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Arid savannahs, dream beaches, multi-cultural cities: welcome to South Africa! If this is your first time in Africa, it's the perfect place to start. South Africa offers indeed a good picture of what this intriguing continent really is: from safaris and game drives in search of the Big Five, the giant animals of the bush, to spectacular green nature, down to the ocean, where with a bit of luck you can even view a couple of whales. Probably your tailormade tour will start in Cape Town, a magical city where two cultures meet, the European one and that of the natives. You will remain speechless in front of the beaches, you will get lost in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the V&A Waterfront, while Cape Malay, the multiethnic quarter of the Mother City will surprise you with its colorful houses and its tasty cuisine.

If you love wild nature, reach the top of the Table Mountain, the giant which dominates Cape Town, and enjoy mind-blowing views. The other cities of South Africa are not less interesting: Johannesburg, where the memory of Nelson Mandela and the dramatic legacy of the apartheid is still vivid, Pretoria, the administrative capital of the country, lively Durban with breath-taking beaches, Hermanus, the town for whale watching, Knysna, traversed by the spectacular Garden Route, the panoramic road that no one can miss while on holiday in South Africa. Or else Outdshoorn, the city of ostriches, Stellenbosch, famous for its vineyards, where you can take wine tours in wineries that are just as glamorous as the more popular European ones.

If you are in South Africa, you surely don't want to give up on safaris and game drives, in search of the world-famous Big Five. Visit Kruger National Park, declared International Biosphere Reserve by Unesco. Escorted by experienced rangers, you will meet the giants of the savannah, from the lion to the elephant, and it will be unforgettable. In Addo National Park you will meet the African elephants, sorrounded by an arid and semi-desert landscape, where these massive creatures roam free. Tsitsikamma National Park will leave you breathless with its unbelievable scenery. Stop here to view antelopes, dolphins and even whales.

Our local travel experts will be more than glad to guide you around this charming country, which is able to renovate itself while at the same time remaining faithful to its wild nature. Leave with viviTravels to South Africa: it will be a tour that you will never forget. 


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  • Top 10 bars and restaurants in Cape Town

    If you are planning a trip to South Africa, your itinerary will probably start in the Mother City, magnificent Cape Town, blessed with dream beaches and dominated by the majestic Table Mountain. Here you'll find a unique melting pot of cultures, unlike no other place in the world. If you want to try the good local cuisine and taste some good South African wines, here is a list of the best eateries to try while on vacation. Looking for a real multicultural experience while visiting beautiful South Africa? Try the best that African cuisine can offer at  Marco's African Place   (15 Rose Lane, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town). It's located in the multiethnic district of the Mother City, colorful Bo Kaap, and here diners are usually invited to dance to African music between the courses. Try it while on tour. 
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  • What are the Big 5?

    What are the Big 5? This expression is commonly used to indicate the great animals of the African savannah, namely elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo. If you add the whale and the white shark to the group you have the Big 7. The only place in the world where you can find them all seven is Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. The term Big 5, normally used when speaking of safari holidays, was introduced at the times of the great hunting trips and referred to the most dangerous animals of the savannah, which were also the more sought-after to be displayed as trophies. Fortunately, today these endangered species are protected in the great African national parks and every year thousands of tourists come to Africa to see them from up close. The term was used at first in South Africa, but is now used to refer to all the great African parks in Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Curiously enough, on the back of each South African banknote denomination ...
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  • 5 things you didn't know about South Africa

    Have you ever wondered why so much wine is produced in South Africa? The answer is that the wine-growing techniques were introduced here by the French and were never abandoned. If during your trip to South Africa you happen to taste some South African wine in the Winelands area, we are certain that you will be grateful to them. South African wines are excellent and the vines almost exclusively grow French grapes, apart from the local Pinotage. The wine region extends around Cape Town : Stellenbosch is the center of the winelands, but other important areas include Constantia, Franschoek, Paarl and Hermanus. South Africa is the seventh producer of wines in the world and the only noteworthy in Africa.
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  • Journey along the Garden Route

    The Garden Route has a name that evokes green landscapes and idyllic views. This popular scenic route runs along the southern coast of South Africa, coinciding with the N2 highway from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, touching the towns of Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. The region crossed by the Garden Route is characterized by a pleasant Mediterranean climate, more rainy than the rest of the country. Situated between the spectacular views of the Indian Ocean on one side and the Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua Mountains on the other, it features a rich fynbos vegetation and forests, much appreciated by lovers of birdwatching and hiking. The ocean waters are teeming with marine life, including coral reefs, sea lions, dolphins and whales in particular, visible from July to December. During a trip to South Africa you cannot miss the experience of the Garden Route, which is one of the most popular attractions in the country.
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  • What to do in Cape Town

    It is the city where the West meets authentic Africa: we are in Cape Town, South Africa, one of the continent's fastest growing nations. Cape Town is a modern and vibrant city, called "Mother City" by locals, boasting beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan atmospheres, especially on the highly frequented V & A Watefront.

    Usually starting point for a safari holiday, it deserves some time to be visited. For example, you can explore the multi-ethnic and colorful Cape Malay (or Bo Kaap) district and discover its culinary delights.

    You can devote yourself to an enogastronomic tour of the nearby wineries to discover African wines. Finally, before leaving, you can not forget to climb to the top of the iconic Table Mountain and admire the view from there.

    If South Africa is at the top of your next trips, here are some ideas on what to do in Cape Town, its iconic city.
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  • South Africa: What to see

    Are you getting ready for a trip to South Africa ? Excellent choice! This nation in the southernmost part of Africa boasts some of the most varied landscapes and ecosystems in the world, as well as unforgettable safari parks, such as Kruger Park. But limiting oneself to game viewing would be reductive: there are in fact so many interesting cities, such as Cape Town and its beaches, the winelands of Paarl and Stellenbosch for wine tours, the Kalahari savannas and Drakensberg mountains, that you'll be at a loss on where to go first. Did we intrigue you? Here you can find the top 15 destinations in South Africa.
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  • Safari in South Africa: useful tips

    Here you are. You have just decided to take a safari in South Africa and can't wait to set off, leaving the city behind and losing yourself in the bush looking for wildlife. But be careful and curb your enthusiasm a while making sure that everything is under control for a flawless trip. Here is some useful advice on how to prepare for a safari in South Africa, when to go and what to pack as well as which park or reserve to choose according to your needs and expectations. And don't forget that you may even not manage to see all of the Big Five, but our local travel experts and guides are available to give you the best tips!
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  • 10 things to see in Cape Town

    During a stay in Cape Town it's impossible to get bored: not only is it the gateway to all the main attractions in South Africa, but it is a cosmopolitan, heterogeneous, multi-ethnic metropolis full of interesting locations. If you are preparing for a trip. here is a simple guide on the best things to see and do.
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  • 8 destinations in South Africa for wild nature lovers

    Those who choose to leave for a trip to South Africa, nine times out of ten, do it above all because they are attracted by great nature. Of course, there are also cities and beaches, but few things like the great African landscape will be able to make your adventure unique. Here are 10 destinations not to be missed if you love wild nature and are about to visit South Africa. 1 - Kruger National Park You cannot think of visiting South Africa without stopping at its most famous national park, the Kruger National Park, where you can make unforgettable safaris in search of the famous Big Five, but also birds, reptiles and beautiful plant species. Those who love wild nature and close encounters with animals will feel at home here. By staying in a camp in the Kruger Park you live the unique experience of sleeping in the middle of nature, under huge starry skies, waking up to the roar of the lion or the laughter of the hyenas in the distance. The climate is sunny all year round, ...
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  • South Africa: when to go

    The climate of South Africa is characterized by a mild conditions all year round, with hot summers and moderate winters. Being in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed compared to European ones, but thanks to the always pleasant temperatures, you can travel in South Africa all year. The temperatures annually vary from 8 to 28 degrees, with average rainfall that does not exceed 500 millimeters per year. Moreover, South Africa is one of the countries with the highest rate of sunshine and there is no rainy season. Obviously, from region to region the climate changes slightly, passing from the Mediterranean climate of the south coasts to the temperate climate of the interior.
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  • Security in South Africa: 10 useful tips

    Organizing a trip to South Africa is amazing: imagining safaris and then discovering on the spot that they even exceed your expectations, admiring the burning sunsets of the savannah, driving along the scenic coastal stretches of the Garden Route... yes, but what about safety? Can you leave serene? The answer is yes, South Africa is a fairly safe and welcoming country, which can be explored in peace as long as you respect some common sense rules. We have listed ten good tips to help you enjoy your stay in the best possible way. 1 - Avoid isolated areas at night. Like everywhere, even in the big and small cities of South Africa it is good to avoid attending remote areas alone at night. Also avoid wearing too much jewels or leaving technological devices in sight. 2 - Make sure you have closed your car. Well, maybe you already do it at home. All the more so do it on your trip, with the windows well up. Never leave valuables or bags in sight in your car and always try to park in ...
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Why visit South Africa

Welcome to South Africa, the land of safaris, vineyards and excellent wines, whale- watching and fusion between European and native culture. South Africa, located in the southernmost tip of Africa, faces the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other. According to modern studies and thanks to the ancient fossils found, South Africa is thought to be the cradle of civilization.

If you love pristine nature, during your trip and vacation in South Africa you will fall in love with the landscapes, from the majestic highlands (reach the top of the Table Mountain, the giant domninating Cape Town and enjoy the view), to the spectacular mountain ranges (don't miss a stop at Drakensberg mountains or the Swartberg and Langeberg regions). The most arid areas, from savannah to the desert, are those where you'll find the great African animals, the famous Big Five, unique creatures attracting millions of visitors every year to experience safaris and see them in their natural habitat. We are talking about elephants, lions, giraffes, buffaloes, rhinos and leopards. You will find them in world-famous Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant National Park, Tsitsikamma National Park and in many other beautiful protected areas. The beaches will leave you breathless, from the endless coastline of Cape Town to those of Durban, kissed by a climate which is almost Mediterranean. Drive along the coast following the panoramic Garden Route and appreciate the genuine beauty of this country.

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