Calling all explorers! South Africa has a total of eight UNESCO-registered World Heritage Sites. They cover staggering natural beauty with Mapungubwe National Park, historical gravity with Robben Island and links to the struggles of Nelson Mandela, and the origins of humanity itself with the Cradle of Humankind paleontological site. South Africa is a country with the power to fascinate and inspire on many different levels.
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South Africa is the only country in the world with three capital cities. Namely the Executive Capital of Pretoria, the Judicial Capital of Bloemfontein, and the Legislative Capital of Cape Town.
The Big Five
A primary reason why many ventures to South Africa is for a chance to spot The Big Five at one of the many world-class game reserves available.
The chance to see an African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros in the stripped-back wilderness of their natural habitat is an unforgettable opportunity, particularly when taking a safari family holiday, with many game reserves also offering dedicated bush tours for children alongside the excitement of game drives as part of a trip of a lifetime to see their favourite animals brought to life before their eyes.
Art collectors now list Cape Town as a vital stop on their international journeys, with some of the finest collections in the world to be found in Africa’s creative capital. This, bolstered by the imminent opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art, offers an intriguing glimpse into the latest works of the continent’s leading imaginative minds.
From May to November, Humpback and Southern right whales visit the area, while from November to January, leatherback and loggerhead turtles lay their eggs on the beaches. Join a community-guided tour to witness turtles laying eggs on the same beaches they emerged from!