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South Africa travel guide

Find out what to see and do when travelling or backpacking around South Africa.

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Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town
One of the most beautiful cities in the world; Cape Town boasts beautiful beaches, stunning vineyards, and a pulsing nightlife.
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Garden Route, South Africa
Garden Route
The Garden Route is the most popular drive in the country for good reason. With rolling green hills, secluded bays, and a car-load of different activities, this is most travellers first experience of South Africa.
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger National Park
South Africa's biggest, most popular game reserve, the Kruger offers a wealth of different safari options, proving the perfect gateway to finding the Big 5.
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Drakensberg, South Africa
The 'Dragon Mountains' are the highest in the country and provide some of the most epic landscapes in Africa. Great for hiking, horse-riding, or just sitting back and soaking up the scenery.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg (or Jo'burg) is a vibrant, bustling city that has much to offer if you can see past the scare stories. Take a Soweto tour for a real eye opening experience.
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Battlefields, South Africa
The Battlefields
The site of many famous historic battles between European settlers and Zulu warriors still draw many visitors from around the globe. Hire a guide and absorb the atmosphere.
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The Wild Coast, South Africa
The Wild Coast
One of the last truly wild sections of South Africa, the Wild Coast stretches from Durban to Port Elizabeth, where rolling hills meet the warm Indian Ocean.
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Hippo in St Lucia, South Africa
St Lucia
A tropical lagoon, lush mangrove forest and big white sand beaches make up this beautiful National Park on South Africa's sunshine coast.
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Tours and day trips in South Africa

This guide to travelling in South Africa was contributed by South Africa Travel Plan

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