Table Mountain, making it a naturally breath-taking and vibrant city.
One of Cape Town’s biggest attractions is Robben Island, the famous prison where Nelson Mandela and many others were held as political prisoners during the apartheid. What makes the prison tour truly unforgettable are the tour guides. They are former inmates, political prisoners once held in less than desirable conditions behind those very walls.
Just outside of Cape Town there are several iconic places to visit. Table Mountain, one of the seven wonders of nature, is only a short trip from the city. A short cable car ride from the base gives access to an array of walking paths that curve their way around the summit.
Further along the Cape Peninsula is Boulders Bay, home to the one and only African Penguin. When at Boulders Beach a network of elevated boardwalk paths provide a platform on which to view the beach’s famous residents. Down at the southwestern most tip of the Cape Peninsula is Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Both areas within Table Mountain National Park give a chance to take in the rare moment of being at the tip of southern Africa, looking at the convergence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
Malamala Game Reserve, located in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin outside of Nelspruit, offers one of South Africa’s finest safari experiences. Malamala is not only the largest reserve in the Sabi Sand, but also has the most river access, and less restrictive game viewing.
In South Africa your clients will do more than just get away, they will experience culture, luxury, and adventure that is enriching and rewarding beyond expectations; life at its fullest.