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Destination of the month: South Africa

Tue 03 Jul, 2012 // Firstnumber Team
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South Africa is an outdoorsy tourist's ultimate destination. It boasts some of the most impressive ocean shore scenery, hiking trails and game reserves the world over.

National Parks

Where better to experience the third most biodiverse country in the world than its national parks, of which there are 19 to choose from.
If arriving in Johannesburg, you're nearest option is Marakele National Park towards the border of Botswana. It's set in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains where wildlife flourishes thanks to the geographical setting between the dry west and moister eastern parts of South Africa.
Expect to see vultures, elephants, rhinos and kudu antelopes. Some of the best views and most species can be admired from the peak of the Waterberg massif.
Table Mountain National Park is nearest to Cape Town, and is one of the country's most renowned tourist destinations. It boasts a stunning series of valleys, beaches, and encompasses Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope.
Visitors can spot chacma baboons, caracal and ghost frogs along the many winding trails and from viewpoints.

Vineyards

South Africa's Route 62 is the world's longest wine route, and snakes through the wine-growing regions of Wellington, Robertsom, Klein Karoo, and Tulbagh. Tour operators schedule regular trips throughout wine country in groups large or small. These will normally include stops at various vineyards where you can expect to take part in tasting reds, whites or rose wines. You'll leave armed with much more knowledge of how wine is produced in our day.
Many wineries offer accommodation, dining and evening entertainment.

Game Reserves

Game reserves can be both public and private. Some offer accommodation in anything from rustic log cabins to five-star luxury lodges. The species most people visit for are lions, buffaloes, leopards, rhinos and elephants who roam freely in these areas.
Commonly offered activities include guided walks, fishing, night drives, quad biking. It's also fascinating to find out more about why reserves need exist in the first place, and the dangers poaching and other anthropic activity poses on the future of many native species.

Quirky facts about South Africa

South Africa is home to the world's highest commercial bridge bungee jump that lasts a whopping 710 feet.

In 1967 Cape Town's Groote Schuur Hospital was the setting for the world's first human heart transplant performed by Dr Christian Barnard.

Most of the world's macadamia nuts come from South Africa.

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