It has often happened to me in recent times to hear me say: the world is so big, what's the point of always coming back to the same country, but don't get tired?
No, I do not get tired, because South Africa gathers cultures from all over the world, because within 100 km you pass from the golden beaches to the mountains crossing sweet hills covered with vineyards and also making a trip to one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Because in every period of the year there is a reason to go, I can move independently because the rental cars do not have prohibitive prices, vaccines are not necessary and the hygienic-sanitary standard is of high level. Why, and I stop here, even if I could go on forever ...
South Africa is Africa! A trip to the rainbow country is a continuous discovery, what to see? ALL. Cape Town is perfect for those looking for modernity, chic and trendy, but also wants to breathe "exotic" air and offers the possibility of doing many types of sports, from surfing to diving with sharks, from trekking to abseiling and all within a few kilometers. For those who love adventure, there are multi-day trails that run along the Cape Peninsula up to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. My advice is to stay at least a couple of nights in the Table Mountain national park at the Smitswinkel tented camp.
The Kruger National Park is instead the ideal place for those who love nature and animals, for those who cannot afford the expensive safaris of other countries or private reserves. Here you do the safari on your own, take your car and walk the streets of the park in search of those who live there, serene, free. You only have to comply with the regulation that is given to you at the entrance. Of course, at first it may seem difficult to see animals, but slowly and perhaps with some advice from an expert you will have great satisfaction. My advice is to dedicate to the park no less than five days and sleep inside preferring smaller camps even if with fewer services like Crocodile, Tamboti, Talamati. This is South Africa for everyone.
My South Africa, the one that offers something extra, takes you off the tourist trade routes; is that of the mountains on the border with Lesotho, the Drakensberg, this is geologically one of the oldest parts of the world, it is the ideal place for those who love trekking and archeology, as there are many sites of bushmen rock art. That of the semi-desert region of the Karoo with spectacular views and surprising rock formations, ideal for those who love off-road routes. That of the Kgalagadi cross-border park, the most extreme in South Africa, shared with Botswana, this park is located in the Kalahari desert region and it is advisable to go there when you already have a little experience in self drive safaris and off road driving, it's the place ideal for those who love cats, including lions with black manes. Exciting meetings are guaranteed. My advice is to spend a couple of nights at the Gharagab camp.