South Africa in detail

Regions at a Glance

Cape Town and the Western Cape are refined, developed spots, where you can sip wine and enjoy activities on beaches and mountains. Head north to the Northern Cape and North West Province for rugged wildernesses and wildlife parks.

Surfers, hikers and lovers of African culture will enjoy the Eastern Cape, bordering the mountain kingdom of Lesotho and the Free State. The latter's golden fields and open spaces lead to the Drakensberg range, which stretches into KwaZulu-Natal, where beaches, wildlife parks and Zululand spread north from Durban.

Mpumalanga offers lowveld, the Drakensberg Escarpment and activities, while Gauteng, home of Jo'burg and Pretoria, is South Africa's urban heartbeat. The Big Five's hang-out, mighty Kruger National Park, crowns the country, alongside Limpopo's diverse landscapes and Venda culture.