South Africa - Regions and Towns
3 Northern Cape
4 Free State
Province (Northern Province)
Drake described it as "the fairest Cape in all the circumference of the World."
Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, Cape Town is, without doubt, one of the
most beautiful cities in the world, offering outstanding interest and variety
to the visitor. Blending the old with the new, it has a relaxed, almost
continental atmosphere that will charm even the most sophisticated jet-setter
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Thetsitsikamma Forest runs into the Eastern Cape, a
province steeped in history as well as blessed with beautiful beaches and
rugged mountain scenery. This is the birthplace of President Nelson Mandela and
is the melting pot of three cultures, Xhosa, British and Afrikaner. It is here
that battles took place between the early English settlers and the Xhosa.
The country's longest and most magnificent coastline runs from the rugged
Tsistikamma Forest area through the famed surfing spots of Jeffreys Bay to the
golden beaches of the Sunshine Coast and the Wild Coast.
The coast is
dotted with relaxing holiday resorts. Many resorts comprise only a cluster of
houses and shops but boast sports facilities such as bowling greens and tennis
courts. There are also some excellent spots for fishermen.
the wooded Amatola Mountains, a paradise for hikers, climbers and trout
fishermen, as well as the brooding Karoo Desert. Visitors to the East Cape can
experience scenic beauty and the life of villages unwind in a rural retreat or
explore the bustling city life. This region includes the major seaport of Port
Elizabeth, known as "The Friendly City".
There are also two national
parks containing unique sub-species, the
Mountain Zebra National Park and the
Elephant National Park, the last refuge of the Cape Elephant, and several
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Includes detailed regional maps of Jeffreys bay, the Wild Coast region and
street maps of East London and Port Elizabeth.
The Rugged Regions of the Northern
Cape appeal to those seeking broad horizons and peace and quiet. It is an area
of outstanding natural beauty and contains the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park,
set in the rolling dunes of the Kalahari Desert. The park is home to the
magnificent gemsbok antelope, as well as the delicate springbok and the
Kalahari lion, with its distinctive black mane. To the south is the Augrabies Falls National Park, where the
river plunges nearly 200 feet into a narrow ravine.
The entire region
has only one major town, Upington, the jumping-off point for the Kalahari, the
Augrabies Falls and Fish River Canyon, and one city, Kimberley. Kimberley has
been dubbed the "City of Diamonds" and its Big Hole bears testament to the
diamond-rush days of the last century.
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landlocked province between the Vaal River in the north and the Orange River in
the south is an area of wide, open spaces - an immense rolling prairie,
checkered with farmsteads and windmills. Hospitality is one of the province's
prized assets and a Free State farm holiday offers a unique opportunity to get
to know the friendly people who inhabit this region. One of South Africa's
major rivers, the Vaal the flows through the province and there are attractive
holiday resorts near two of the river's largest dams.
of the eastern highlands harbour romantic hideaways and rugged hiking Park in
the trails. The
Golden Gate National Park in the north-east,
with its spectacular sandstone formations, an area of scenic beauty, has a
network of nature trails and provides the opportunity to see a variety of
antelope and birdlife. The adjoining Qwaqwa National Park is sanctuary to rare
species of vulture. Other protected areas include the Mount Everest Game
Reserve at Harrismith and the Seekoeivlie Nature Reserve, a birdwatchers'
paradise near the small town of Memel. Qwaqwa and many other parts of the Free
State are home to the South Sotho people and their culture can be appreciated
at the Basotho Cultural Village.
Capital of the Free State is
Bloemfontein, known as the 'City of Roses'
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KwaZulu-Natal is one of South
Africa's smallest provinces encompassing the territory known as Zululand
towards the north. Near Eshowe visitors can stay in typical Zulu villages (with
beehive shaped, thatched huts).
In this region area number of important
wildlife conservation areas, including award-winning
Hluhluwe/ Umfolozi Park , where the white
rhino was saved from extinction, and the coral reefs and water wonderland of
the St Lucia 'estuary and Lake St. Lucia.
To the west are the soaring
peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains, with protected public parks from which the
magnificent scenery can be enjoyed. This region is famed for its proliferation
of ancient rock paintings by the San (Bushmen), South Africa's original
The province is also known for its Anglo-Zulu and
Anglo-Boer battlefield sites. At its heart is the city of Pietermaritzburg.
With its "olde worlde" dignity it is affectionately referred to as "The Last
Outpost of the British Empire". The Midlands region boasts excellent country
hotels, arts and craft routes, white water rafting on the Tugela River, trout
fishing and wonderful scenery.
KwaZulu-Natal's sub-tropical climate
makes it the haunt of sunbathers, swimmers and watersports enthusiasts
all-year-round. Cities and towns, such as Umhlanga Rocks, have well-developed
resort areas, geared for looking after demanding tourists. Durban, with its
"golden mile" of modern hotels and restaurants, has been dubbed South Africa's
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This is one of the premier tourist
areas of South Africa offering a variety of tourist routes, each with its own
special attractions. An appealing diversity of cultures, featuring some of the
most colourful and interesting tribal groupings in the country, is a particular
Mpumalanga is a sportsman's paradise. There are golf
courses in some of the province's most scenic areas. Hang-gliding,
micro-lighting and para-gliding are popular and hiking is available throughout
the province with the world-renowned Kruger National Park offering guided walks
for small groups. Large dams provide the opportunity for watersports whilst
dams and streams in the high country attract trout anglers.
landscapes of the Escarpment is dramatic. The eastern faces of the mountains
are particularly steep, plunging hundreds of metres down to the
National Park and
Mozambique. The Blyde River Canyon, one of the
great natural features of Southern Africa and the third largest canyon in the
world, is a majestic, red sandstone gorge whose almost sheer cliff-face plunges
nearly a kilometre below. Dominating the gorge are the triple peaks known as
the "Three Rondavels".
The Blyde River Botanical Reserve is situated in
South Africas Blyde River Canyon, which is renowned for its breath-taking
beauty, and its towering peaks, broad, fast-flowing rivers and green indigenous
forest. (see site for full information)
Gold diggers, transport-riders
and big game hunters roamed the area and have left behind a fascinating
history. 'Re village of Pilgrim's Rest is a national monument where visitors
are transported back to the days of the early gold rush of the late 19th
century. Other tourist attractions, Barberton, Sabi and the Long Tom Pass an
intriguing glimpse into a colourful pa The area known as the Lowveld is the
haunt big game. West of the Kruger National Park number of private game
reserves, each with its own distinct character.
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This province is the commercial heart
of South Africa containing the important cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Despite the urbanisation of the Johannesburg region, opportunities for getting
back to nature bound. Game farms, dams lakes and rivers (for watersports and
fishing, hiking trails), and picnic spots are plentiful and the Vaal River area
is a particularly popular recreational area.
The province is
described as "The Heartbeat of Africa". Johannesburg, known as the "City of
Gold" or Egoli, is the commercial powerhouse of South Africa.
Pretoria is about 30 miles north of Johannesburg is the country's
administrative capital, is known as 'Jacaranda City' after the purple-blossomed
trees which bloom in such profusion in later September-October, the South
African spring time. It is a fascinating melting pot of different culture -
South Africa is one city. Outside the city are bushveld game farms as well as
more than 100 nature reserves and bird sanctuaries of which the Rietvlei Nature
Reserve is the largest
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LIMPOPO PROVINCE (formally Northern Province)
Here is a region of vastness and variety, with a culturally rich and diverse
people. The NI from Johannesburg literally splits the province in two,
providing tourists with easy access to all areas.
The Southern Region
is famous for its many hot spring resorts, the Nylsvlei wetland and the
unspoilt mountains and flowing streams of the Waterberg. Wildlife in the game
reserves is abundant and the scenery ranges from rolling hills to mighty cliffs
of stark red rock.
To the east lies the immense wildlife heritage of
the Kruger National Park. By contrast, visitors
can breathe in the cool evening air amongst the mountains and rivers of the
lowveld. This unhurried and timeless region is known as "The Valley of the
In the centre is the vibrant capital city of
Pietersburg - the industrial and commercial heart of the Great North. Here gold
was first mined and smelted in the 19th century. The very earliest hominid
fossils were discovered close by, in the historic caves of the Makapan Valley.
Sweeping across from the Northwest - and flowing along the northern
border - is the Limpopo River Valley, a vast, natural area with cultures that
date back to the Iron Age. Here are hilltop fortifications, and San (Bushmen)
paintings and cave dwellings unchanged from the ancient past.
west lies the real bushveld, almost endless except for the hazy blue of distant
mountains. Amongst the tangle of vegetation grow old baobab trees, their
branches looking like roots thus creating a striking silhouette against a fiery
This is a land of legend, ruins and relies. The Venda people
are intensely superstitious and place great store in rites and rituals. In the
python dance, teenage girls perform a slow, rhythmic dance to the throb of
drums. Part of the folklore of the North Sotho people is the legendary Rain
Queen, Modjadji, while the Tsonga produce beautiful arts and crafts.
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The North West is home to the Batswana
people, who produce exceptionally fine works of art and outstanding curios. A
well-known tourist attraction is Sun City, a fabulous resort complex which
includes The Palace at the Lost City, Africa's most extravagant hotel. Sun City
and the Lost City attract top international entertainers, provide exceptional
sporting facilities, including two championship golf courses, and feature
casinos, excellent restaurants and night-clubs. But there is much more to be
discovered in this "Big Heart Country" province.
It boasts some
excellent game reserves - such as the 60,000 hectare
Pilanesberg National Park,
adjoining Sun City and the newly created reserve of
Madikwe, close to the Botswana
border, which covers 75,000 hectares and has been stocked with over 10,000
animals in a project known as Operation Phoenix.
The province also
includes Stellaland, in the Vryburg area, described as the "Texas of South
Africa", where large cattle farms and game ranches are to be found. The
province abounds in resorts, game lodges, guest houses and bed & breakfast
accommodation. The "Diamond Route" runs from Bakerville through Wolmaransstad
and Christiana to Kimberley. Active diamond digging still takes place and is on
offer as a tourist attraction. Near Christiana is a thermal spring resort and
game reserve famous for rhino. Hiking and canoeing trails are located near
Potchefstroom, Greet Marico and Rustenburg.
At Taung a plaque marks
the spot where, in 1924, the front of the hominid skull of the Taung Child was
found in a lime quarry. This was the first fossil of the so-called African
"man-ape" to be discovered.
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