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Family Vacation in South Africa, the land of forests, deserts, beaches and the Big 5

By Noshir Lavangia Subscribe to RSS | January 31st 2012 | Views:

With the sandy beauty of Kgalagadi desert, lush Tsitsikamma forest, the pristine stretches of Wild Coast beaches, the exhilarating Cape Town nightlife and a tantalising variety of Indian food, South Africa tourism is something the entire family can enjoy. To help you get the most out of your South Africa tour, here are some popular places to see and things to do.

Walk Around Cape Town

Cape Town is a must-see for everyone who travels to South Africa. Drink in the atmosphere of Bo-Kaap, a charming area full of cobblestone streets, exquisite mosques and beautifully designed homes. Another unforgettable attraction is the spectacular Table Mountain. Take a cable car to the peak for a breathtaking view of the entire city. Other famous sights are the Houses of Parliament, Company Gardens and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Explore Cape Peninsula

A tour of Cape Peninsula includes a visit to Hout Bay, a quaint fishing village. Follow this up with a cruise to Seal Island and admire thousands of Cape Fur seals. Other attractions are Cape Point, the southernmost tip of Africa, Boulder’s Beach which is inhabited by hundreds of Jackass Penguins and the famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.

Discover Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich Capital, is the perfect place to visit an ostrich farm to get a real-life lesson on the life cycle of an ostrich, from incubation as an egg to its passage into adulthood.

Travel to Knysa

All travel to South Africa must include a trip to Knysa. Also called the Oyster Capital, this is a picturesque town situated on the banks of a mesmerising lagoon right in the centre of the Garden Route. Highlight this experience with a sunset cruise on the lagoon. En route to Knysa visit the Cango Caves which house beautifully formed stalactites and stalagmites, and stop by the renowned cheetah and crocodile park at the Cango Wildlife Ranch.

Admire Sun City and Johannesburg

Nestled in the heart of a centuries-old volcano, is the magnificent Sun City. Enjoy this lost world with a full range of modern-day entertainment from video arcades, theatres and games rooms to souvenir shopping, perfect for any family vacation.

Johannesburg, also known as Gold Reef City, has an actual gold mine converted into an amusement park. Attractions here include visiting the underground mine, observing the making of a gold bar and watching the fluid performance of the exotic Siyagida African Dancers, a must-see in any tour to South Africa.

Noshir Lavangia - About Author:
Noshir Lavangia has been working in the travel and airline industry since the last 15 years. A travel buff with vast knowledge of International travel, he is also an avid hiker and here gives advice on travel and holiday packages.

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