The whole world watched as the beauty and diversity of South Africa was put on display amidst amazing soccer matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup this summer. The bustling cities and remote wilderness were showcased on global television, but now that the final match has been played, the best way to experience these intriguing places is by visiting for yourself! Ker & Downey’s Grand South Africa features two of the most popular cities in the country – Cape Town and Durban.
Your stay in Cape Town offers a soothing, cosmopolitan atmosphere in the Western Cape. Rich veins of mountains surround the area, and it is a haven for lovers of fine cuisine, history and stunning natural beauty. The second-largest city in South Africa is a thriving hub of colonial charm and contemporary luxury. The historic Greenmarket Square is a former slave auction and protesting site in the city center. Today, the square is a bustling venue for local artisans and crafters and a great place to purchase authentic souvenirs. Many museums and gardens are available to tour, and soccer fans will not want to miss Cape Town Stadium, the host venue for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
For the first three days of Grand South Africa, you’ll stay in the brand new Taj Cape Town. With easy access to the shops, museums, entertainment and cuisine of historic St. George’s Mall, venturing beyond the Taj provides exciting moments in the famous pedestrian precinct. Visit the Iziko South African Museum and National Gallery, the planetarium, the Houses of Parliament and a plethora of high-end shops and street-side craft vendors – vibrant both by day and night. It’s also from the Taj that you’ll explore the highlights of the Western Cape, the Cape Peninsula and the Winelands.
The largest port in South Africa, Durban’s coast enjoys a tropical climate in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. KZN, as abbreviated by the locals, offers an eclectic mix of cultures, natural and unspoiled scenery, pristine beaches, the splendid Indian Ocean with its abundant sea-life and modern cities like Durban juxtaposed against rural settlements. KZN is also home to the culturally-rich and fascinating history of the Zulu Nation, evident in the many battlefields and historical establishments dotted around this colorful province.
The iconic lighthouse of the Oyster Box Hotel is a beacon for travelers in search of peaceful accommodations just outside of Durban. Enjoy the sun at the spacious swimming pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. Beach bags, sun umbrellas and suntan lotion are found in each room to ensure effortless enjoyment of the beach. If you can stand to leave the plush hotel, Umhlanga Village and the city of Durban are both a short drive away. Local attractions include the Drakensberg Mountains, the Moses Mabhida Stadium built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, excellent golf courses, marine experiences and world-class shopping.
In addition to the fabulous life of leisure you’ll enjoy in Cape Town and Durban, exciting encounters with Africa’s Big Five await in the wilderness of the Sabi Sands and Phinda Private Game Reserve. Let the professionals at Ker & Downey show you how effortless luxury travel in South Africa luxury travel can be. Contact us to start planning your getaway!