With South African Tourism revealing their new campaign on NBC’ “All-style Celebrity Apprentice’ this upcoming weekend, Jenman African Safaris decided to play the “game” and reveal our big 5 places to go for unbelievable experiences:
African wildlife in Kruger National Park
South Africa is known for its wildlife, and nothing compares to The Kruger National Park for the true experience of wildlife in Africa. Kruger is the largest wildlife reserve in South Africa and definitely the most famous! Kruger is huge (in fact, Kruger is larger than many small countries!) and within its borders lives a wondrous array of African wildlife species. Kruger offers nature at its most spectacular, including the Big 5 safari animals, which are: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and the rhino. Other species of wildlife in Kruger include cheetah, giraffe, hippo, kudu, hyena, waterbuck, African hunting dog, zebra, eland……and the list goes on and on! A recent study surveyed the numbers of “Big 5” animals in Kruger, recording 1500 lions, 11 600 elephants, 27 000 buffalos, 1000 leopards and 350 black rhinos. The rhinos are incredibly important, because they are under threat by poachers and their numbers are dwindling. Kruger faces many challenges, but park rangers and NGOs are working hard every day to protect the rhinos.Many sunny days can be found in Kruger, an ideal place to relax on safari, and experience the sights, smells and sounds of this wondrous part of the world. Jenman offers many trips through the Kruger National Park. Please click here for more information.
It’s been said many times, “Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities on earth!” A real cosmopolitan destination, Cape Town has it all: mountains, oceans, warm summers and sunny skies; a bustling city, steeped in history, with great cultural diversity. It is a known fact that Cape Town is the most popular holiday destination city in South Africa and even the whole of Africa.There are lots of highlights and excursions close at hand in Cape Town, such as Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point Nature Reserve, the V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Rhodes Memorial, the Two Oceans Aquarium, as well as terrific local markets, beautiful beaches, interesting nightlife, fantastic restaurants, and beautiful views….the list just goes on and on!Jenman offers many tours that start or end in Cape Town, and many day trips offer many highlights in and around the city. Please click here for more details.
Stellenbosch, Franschoek & surrounding area. One of the most spectacular day trips from Cape Town is the Cape Winelands. Situated all around Cape Town, this route is a must-see for nature lovers, wine-tasters, and all scenic photographers! The beauty of this area cannot be described on a screen; it must be seen and experienced. The mountains, valleys and rolling green hills are dotted with old vineyards and grand historical manor houses, perfect for a leisurely drive to relax and take in the sights.The Cape Winelands are sometimes referred to as the “Boland” which is an Afrikaans word that means ‘upper land’. The Cape Winelands are located just outside of Cape Town (on higher ground) and are divided into 6 areas; Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschoek, Paarl, Robertson and Wellington. Commonly referred to as the ‘heart of the Winelands’, Stellenbosch is the best known, boasting some of the oldest and the finest wines of the region.The Cape Winelands are famous for their international and award winning wines produced in the region, making it a favourite destination in South Africa. The best part about the Winelands is that the majority of the vineyards (if not all) offer wine tasting tours, and there is no better way to spend a lazy summer day than on route in the beautiful Winelands countryside. Have a look at Jenman’s Cape Winelands day tour, click here .
The Garden Route
The Garden Route is a scenic stretch of coastline along the south-western coast of South Africa. It is the area between the Outeniqua Mountains (including the Tstitiskamma Mountains) and the warm Indian Ocean. The main cities along this coastal garden route include; Knysna, Mossel Bay, George, Plettenberg Bay, Oudsthoorn and Natures Valley. The entire area of the Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay (Western Cape) to the Storms River (the most eastern part of the Western Cape). This part of the world offers the most magnificent scenic beauty, with mountains, oceans, inlets, forests, with so many pretty towns along the way. There are 10 nature reserves along the Garden Route, offering many different types of African wildlife. These reserves, along with the scenery, lovely accommodations, beautiful beaches and weather in summer, make the Garden Route one of the most popular South African safari destinations. The Garden Route is also well-known for viewing Southern Right Whales, which is a real highlight in season.For Jenman’s Garden Route itinerary, please visit: http://www.jenmansafaris.com/tours/cape-nature-garden-route.html
The Unique mix of Cultures
Not enough can be said about the rich diversity of cultures in South Africa. The history of the country is so layered and complex, that modern-day South African life offers a wide range of traditions, customs and lifestyles among its over-50 million residents. With eleven official languages, the people in South Africa are as diverse as one can imagine. And with almost 20 years of independence and democracy, the treachery of apartheid now offers important lessons in racism and cultural harmony that South Africa can teach the world. Many museums available in every major city bear witness to the changes that have taken place through time. The arts in South Africa also show incredible talents that reflect the diversity in cultures, and the best part about that is that the arts can be found everywhere. Sculptures, fashion design, fabrics, fine arts, music, dance, theatre, jewellery, trinkets and more….all created by African artisans, on offer to visitors, and everything is authentically African. Shopping is a special treat in South Africa, because you will find unique items that can’t be found elsewhere.
History, politics, and social integration have made the people of South Africa strong, and that is one of the reasons it is such a special destination. Many Jenman tours give you the opportunity to see and experience the terrific diversity of South Africa, including the World in One Country tour: http://www.jenmansafaris.com/tours/world-in-one-country.html