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Travel locally now, you'll be so glad you did

With international travel off the cards right now, more South Africans are discovering why millions of tourists head south every year. Why go anywhere else when you've got it all right here?

South Africa has so much to offer travellers from around the globe, but the beauty of wide-open spaces is having them all to yourself, so why share? Visitors from afar are keeping their distance for now, so grab this opportunity to explore the best that South Africa has to offer.

You’ll find something to tantalise your cultural and natural fascinations across the country, but it all starts with booking flights to Cape Town where you’ll find the most famous landmarks in South Africa. Hiring a car’s essential in making this a local trip of a lifetime and from Cape Town you can travel far afield up the West Coast or along the Garden route.

Wining and dining for all

South Africa offers some of the world’s most renowned wines and an abundance of glorious venues to enjoy them in. Whether you’re enjoying a picnic in the scenic environment, or a five-star meal at an acclaimed eatery, you’ll find something memorable to quench your thirst.

Die-hard wine fans can get it all along the world’s longest wine route, the R62 which kicks off in Cape Town stretching for 850 km all the way to Oudtshoorn via the Little Karoo.

You can whizz through this wealth of fine wining and dining in two days or make the most of it meandering slowly along these country roads.

A chance to catch up on your heritage

With no less than 10 World Heritage Sites to choose from, South Africa’s tremendous natural and cultural abundance is legendary. Put these top sites on your list for a whirlwind trip around the country:
  • Vredefort Dome, Free State
  • Cape Floral Region, Western and Eastern Cape
  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Barberton Mkhoniwa Mountains, Mpumalanga
  • The Cradle of Humankind, Limpopo
  • Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, Limpopo
  • Robben Island, Cape Town
  • Khomani cultural landscape, Northern Cape
  • Richtersvel cultural and botanical landscape, Northern Cape
  • Maloti-Drakensberg Park, KwaZulu-Natal
Lap up scenes of astonishing landscapes

From shore to shore, South Africa really pushes out the boat when it comes to beautiful, diverse scenery.

Jeffreys Bay is world famous for its enormous waves, while the Wild Coast boasts rocky windswept shores that scream photo-opp at every turn.

Lush forests line the coasts, creating a tropical ambience and botanical abundance that’s hard to match, while vast deserts hide incredible creatures and rare plant specimens. From the verdant Tsitsikamma to the arid Kalahari, there’s something for you to admire and enjoy wherever you travel in South Africa.

For action-packed leisure time activities, you can’t beat the lofty heights of the Drakensberg, Outeniqua Mountains, and the Magaliesberg.

These ancient heights are filled with adventures waiting to happen from pristine golf courses secluded in the hills and vales, to extreme hiking at height.

Who can forget Table Mountain? This iconic inselberg offers the opportunity to explore on foot, scooter, mountain bike or high over the city in a cable car.

Venture into the wild

If it’s a wild time you want, that’s just what you’ll get at one of South Africa’s world-leading national park. Discover creatures great and small in these pristine protected areas from the vast savannahs of the Kruger National Park to Table Mountain National Park’s fynbos wonderland.

Plan to stay ‘at home’ on your next holiday

Whether you choose to book your flight on one of the many SA Airlines and then drive or jet around on charter flights between iconic sights, you’ll be amazed at what your own country has to offer.

So, skip wondering about your international travel ambitions and satisfy your wanderlust with a local travel adventure. You’ll be so glad you did.

SA Airlines
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