Why you should spend time in Johannesburg when visiting South Africa

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Johannesburg South Africa: There are a lot of reasons to visit a place as wonderful as South Africa. The wildlife viewing is fantastic, from the classic Big 5 viewing at Kruger National Park in the east and Madikwe Game Reserve in the North, to the exotic sealife, Southwest's Cape Town, South Africa has plenty to offer. For travelers looking f...
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A Graduate's Dream Adventure to Cape Town, Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls

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Last December, Hunter came to Wildland Adventures with an idea for creating a special graduation adventure for his grandson, Evan. Knowing the power and value of travel, Hunter had offered Evan an excursion to anywhere in the world as a gift for graduating from high school with distinction; Evan, wisely, chose Southern Africa! A seasoned safar...
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"Africa is life or death, and my god it's gripping!"

"Africa is life or death, and my god it's gripping!"
​Seasoned travelers Ellen and Barry, were looking for an authentic adventure in Africa and turned to Wildland for our expertise in planning their South Africa and Botswana itinerary. Here are some highlights in their own words and pictures: Day 3 – Cape Town : We were scheduled to cook alongside a woman in her home in the colorful Malay sectio...
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Why visit Cape Town with a guide?

Why visit Cape Town with a guide?
We asked our Cape Town guide  Doug Thompson , pictured here with his wife Sarah, to tell us why Cape Town, and why Cape Town with a guide. Why Cape Town ? Cape Town is the perfect gateway to Southern Africa. It's a gentle landing for those travelers who are on their first adventure to Africa. Many guests are surprised at its cosmopolitan feel , its vibrancy and the Mediterranean atmosphere. It is unmistakably Africa, but for those heading into 'darkest' Africa on safari , it offers a colorful arrival that often takes ones' breath away. Cape Town has the variety of settings that few other cities offer. Within a radius of 40 minutes drive, one can experience spectacular coastline, majestic mountains, semi-arid ecozones, and the beautiful winelands. As far as cities go ( 4.5 million people) , we can get out of the city onto the beach, into the...
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Keepin' It Real With Locals in South Africa's Cape

Keepin' It Real With Locals in South Africa's Cape
We've been venturing into the Cape of South Africa for over a decade to visit old friends, always making new ones, and discovering places locals go from eateries to farmers markets, venturing into townships with local residents, and hitting a range of the best vineyards and distillers in the Cape wine regions.  Cultural connections in the township   Experiencing a black township first-hand is a really important aspect of coming to know South Africa , and this enduring consequence of apartheid. Having the right local guide like our man Thabang, makes all the difference. Black South Africans living in townships still don't see very many whites in their neighborhood, and many are as curious to know why we want to come as we are interested in learning about life in the township. Thabang is very sensitive and respectful, particularly to avoid making a showcase of the poverty, which is all...
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