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10 places where you can find the world in South Africa

Desiree Haakonsen of Travelground gathered this amazing selection of lookalike spots in South Africa that compare well with international destinations.

You’ve heard it before: South Africa is diverse. We didn’t realise quite how true this statement was until we embarked on a snapshot journey to find how many places in South Africa resembled destinations around the world. You’d be surprised!

1. Miami/Durban
The art deco buildings, palm trees, long sunny days, and warm tropical waters of Miami can be found on the Durban city coastline.

Miami. Image Bigstock

Miami. Image Bigstock

Durban. Image Bigstock

Durban. Image Bigstock

2. Piva Canyon/Blyde River Canyon
The famous Piva Canyon in Montenegro National Park could be the European sister of ourBlyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga.

Piva Canyon. Image Bigstock

Piva Canyon. Image Bigstock

Blyde River Canyon. Image Bigstock

Blyde River Canyon. Image Bigstock

3. Sub-Sahara/Karoo
We might not have the vast desert dunes of the Sahara, but the Karoo bears a striking resemblance to the scrubby terrain of the sub-Sahara.

Saharan landscape. Image Bigstock

Saharan landscape. Image Bigstock

Karoo landscape. Image Bigstock

Karoo landscape. Image Bigstock

4. Great Barrier Reef/Sodwana Bay
Why fork out your life savings to scuba in the Great Barrier Reef when Sodwana Bay is one of the top diving destinations in the world?

Great Barrier Reef. Image Bigstock

Great Barrier Reef. Image Bigstock

Sodwana Bay. Image Bigstock

Sodwana Bay. Image Bigstock

5. French Winelands/Cape Winelands
We may not be able to call it Champagne, but our Methode Cap Classiques are just as good!

French winelands. Image Bigstock

French winelands. Image Bigstock

Cape Winelands. Image Vergelegen Estate

Cape Winelands. Image Vergelegen Estate

6. Blue Mountains/Mpumalanga
Sometime less is more. Pinnacle Rock in Mpumalanga is just as inspiring as the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains of Australia.

Blue Mountains. Image Bigstock

Blue Mountains. Image Bigstock

Pinnacle Rock. Image Bigstock

Pinnacle Rock. Image Bigstock

7. Lake Nakuru/Kimberley
Lake Nakuru in Kenya is home to thousands of pink flamingos, but you’ll find a similar spectacle at Kamfers Dam in Kimberley.

Lake Nakaru. Image Bigstock

Lake Nakaru. Image Bigstock

Kamfer Dam. Image courtesy of Winston Mcleod

Kamfer Dam. Image courtesy of Winston Mcleod

8. Assateague Island/Bot River Lagoon
Assateague Island, off the coast of Maryland, United States, is home to more than 100 wild ponies. You can also find approximately 25 wild horses living freely in the dunes of the Bot River Lagoon in the Overberg.

Assateague Island. Image Bigstock

Assateague Island. Image Bigstock

Kleinmond. Image Travelground

Kleinmond. Image Travelground

9. Angel Falls/Tugela Falls
Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979m, while the Tugela Falls in the Drakensberg is the world’s second highest waterfall with a total drop of 948m in five free-leaping falls.

Angel Falls. Bigstock

Angel Falls. Bigstock

Tugela Falls. Bigstock

Tugela Falls. Bigstock

10 New Zealand/Wilderness
The forests, mountains and waterways that make New Zealand such an attractive destination can also be found in the little Garden Route town of Wilderness.

Forest trail, New Zealand. Image Bigstock

Forest trail, New Zealand. Image Bigstock

Wilderness. Image Travelground

Wilderness. Image Travelground

10 places where you can find the world in South Africa

Desiree Haakonsen of Travelground gathered this amazing selection of lookalike spots in South Africa that compare well with international destinations.

You’ve heard it before: South Africa is diverse. We didn’t realise quite how true this statement was until we embarked on a snapshot journey to find how many places in South Africa resembled destinations around the world. You’d be surprised!

1. Miami/Durban
The art deco buildings, palm trees, long sunny days, and warm tropical waters of Miami can be found on the Durban city coastline.

Miami. Image Bigstock

Miami. Image Bigstock

Durban. Image Bigstock

Durban. Image Bigstock

2. Piva Canyon/Blyde River Canyon
The famous Piva Canyon in Montenegro National Park could be the European sister of ourBlyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga.

Piva Canyon. Image Bigstock

Piva Canyon. Image Bigstock

Blyde River Canyon. Image Bigstock

Blyde River Canyon. Image Bigstock

3. Sub-Sahara/Karoo
We might not have the vast desert dunes of the Sahara, but the Karoo bears a striking resemblance to the scrubby terrain of the sub-Sahara.

Saharan landscape. Image Bigstock

Saharan landscape. Image Bigstock

Karoo landscape. Image Bigstock

Karoo landscape. Image Bigstock

4. Great Barrier Reef/Sodwana Bay
Why fork out your life savings to scuba in the Great Barrier Reef when Sodwana Bay is one of the top diving destinations in the world?

Great Barrier Reef. Image Bigstock

Great Barrier Reef. Image Bigstock

Sodwana Bay. Image Bigstock

Sodwana Bay. Image Bigstock

5. French Winelands/Cape Winelands
We may not be able to call it Champagne, but our Methode Cap Classiques are just as good!

French winelands. Image Bigstock

French winelands. Image Bigstock

Cape Winelands. Image Vergelegen Estate

Cape Winelands. Image Vergelegen Estate

6. Blue Mountains/Mpumalanga
Sometime less is more. Pinnacle Rock in Mpumalanga is just as inspiring as the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains of Australia.

Blue Mountains. Image Bigstock

Blue Mountains. Image Bigstock

Pinnacle Rock. Image Bigstock

Pinnacle Rock. Image Bigstock

7. Lake Nakuru/Kimberley
Lake Nakuru in Kenya is home to thousands of pink flamingos, but you’ll find a similar spectacle at Kamfers Dam in Kimberley.

Lake Nakaru. Image Bigstock

Lake Nakaru. Image Bigstock

Kamfer Dam. Image courtesy of Winston Mcleod

Kamfer Dam. Image courtesy of Winston Mcleod

8. Assateague Island/Bot River Lagoon
Assateague Island, off the coast of Maryland, United States, is home to more than 100 wild ponies. You can also find approximately 25 wild horses living freely in the dunes of the Bot River Lagoon in the Overberg.

Assateague Island. Image Bigstock

Assateague Island. Image Bigstock

Kleinmond. Image Travelground

Kleinmond. Image Travelground

9. Angel Falls/Tugela Falls
Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979m, while the Tugela Falls in the Drakensberg is the world’s second highest waterfall with a total drop of 948m in five free-leaping falls.

Angel Falls. Bigstock

Angel Falls. Bigstock

Tugela Falls. Bigstock

Tugela Falls. Bigstock

10 New Zealand/Wilderness
The forests, mountains and waterways that make New Zealand such an attractive destination can also be found in the little Garden Route town of Wilderness.

Forest trail, New Zealand. Image Bigstock

Forest trail, New Zealand. Image Bigstock

Wilderness. Image Travelground

Wilderness. Image Travelground

Wining and dining in South Africa

South Africa is home to some of the world’s exquisite cuisine and wine regions.

The food and wine route in South Africa offers culinary experiences which will awaken and excite.

Cape Winelands has 18 official wine routes and two brandy routes which are nestled among the most scenic and historic wine estates which date back centuries. The Cape is a premier Western Cape visitor attraction offering tours ranging from wine tasting to wine making. There is also excellent cuisine and magnificent scenery collectively creating an irresistible attraction for international and local travellers alike.

Stellenbosch

The Stellenbosch Wine Route, which is South Africa’s oldest, was founded in 1971 and is known to produce a world-renowned sparkling wine. It is located in Cape Winelands and has been awarded the Best Wine Destination in 2012 by Trip Advisor and just like a fine wine, the  town has only gotten better with age. There are a range of wineries to visit ranging from large estates to smaller independent wineries.

For elegant alfresco dining under the oaks, splendid vineyard views and sublimely prepared seasonal fare, try Terroir restaurant at Kleine Zalze wine. Similarly, the restaurant at Jordan winery offers panoramic views of Table Mountain, False Bay and Stellenbosch, with a daily blackboard menu to complement Jordan’s acclaimed wines.

Stellenbosch WineryIf your palate prefers white wine, we recommend visiting the town of Franschhoek which is commonly referred to as South Africa’s gourmet capital boasting dozens of award winning wineries and restaurants which source local produce to create their menus.

Franschhoek Valley

What makes this food and wine route in Franschhoek special is you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The heritage can be felt in this picturesque town and, yet, it’s only 45 minutes from Cape Town! The main road is lined with restaurants, some run by award-winning chefs like Reuben Riffel of Reuben’s Restaurant and Margot Janse van Vuuren of Le Quartier Francais, where it’s well worth trying to secure a table.

Franschhoek

In addition to its wine, the Wellington region in The Cape is famous for its brandy. The Schalk Burger & Sons Welbedacht Estate in this area is owned and run by former and current international rugby players, Schalk Burger snr and his son of the same name.

There are many beautiful wineries in The Cape which will steal your heart with amazing hospitality, delicious cuisine and beautiful drops of red, white or sparkling!

Restaurants

Terrior Restaurant at Kleine Zalze
Phone: +27 (21) 880-8167
Email: info@wineorders.co.za

Jordan Restaurant
Phone: +27 (21) 881 3612
Email: restaurant@jordanwines.com

Reuben’s Franschhoek
Phone: +27 (21) 876 3772
Email: reservations@reubens.co.za

Le Quartier Francais
Phone: +27 (21) 876 2151
Email: res@lqf.co.za

Wining and dining in South Africa

South Africa is home to some of the world’s exquisite cuisine and wine regions.

The food and wine route in South Africa offers culinary experiences which will awaken and excite.

Cape Winelands has 18 official wine routes and two brandy routes which are nestled among the most scenic and historic wine estates which date back centuries. The Cape is a premier Western Cape visitor attraction offering tours ranging from wine tasting to wine making. There is also excellent cuisine and magnificent scenery collectively creating an irresistible attraction for international and local travellers alike.

Stellenbosch

The Stellenbosch Wine Route, which is South Africa’s oldest, was founded in 1971 and is known to produce a world-renowned sparkling wine. It is located in Cape Winelands and has been awarded the Best Wine Destination in 2012 by Trip Advisor and just like a fine wine, the  town has only gotten better with age. There are a range of wineries to visit ranging from large estates to smaller independent wineries.

For elegant alfresco dining under the oaks, splendid vineyard views and sublimely prepared seasonal fare, try Terroir restaurant at Kleine Zalze wine. Similarly, the restaurant at Jordan winery offers panoramic views of Table Mountain, False Bay and Stellenbosch, with a daily blackboard menu to complement Jordan’s acclaimed wines.

Stellenbosch WineryIf your palate prefers white wine, we recommend visiting the town of Franschhoek which is commonly referred to as South Africa’s gourmet capital boasting dozens of award winning wineries and restaurants which source local produce to create their menus.

Franschhoek Valley

What makes this food and wine route in Franschhoek special is you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The heritage can be felt in this picturesque town and, yet, it’s only 45 minutes from Cape Town! The main road is lined with restaurants, some run by award-winning chefs like Reuben Riffel of Reuben’s Restaurant and Margot Janse van Vuuren of Le Quartier Francais, where it’s well worth trying to secure a table.

Franschhoek

In addition to its wine, the Wellington region in The Cape is famous for its brandy. The Schalk Burger & Sons Welbedacht Estate in this area is owned and run by former and current international rugby players, Schalk Burger snr and his son of the same name.

There are many beautiful wineries in The Cape which will steal your heart with amazing hospitality, delicious cuisine and beautiful drops of red, white or sparkling!

Restaurants

Terrior Restaurant at Kleine Zalze
Phone: +27 (21) 880-8167
Email: info@wineorders.co.za

Jordan Restaurant
Phone: +27 (21) 881 3612
Email: restaurant@jordanwines.com

Reuben’s Franschhoek
Phone: +27 (21) 876 3772
Email: reservations@reubens.co.za

Le Quartier Francais
Phone: +27 (21) 876 2151
Email: res@lqf.co.za

Romantic South Africa

Whether you and your significant other enjoy sipping wine together at sunset or adventure activities, we’ve compiled a list of romantic experiences to suit all couples.

Hot air ballooning through the Pilanesberg National Park, is the most scenic and relaxing method of experiencing the game reserve which is home to the Big Five.

Mankwe Gametrackers Balloon Safaris is the only Hot Air Balloon Company which launches from within a national park, offering a truly unique experience. Tours depart early morning and offer a 4-5 hour experience including hotel pick-up, 45-minute ride, a sparkling wine celebration on landing and full English breakfast.

The Bachelor Australia embarked on this breathtaking journey over the National Park, drifting over the lush terrain with one lucky lady during his time in South Africa.

Mankwe Gametrackers Balloon Safari’s

Image source: Mankwe Gametrackers Balloon Safaris

A helicopter trip with your partner in South Africa is guaranteed to be a spectacular experience, the only difficulty is choosing a region! The Bachelor Australia treated one lucky lady to this 5-star experience at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town which offers a luxurious package including private helicopter ride, lunch and wine tasting at an award winning restaurant.

Helicopter Ride - 12 Apostles

Image source: The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

If you and your partner are into adventure activities, South Africa is one the few countries in the world which allow cage-free diving tours with Tiger sharks in Protea Banks. Participants will need to have completed a diving course before the dive. This is a unique experience, which will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

SharkExplorers in Cape Town offer a range of cage diving experiences as seen on The Bachelor Australia. The White Shark adventures which take place in False Bay, which is a 30-minute drive from Cape Town is a Great White Shark hotspot. The tour starts out before dawn and you’ll be able to experience the strength of the Great White Sharks launching out of the water to catch its seal prey safely from the boat.

Tiger Shark Diving

Cape Winelands which are located in the Western Cape gives you and your partner the opportunity to sit back and relax with a wine in hand and watch the sun set in this picturesque region of South Africa.

Whether you’re in a couple or travelling with friends and family, the Cape has 18 official wine routes and 2 brandy routes which offer the 3 S’s; Scenery, Serenity and Splendid wines.

Wine tasting, wine making tours, excellent cuisine and magnificent scenery collectively create an irresistible attraction for international and local travellers alike.

Cape Winelands

This region was featured on The Bachelor Australia when Blake romanced one of the final three lucky ladies taking her to the stunning Delaire Graff Estate.

If you’re overcome with the beauty of the Cape and find yourself on one knee proposing to the love of your life, you’ll be glad to know the Cape is a popular location to celebrate your nuptials. Cape Winelands offer breathtaking backdrops, world class food & wine, accommodation, all in a romantic and historical setting.

After a big day of activities, whether it be hot air ballooning, diving with sharks or enjoying a glass of red while the sun sets over the Cape Winelands, there are plenty of luxurious hotels for you to lay your head down…in style!

Pilanesberg National Park is a fascinating location, born out of a crater of a long extinct volcano. The Ivory Tree Game Lodge as featured on The Bachelor Australia is located in the heart of Pilanesberg and offers excellent service, range of amenities and stylish interiors for a night of rest and relaxation. The lodge has a range of activities for you to take advantage of during the day including archery, quad biking and of course, safari.

Ivory Tree Lodge

Image source: Ivory Tree Game Lodge

The Tsala Treetop Lodge is a unique Garden Route boutique resort which can be found in the treetops, as the name suggests. This five-star luxury resort offers unique lodges in the remote wilderness, wrap around decking and private infinity pools which offer birds eye views of the forest.

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Image source: Tsala Treetop Lodge

If you’re looking for a luxury safari lodge, Singita Ebony located in the Kruger National Park has incredible views of the river where wildlife bathe and drink with all the features of a five star lodge. Each room at Singita Ebony has a private pool, open fireplace, indoor/outdoor shower and game-viewing deck.

Singita Ebony

Image source: Singita Ebony

Follow the links below to book your romantic experience in South Africa.

Hot Air Ballooning

Mankwe GAMETRACKERS
Tel: +27 14 552 5020
Email: suncity@mankwegametrackers.co.za

Helicopter Ride

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 437 9000
Email: horst@12apostles.co.za

Shark Diving

SHARKEXPLORERS
Telephone: +27 82 564 1904
Email: info@sharkexplorers.com

African Dive Adventures (include Tiger Shark Diving adventures)
Tel: +27 (0)39 317 1483
Email: afridive@venturenet.co.za

 Accommodation

Ivory Tree Game Lodge
Tel: +27 11 781 1661
Email: res3@anthology.co.za

The Tsala Treetop Lodge
T : +27 (0) 44 501 1111
F : +27 (0) 44 501 1100
res@hunterhotels.com
www.hunterhotels.com

Singita Ebony
Tel: +27 (0)21 683 3424
Fax: +27 (0)21 671 6776
Email: enquiries@singita.com
http://singita.com/

Romantic South Africa

Whether you and your significant other enjoy sipping wine together at sunset or adventure activities, we’ve compiled a list of romantic experiences to suit all couples.

Hot air ballooning through the Pilanesberg National Park, is the most scenic and relaxing method of experiencing the game reserve which is home to the Big Five.

Mankwe Gametrackers Balloon Safaris is the only Hot Air Balloon Company which launches from within a national park, offering a truly unique experience. Tours depart early morning and offer a 4-5 hour experience including hotel pick-up, 45-minute ride, a sparkling wine celebration on landing and full English breakfast.

The Bachelor Australia embarked on this breathtaking journey over the National Park, drifting over the lush terrain with one lucky lady during his time in South Africa.

Mankwe Gametrackers Balloon Safari’s

Image source: Mankwe Gametrackers Balloon Safaris

A helicopter trip with your partner in South Africa is guaranteed to be a spectacular experience, the only difficulty is choosing a region! The Bachelor Australia treated one lucky lady to this 5-star experience at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town which offers a luxurious package including private helicopter ride, lunch and wine tasting at an award winning restaurant.

Helicopter Ride - 12 Apostles

Image source: The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

If you and your partner are into adventure activities, South Africa is one the few countries in the world which allow cage-free diving tours with Tiger sharks in Protea Banks. Participants will need to have completed a diving course before the dive. This is a unique experience, which will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

SharkExplorers in Cape Town offer a range of cage diving experiences as seen on The Bachelor Australia. The White Shark adventures which take place in False Bay, which is a 30-minute drive from Cape Town is a Great White Shark hotspot. The tour starts out before dawn and you’ll be able to experience the strength of the Great White Sharks launching out of the water to catch its seal prey safely from the boat.

Tiger Shark Diving

Cape Winelands which are located in the Western Cape gives you and your partner the opportunity to sit back and relax with a wine in hand and watch the sun set in this picturesque region of South Africa.

Whether you’re in a couple or travelling with friends and family, the Cape has 18 official wine routes and 2 brandy routes which offer the 3 S’s; Scenery, Serenity and Splendid wines.

Wine tasting, wine making tours, excellent cuisine and magnificent scenery collectively create an irresistible attraction for international and local travellers alike.

Cape Winelands

This region was featured on The Bachelor Australia when Blake romanced one of the final three lucky ladies taking her to the stunning Delaire Graff Estate.

If you’re overcome with the beauty of the Cape and find yourself on one knee proposing to the love of your life, you’ll be glad to know the Cape is a popular location to celebrate your nuptials. Cape Winelands offer breathtaking backdrops, world class food & wine, accommodation, all in a romantic and historical setting.

After a big day of activities, whether it be hot air ballooning, diving with sharks or enjoying a glass of red while the sun sets over the Cape Winelands, there are plenty of luxurious hotels for you to lay your head down…in style!

Pilanesberg National Park is a fascinating location, born out of a crater of a long extinct volcano. The Ivory Tree Game Lodge as featured on The Bachelor Australia is located in the heart of Pilanesberg and offers excellent service, range of amenities and stylish interiors for a night of rest and relaxation. The lodge has a range of activities for you to take advantage of during the day including archery, quad biking and of course, safari.

Ivory Tree Lodge

Image source: Ivory Tree Game Lodge

The Tsala Treetop Lodge is a unique Garden Route boutique resort which can be found in the treetops, as the name suggests. This five-star luxury resort offers unique lodges in the remote wilderness, wrap around decking and private infinity pools which offer birds eye views of the forest.

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Image source: Tsala Treetop Lodge

If you’re looking for a luxury safari lodge, Singita Ebony located in the Kruger National Park has incredible views of the river where wildlife bathe and drink with all the features of a five star lodge. Each room at Singita Ebony has a private pool, open fireplace, indoor/outdoor shower and game-viewing deck.

Singita Ebony

Image source: Singita Ebony

Follow the links below to book your romantic experience in South Africa.

Hot Air Ballooning

Mankwe GAMETRACKERS
Tel: +27 14 552 5020
Email: suncity@mankwegametrackers.co.za

Helicopter Ride

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 437 9000
Email: horst@12apostles.co.za

Shark Diving

SHARKEXPLORERS
Telephone: +27 82 564 1904
Email: info@sharkexplorers.com

African Dive Adventures (include Tiger Shark Diving adventures)
Tel: +27 (0)39 317 1483
Email: afridive@venturenet.co.za

 Accommodation

Ivory Tree Game Lodge
Tel: +27 11 781 1661
Email: res3@anthology.co.za

The Tsala Treetop Lodge
T : +27 (0) 44 501 1111
F : +27 (0) 44 501 1100
res@hunterhotels.com
www.hunterhotels.com

Singita Ebony
Tel: +27 (0)21 683 3424
Fax: +27 (0)21 671 6776
Email: enquiries@singita.com
http://singita.com/