Activities & Attractions
Here we provide you with some ideas about the many wonderful things to see and do in South Africa, the Indian Ocean, Middle East and North Africa to help you make the difficult choice of which regions you would like to include in your itinerary! Further information can be found under the Regional sections or we’d also be delighted to offer more personal guidance on the phone or by email.
Once you have booked with Bushbaby Travel, we will also provide more detailed information on the best places to eat and visit, tailored to your
Game Reserves and National Parks
One of the major draws of South Africa must be the opportunity to see the Big 5 in their natural habitat, without having to venture in to a malarial zone.
National Parks for self-driving include Pilanesburg National Park in the North West or Addo Elephant National Park in Eastern Cape. Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West, although a Government Park, can only be accessed by those staying in one of the luxurious lodges by guided 4 × 4. There are also many Private Game Reserves in Eastern Cape and the Waterberg. There is a safari experience for every budget and age!
Wildlife Parks and Sanctuaries
Visiting a sanctuary or park in combination with a safari allows for you and your family to get closer and learn more about South Africa’s rich wildlife heritage. The Garden Route is home to many including Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, The Elephant Sanctuary and further inland, the Cango Wildlife Ranch. We also suggest a visit to Spier Village in the Winelands to see the Cheetah Conservation Project and Eagle Encounters.
Not a sanctuary as such, we also highly recommend the excellent 2 Oceans Aquarium in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
Coastal Resorts and Reserves
South Africa’s stunning coastline straddles two Oceans rich with marine life and caters for all preferences with both sophisticated resorts such as Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and protected ‘wild’ coastal areas such as De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Overberg or Tsitsikamma National Park in the Garden Route. During June – November it is also possible to spot the migrating Southern Right and Humpback whales.
The Indian Ocean offers tropical paradise, with stunning white sand beaches and gentle warm seas. For the very best marine life however, we recommend the Seychelles Islands or an outer island experience in the Maldives.
Oman in the Middle East also offers a dramatic coastline, the rugged mountain backdrop creating its own special beauty, and is home to dolphins and turtles. In North Africa, the fishing port of Essaouria in Morocco is a delightful town to explore whilst Djerba in Tunisia provides you with the opportunity to stay on your own desert island!
Heritage and Culture
South Africa’s Heritage is fascinating and inspiring. Evidence of early man can be seen across South Africa, with some spectacular San Art at Kagga Kamma, Sanbona or Kuzukoly, but is most evident in the area close to Johannesburg known as the Cradle of Humankind. More recent human struggles can be learnt about at the excellent Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island Museum in Cape Town. Known as the ‘Rainbow Nation’ for the diversity of her people, visitors can enjoy a unique variety of cultural visits and performances.
Mauritius, once a British Colony, is also a blend of diverse cultures and religions which the immigrant population have brought from their ancestral countries. Hindu festivals such as Divali are celebrated alongside Chinese New Year!
The Seychelles Islands were uninhabited until the late 18th Century when the French expanded their empire across the Indian Ocean and the tales of piracy and sea battles with the British begin. Today the Seychellois people are a harmonious fusion of mixed ethnicity speaking a national language of Creole.
Dubai is a city of approximately 1.5 million people from a wide diversity of nationalities and although the official language is Arabic, English is widely spoken. It’s neighbour Oman has a history dating back as far as 5,000 BC which is evident to this day.
Morocco and Tunisia have also been home to ancient civilisations and trading routes and provide the opportunity to experience a different culture only a short flight away.
Wining and Dining
South Africa is renowned for its award-winning food and wines, offered at a truly affordable price for visitors from the U.K. A visit to sample vintages in the Wine Regions, established for more than 300 years, is also highly recommended. Although it is probably most famous for its Pinotage, a wide variety of grapes are grown and the Cap Classique style of sparkling wine is delicious!
However all our other destinations also provide the opportunity for sampling some wonderful local food. Tunisian wine is also surprisingly good!
Shop Till You Drop
From browsing in shops in the shadow of Table Mountain to a bustling Moroccan Medina, shopping opportunities abound within our destinations. VAT at a rate of 14% can also be reclaimed in South Africa, making purchases particularly affordable.
You can expect modern shopping malls in South Africa and Dubai, but the real shopping experiences can be found in the Medinas and Souks of North Africa and the Middle East. Beware bargaining is a way of life, so be ready to haggle!
An increasing number of the Hotels and Resorts we feature have superb Spa facilities, in unique surroundings, to ensure you feel totally relaxed before you return home. Some villas even have private Spa treatment areas within them! Even on safari you can usually enjoy a pampering massage.
Where can you play golf in an extinct volcano, with the added hurdle of crocodiles guarding the 13th hole, or on a course situated on its own tropical island? Let us tell you! Our destinations offer some of the best golfing locations in the world including Sun City Resort and The Fancourt in South Africa, Ile aux Cerfs and Anahita in Mauritius, Lemuria in the Seychelles, and the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai.
South Africa offers Sea Fishing along the 3,000 kilomtre coast – The merging of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans creates a high concentration of game fish, including swordfish and tuna. Kalk Bay in Cape Town also has one of the few line-fishing harbours in the world. Fly-fishing for trout and yellow fish in areas such as the southern Mountain Ranges of the Western Cape and the Drakensberg is excellent but for a real challenge, try the Jozini Dam in KwaZulu-Natal, home to the ferocious tiger fish.
The Indian Ocean offers some of the best opportunities to fish Deep Sea species such as Tuna and Blue Marlin in the World, whereas Dubai is becoming well-known for sail-fishing (late September to April) with excellent tag-and-release records.
The coral-reef edged islands of the Indian Ocean provide ideal, calm conditions for Watersports such as windsurfing and water-skiing, althouth motorised activities are not so common in the Seychelles as many areas are incorporated in to Marine Parks. These activities are usually included in the price in Maurtius making this the top destination choice for a Watersports holiday.
However if your idea of Watersports is more focused on snorkelling or scuba diving then we would recommend a resort on an outer island in the Maldives or the Seychelles Islands as both offer spectacular sea life.
The South African coast is ‘wilder’ and more suited to activities such as surfing as are the seas of Djerba in Tunisia.
We feature a number of hotels and lodges which provide excellent facilities for horse-riding. These include Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill where guests of all ages can ride amongst zebra and giraffe, a magical experience. Grootbos in the Overberg also has Stables on site whereas the Kurland Hotel on the Garden Route hosts international Polo Tournaments duing the Summer.
Looking for a thrill? Whatever ticks your box let us know! There are many opportunities to share an adventure with your partner or children, such as a hot air balloon flight over a National Park or a Helicopter flip over Table Mountain! We also recognise that, as a parent, you may still be keen to try a bungy jump, Wadi Bashing or Rock Climbing, or perhaps it provides the best excuse of all?!