Michael Brett

Language: English

Pages: 480

ISBN: 075667025X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: South Africa will lead you straight to the best attractions South Africa has to offer. Packed with information, detailed maps, beautiful cutaways, and floor plans of all major sites, this guide explores every facet of the "Rainbow Nation." This edition also introduces a new 56-page field guide to South Africa's wildlife and the safari experience, with detailed information on safaris, wildlife reserves, and local species. From Zulu culture to majestic lions, DK Eyewitness Travel: South Africa is packed with essential information, whatever your budget.

This fully updated and expanded South Africa guide provides comprehensive guidance on the best things to do in South Africa, from exploring the Palace of the Lost City and Kruger National Park to experiencing the multifaceted culture of a country with 11 official languages! The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: South Africa provides all the insider tips every visitor to South Africa needs, with dozens of reviews for South African hotels, recommendations for South African restaurants, tips for shopping and all the best places for entertainment.

Don't miss a thing on your vacation with the DK Eyewitness Guide to South Africa.


-Packed with photographs, illustrations, and maps

-Cutaways and floor plans of all the major sights

-3-D aerial views of the city's most interesting districts

-Huge selection of hotels, restaurants, stores, and entertainment venues

- Introducing a 56pp guide to South Africa's wildlife and the safari experience, with detailed information on safaris, wildlife reserves and species.

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view of the Langeberg World-renowned for its spec- mountains, and as part of the tacular displays of spring flow- Cape Floral Kingdom it has ers, with butterflies and birds particularly rich flora. This is darting among the blooms, an ideal spot in which to relax Penguins at play in Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town by the tranquil Breede River and take a tour of the Wine Routes and surrounding areas. De Hoop Nature Reserve is a special reserve with an abundance of marine life such as

where their ranges overlap and are thus regarded as races of the same species. The bontebok is a fynbos endemic that was hunted to within 100 individuals of extinction prior to the creation of the eponymous national park in the 1930s, but since then the population has recovered to the thousands. The blesbok is a more numerous resident of highveld grassland in the centre of the country. Both are dark brown with white faces and legs. Bontebok, found only in South Africa F I E L D G U I D E 99

vegetation is limited to hardy milkwood trees and fynbos. Small antelopes live here, as do Cape mountain zebras. Visitors may also encounter troops of chacma baboons, which can sometimes be aggressive. For stunning views from Cape Point, take the Flying Dutchman funicular up to the old lighthouse, 238 m (781 ft) above the crashing ocean waves. From here, a path leads down to the new lighthouse at Dias Point. Along the park’s east coast, the tidal pools at Venus Pool, Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay

Traces of this early popularity are still visible in the now-shabby façades of Rhodes Cottage Environs: Cecil John Rhodes, prime minister of the Cape Colony from 1890–95, started a trend when he bought Barkly Cottage in Muizenberg in 1899. Soon, holiday mansions began to mushroom at the seaside resort, although most were in stark contrast to his simple, stone-walled, thatch cottage. The cottage is today a museum in Main Road and has been renamed Rhodes Cottage. It contains photographs and

many other species, including cheetahs, crocodiles and baboons. Scoured by a fast-flowing river, the Blyde River Canyon (see p333) is vast in extent, and there are more waterfalls here than in any other area of South Africa. Lisbon Falls (see p331) is the highest, with an impressive 90-m (295-ft) drop. The beautiful kingdom of Swaziland (see pp342–3) provides excellent hiking opportunities through highlands and nature reserves. A flock of Karoo lambs at a farm in the town of Graaff-Reinet SOUTH

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