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Introducing South Africa

You will surely be spoilt for choice when it comes to South Africa. The country at the tip of African continent has so much to offer to everyone. South Africa is a diverse and a beautiful country known for varied cultures, intriguing wildlife, stunning scenery and remarkable beaches making it a heaven for tourists from all over the world. The destination is also known as the adventure capital in the world offering extreme exploits like white water rafting, abseiling , shark cage diving and more. It also features almost 3000 kms of beautiful coastline. It will surely surprise you with exciting wildlife, including the Big Five, zebras, giraffes and many other species which also includes marine animals and bird varieties. Travel to this vibrant destination also known as “The Rainbow Nation” and know about its turbulent history and beautiful cities. Plan NOW!

Top Cities of South Africa

 

Must Know Facts

Best Time to Visit

South Africa is a year round destination as it is a diverse country with weather that varies from region to region. Cape Town and the Western Cape go through winter rainfall from June to August and also hot summer along with heaving thundershowers from December to March including Kruger Park. On the other hand the Garden Route and Eastern Cape experience rain at any time of the year.  

The winter month between May and October is the best time for amazing game viewing on safari ride in Kruger, Pilanesberg and more as animals are usually found around water source and are easily found in the bushes. For a beach holiday in Cape Town you can choose to go in hot summer months between November to March, but do keep in mind to book your stay in advance if you want to experience Christmas or New Year there. The KwaZulu –Natal Coast is bright year round and has nice winter and warm ocean temperatures and so you can visit it anytime. To capture whales in south-western Cape on Whale Coast precisely, head to the destination between June to November. Top tip: Go to Hermanus for the beginning of whale watching spirits in September. 
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History & Culture

Archeologists have dated fossils found in Gauteng Province around three million years of age. A one hour drive from Johannesburg, the caves at Sterkfontein, Malapa and a few different areas are collectively one of South Africa's UNESCO World Heritage destinations. Sterkfontein Visitors can investigate the exhuming territories utilizing a network of boardwalks and walkways. The guest focus has a museum with pre-memorable fossils and different historical displays. 

Bantu-talking clans settled in the northern zones of what is presently South Africa during the fifth century BC, after vanquishing the San and Khoikhoi. Throughout the following 1,500 years, they gradually moved southward. When the main European pilgrims touched base in the sixteenth century, South Africa was predominantly Bantu-talking country.
Dutch settler Jan van Riebeeck set up a station at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652. This complex would later grow and evolve into what is presently Cape Town. The first Dutch pioneers shipped in slaves from India and Indonesia. As the pioneers moved east taking a more area, they conflicted with the Bantu-communicating in Xhosa tribes. A progression of contentions known as the Cape Frontier Wars occurred from the 1770's to the 1870's. 
In Grahamstown, the 1820 Settlers Memorial Museum has been patched up and renamed the History Museum. It houses antiques and shows which offer special bits of knowledge into the lives and legacy of the general population who occupied the district between the eighteenth and mid twentieth centuries. British Armed Forces took over Cape Town in 1806. After precious diamonds were found in the 1860's and gold in 1884, European colonizers combat over these wellsprings of riches. 
The Dutch and allied pioneers came to be known as the Boers. The British and the Boers battled two wars as they both attempted to gain control of questioned territory and farmland. The first was from 1880 to 1881 and the second from 1899 to 1902. The oldest building in the nation, Cape Town's Castle of Good Hope, houses the Castle Military Museum, which has a fantastic gathering of weaponry from the Cape Frontier and Anglo-Boer wars.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is the most important figure in South Africa's ongoing history. The militant anti-apartheid activist was sent to imprison in 1962 and turned into an energizing image for the national and worldwide anti-apartheid movements. He went through 27 years of a lifelong incarceration in Johannesburg Number Four and Robben Island, making both important traveler hotspots. After his discharge in 1990, Mandela drove African National Congress transactions which brought about South Africa embracing a democracy in 1994. Ensuing decisions saw Mandela introduced as the first president of the nation, a position he held until venturing down in 1999.

Culture:

South Africa's indigenous culture endured during the long stretches of apartheid  and even local African vocalists started utilizing English or Afrikaans. Bantu and its different dialects are experiencing a minor renaissance and performers are receiving their local tongues by and by. Kwaito is a wonderful combination of old and contemporary African beats. Traditional South African dialects have made due in rural areas, where less ordinary presentation to Westerners has occurred. 
Dance is well known in all echelons of South African culture, with specific moves speaking to the roots of its performers. Gumboot began from the principal mine-workers and is today an essential piece of the country's way of life. Gumboot performances can be seen at key visitor zones, for example, Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Zulu dances are a stunning display of warriors in conventional clothing, which can be seen during the yearly Royal Reed Dance or at social shows in Phezula Game Park in KwaZulu Natal Province. 
South Africa has a rich sporting heritage and its three most famous are rugby, cricket and soccer. Individuals in South Africa effectively pursue the Springboks and the Proteas national groups and games are shown on TVs in numerous open foundations.

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Geography

South Africa covers the Southern tip of Africa with its long coastline stretching more than 2500 kms from the desert border. The country has more than 290 conservation parks, 300 mammal species, 860 bird species and 8000 plant species. The destination is a medium sized country, with land area of 1,219,090 sq kms or roughly equal to the size of Niger, Angola, Mali or Colombia. Physical features include grasslands, forests, deserts, mountain peaks, unspoiled beaches and wetlands. South Africa’s geography is largely defined by several high plateaus ranging from 500 meters above sea level near the Limpopo River which is in the north to over 2,000 meters at their highest points and particularly its climate which is mild all year around. The destination has no significant natural lakes and the artificial ones are mostly used for crop irrigation. The Orange River is South Africa’s largest river which rises in Drakensberg Mountains flowing through the Lesotho Highlands and joining the Caledon River between the Eastern Cape and the Free State before it ends into the Atlantic Ocean and forms border in Namibia. 

The country features nine provinces, which vary in sizes. The smallest of all is tiny and crowned Gauteng. The largest and highly urbanized region is the Northern Cape which is quite empty and covers almost third of South Africa‘s total land area. 
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Things to Do in South Africa

This place is more than just food, but that doesn’t mean, the food is under-rated. Indulge yourselves in some Greek salads, Greek pastries and other delicacies. Not only that, once the lights go dimmer and the music turns loud, you can grab some plates and smash them while you are dancing to some traditional and modern tunes.
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One of the best way to explore the picturesque vineyards, the amazing scenery and experience the world-class cuisine is by hopping on Franschhoek Wine Tram. This age old tram takes you to these beautiful vineyards from where you can experience activities like wine tasting, cellar tour, delicious lunch or simply stroll down the vineyards. 
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Be part of an incredible experience when you go kayaking in the heart of Cape Town. Take a guided tour and paddle your way amidst the warm waters of False Bay. Winter Months are supposedly said to be the perfect time to partake in this activity. If you have a fascination for whales or penguins, there is a high chance you might actually spot them.
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 Make your way down to Boulders Beach to get familiar with African Penguins. Although it is set in the middle of a residential area, the penguins which are almost on the verge of extension can be observed from a much protected range.
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Consider this to be the top-most favourite thing for all the adventure junkies out there. This flat topped mountain forms a prominent landmark and offers unparalleled views to Cape Town. Hiking here is one of the craziest things you would ever tick off your bucket list. The trails here range from easy to moderate and difficult. Rock-Climbing, Caving and Mountain Biking are some of the other most popular adventure activities in which you can be a part of.
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On your trip to South Africa, be a part of this unique experience wherein you are up close with sharks. The great White Shark Tank Diving takes place throughout the year  but the best time to get a good underground visibility is from Janurary to March and October to December. The great White Shark Diving launches from Kleinbaai Harbour which is said to be the White Shark Capital of the World.
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The most amazing experience which you can have on your holiday is when you are snorkelling with seals. In Cape Town, Snorkelling happens on the Atlantic Side of the Hout Bay. Although the trip is highly dependent on weather conditions, this wild-life adventure brings you closer to wild animals in their natural habitat.
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Witness the amazing waterfront and scenic beauty of Cape Town when you go on a Helicopter Ride to glaze at the Cape Peninsula from angles never seen before or take a two oceans scenic flight and enjoy the scenic flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The other flights which you can hop on include Robben Island Scenic Flight, Atlantico Scenic Flight etc.
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Packages & Recommendations

Tour Name
Trip Type
Month/Validity
Included Cities
Price Per Adult

Scenic South Africa

10 Nights / 11 Days
Trip Type
Private Van Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Apr
  • Aug
  • Dec
  • Feb
  • Jan
  • Jul
  • Jun
  • Mar
  • May
  • Nov
  • Oct
  • Sep
Included Cities
Cape Town (4N), Knysna (2N), Port Elizabeth (1N), Pilanesberg National Park (1N), Sun Cit
... Cape Town (4N), Knysna (2N), Port Elizabeth (1N), Pilanesberg National Park (1N), Sun City (1N), Johannesburg (1N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 91,530
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South African Experience

11 Nights / 12 Days
Trip Type
Group Tour
Main + Internal Flight Included
Month/Validity
  • Feb
  • Jan
Included Cities
Johannesburg (1N), Sun City (2N), Pilanesberg National Park (1N), George (3N), Cape Town
... Johannesburg (1N), Sun City (2N), Pilanesberg National Park (1N), George (3N), Cape Town (4N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 1,88,000
Onwards
Trip Type
Private Van Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Apr
  • Aug
  • Dec
  • Feb
  • Jan
  • Jul
  • Jun
  • Mar
  • May
  • Nov
  • Oct
  • Sep
Included Cities
Cape Town (4N), Knysna (2N), Port Elizabeth (1N)
... Cape Town (4N), Knysna (2N), Port Elizabeth (1N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 69,370
Onwards
Trip Type
Private Van Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Dec
  • Feb
  • Jan
  • Mar
  • Nov
  • Oct
Included Cities
Cape Town (4N), Knysna (2N), Port Elizabeth (1N), Kruger National Park (2N), Johannesburg
... Cape Town (4N), Knysna (2N), Port Elizabeth (1N), Kruger National Park (2N), Johannesburg (1N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 1,05,980
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Scenic South Africa - Self Drive

10 Nights / 11 Days
Trip Type
Self Drive Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Dec
  • Feb
  • Jan
  • Mar
  • Nov
  • Oct
Included Cities
Cape Town (4N), Knysna (2N), Port Elizabeth (1N), Pilanesberg National Park (1N), Sun Cit
... Cape Town (4N), Knysna (2N), Port Elizabeth (1N), Pilanesberg National Park (1N), Sun City (1N), Johannesburg (1N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 1,05,500
Onwards

Happy Travellers

It's One of The Best Trips We Have Done Till Now!
It's One of The Best Trips We Have Done Till Now!

It's One of The Best Trips We Have Done Till Now!

I am pleased to share that the saidtrip was one of the best trips  we have done till now. With the scenic destinations and good selection of tourist spots for the tour, hotels and food was also excellent. Especially, the tour to Victoria Falls and Botswana, it was beyond imagination to get the taste like homemade Gujarati food arranged by Flamingo as well as service of the local tour operator.
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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   September
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We Had An Amazing And Memorable Trip!
We Had An Amazing And Memorable Trip!

We Had An Amazing And Memorable Trip!

Our tour for South Africa with Flamingo Tours and Travels was great. During the whole trip the weather and everything was amazing, we had an amazing and memorable trip and the selection of food, hotels, everything was great and the tour was very well managed by the entire team of Flamingo. The services were all upto the mark, and it really felt like a true holiday.
Thanks to Hiren amin, our tour leader, had great knowledge and his arrangements were amazing.
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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   May
Region: Africa   |   Tour Type: GIT   |   Theme: Group Tour     Read All
Food was Excellent throughout with lot of Variety!
Food was Excellent throughout with lot of Variety!

Food was Excellent throughout with lot of Variety!

Thank you Flamingo for making our trip to South Africa so well organised and memorable.
Our itinerary covered almost all interesting places in South Africa like Pilanesburg and the Lion park, Suncity with adventure sports and Bakubung with amazing wildlife experience and beautiful resort in the forest
Harsh was so helpful and very keen to see that he fulfilled all the promises given by Flamingo travels of various sightseeing and activities
We were never rushed and had enough time on sightseeing.
Food was Excellent throughout with lot of Variety!!
Hotels were good but as we had upgraded to ‘THE Palace ‘in Suncity we had a better experience A special thanks to HARSH for helping us get back our Mobile phone which was lost in the flight He was very competent in tackling this adverse situation and didn’t give up till he managed to get it back
Overall a great experience!!
Would love to travel with you again!!
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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   August
Region: Africa   |   Tour Type: GIT   |   Theme: Group Tour     Read All
South Africa Tour Was Excellent
South Africa Tour Was Excellent

South Africa Tour Was Excellent

My family and I enjoyed a great 12-day tour. The itinerary was excellent, the quality of hotels, Indian food, the comfort and the warmth, knowledge & charm of our guide Mr. Darshakbhai were all perfect! Extremely happy with this tour and highly recommendable to anyone that wants to enjoy the Wildlife & Adventure at its fullest. We were fortunate to see almost all of the animals in their natural habitats: leopard, elephants, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, hippos, buffalo, ostrich. Cape Town is the most beautiful city I have ever visited: 360-degree views of mountains and coastline; the penguins. Take a good camera with a good zoom lens. It’s been a truly breath-taking and awesome experience and we highly recommend Flamingo Travels to anybody who wants to travel to Africa.

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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   August
Region: Africa   |   Tour Type: GIT   |   Theme: Group Tour     Read All
South Africa One of the Best  Tour
South Africa One of the Best  Tour

South Africa One of the Best Tour

I was one of the members  of the  group  of 9 persons  of the 17th  June tour to SA. It was one of the  best  tour we've  visited so far & the  credit  must go to you & your staff in & out AHMEDABADwho are sincere,cooperative, adjustable, &positive  which  made our tour  enjoyable &comfortable.


I would  like  to mention  about the role  played by  Shri  Darshak Gohil, your staff member at SA  who has  treated ,helped, behaved with  everyone in a most fantastic  manner  without  showing  any displeasure  or disrespect.


I recommend you to compensate  him as per your discretion.


Finally  the food served  to  us  was of quality  ,tasty, &variety  which is normally  not available  in foreign  tour

We will certainly  recommend  your  company 's name  to our friends &relatives  as&when  they plan to tour  out of country.

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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   October
Region: Africa   |   Tour Type: GIT   |   Theme: Group Tour     Read All

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