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May 7, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa: The Best of South African Pre- and Post-Event Tour Opportunities

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Trade shows are often a manic haze of meetings, business opportunities, showcases and conferences to attend within days of each other and as such, delegates tend to enjoy the odd day or two relaxing before or after said show. Enter pre and post-event tours. South Africa is known for its beauty and abundance off attractions and as such, The Event has compiled a list of the best things to do on your tour. 

  1. Frolick in the Free State

The Golden Gate Highlands National Park may be a bit of a trip out of the city, but it’s worth it. Not only is this stunning 11,600 hectare park home to a variety of mammals such as black wildebeest, eland and oribi, but it also houses the Basotho Cultural Village Rest Camp and the Highlands Mountain Retreat – ideal for weekend getaways in the vast countryside.

  1. Tour Soweto in Style

Soweto is one of South Africa’s most iconic townships and is home to Vilakazi Street where both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu lived. Enjoy a lunch in a township shebeen and visit some of the freedom struggle sites, or take a bicycle tour through Soweto for some healthy fun.

  1. Discover Your Ancestors

The Cradle of Humankind is one of the eight magnificent South African World Heritage Sites and an absolute must-see. It is home to a diversity of birds, animals and plants, but also holds treasures of the past from dolomite and ages-old bones to new Sediba fossil discoveries. At the Cradle, visitors can enjoy vintage flights or wild cave adventures as well as stargazing at Maropeng – all just 40 minutes out of Johannesburg.

  1. Take the Day Off in Durban

Durban is KwaZulu-Natal’s largest city and one of the busiest port cities in the world. As you can imagine, there are hosts of exciting things to explore here. Catch a few waves or some sun on The Golden Mile, book into a shark tour, a sunset cruise or a scenic flight and at night head over to Suncoast Casino for some world-class entertainment. This is truly holiday city!

  1. Set out on Safari

Mpumalanga literally translated means, “the place where the sun rises”. If you have a good few days before or after your exhibition to enjoy the sights and sounds of South Africa, this province is not to be missed. Not only can you take your pick of safaris, it also offers unparalleled vistas with the wetlands in the south and the panoramic routes of the north. Mpumalanga is home to the Kruger National Park and has a host of luxury safari options, too.

  1. Nature Calls in the Northern Cape

The Northern Cape is home to the Namaqualand, a fascinating display of wildflowers at the beginning of spring when the arid desert comes alive with a magical carpet of colour and scent. About 4,000 plant species can be found here, but stargazing in the Northern Cape is also an exhilarating endeavour, while the San, found in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, will teach guests about their original way of life and how to shoot with a bow and arrow. 

  1. Adventure with Wildlife in Limpopo

Another province that’s rather removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, Limpopo is unrivalled in its wildlife experiences and 4X4 adventures. See the Big Five up close and personal in the Kruger National Park, or opt for a river safari, elephant and horseback safari, and birdwatching. For those who really want to kick back, Limpop offers unique golfing, from Legend Golf & Safari Resort to Zebula Country Club and Hans Merensky where you can share the greens with the wildlife.

  1. See the World from Above

The North West is the province where work and play are combined – and where playtime reigns supreme, with Sun City, near Pilanesberg National Park, offering visitors over 100 thrilling activities. Enjoy a different view when you go game viewing from a hot air balloon – complete with a champagne breakfast – or glide above the tree canopy on the adventurous Magaliesberg Canopy Tour.

  1. Taste the Cape

The Western Cape is renowned for its award-winning wines and delicious cuisine. Take a tour of the province’s picturesque Winelands and dip into some truly unique varieties. Alternatively, pack a picnic basket and head up Table Mountain. This iconic ‘rock’ is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and offers a range of adventures including hikes, abseiling and cable car rides. 

  1. Befriend an Elephant

The Eastern Cape has one of the most beautiful coastlines in South Africa, but if that doesn’t pique your interest, spending time with elephants ant Addo Elephant National Park most certainly will. Home to over 550 elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino and leopard, you can enjoy game drives, horse riding and 4X4 trails here. Alternatively, live it up in style at the Shamwari Game Reserve, or head into Qunu to visit the Nelson Mandela Museum in his ancestral home. 

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