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Where to Travel in South Africa:

While you could travel around the whole of South Africa in a matter of weeks,
a more satisfying approach is to focus your attention on one section of the
country.

Every one of the nine provinces (plus Lesotho and Swaziland) holds at least a couple of compelling reasons to visit, although, depending on the time of year
and your interests, you'd be wise to concentrate on either the west or the east
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The South African west coast, best visited in the warmer months (Nov-April),
has the outstanding attraction of Cape Town , worth experiencing for its
matchless setting beneath Table Mountain, at the foot of the continent.
Half a day's drive from here can take you to any other destination in the
Western Cape , a province which owes its distinctive character to the fact
that it has the longest-established colonial heritage in the country. You'll find gabled Cape Dutch architecture, historic towns and vineyard-covered
mountains in the Winelands ; forested coast along the Garden Route ; and a
dry interior punctuated by Afrikaner dorps in the Little Karoo.

If the west sounds a bit too pretty and you're after a more "African"
experience, head for the eastern side of South Africa, it is best visited in the
cooler months (May-Oct). Johannesburg is more likely to be your point of
entry to this area: its frenetic street life, soaring office blocks and lively mix of people make it quite unlike anywhere else in South Africa. Half a day away
by car lie the Northern Province and Mpumalanga, which share the mighty
Kruger National Park . Of South Africa's roughly two dozen major parks, the Kruger Park attracts the largest number of first-time visitors, and is unrivalled
on the continent for its cross-section of mammal species.

A visit to Kruger National Park combines perfectly with the KwaZulu-Natal which lies to the south.
An excellent short cut is to drive through tiny, landlocked Swaziland , which
has attractions all of its own: a unique Swazi culture and a number of well-managed game parks. KwaZulu-Natal offers superb game and bird life; Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park is the best place in the world to see endangered
rhinos and there are several other outstanding small game reserves nearby,
such as Ithala, Mkhuze and Ndumo. For hiking and nature, nothing rivals the soaring Drakensberg range. After Cape Town, Durban remains the only city in South Africa worth visiting in its own right: a busy cultural melting pot with a bustling Indian district and lively beachfront. The long stretch of beaches north
and south of Durban is the most developed in the country, but north towards
the Mozambique border lies the wildest stretch of coast in South Africa.

Long sandy beaches , developed only in pockets, are characteristic of much
of the 2500km of shoreline that curves from the cool Atlantic along the
Northern Cape round to the subtropical Indian Ocean that foams onto
KwaZulu-Natal's shores. Jeffrey's Bay on the Eastern Cape coast is reputed
to be one of the world's top surfing spots. Much of the Eastern Cape coast is equally appealing, whether you just want to stroll, sunbathe or take in
backdrops of mountains and hulking sand dunes. Scuba diving , especially in KwaZulu-Natal, opens up a world of coral reefs rich with colourful fish, and southeast of the Western Cape winelands, along the Whale Coast , is one of South Africa's unsung attractions - some of the best shore-based
whale-watching in the world.

With time in hand, you might want to drive through the sparse but exhilarating interior of South Africa, with its open horizons, switchback mountain passes, rocks, scrubby vegetation and isolated dorps . The Northern Cape and Northwest Province can reveal surprises. Visit the western section of the
Northern Cape in August or September, and you'll be treated to a riot of
colourful wild flowers . From the staunchly Afrikaner heartland of Free State , you're well poised to visit the undeveloped kingdom of Lesotho , set in the mountains between the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. Lesotho has few
vestiges of royalty left today, but it does offer plenty of spectacular highland scenery, best explored on a sturdy, sure-footed Lesotho pony.

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