South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation, and when you visit, you’ll be treated to kaleidoscopic delights from sea to sky. Here are our favorite reasons for visiting South Africa on a Go Ahead tour.
Game drives on South Africa Discovery visit the rhinos of Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, the crowded watering holes of the Pumba Private Game Reserve, and the famous lions of Kruger National Park. Specially designed all-terrain vehicles allow you to get right up close to exotic animals and breathe in the African air.
2. Eco-cruise at St. Lucia Estuary
The St. Lucia Estuary is home to an incredible array of biodiversity, with habitats including coral reefs, savannas, mangrove swamps and rare and delicate subtropical dune forests. An eco-cruise through this national park will open your eyes to a unique natural world.
3. Port Elizabeth
South Africa’s own “Windy City,” Port Elizabeth lies along the famous Garden Route, which you’ll discover on a tractor-drawn wagon ride (weather permitting).
The crown jewel of the Garden Route, Featherbed Nature Reserve is accessible only by boat. On our tour, travelers enjoy a scenic 4-by-4 ride to the top of a promontory overlooking the ocean. You’ll be enchanted by the sights of these pristine forests and the sounds of waves crashing against the rocks far below.
5. Cape Town
Nestled between Table Mountain and the sea, you’ll find Cape Town, South Africa’s gateway to the world and one of the most multicultural cities on the continent.
6. Robben Island
Located tantalizingly close to the mainland, Robben Island was home to one of apartheid’s most notorious prisons. Nelson Mandela spent 28 years here as a political prisoner before leading South Africa into a brighter tomorrow.
Explorer Bartolomeu Dias originally named it the Cape of Tempests, but Portuguese King John II decided on the more optimistic name we know today. Home to exotic penguins and monkeys, the Cape of Good Hope symbolizes South Africa’s connection to the past and hope for the future.
Have you been to South Africa and have a favorite sight that didn’t make our list? Leave a comment and let us know!