Far from the big cities like Johannesburg , Cape Town and Pretoria, there is a South Africa still unexplored and ready to be discovered by the most adventurous visitors. If you are ready to go outside the classic itineraries, the southernmost country on the African continent can offer unique emotions to nature and wildlife lovers .
Only with a safari in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, for example, you can admire the very rare lions with black manes. This area bordering Botswana is known for its rich variety of fauna, from large predators to numerous species of antelope. In the Tswalu Kalahari reserve, you will come across the black rhino. An unmissable opportunity to spot the so-called Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceroses and buffaloes), and to be able to practice walking-safari. Both parks are located in the Northern Cape region , certainly the wildest in the country and home of the Bushmen.
The city of Upington could instead be a great base for a trip to the Green Kalahari area , where the spectacular Augrabies Falls are located , with South Africa’s largest waterfall. Here the Orange River makes a 60-meter drop, in a 240-meter deep gorge. Keeping to the outskirts of Upington, you can visit the wineries of Orange River Cellars , where South African wine is produced and exported around the world. The vineyards in fact extend for about 300 km along the river and a tasting is a must.
On the west coast of South Africa, on the other hand, is Port Nolloth , with beautiful little-used beaches and the possibility of spotting dolphins and whales in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. If you go in August or September do not miss a visit to the Namaqualand region , where for a few days the desert turns into an immense expanse of colorful flowers with the arrival of the rainy season.