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South Africa by Bushbaby Travel

The Cape is the place to be for wine connoisseurs and gourmands with plenty of award-winning restaurants, many housed in fabulous examples of Cape Dutch architecture and enjoying stunning views. Nature buffs should try to visit between June and November when you can take a boat trip to see the Southern Right Whales, although the African penguins are present all year - the kind of beach companion children are sure to love. The Garden Route, a few hours east, is all wild beaches and animal sanctuaries and makes an ideal stop en-route to the Eastern Cape, home to the Big Five and malaria-free. With excellent game reserves to suit every style and budget, whether your preference is an elegant

The Cape is the place to be for wine connoisseurs and gourmands with plenty of award-winning restaurants, many housed in fabulous examples of Cape Dutch architecture and enjoying stunning views. Nature buffs should try to visit between June and November when you can take a boat trip to see the Southern Right Whales, although the African penguins are present all year - the kind of beach companion children are sure to love. The Garden Route, a few hours east, is all wild beaches and animal sanctuaries and makes an ideal stop en-route to the Eastern Cape, home to the Big Five and malaria-free. With excellent game reserves to suit every style and budget, whether your preference is an elegant colonial lodge or a more rustic tent by a river, this is a highlight of any South African itinerary.

KwaZulu Natal is a fascinating province; home to fabulous wildlife but also to the historic Anglo-Boer and Zulu Battlefields, as well as the Drakensburg Mountains with some dramatic wild beaches. North of Johannesburg, those in search of a little glitz should stop off at the famous Sun City Resort, with its wonderful water park. For some truly excellent game-viewing, there are several options for your next stop - Pilanesburg National Park, Madikwe Game Reserve of the Waterberg (malaria-free) or Kruger National Park (malarial). Whichever you choose, have your camera at the ready!

Whilst a holiday to South Africa is in itself an adventure, typically combining Cape Town with a safari and the beach, it's worth bearing in mind that regular onward flights to Mauritius and the Seychelles and the option of stop-overs in the Middle East, mean there are plenty of opportunities to create a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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A thrilling Big Five safari adventure followed by a week of relaxation on tropical shores is high on the holiday wish list for many families!

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