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South Africa

Vast natural wildlife sanctuaries, sweeping views of the ocean and a sunny, temperate climate make this African country a true treasure.  

South Africa promises a wonderful combination of rich culture, scenic landscapes and thrilling adventure treks. Spread out in the sunshine on one of South Africa’s beaches, follow a herd of animals grazing on the plains or wander through the villages to speak to the diverse people who call South Africa home. 

Visit the legislative capital, Cape Town, to discover picturesque wine farms, bustling street markets and delicious seafood restaurants. During the day, relax at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and enjoy views from above on a treetop walkway. As the sun sets, experience Cape Town’s nightlife by enjoying a cocktail on an outdoor terrace on Victoria Road.

One of the most famous natural wonders in South Africa is the Cape of Good Hope, a rocky coastal headland within Table Mountain National Park. Walk along the Cape of Good Hope Trail for pristine beaches and peaceful birdwatching.

South Africa’s nature reserves, including more than 20 national parks, provide a variety of terrain for the local wildlife, such as the “Big Five.” The Big Five refers to the most dangerous animals to hunt on foot: elephant, lion, rhinoceros, leopard and buffalo.

Take a guided tour through Kruger National Park to see sleeping lions, or watch cheetahs dart across the dunes at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Book a trained guide to take you around the Addo Elephant National Park, or discover marine wildlife by swimming with the sharks in Sodwana Bay.

Winter in South Africa lasts from June to August. This is the best season for wildlife watching and the country’s least crowded season. The busy season is from November to March, when many tourists come for warm temperatures and sunny days. 

Three international airports are located near the major cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. After arrival, the most scenic way to travel around South Africa is by driving. Rent a car from the airport and enjoy miles of picturesque landscapes as you drive along the well-maintained roads.

Visit enchanting South Africa to appreciate the beauty of nature and explore culture and nightlife in the lively main cities.

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City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport CA $154
Reviewed on Nov. 30, 2019
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City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport

City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport

     
    4.3 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Convenient location and value for money.I highly recommend this property.

    Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport CA $141
    Reviewed on Dec. 8, 2019
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    Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport

    Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport

       
      4.0 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      I like the wine and cheese time because you mingle a the reception and meet people there

      The Table Bay Hotel CA $369
      Reviewed on Nov. 26, 2019
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      The Table Bay Hotel

      The Table Bay Hotel

      Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        4.6 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Amazing location . Fantastic view of Table Mountain from my room .

        Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre CA $59
        Reviewed on Dec. 3, 2019
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        Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre

        Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre

        Viewpoint Road, Bartlett, Boksburg, Gauteng
           
          4.2 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          clean and very tidy hotel . Good and quiet environment

          The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort CA $396
          Reviewed on Nov. 14, 2019
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          The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort

          The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort

          Sun City Resort, Sun City, North West
             
            4.3 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            IO liked everything . The hotel is in very good chepe, conservation note 1000.

            Hilton Cape Town City Centre CA $142
            Reviewed on Nov. 6, 2019
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            Hilton Cape Town City Centre

            Hilton Cape Town City Centre

            126 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              4.3 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              everyone that works at the hotel is very friendly and outgoing. Also very helpful with directions, suggestions for shopping and dining and transportation

              Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport CA $86
              Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2019
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              Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport

              Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport

                 
                4.1 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Close to airport and still quiet. Small room but great use of space

                Garden Court Sandton City CA $109
                Reviewed on Dec. 5, 2019
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                Garden Court Sandton City

                Garden Court Sandton City

                Cnr West and Maude Street, Sandton, Gauteng
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Very close to Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square.

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