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South Africa

South Africa is one of the most beautiful and varied countries on the planet, at Revere Travel we truly believe there is something for everyone here. A land of captivating contrasts, from sophisticated modern cities and unspoilt sandy beaches to vast tracts of untouched wilderness, South Africa is the perfect place to embrace the outdoor lifestyle. A melting pot of fascinating cultural diversity and all the delights this brings, including sumptuous eclectic cuisine and vibrant local people who are ready to offer the warmest of welcomes, it offers visitors an authentic and unique holiday experience.

Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city, blessed with an unsurpassed location with historic vineyards, landmarks such as the iconic Table Mountain, Cape Point, idyllic seaside resorts and glorious beaches, all easily accessible. The town itself is home to some of the country’s best museums, restaurants and hotels.

On Cape Town’s Southern Atlantic Seaboard, along the Cape Peninsula, are some lovely beaches and dramatic bays. About a five-minute drive from the city, you’ll find the exclusive Bantry Bay, where activities such as golf, mountain-biking, hiking, horse-riding and seasonal whale-watching, can all be enjoyed. Although it has no beach of its own, Bantry Bay offers its own dramatic rocky scenery and is a short walk from the beaches at Clifton.

Less than an hour’s drive inland from Cape Town, you’ll find the fertile valleys of the Cape Winelands, which produce some of the world’s best wines. Franschhoek is the gourmet capital of the Cape, a foodie heaven, with first class restaurants, specialty delicatessens and famous vineyards.

Accessed from Cape Town in the west or Port Elizabeth in the east, the Garden Route is a beautiful, botanically-rich, stretch of coastline that runs beside the Indian Ocean, world-renowned for its magnificent scenic drives that pass forested mountains, sandy beaches and historic towns. Flanked by the Indian Ocean, Knysna lagoon and the Outeniqua Mountains, Knysna is a small town giving access to the ancient indigenous forests, coastal paths and lakes the area has to offer. Stay at The Plettenberg, a perfect base from which to explore the vast expanses of Cape flora, wetlands, lagoons, forests and beaches of Plettenberg Bay.

The Western Cape offers fantastic opportunities for outdoor pursuits from nature hikes and biking, to playing golf at one of the championship courses in the region, as well as a host of opportunities to discover the array of marine life. Perched high on the cliffs, Hermanus is home to some excellent seafood restaurants, quirky shops and a famous craft market, plus if visiting between June and December Walker Bay becomes home to hundreds of Southern Right Whales which congregate to mate and calve their young. Grootbos, a private nature reserve overlooking Walker Bay is ideal for families with its access to deserted beaches and wonderful vineyards, as well as a range of land and boat-based excursions.

Gateway to the game reserves of Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga’s ‘Panorama Route', is a spectacular circuit that leads through the rugged mountain range and forests of the northern Drakensberg. Most visitors to South Africa will want to visit at least one of the country’s protected wilderness areas, to experience first-hand the wonder of nature and see the ‘Big Five’. In most cases the lodges welcome children, but in the interests of their safety, their participation in safari activities is at the discretion of the Guides. The world-renowned Singita boasts two luxurious lodges within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, both Singita Ebony Lodge and Singita Boulders Lodgeare located in prime wilderness areas and with an abundance of wildlife whilst Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Private Game Reserve go all out to cater specifically for children; their Cubs Club offers tailor-made activities, over 6-year-olds can join their parents on game-drives, while under 6-year-olds can go on short walks to spot birds and lizards.

Key Information

Time difference: GMT +2 Hours

Language: English and Afrikaans

Capital: Pretoria

Currency: South African Rand

Flight time: 11 hours (approx.)

Visa: (UK passport holders) – Check https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice (entry requirements)

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