Spot a leopard on the beach
The Isimangaliso (St. Lucia) Wetland Park is South Africa’s first UNESCO World Heritage site, and is perhaps the most unspoiled natural beauty in the world today. Isimangaliso means miracle and wonder, a perfect description for the park. The 332,000-hectare park houses a total of eight interlinking ecosystems, which is why Nelson Mandela said: ‘Isimangaliso must be the only place on the globe where the oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world’s biggest terrestrial mammal (the elephant) share an ecosystem with the world’s oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world’s biggest marine mammal (the whale)’. To see this interaction for yourself, take a cruise around the park’s three major lake systems. Then, enjoy an awe-inspiring game drive through Mangrove forests and estuaries. The grand finale to this magnificent adventure is a drive onto the nearby pristine, wild beaches where it is not uncommon to see a leopard.
Photograph the largest green canyon in the world
The Blyde River Canyon in Mpumulanga is the third largest canyon in the world, and the largest green canyon. While you’re there, we suggest experiencing it from two views, top and bottom. At the bottom, you can enjoy a river cruise down in the canyon. Then, see the canyon from the top by visiting God’s Window, a one-of-a-kind viewpoint high up in the hills that will give you endless views over this spectacular region.
Relive history at the site of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment
Robben Island served as a place of isolation and punishment for political prisoners from the 17th to 20th centuries. Today, it stands as a poignant reminder of the price of South African freedom. During the time he spent on Robben Island, Nelson Mandela transformed himself into the leader that won one of the greatest political battles of our time. During a visit, you’ll stand where Mandela ate, slept, performed hard labor, and eventually assumed leadership over his jail mates as he served 18 of his 27-year sentence.
See the home of one of the greatest leaders of all time
Mahatma Gandhi called Durban, South Africa his home for nearly 21 years. While Gandhi is perhaps most famous for his work in India, he also played a pivotal role in civil rights for South Africans. His crusade against racial discrimination here helped shaped the ideologies that led him to become the political figure, social and political reformer, humanist, visionary, and spiritual leader revered by the world today. At the Satyagraha House and Museum, you’ll learn more about Ghandi’s time here from 1893 to 1914.