Essential National Parks
Travelers arriving in South Africa usually offer safari in one of the magnificent national parks. The best justifies a trip alone. Located in the north of the country, this 20,000 km 2 park is, in the eyes of South Africans, one of the most beautiful reserves in the world. At the Kruger, we become tiny, like all those spectators fascinated by wildlife. Accommodation, adapted to all bursaries and desires, has been developed in the very heart of the bush. The public camps proposed by the reserve are clean and cheap. The luckiest people will enjoy a stay in one of the sumptuous private lodges nestled in the park.
The south-west of the park is the ideal place to fall nose with rhinos. Girafes and Zebras have their habits near the Olifantes River. Towards Pafuri, you can admire baobabs and animals of all kinds. Seeing a herd of elephants in front of itself is the privilege of this unique place in the world.
But Kruger does not have a monopoly on wildlife because the Cape region, a small corner of paradise, also has beautiful natural reserves. In Cape Town, you can visit the Table National Park, visit Simon's Town penguins colony and end up with a sunset on Chapman's Peak or dinner in one of the Bay's trendy restaurants.
To the north is the wine region. South Africa is the 8 th world wine producer. These wines are attractive from the point of view of quality-price, and the best products compete with the good wines of the world wine-growing regions.
Johannesburg, an intriguing metropolis
Through his experiences and museums that trace the troubled history of this country, Johannesburg is separate. However, few tourists continue to go to «Jozi», although its region, Gauteng, has been inhabited since the dawn of time. From 1886, Johannesburg was interested in the world: a gold mine was discovered there.
Completely left behind from 1980 to 2000, the city resumes a new breath. Many clubs and fashionable shops in New Town have opened their doors, and the golden youth of Jo 'burg go there every weekend. Beware, the Central Business District remains dangerous. Choose a minibus tour, you will stay in front of the beauty of buildings and palaces built in the time of the gold rush. Sandton is the most popular area. Restaurants, shopping malls and luxury boutiques are the economic center of the country.
A healthy mind in a healthy body
Sport is essential in the lives of South Africans. Rugby is certainly national sport, but it is not the only one: Football, cricket, fishing, golf or surfing are practiced there. For example, many sports activities are offered to tourists. The Drakensberg mountains are ideal for family walks, with tyrolean routes offering a more muscular course. Then put the course on the Kwazulu and its beaches appreciated by the surfers.
After the effort, comfort! And for that, everyone's kitchen: English prefers braai, this barbecue with friends; The Afrikaners will agree on the coil, kind of curry hash. The Indians cook the bunny chow, the bread of curry stuffed curry. Blacks will not spend a meal without their Pap and Chakalaka (corn flour accompanied by tomato sauce). A whole life would not be enough to make the rounds!
South Africa offers quality meat. Steakhouses everywhere will not disappoint you.
South Africans have their hands on the heart. Making friends is very easy. South Africans usually find themselves around a beer before weekly poise. Many will invite you to their table for a drink, share good addresses… Because South Africans love their country. Nature is beautiful and rich and its cultural richness is extraordinary. With eleven official languages, European traditions, an African culture, descendants of Muslim slaves and Hindu Indians, the rainbow nation, so dear to Nelson Mandela, was able to remain, despite political and economic instability, welded and united.
When: All year round. Prefer summer for the beaches of Kwazulu Natal, spring to visit Kruger Park and the Kalahari Desert.
Go there: Average price of a Paris-Le Cap flight: from 725 to 1,080 €. Paris-Johannesburg: from 550 to 1,000 €. Think about booking your tickets in advance. Prices rise fast!
Vaccines: No vaccine is required to stay there. The following vaccines are recommended: Hepatitis A and B, rage and typhoid.
Useful: Office of South African Tourism, 61 rue La Boétie, 75008 Paris. Telephone: 0 810 203 403. More information.
01 42 96 80 00
Makila Voyages organizes your trip to South Africa with passion and a great knowledge of the terrain.
1/As soon as they detect their prey, cheetahs make a sprint around 100 km/h!
2/Cabins on all colors brighten African beaches.