Cape Town is a popular tourist destination in large part thanks to its natural setting (with Table Mountain & the nearby Cape of Good Hope) and because of its western feel it's a very accessible multicultural city. We came in to Cape Town with wild expectations, and it didn't disappoint.
St. Lucia, a small tourist town, is the ideal hub from where to discover the diverse fauna and flora of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi game reserve.
Along with the Serengeti, Kruger National Park must be one of Africa's most iconic safari destinations.
It is home to an astounding diversity of wildlife, including the Big Five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion & rhino.)
And of all African wildlife parks, Kruger has to be the most well-equipped and maintained park making it an ideal self-drive safari destination.
South Africa's R532 - in the north-east, not too far from Kruger National Park - is dubbed the Panorama Route.
With good reason: it offers some of the best South-African landscapes at the many viewpoints along the way.
We wanted to do something different this year.
A culture and experience that we're not used to.
What about a safari in Africa?
I was told that South Africa is a great place to start exploring Africa if you've never been there before.