The southernmost point of Africa may be several hundred miles to the east of Cape Point, but the Cape of Good Hope National Park and Nature Reserve will fulfill every expectation for animal-spotting, hiking, cycling and rugged coastal perfection.
The estimated 50,000 Cape fur seals that call Dyer Island and neighboring Geyser Rock home assure that the region's massive shark population stays well-fed, and the huge number of great whites assures adventurous divers an experience impossible to forget.
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Zulu for 'Dragon Mountain,' the Drakensberg range provides access to 600,000 acres of untapped wilderness with hiking trails, rock art, climbing, and plenty other reasons to extend your stay indefinitely.
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If you want your wildlife experience to feel like a zoo on wheels, private game parks will do. But in Imfolozi National Park, you trek with armed Zulu guides in a land where the Big Five outnumber the humans and you are definitely encroaching on their territory.