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South Africa is a tourist holiday for its wildlife, shark diving, natural scenery and climate.
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South Africa is a very popular tourist destination, not in the first place for diving, but even more so for its wildlife, safaris and tableland scenery. You can visit one of the several safari parks with Kruger National Park and St Lucia Wetlands being the best known. Large animals are not only spotted inland, but at the coast you can spot whales, orca's, sharks and seals. Extreme activities such as rafting, skydiving, paragliding and bungee jumping offer enough entertainment for the youth, while golf in South Africa offers a more sedate alternative for older visitors. There are self drive tours around the Garden Route or along the coast all the way to Durban. The beautiful green and rugged Cape of Good Hope is known by all sailors and written in all history books. You can visit one of the many vineyards and tasting South African wine such as Stellenbosch. Its mountainous scenery provides many hikes ranging from easy flip-flop trails to difficult multi-day mountain hikes to Drakensberg. You can also learn about its rich history of the Boers and African tribes in the apartheid museum in Johannesburg, Pretoria. Geographically she is the most southern country of Africa squeezed in between the Atlantic and Indian Ocean.
Its diving possibilities are unlimited and not to be found elsewhere in the world. It is relatively cold water diving, there are some spectacular inland caves, shark cage diving is very popular and it also houses some excellent healthy and colourful coral reefs. Remember its spectacular backdrops which look stunning when surfacing after a great dive. Remember its easiness of booking and arranging tours. And remember its diverse marine life in size, species and colours and South Africa has to be one of the best diving destinations listed in the world.
Some dives which shouldn't be missed are spectacular cage dives with the great whites when they are fed in Mossel Bay, Gansbaai or Cape Town. You should try to visit Knysna and visits its shore dives inside the lagoon and deeper thrilling dives outside Knysna Heads. Coral reefs are numerous and filled with marine life near Aliwal Shoal and Sodwana Bay. It is also possible to book liveaboard tours that enter far into Mozambique offering even more fantastic diving in waters even more comfortable.