Cape Town is a vibrant city that will get right under your skin, whether you visit in summer or winter.
While walking through the city's streets and meeting its people, you will fall in love with its natural beauty and incredible spirit.
Cape Town is a city where the unexpected is always just around the corner and the beautiful province of the Western Cape lies ready to be explored beyond the city border.
What to do in Capetown?
Dive into shark-infested waters
Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water… South Africa has an incredibly diverse shark population. A quarter of the world’s shark species (98 to be precise) dwell in South African waters and around 40 of these call the waters around Cape Town home.
Waddle down to a penguin colony
Enjoy some beach time with the endearing jackass penguins (so-called because of their unrefined singing voices that resemble those of braying jackasses) who call the African Penguin Colony at Boulder’s Beach home. For R5 extra, you can spy on slippery sea life or beach babes through the binoculars dotting the walkway.
Discover the Cape Jazz rhythm
Cape Town’s jazz scene is a crucial part of its heritage. The city’s rich jazz tradition stems from artists finding inspiration in their struggles during the apartheid years. Since then, the music has evolved into its own genre, Cape Jazz, a style with a distinct African spice. It’s a way of life in the Cape – and you’ll find it everywhere from the heart of the townships to the most lavish cigar lounge.
Nyanga and Vumba / Bvumba
Nyanga National Park is situated in one of the most scenic areas of Zimbabwe's Eastern Highlands. Rolling green hills and perennial rivers transverse the Park. With its stunning mountainous views, numerous waterfalls, varied activities and unique flora and fauna, Nyanga National Park can provide the visitor with an unforgettable holiday experience.
What to do in nyanga?
or some of the best trout fishing in Africa you should visit the Gairesi Valley. The national parks and private dams provide good fishing for brown and rainbow trout, making the Nyanga area one of the best districts for trout fishing in Africa. Relatively close to both Harare and Mutare, it is easily accessible and very popular. Trout were introduced from Cape in 1934. They have flourished and stocks are maintained in dams and rivers of the up land region by the National Parks service. The Osborne Dam is a spectacular fishing ground and mecca for bass fishing
The mountains of Nyanga and Bvumba / Vumba
Are there to be enjoyed so you can either back pack, horse ride, hike, rock climb, abseiling (Honda Valley You can also kayak and raft in the Honda Valley At Nyanga National Park, the Nyangombe Falls is a great place to picnic.
The highest single drop waterfall in Zimbabwe can be seen at Mtarazi Falls and at Pungwe Falls you will be treated to spectacular gorge views. The view from Worlds View is just that A 70 km circular drive around Bvumba National Park is a feast of spectacular scenery and views into neighbouring Mozambique Cave exploration to view rock paintings, or see ancient gold workings at some of the ruins. At Nyanga Ruins there are 3 structures to explore namely pits, forts and terracing. Who built the ruins? Why? Can you find the answer?
Enjoy breathtaking scenery, fresh mountain air and the privilege of playing audience to 'God's choir' - exquisite birdsong in unspoiled forests. At the end of 'tour of re-birth', the icing on the cake is definitely Tony's Coffee Shop which serves an astounding range of speciality teas and coffees and a delectable assortment of cakes.
The world-renowned Victoria Falls, which the local Kololo tribe calls Mosi-oa-tunya (the smoke that thunders), is one of Africa’s most scenic and enchanting sights. Re-named after Queen Victoria by the first white man to see them, David Livingstone in 1855, when local people showed him. The Victoria Falls has 545,000,000 litres of water plunging every minute into a chasm 106 metres deep, making them the tallest and grandest water falls in the world. The Zambezi River at the falls is over 1.6 kilometres wide.
What to do?
The Falls have been declared national parks to preserve the area from excessive commercialization and are one of the four World Heritage sites found in Zimbabwe. The Victoria Falls National Park covers the area immediately downstream from the Falls, and incorporates the numerous gorges that comprised the Falls in earlier ages.
Visitors occupy their sunny days on boat cruises on the Zambezi River, or take flights in small planes to photograph the Falls from the air, or view them from its many vantage points on a walk through the luxuriant growth of the Rain Forest, which is kept perpetually wet by the falling spray.
For the daring tourist, the Zambezi River offers such recreational activities as white-water rafting and kayaking, as well as canoeing trips. Bungee jumping on the Victoria Falls Bridge is certainly not for the faint-hearted. With first-class accommodation, Victoria Falls is accessible by road, air, rail, and boat.
Dar es Salaam
Nestled along a natural harbor on the Indian Ocean, Dar es Salaam is a multicultural city, home to African Tanzanians, Arabic and South Asian communities, British and German expatriates, Catholics, Lutherans and Muslims. This diversity in people is reflected in the culture: the city boasts international cuisine ranging from traditional Tanzanian barbecue and Zanzibari food to Thai, Chinese and American restaurants. Its vibrant music scene has witnessed a rise in Bongo Flava, a form of hip hop.
What to do?
St. Joseph's Cathedral
Built by German missionaries from 1897 through 1902, this Gothic-style, Roman Catholic church dominates the Dar es Salaam harbor front. Its most striking features include a shingled spire, vaulted interior, and stained-glass windows. The cathedral contains many of the original German inscriptions and artwork, including a carved relief above the main altar. It is the seat of the Dar es Salaam archdiocese.
National Museum & House of Culture
Originally opened in 1940 as a memorial to King George V, the National Museum & House of Culture takes visitors on a journey through Tanzania's colorful past. The museum displays important fossils of some of the earliest human ancestors unearthed during the Leakey digs at Olduvai Gorge. Visitors can learn about Tanzania's tribal heritage and the impact of the slave trade and colonial periods. Other highlights of the museum include ethnographic displays on traditional crafts, customs, ornaments, and musical instruments.
Bongoyo Island, a much-loved island getaway, lies off Msasani Peninsula, about four miles north of the city. On the northwest tip of the island, day-trippers can relax under the shade of thatched umbrellas on the white-sand beach or cool off in the clear waters. Angelfish, starfish, clownfish, and sea urchins, are just some of the marine species snorkelers might spot among the coral. Behind the beach, nature trails wind between baobab trees to the island's opposite shore. The open-air snack bar serves cold drinks and fresh barbecued seafood. Bongoyo is perhaps the most frequently visited of the four islands in the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve.
With the multitude of places to see and fun things to do in Johannesburg, everyone is bound to find entertainment to suit their taste and their pocket. This is one of the reasons so many visitors keep coming back to the City of Gold! Visitors who are looking for a cultural experience can visit the more than 40 art galleries as well as a host of cultural institutes and studios in the city. Alternatively, they can take in a show at one of the many theatres in Johannesburg. Visitors can also learn more about the traditional cultures in Johannesburg at the cultural villages or centers in the city.
What to do?
Gold reef city
No buildings of the early gold rush period have survived in Johannesburg, but visitors can get some idea of what the town was like in those days in Gold Reef City, with its reproductions of houses, public buildings and shops, the Royal Theatre, a hotel, a Chinese laundry, a tailor's workshop, a Chemist's shop, a newspaper office and Johannesburg's first stock exchange.Visitors are also shown around a disused shaft of the Crown Mines, one of the richest gold-mines in the world, which gives a vivid impression of the work of the gold-miners.
The Johannesburg Zoo has more than 300 species of animals, including elephants, lions and many species of monkeys. Some of the animals live in open enclosures separated only by water-filled ditches. Within the Zoo is a lake on which boats can be hired.
The Planetarium, on the campus of Witwatersrand University, has presentations in English. Up to 9000 stars can be projected on to the 22m/72ft high dome.
Zimbabwe's capital city Harare is the most cosmopolitan city north of the Limpopo River in Southern Africa. Harare boasts of an international airport and numerous five-star hotels and restaurants, shopping malls, cinemas, theatres, night clubs, horseracing, plus more cultural pleasures in and around the city.
What to do in Harare?
Woodland: all in on elephant, impala, ostrich and giraffe in a natural woodland reserve set aside and run by the Wildlife Society of Zimbabwe. Only 15 minutes from the city centre.
Kuimba Shiri Bird Gardens and Snake World
Here’s another aspect of Zimbabwe’s wildlife – 100s of exotic and indigenous birds at Kuimba Shiri. At the nearby Snake World, you’ll face some of Africa’s most venomous vipers – all in one place. Definitely not something you’ll see anywhere else!
Lion & Lake Chivero Game Park
The wilds of Africa right on the city outskirts. Your chance to see the big cats and rare nocturnal species up close. At Lake Chivero, free-ranging plains game abound and you may even catch a glimpse of the why white rhino.
Durban (South Africa)
Durban is a natural paradise known for its gorgeous coastline of sun-kissed beaches and subtropical climate, situated on the eastern seaboard of Africa. The City is built around one of the busiest ports in Africa and our people are our pride. The city focuses on providing visitors with a unique set of experiences that go beyond the beach and into the realm of Durban’s diverse culture, urban lifestyle and scenic diversity. The City of Durban is an elegant, mature and ambitious city. It is a trendsetter in offering great lifestyle, speckled with adventure activities, blessed with natural beauty and is an astonishingly liveable city. Whether you here a business delegate or a leisure traveler there is a warm African flavor that will capture your heart forever.
What to do?
uShaka Marine World
UShaka has fast positioned itself as a key attraction on Durban’s Golden Mile, offering a world of entertainment, excitement, fun and uniqueness. UShaka Marine World models itself as a water themed park and boasts variety of attractions; top six being Wet & Wild, Sea World, Village Walk, uShaka Kids World, UShaka Beach & Dangerous Creatures. Combined into one ball of extreme fun you can enjoy the non-stop entertainment in a safe, secure and clean environment that echoes the sounds of amusement, laughter and the spirit of togetherness.
Enquiries: (031) 328 8000
Beach Experience (Water lifestyle)
Our city is famous for its Water lifestyle! Durban boasts a wide range of water activities it would be unfair to pin point one. From sunrise to sunset Durban coastline gives you a calming feel whether you’re a holiday maker, sporting or business person. From kayaking at Umgeni River, to Jet skiing at Blue Lagoon, sun basking at Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World, Clubbing on top of the waves at uShakaMoyo Pier, wining and dining in Wilson’s Wharf, Yachting from the harbor and most of all; Surfers & Bathers know Durban for its awesome wavescape.
Enquiries: (031) 322 4164
Thousand Hills Experience
Valley of 1000 Hills is a tranquil and very scenic area situated inland just 30 min drive from Durban. This Valley is very relaxed; it fuses the luxury of laid-back country living with an ancient and diverse culture on its doorstep. The highlight of 1000 Hills attractions include: Phezulu Safari Park which offers Game drives, Cultural village, Crocodile & Snake Park just to mention a few. Umgeni Stream Railway train is the 100 years old choo-choo that can take you on a day trip through bustling villages of 1000 Hills. It’s a destination perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of city living.
Enquiries: (031) 777 1874
Lake Kariba is really the "middle section" of the three well known parts of the Zambezi river (between the upper Zambezi above Lake Kariba including Victoria Falls and the lower Zambezi from below the Kariba dam wall downwards). The Lake runs for 220 kilometres along the northern border with Zambia.
More about Kariba
The Zambezi River itself has been known outside of Africa for thousands of years. Legends suggest that the kingdoms of Hiram, Solomon and Sheba were enriched by the gold and ivory of Ophir - supposedly part of present day Zimbabwe - and the mighty Zambezi was one of the gateways to the ancient treasure trove. Evidence of early man's occupation has been found along most of the river but much of its history has been shrouded in mystery. The confluences of the Zambezi, Sanyati, Ume and Sengwa rivers met in the Gwembe Valley - an uncomfortable, hot and disease ridden region - sparsely populated by the Tonga tribesmen and until about 40 years ago known only to a few explorers, geologists, District Commissioners, hunters and surveyors.
In 1955 a point on the Zambezi River known as "kariwa" (a trap) became a hive of activity with the construction of the Kariba dam wall. The wall was sealed at the end of 1958 despite the biggest flood in 1000 years delaying efforts, and repeated warnings by the local tribe that the River God, Nyaminyami had an unsettled score.
World media attention focused on the new township at Kariba in the early 1960's during Operation Noah when Rupert Fothergill and his team undertook the world's biggest animal rescue attempt. An epic drama unfolded as wildlife was saved from the rising waters of the new Lake and largely relocated to Matusadona National Park and the surrounds of Lake Kariba became a fascinating turmoil of ecological change - parts of which now teem with an abundance of flora and fauna in a striking and diverse terrain.
A guide book has described Kariba town as an "unconsolidated two level jumble" - topographically it's very hilly, similar to parts of Matusadona and Kaburi and it doesn't have a distinguishable centre - don't expect to see a lot if you arrive without a plan or decide to give our offices a miss on the Kariba Heights!