5 places to enjoy the perfect blend of urban and wilderness in South Africa

South Africa, as we all are very well aware of, is well known for its wilderness. Going on a wildlife safari, and spotting some indigenous wild animals roaming out there in their natural habitat is something we all know and is indeed worth a shot. But South Africa is much more than just a wildlife safari. It has got coral reefs, golden beaches and mountain ranges amongst its famous tourist attractions. The republic of South Africa introduces its visitors to many jewels of the Dark Continent too. Being a tourist here, you will find the classic African panorama: golden savannah, compellingly beautiful deserts and deep gorges.

A few places you must have before leaving for your South Africa tour packages from Mumbai:

Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga and Limpopo: This is the world’s most famous National park. Located about 3-4 hour’s drive from Johannesburg, this is one of the oldest game reserves in the Republic of South Africa. It offers its visitors to spot the “Big Five” which are namely Lion, Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo and Elephant. And not just these, you also get to see various other life forms too. The visitors can choose from various options of exploring this place from arranging a walking safari, go on a safari on its sealed roads or just fly over vast grasslands, river systems, and picturesque forests in a hot air balloon. Accommodation options range from the basic campsites to ultra comfortable lodges.

Cape Town, Western Cape: Words will limit me from telling you about Cape Town. Nature is guarding this multi cultural settlement found across the rugged flat-topped Tabletop Mountain. You can hike up to it or even take a cableway to the top of this mountain. An hour-long hike up to the lion’s head also permits you to take panoramic view to the city views. Walking along the waterfront boardwalk you might get lucky to spot whales spouting from the harbor. Go to False Bay to spot some penguins toddle along the golden beaches.

Kgalagadi (Kalahari) Trans frontier Park, Northern Cape: This parks falls among the largest wilderness areas in the world was established in the year 2000. Among the vast array of wildlife diversity, this conservation park is natural habitat to the black-mane Kalahari lion, weavers, meerkats and gemsbok with their V-shaped horns. Four-wheel drive vehicle are strongly recommended if you’re planning to venture into Botswana.

The Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal: The name Drakensberg means “Dragon Mountains”. This place is one of the most famous destinations for vacation in South Africa. Dense forests bloom in the sheltered valleys. The area is home to more than 800 different indigenous species of flowering plants as well as rich wildlife diversity. Summer times have the fertile and lush green mountains with waterfalls and crystal clear streams. Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga and Limpopo:This is the world’s most famous National park. Located about 3-4 hour’s drive from Johannesburg, this is one of the oldest game reserves in the Republic of South Africa. It offers its visitors to spot the “Big Five” which are namely Lion, Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo and Elephant. And not just these, you also get to see various other life forms too. The visitors can choose from various options of exploring this place from arranging a walking safari, go on a safari on its sealed roads or just fly over vast grasslands, river systems, and picturesque forests in a hot air balloon.

The Garden Route: This 200-km long route runs past one of the most scenic coastal expanses of South Africa. This well known driving route brisk passes the pretty coastal towns, green hills, coastal cliffs, lagoon and lakes. Highlights of the route include the dense forests and glittering lagoons of Knysna town; gorges, tidal pools and thick forests of Garden Route National Park; ostrich farms of Oudtshoorn and many more. Most unlikely, if the route doesn’t comply your quench of adventure you might as well go for elephant back rides, bungee jumping, canopy tours and whale watching trips.