SOUTH AFRICAN BEACHES
The perfect place to relax during your
South African holiday. White
soft sand beaches. Tidal pools. Crashing waves. Warm or cold seawater.
Depending on whether you are on the west coast or the south coast,
you will have a different beach experience. Water temperature can
vary 10'c depending on which side you visit. This is due to the cold
water current coming up the west coast from the Antarctic and the
warm Mozambique current coming down the east coast. You will discover
beaches that go on for miles, where only your footprints disturb the
sand, or popular spots where it seems all of Cape Town are having
fun. The Atlantic & Indian Oceans meet at Cape Agulhas, the Southern
most tip of the Africa.
A whole new and unique method of travel experiences
awaits you. The two wheel gyroscopically controlled and balanced
SEGWAY awaits to transport you along intriguing paths through the
scenic forests. 1 or 2 hour guided Off-Road tours through the
Tsitsikamma forest are full of fun experiences.
Ask Selftours to include this GARDEN ROUTE ADVENTURE tour into your self drive package
WHALE WATCHING & WHALE
A must see on your South African seaside holiday. The Southern Right
Whale, so named because it was "the right whale to catch".
usually arrive in June and stay until late November. The peak season
when whale sightings are virtually guaranteed, is July to October.
Calving season is between August and September and the whale population
peaks in October. Due to the close proximity to the shore where the
whales swim, the Cape coast is considered to have one of the best
land based whale viewing sites in the world. Reproduced with
permission of the Centre for Dolphin Studies
WHITE SHARK DIVING
Dive within the safety of a cage and visit the ultimate
predators of the sea - great white sharks so close you can touch
them !! The rows of awesome razor edged teeth are but centimetres
away. The huge gaping jaws reveal the true danger of this exciting
adrenaline encounter - all from the safety of your cage.
An experience during your South African Adrenaline Holiday Tour.
TABLE MOUNTAIN TOURS
Probably the most popular sight in South Africa, overlooking the city
of Cape Town. 1051meters above sea level. Famous for the Cableway.
Take a trip to the top and view the entire peninsula. See the city
of Cape Town in front of you, Robben Island in Table Bay, Lions Head
and Devils Peak on either side, with the Twelve Apostles sitting majestically
behind you. This range of mountains overlooks the famous beaches of
Clifton and Camps Bay, with a view extending down to Cape Point. At
night Table Mountain is floodlit. This attraction is a must-see on
your Cape Town Holiday.
TABLE MOUNTAIN CABLEWAY
Recently updated, the cableway operates every day. During the summer,
times are extended. The interior of the Table Mountain Cableway
car makes one full revolution on each trip, allowing everyone an opportunity
to marvel at the breathtaking view. Add this to your things to do
in Cape Town
Why not use the Topless Bus which stops at the cable way station
- see below
TOPLESS BUS TOURS IN AND AROUND
What better way to see Cape Town
than relaxing aboard a topless bus touring the city and surrounds?
Two routes are available, the
short city Red Route and the longer Blue Route going
as far as Kirstenbosch Gardens and Hout Bay. Buy a day pass
and hop-on and hop-off as many times as you want.
An excellent day excursion, see Cape Town and the Cape Peninsular.
Red Route departs every 15minutes, Blue Route every 30 minutes.
Main depot at the Aquarium in the V&A Waterfront, though you can
jump on at any of the many stops the buses make - speak to
SELFTOURS and have
one of these excursions built into your tour package - save on a days
car hire! .......... Highly recommended.
CAPE AGULHAS -
southern most tip of Africa
Take a drive down to the lighthouse and stroll around the southern
most tip of Africa. The place where the warm Indian Ocean meets
with the colder Atlantic Ocean, the area once named by ancient marinas
as, The Cape of Storms. A point where many overland adventures
start when crossing across Africa and many south bound adventures
end. On the Agulhas east side it boasts of the longest uninterrupted
sandy beach in South Africa.
A 'must see' if you are travelling along the Cape Garden Route eastwards
from Cape Town.
MALGAS PONTOON FERRY
the scenic route via Malgas on a gravel road, where you
will cross the Breede River on the country's last hand-pulled pontoon
ferry and get the feel of timeless Africa. The Malgas pontoon
ferry crosses the Breede river and has been in existence for more
than 172 years. The current ferry has been operating since 1952.
THE BLUE TRAIN
Voted "The World's Leading Luxury Train" at the World Travel
Awards, for four consecutive years.
Travel between Johannesburg and Cape Town by Blue Train and various
other destinations. The Blue Train is unique - it is not merely a
train but combines the luxury of the world's leading hotels with the
charm of South African Rail Travel. Think of it as an inclusive holiday
with the opportunity to view South Africa's spectacular landscape
and visit interesting attractions along the way. The Blue Train cuisine
puts sheer good taste on a plate while butler personal attention puts
you on a pedestal. It's a journey of a lifetime for those who appreciate
the finer things in life. Pretoria to Cape Town or vice versa (1 600
kilometres or 994 miles), with guests spending one night on the train.
VISIT AN OSTRICH PALACE & RIDE
Visit an Ostrich Palace from a bygone era, when the famous ostrich
feathers were the height of fashion amongst the noble ladies of the
major capitals of the world. The palaces are reminders of the riches
once associated with the "feather boom". Visit the curio
shops and purchase fine ostrich leather goods as a memento of your
South African visit. You will also have the opportunity to ride an
ostrich and learn about these strange birds. Try an ostrich steak
and some dried ostrich meat called "biltong". Another winner
on your Garden Route Tour.
The caves are one of South Africa's 10 most visited tourist attractions.
The two largest chambers spread over an easy kilometre of spell-binding
beauty. Marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites. Regular
conducted tours are operated daily at the Cango Caves. We can include
this into your Garden Route holiday
SWARTBERG & MEERINGSPOORT MOUNTAIN
The 27 km Swartberg Pass is considered one of the finest mountain
passes in the world: an untarred earthen road that winds to the summit
1583 metres above sea level in the steep zigzags and sudden switchbacks
with breathtaking views at every turn. Built in the 1880s with 240
local prisoners. A very interesting piece of civil
engineering for its time with embankments built much like the Romans
did years ago with NO cement. The road is supported
in places by hand-packed stone walls, a trademark of brilliant road
engineer Thomas Charles Bain. Along the way there are relics of an
old prison, toll hut and other interesting historical sites. Often
covered with snow in winter. Have lunch in the little Karoo
town of Prince Albert and return
through the shear red granite cliffs of the Meiringspoort Pass
to Oudtshoorn for the evening. An excellent days activity while
on holiday in South Africa.
Enjoy the unequalled experience
of travelling 30 meters above the forest floor through the tree
top forest canopy gliding along on a steel cable.
A view once only seen by the many exotic
birds of the indigenous forest. At each platform spend
a few minutes relaxing, as your guide enthusiastically explains
the ecology of the forest around you, pointing out magnificent
giant ferns and the many different exotic trees. About
three hours later you emerge from the forest having undertaken
a rare journey of a lifetime. This is an unusual experience
which you are likely to remember forever. Pre-booking
is essential during busy periods. Recommended age groups
7 to 70 years.
One of the many popular family activities
you can enjoy on your self drive garden route holiday.
An experience you may not have the chance to experience anywhere
QUAD BIKE ADVENTURE TOURS
Whether you have only an hour or a few days we can offer
an exciting quad bike tour, no experience required, no age
limit. Our tours range from an introductory route through
beautiful valleys with incredible vistas of the Garden Route
to overnight adventure expeditions where we camp in the
wild and wind through narrow Mountain Passes.
Some our day-tours include: Riding on a quad to Oudtshoorn
or enjoying the incredible Historical Montague Pass Adventure
Tour. Only five minutes from George in the Garden Route
you can experience the thrill of driving your own quad bike
through beautiful scenery while having the adventure of
Another must do for adventurous holiday seekers in South Africa.
BARTHOLOMEW DIAZ MUSEUM
Bartholomew Diaz was the first European navigator whose discovery
in 1488 of the Cape of Good Hope showed Europeans there was a feasible
route to India around the storm-driven southern tip of Africa. Visit
the museum and be amazed at the true life-size replica of his original
Caravel boat that sailed from Portugal to the Cape. Discover the mystery
of the Post Office tree still growing outside the museum all these
years later. Next door watch craftsmen hand crafting model sailing
ships of yesteryear. Take in some history in Mossel Bay, en-route
from Cape Town to Knysna.
Take the luxury half hour cruise to the island and learn of the mysteries
dating back to when the Dutch first start using the island as a prison
colony over 400 years ago. Unwilling inhabitants included slaves from
various parts of Africa and Asia, political and religious Muslim leaders
who opposed Dutch colonialism in East Asia. Lepers, the sick, the
mentally disturbed and during World War ll, French Vichy prisoners.
The most famous prisoner was undoubtedly, our first President of the
New South Africa, Mr. Nelson Mandela, who was interned here. Find
out about Plaatjies, a mental patient - every time he built a boat
to escape, the hospital attendants destroyed it. Add this to your
list on exploring Cape Town.
Imagine being transported in an ox drawn cart up to a Zulu Kraal,
being entertained by the Zulu Warriors and Zulu maidens, savouring
their meals and home brewed beer, all to the rhythm of the Zulu drums
- and then join in with the dancers around the open fire under the
stars of the African sky. This is truly experiencing the real
Africa. As sleep takes over you slump into you own hut for the
night under the protection of the warriors of the Royal House.
In the morning you enjoy breakfast and a short talk on Zulu
culture. Get to know a 'Sangoma' (witch doctor) let them throw
the bones for you and tell you your fortune. Experience real African
culture on your self-drive tour of South Africa.
For those who wish to really pump up their adrenalin, the southern
Cape coastline offers some exhilarating bridge jumps. Bloukranz Bridge
is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest bungee jump
in the world at 216 meters. (Note the size of the lorry crossing
the bridge). Even if it is not for you, it is well worth holding
your breath and watching others. On your selfdrive tour of South
Africa you can stop off for as long as you want and watch these adrenalin
Some stats - the free fall takes 5 seconds, the
stretching of the Bungy rope takes another 2 seconds. The first
rebound is higher than the Victoria Falls Bridge jump and the second
rebound is higher then the Gouritz Bridge, which is 65 meters.
Your body accelerates to around 120mph before decelerating - Awesome
stuff!! - Another highlight on the Garden Route. An adventure holiday
SEAL ISLAND BOAT TOURS
Seal Island boat tours have been operating since 1989 and are based
in the famous fishing village of Hout Bay offering daily scenic cruises
to one of Cape Town's main attractions. Join the boat cruise to Duiker
Island to see thousands of Cape Fur Seals in their natural environment
and some of the most spectacular scenery the Cape Peninsula has to
offer. While aboard you are surrounded with breath-taking scenery
of the famous Chapmans Peak Drive and the Sentinel Mountain. Join
us on a longer cruise to view the seals and the Shipwreck in Maori
Why not use the Topless Bus which stops at Marinas Wharf, Hout
Bay - see above
Treat yourself to a wine tasting experience. Savour the fruits of
some of South Africa's world renowned wines. You can purchase wines
and have them shipped directly back to your home. Either explore the
farms at your own pace in your self-drive car, or we will organise
a guided wine tour of the winelands for you.
The perfect way to relax in peace and tranquillity. We do not
have many navigable rivers or suitable waterways, however, there
are a few opportunities available to you. We would recommend a few
nights on an unspoilt river to really get the feel of being in Africa.
The large tidal Knysna lagoon is a popular house boating area.
The sea water is warm and clean and a little fishing could produce
an excellent meal on the BBQ for the evening.
See also accommodation pages. A pleasurable
break on your relaxing selfdrive holiday.
NATURE TRAILS & HIKING
Knysna abounds with various nature / hiking trails. One
of the most popular of these trails is the guided Featherbed Nature
Trail with spectacular views over looking the Knysna lagoon. The
starts with a ferry crossing to Featherbed Nature Reserve. You
are then transported to the top of the Western Head. After a
comfortable downhill walk through unspoilt indigenous bush with magnificent
views, a buffet lunch is served before the ferry boat returns you
across the lagoon. Suitable for all mobile age groups.
Trout fishing in the country's rivers, surf fishing from the beaches,
or from harbour walls - we have it all. Deep sea fishing is popular
for the keen big game fisherman. Our fish are some of the finest in
the world and the varieties are vast, due to the warm ocean current
on one coast and the cold current on the other.
PLANNING A SELF DRIVE SAFARI
Africa is the continent associated with a wide variety of wildlife
and South Africa boasts some of the finest wild game parks in Africa.
These vary from state owned to privately owned parks, and range from
the Kruger Park in the north, to the Addo Elephant Park and
Shamwari Game Park in the south. View the Big Five. You
have a wide choice and you will find something for everyone.
Self drive Kruger tours or guided 4x4 game drive safaris to guided
bush walks - we cater for all your needs. During your travels
in the country areas you are still likely to spot a variety of buck,
eagles and other birds of prey near the roadside.
Enjoy a romantic evening dinning aboard the Knysna Paddle Cruiser
while paddling across the Knysna
Lagoon . There are a few cruises available on the Knysna lagoon
including sailing, ferries to the Featherbed nature reserve an to
floating mobile restaurants catering for all occasions.
Enjoy relaxing day while on holiday in South Africa
See a wide variety of primate species in their natural habitat.
Monkeyland offers you a gentle guided
one hour walking safari through the forest conducted by experienced
game rangers where you can expect to see many species of monkeys and
forest dwelling birds. You will not only find the tour very
interesting and informative, but educational as well. A day
very well spent. Afterwards enjoy refreshments and light meals
on the sun deck of the lodge while the monkeys swing between the trees
around you. A living forest experience for every age group that will
stay with you forever. If you are enjoying a South African
children's holiday then this is a must the little ones will be as
fascinated as will the parents. Monkeys for Africa!
BIRDS OF EDEN
Considered the worlds largest free flying aviary in the world
covering an area of over 2 hectares (5 acres) with 80 tons of wire
mesh suspended 35 meters above the forest floor. The aviary
houses approximately 3000 birds of 220 different species of some of
the most beautiful birds in the world. Idea day excursion for
the entire family of all age groups.
The sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk-behind
waterfall. Another feature is its amphitheatre, which has the ability
to seat over 200 visitors. Truly a bird lovers paradise and certainly
something not to be missed while touring South Africa.
WITH THE CHEETAHS AND OTHER WILD CATS
Wildlife Awareness Centre offers a close encounter with South Africa’s
smaller indigenous cats, cheetah, leopard and other endangered wildlife,
whilst supporting our wildlife rehabilitation programme. Guests are
taken on a guided tour to meet captive-bred furry felines, living
in a semi-natural environment. So close, you can hear them purr
Another great activity to enjoy in the Garden Route while enjoying
your South African Holiday
Organised horse trails can be arranged in most areas with trails along
the beaches and through the forests being the most popular. You do
not have to be an expert, novices are catered for too. You can incorporate
seeing some of South Africa from the saddle during your South African
holiday tour. Horse trails in Knysna are a very popular family activity.
The "Cape of Storms" is well known for its many shipwrecks
and coral reefs. Ships have floundered on the coast, from the earliest
explorers to modern times. The north east of South Africa has many
beautiful reefs for Scuba Diving. Day trips can be arranged
for Scuba adventure enthusiasts.
Any surfer knows that South Africa offers some of the world's top
surfing beaches. The entire coastline offers the ultimate in waves.
J Bay, Victory Bay, and Durban, thunder with the sound of Surf.
At some locations surf board hire is available. Learn to Kite
Surf in Cape Town, or ride the perfect wave in J-Bay (Jefferys Bay).
Yachts and powerboats can be hired at certain locations. Charters
and short daily cruises, down to excursions and hourly cruises are
offered at most harbours with public waterfront activities. Popular
venues are Cape Town Waterfront and Knysna Waterfront for various
cruises. Add a romantic cruise to your honeymoon tour of South
MEET THE PEOPLE
- people at peace with their existence
Meet the people of South Africa in places few have visited before.
This off the beaten track tour is fully guided and gives you a unique
opportunity to meeting some of our communities and see how they have
built a life for themselves doing a wide variety of crafts and little
businesses. In the Outeniqua foothills you will travel with
your guide down back roads and byways of this beautiful and historical
area. Meet the real people in their homes and in their villages.
See demonstrations of their craft handed down over generations.
From a carpenter, a brick maker, a paraplegic making leather goods,
artwork, coffee roasting , ladies with their hand embroidery, traditional
Spaza shop..... All very interesting and fascinating.
Golf is a very popular pastime in SA. There are many beautiful
golf courses and golfing estates where several famous golfers live
and enjoy year- round golfing. Many golf courses have magnificent
views of the sea and mountains. Some world renowned courses
are - The Gary Player at Sun City, Pezula in Knysna (so large an electric
golf cart is a must), Fancourt at George (venue for the Presidents
Cup in 2003), the Royal Cape in Cape Town to name but a few.
Self drive golf holiday tours and safaris are popular - book yours
Gambling at casinos was illegal in South Africa before 1994. There
are now many spectacular casinos across South Africa. Sun City
being the biggest casino complex in Africa, based around a Las Vegas
theme in the middle of darkest Africa. High rollers or families -
our casinos cater for everyone.
Restaurants are of a high standard and cater for every possible taste
from fast food to sumptuous five star dining. European, Italian and
Oriental restaurants can be found in all cities. Whether you like
Steakhouses or popular fast-food outlets like Wimpy, McDonalds or
KFC, they are abundant. A Big Mac will cost you R35.00 (Less than
US$5.00) and a 3 course restaurant meal can cost around R100.00 (Less
than US$15.00) including an excellent bottle of local wine. Try the
local fish dishes, or something more exotic, like venison or ostrich
- whatever your tastes are, delicious meals and great dining experiences
are a taste away.
SOMETHING EXTRA TO YOUR SOUTH AFRICAN HOLIDAY
Mosi-oa-Tunya - 'The Smoke that Thunders' on the Zambezi River between
Zambia and Zimbabwe. Here the river is
more than 1.6 km wide (1 mile) and plunges about 108m (354 feet) into
the gorge below. The first European to discover them was
the Scottish missionary, David Livingston in 1855 who was so inspired
by what he saw that he called them after his Queen; Queen Victoria.
His gigantic statue still stands above Devils cataract today.
We recommend a Victoria Falls fly in package from Johannesburg.
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Round off your South African holiday
with a visit to the mystical island of Madagascar and enjoy a tropical
island beach holiday. A couple of popular islands include
Nosy Be Island
& Sainte Marie
Island Since most of the plants and animals are found
nowhere else in the world Madagascar can make for a fascinating &
exciting Island holiday.
ISLAND OF ZANZIBAR
Holiday packages, are better suited
to those who want to do more than just spend an entire holiday on
the beach. So much more to do, explore the history of
Stone Town, the Sultans of Zanzibar,
the Sultans palace, the House of Wonders and the Slave Trade market.
Enjoy a fascinating guided spice island tour while
bargaining for some interesting tropical island mementos. Enjoy
swimming with Dolphins, visit
and snorkel Prison Island see the giant Tortoises and fearsome looking
Coconut Crabs. Needless to say the list of water sports are
comprehensive, Snorkel or Scuba Diving Zanzibar
many coral reefs, deep sea fish in the Pemba channel
relax on your tropical paradise island beach, soak up the sun,
making your perfect island holiday.
MOUNTAIN GORILLAS OF RWANDA AND UGANDA
An hour spent with a Mountain Gorilla family is a very tranquil &
relaxing form of therapy, allowing you to realise how simple life
really can be.
Silverback Mountain Gorillas are the largest
of the primates. They are ground-dwelling and predominantly herbivorous.
They inhabit the forests of central Africa and
are divided into two species and either four or five subspecies.
A great add on to your South African holiday