Travel to ……… South Africa

Travelling to South Africa for the first time in 2005 was equally both a daunting and exciting prospect. Having always watched and admired Africa’s wildlife and country and numerous television programmes, it was finally time at 22 to go and visit!!
 My first steps off the plane was rather not what I was expecting! An icy cold blast of city air! Admittedly it was the first lot of snow they had seen in Jo’burg for 40 years! Heading East towards the province of Limpopo was a whole different story. Getting off the plane in Hoedspruit saw face being blasted with a warm dry air that was thickly laden with the unforgettable smell of dust and the bush.
That is really the essence of South Africa, the battering of the senses. The incredible sights, the mysterious sounds, and the mind blowing smells just come at you from all sides! We at Blue Lizard Adventures love all that South Africa has to offer. It also has a special place in our hearts as it is here were our company was born.

There are many reasons why to visit South Africa, here are a few:
  • Fabulous culture with friendly, hospitable people
  • Fantastic climate, with sunshine even in winter months
  • Exquisite scenery, quaint coastal villages, cosmopolitan cities, wine routes and fantastic Big 5 safari experiences
  • Minimal time difference for visitors from Europe. As well as good, very reasonable internal flights.
  • Great value for money destination
  • Pivotal in the conservation efforts which can be mirrored around the world, involving the creation of Trans frontier “Peace Parks”, promoting major cross-border conservation initiatives and bringing benefits to the communities involved.
  • The Cradle of Humankind: Sterkfontein is one of the worlds most productive and important palaeoanthropological sites.
Lion, Kruger National Park
Cape Town
 
Garden Route, Winelands
Table Mountain
Lilac Breasted Roller

Blue Lizard Adventures Highlights of South Africa

There are so many highlights to South Africa so we have chosen a few to maybe visit if you are going to, or indeed, thinking about travelling to South Africa.
Johannesburg means the “Place of Gold”, and is South Africa’s economic powerhouse. Johannesburg is a vibrant city, home to a number of attractions including the Apartheid Museum, Nelson Mandela Square and Constitution Hill. Shopping here is fantastic with outstanding atmospheric curio markets. Known as the “Jacaranda City”, the state capital of Pretoria features beautiful blossoming trees, significant old buildings and fascinating museums, including the Transvaal Museum, home of Mrs Ples, the australopithecine fossil found at the Cradle of Humankind. Sun City is a one-stop entertainment destination frequented by international celebrities and offering a variety of hotels, great golfing and fun for families. Madikwe and the Waterberg.
Elephants
Madikwe Game Reserve is the most famous game reserve in the North West province, featuring numerous lodges and camps. The Waterberg area in the northwest is malaria-free and boasts strong streams that flow even in dry seasons, making for excellent game viewing.
Mpumalanga and parts if Limpopo, is home to world-renowned Kruger National Park. The most famous of all South Africa’s national parks, this reserve offers a fantastic wildlife experience.
Mpumalanga has an array of picturesque towns and many scenic drives. Attractions here include Pilgrims Rest, Moholoholo Wildlife Sanctuary, Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. 
Blyde River Canyon and Gods Window
Durban is a sub-tropical city and is the gateway to KwaZulu-Natal. It offers a unique mix of Zulu, Indian and colonial cultures. There are a host of activities in Durban, such as the Anglo-Zulu battlefields, the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains, diving in the reefs, marine and excellent Big Five game reserves.
The Garden Route is internationally renowned for its beaches, indigenous forests, nature reserves, lakes, mountain ranges and adventure opportunities. The Garden Route has something for everyone. 
African Curios

Plettenberg Bay is a beach paradise with spectacular walks and scenery. There are a number of cruises and boat trips were visitors can watch dolphins and whales. Port Elizabeth is the gateway to the Eastern Cape, and the end of the Garden Route.  The Eastern Cape boasts some of the world’s finest beaches, which has a rich social, cultural and political history. Cape St Francis is situated on the Indian Ocean coastline, in and around Africa’s largest man made web of canals and waterways, and is renowned for its long, sandy beaches, surfing, rock fishing and tranquil lifestyle. 
Storms River Mouth
Cape Town is described as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, full of culture and famous landmarks including; Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point, Chapmans Peak, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. A combination of historical coastal charm and urbane sophistication, Cape Town has some of the finest beaches and is also the gateway to the lush Cape Winelands, famous for world class wines. From here, it is an easy journey to the Whale Route, where Southern Right whales can be seen (June – November) and humpback whales, Bryde’s whales, Minke whales and bottlenose dolphins can be viewed year round. 
View of Cape Town from Table Mountain
 All in all South Africa has everything to offer that a well seasoned traveller or a holiday novice could want. Whether it is surfing, swimming with sharks, bird spotting, casino fun, hiking, biking,walks, sailing climbing, shopping, nightlife or safari, South Africa really does have it all.

Remember, we have a number of escorted tours, adventures and safaris at Blue Lizard Adventures:

and we are especially proud of our amazing, worthwhile, conservation, environmental and wildlife based volunteer projects in South Africa:
For any help and advice for your travelling needs, we would love to hear from you at Blue Lizard Adventures>

The Blue Lizard Adventures Team
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