South Africa

From expansive national parks boasting a plethora of indigenous species to tranquil beaches that run along a 2500km coastline, this is a South Africa; the land of diversity, spirit and unity.

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South Africa is in plentiful supply of mesmerising landscapes, peaks and mountainous regions including Namakwa, the Kalahari and Drakensberg. Karoo, a semi-arid plateau, entices you with scorching summers and frosty winters so you can get the best of both worlds. Unearth the Wild Coast with its rugged cliffs and largely unspoilt beaches, from the well distinguished Cape Town to the secluded Southport beach along the South Coast. Shift to the African continent's cultural scene and you won't be disappointed: Jo'burg and Cape Town introduce you to vibrant galleries and museums depicting striking landscapes and highlighting social issues. Delve into South Africa's rich history and learn about the anti-apartheid struggle and the era of segregation, as well as the country's diverse traditions and beliefs. Leave feeling truly rewarded and enriched.

Sensorial Experience

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From whale spotting in the breathtaking oceans of Cape Town to spotting the famous 'big five' on a sunrise game drive in Kruger National Park, you can expect to be blown away by the out-of-the-ordinary sights South Africa has to offer. Visit Cape Town's Boulders Beach for the rare opportunity to swim with penguins or for those more active individuals, challenge yourself to a trek up Table Mountain for outstanding views of the city.

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With South Africa having eleven official languages, it isn't difficult to imagine the vast diversity of music that has originated from the country. From soulful jazz that emerged from the local townships of Johannesburg to the a cappella style of traditional Zulu songs once made famous by Ladysmith Black Mambazo in her involvement with Paul Simon's 'Graceland' album in the 80s. However, the authentic sounds of this country go far beyond the composition of music; the best sounds come organically from the renowned South African bush, where the dense array of wildlife species will keep your ears and imagination captivated for hours upon end.

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Nothing quite beats wandering along the scenic coastline and inhaling the bracing sea air to create the ultimate feeling of being relaxed and on holiday. From the smell of sizzling meat on the braai to the fragrant aroma of the bush, your senses are guaranteed to be awakened.

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If you are a wine lover, it's fair to say that your trip to South Africa will be nothing short of spectacular. Being the 9th largest wine growing country in the world, with over 100,000 hectares of vineyards, where better to enjoy a chilled glass of Chenin Blanc than at a bar in Camps Bay, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean? With respect to food, if you are a meat lover, you will certainly not be disappointed. South Africans have an unrequited love for braais (or as we call them barbeques), a term originating from townships in Johannesburg, however nowadays it is a form of socialising with friends and family enjoyed by the whole nation. Taste some boerewors, a traditional South African sausage made from a mixture of beef and either lamb or pork or biltong, a dry cured meat made from various different species of local game.

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Immerse yourself in the rich diversity of cultures and be welcomed by the nation's spirited and friendly people. Through the dense history of hardship and struggles, you will be amazed to feel the sense of optimism amongst South Africans and despite political instability, a real sense of unity still remains. Sing and dance along to traditional African tribal music, drink exquisite wines, take in the beauty of the landscape and get to know South Africa for the country it really is.

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HIP Hotels

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