South Africa

This is a country of contrasts. On the deep southern coastline you will find small sleepy villages, with the eastern shore offering warm waters and pristine beaches, and the west providing near exact conditions, but with heavier swells and colder waters. The east coast is widely known for its scenery, and has been aptly dubbed ‘The Garden Route’. Following this long stretch of road brings you through movie-like locations with giant overhanging trees, open mountain ranges strewn with fynbos, and prime spots for whale watching and game viewing.

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The high octave bustle and lights of Cape Town’s city centre is forever watched over by Table Mountain. One of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, it is a sight worth beholding. Even though it lies so far south, it can be seen as the heart of the country.
Stellenbosch and Franschhoek on the other hand can be thought of as full bodied, just like their internationally sought after wines. The tranquility in these areas is unmatchable. Plump grapevines and plum trees stretch out towards the horizon. There are 5-star accommodations and wine estates such as ‘La Residence’, with acres of vineyards and open roaming space, world class spas and gourmet restaurants. And we have barely left Cape Town.

Further north up the gorgeous countryside lies the all too well known ‘Sun City’. With outdoor safari adventures and water sports, indoor shopping, spas and restaurants, it is a jam packed miniature version of the entire country with splendor galore. The gauteng province is home to the city of Johannesburg. This city has an extremely rich history, and with the nickname ‘City of Gold’, it’s not hard to see why. The world’s deepest gold mine lies just outside the city, currently at just over 3.9 kilometers into the earth. This area has made South Africa one of the leaders in gold
mining. After the crumbling of the country’s Apartheid era, the people have come together to build a better future for everyone. A perfect example of this is Jo’burg itself. The mix of colours, sights and smells in the city shows you small pieces of a variety of cultures. Crawling over the border between South Africa and Mozambique, lies the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves. This is the home of the big five, and hundreds of other species of wildlife and birds. Private game reserves in the park such as ‘Sabi Sands’ offer the best tours to viewing these majestic animals up close and personal. The park itself is the perfect example of the real African experience mixed with first class facilities that blend into the natural landscape.

South Africa might be at the very bottom of the continent, but it is certainly a central attraction.

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Travel Information

Electricity

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. A three-point round-pin adapter plug should be brought for your electrical appliances – such adapters…

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Banking

CurrencyThe currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. There are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 notes. Coins come in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c…

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Cuisine

Standards of hygiene in relation to food health and safety in South Africa, are generally high in hotels, restaurants, pubs and nightspots. Tap water in…

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Climate

South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at highs of 28°C to average lows of 8°C in the summer months while winter temperatures…

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Transport

Travelling around South Africa is relatively easy by air, road and rail. Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways, operated by Comair….

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Dress

SummerBring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 – 40 degree Celsius range in some areas.Also…

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Regions

andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Described as “Seven Worlds of Wonder”, &Beyond Phinda encompasses an impressive 23 000 hectares (56 800 acres) of prime Big Five wilderness in KwaZulu-Natal. This Reserve comprises seven distinct habitats – from dry sand forest to wetland systems and mountain ranges. Catch a glimpse of the shy suni antelope, track…

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Cape Town

A fusion of vibrant cultures, iconic locations and unforgettable experiences, South Africa embodies the heart of Africa, while residing at the foot of the continent.

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Cape Winelands

In the Western Cape province of South Africa, the charming towns lining the Cape Winelands boast some of the world’s best wines, and some of Africa’s top restaurants.

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Cederberg

The Cederberg is wild, rugged, dramatic and above all, breathtakingly beautiful. The region’s valleys are lined with citrus orchards and surrounded by magnificent mountains that become even more spectacular at sunset, when they are bathed in vivid colours. Hiking, bouldering and rock-climbing are popular pursuits in this beautiful natural wilderness,…

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Franschhoek

Idyllically situated in the Cape Winelands, this peaceful country retreat is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. The once sleepy little village was named Franschhoek, meaning “French Corner” as it was founded by French Huguenots who fled Europe and were seeking a secluded hide-out. They found it in…

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Garden Route

A quaint wine farming town with a quiet but buzzing main road which is home to internationally renowned chefs and cuisines in some of the country’s top restaurants.

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of…

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Kruger National Park

The Kruger Park is renowned as a one of the best safari tour destinations in Africa. With 2-million hectares of untainted, diverse land, this is a slice of African heaven.

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MalaMala Game Reserve

MalaMala is one of the largest private Big 5 game reserves in Southern Africa. Her world-wide renown is due to the uncompromising high standard of service, sound conservation management policies and the finest, most consistent game viewing on the sub-continent.
Situated in the northeastern reaches of South Africa in…

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Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

The Sabi Sands is South Africa’s premier private game viewing destination. It was here that the southern African safari began and today this famous reserve offers exceptional game viewing and equally exceptional accommodations. Two perennial rivers, the Sabi and the Sand flow through this Game Park, sustaining the diverse fauna…

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Sun City

No matter the occasion, this top class resort creates perfect moments. Fill your photo albums with scenes of romantic getaways, lucky casino wins and family adventures.

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Thornybush Game Reserve

A well-known destination for local and international visitors Thornybush has earned its reputation as one of the country’s finest bush experiences. Situated within 14 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Thornybush Nature Reserve is a true escape from the madness of city life. This…

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Umhlanga

Just outside of Durban is the seaside resort town of Umhlanga Rocks. The tropical weather and lush vegetation make this an enticing holiday destination, attracting visitors from all over the world. It is the perfect location for ocean enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers alike, with great opportunities for diving, swimming, scuba…

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The wildlife of Africa is the world’s greatest heritage, drawing millions of visitors from around the globe to the legendary game parks and the Kruger Park is easily the best place to experience it all.

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This 1 600-kilometre meander is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. Travel the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the haunting…

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Reviews

John & Chris Carter

ATI – their rep, Wendy, met us at 8.00am on our first morning at Galton and spent an hour giving us the most helpful and professional briefing we have ever had. Our routes were highlighted on a large scale map and Wendy went through every leg of the journey in…

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Robert Leder

Thank you and ATI for putting this fantastic holiday together for us, and your patience when dealing promptly with our requests and questions to create a totally perfect holiday. Thank you also for all the effort you put into giving us a briefing upon arrival, having the rental car delivered…

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John and Lesley Hampshire

We had a fantastic trip. This is the first time we’ve used a company like ATI and we’re glad we did. All the lodges and guesthouses we stayed at were excellent. Rivendell was a good start and end: informal, friendly and helpful staff, convenient position. Those that stand out in…

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Anne Varney

We are a UK couple who travel as frequently as possible and just to start we need to admit our bias, as this was our third trip to Africa with ATI, and it will not be our last. Each trip they have delivered more than expected or requested and to…

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Oliver Steinmeier

We recently returned from a two week trip to Namibia that we booked with the help of Corinna from ATI. It turned out to be a trip of a lifetime — hopefully not the last one, because we definitely want to come back for more. The whole process of booking…

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