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Culture & History

We are so passionate about people and their history that we sometimes get carried away by the cultural and historical diversity in Southern Africa, and usually do not know where to start. It is probably best to start at the beginning, right? The Cradle of Humankind is where some believe it all began. The Sterkfontein Caves in South Africa is one of the richest sites in the entire world in terms of historical significance since fossil remains of human species, dating back to more than 4 million years back, were found in these limestone caves.

Other great sites still alive with ancient history are Mapungupwe, Great Zimbabwe, Drakensberg and Tsodilo Hills in Botswana, many rock art can be seen from Cederberg throughout the Karoo and Kalahari. Like rock art, history is etched in walls of buildings from the eastern borders of southern Africa, to the western regions.

With Dutch, English and Portuguese settlers dropping anchor along the southern African shorelines, the architecture differs from South African to Mozambique. Museums and Monuments stand tall and tell a tale of days gone by which are scattered all across southern Africa waiting to be explored.

Known as the rainbow nation and boasting 11 national languages, the people within the borders of South Africa are a simmering pot of diversity. The region overflows when it comes to tradition and cultural events; Swaziland is famous for her annual Reed Dance as well as the regal Incawa ceremony, and the mesmerizingly mystical Python Dance done by the Venda in northern South Africa is transcendent to witness. Africa has all this and more to soothe your habits for history and your cultural curiosity, so come and explore.

Destinations where you can experience Culture & History

Cape Town

Cape Town

Experience Cape Town with Greenlife Safaris - Beaches, mountains, wine, top hotels, friendly guest houses, unbeatable experience.

Cape Town - Known as the Mother City, Cape Town is a unique metropolis filled with a vibrantly modern city atmosphere, surrounded by magnificently alluring beaches, and overlooked by a mystical guardian; the gigantic Table Mountain.

Cape Winelands

Cape Winelands

Award winning wines, world class restaurants, country guest houses and top hotels make Cape Winelands a must-see with Greenlife Safaris.

Cape Winelands in the wonderful mountain setting with vineyards and historic buildings. Indulge in this gentle way of life and forget about everything else.

Cedarberg and West Coast

Cedarberg and West Coast

Premier country hotels and hospitality in the beautiful Cedarberg mountains and wild flowers in spring with Greenlife Safaris.

Cedarberg and West Coast is the land of wide open spaces; diverse landscape with sea, sand and rocks. Bushman carvings, unique vegetation, beautiful open beaches; lagoon and wild flowers.

Central Kalahari and Makgadigadi

Central Kalahari and Makgadigadi

Central Kalahari and Makgadigadi with Greenlife Safaris offers desert wilderness lodges and tented safari camps in beautiful desert sanctuaries.

Unique area with wide open pans, baobab trees, cultural history with the san people and desert adapted wildlife.

Damaraland and Waterberg

Damaraland and Waterberg

Damaraland and Waterberg Park regions to the North of Windhoek, centrally located in Namibia offering wonderful landscape and wildlife encounters.

Drakensberg and Midlands

Drakensberg and Midlands

The Drakensberg and Natal Midlands with Greenlife Safaris offers good value country lodges and world-class guest houses in this beautiful region.

The Towering Drakensberg Mountain Ranges and foothills are a great recreational destination with a wonderful climate offering excellent hiking opportunities, interesting vegetation and a great deal of history.

Durban and Coastal Resorts

Durban and Coastal Resorts

Durban, Umhlanga Rocks and Ballito with Greenlife Safaris offers outstanding selection of hotels, guest houses and golf estates.

Durban and Coastal Resorts with its golden beaches, unique history and cultural diversity. Tropical climate, dense vegetation makes it a tropical paradise.

Eastern Cape and Transkei

Eastern Cape and Transkei

The Wild Coast of Eastern Cape with Greenlife Safaris offers good value beach lodges and family accommodation along warm Indian Ocean coast.

Eastern Cape and Transkei is also referred to as the Wild Coast, and remains one of South Africa's most pristine coastlines, with glorious beaches, warm water and an abundance of marine life.

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi

Hluhluwe Imfolozi, home to endangered White and Black Rhino, offers mid to top end safari lodges and camps with Greenlife Safaris.

Hluhluwe and KwaZulu Battlefields is a low risk malaria safari destination, known for rhino conservation. The Battlefields is best known for the Zulu vs British wars.

Inhaca Island and Maputo

Inhaca Island and Maputo

Inhaca Island and Maputo with Greenlife Safaris offers good value beach lodges and excellent hotels in Mozambique's capital city.

Maputo capital of Mozambiuqe and within easy access from Johanensburg via road or air. Inhaca Island off the coast with resort hotel options.

Johannesburg and Surrounds

Johannesburg and Surrounds

Johannesburg and Sandton with Greenlife Safaris offer good value to top end holiday and business hotels in dynamic financial city.

Johannesburg is the gold capital of South Africa, business centre with great modern hotels; world class shopping and fine restaurants. Johannesburg is a busy metropolis always on the go.

Kimberley and Tswalu

Kimberley and Tswalu

Experience desert safari at Tswalu or overnight in comfort in historic diamond city of Kimberley with Greenlife Safaris.

Shimmering with the history of the world?s greatest diamond-rush, Kimberley is synonymous with the Big Hole, one of the largest, hand-dug holes in the world. The Northen Cape is also home to unique desert eco-systems such as Tswalu.

Mbabane and Mlilwane

Mbabane and Mlilwane

Mbabane with Greenlife Safaris offerns good hotels and resorts or delightful country lodges in surrounding countryside.

Mbabane and Mlilwane, within easy reach of Johannesburg - approximate 4-5 hour drive or fly directly from Johannesburg to Manzin Airport.

Pilanesberg

Pilanesberg

Pilanesberg with Greenlife Safaris offers family friendly safari lodges and camps in malaria free wildlife region.

Pilanesburg National Park is a Malaria free big 5 park approximately 2 hours drive North of Johannesburg. This destination offers family friendly accommodation.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls with Greenlife Safaris offers mid to top end hotels and resorts in this premier and magnificent destination.

Victoria Falls - Deemed as a Natural World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls boasts the spectacular phenomenon of being the widest curtain of falling water on the face of our blue plant. Its sheer magnitude is mesmerising, the sound of cascading water is captivating and the dramatic scenery it sinks into is exceptional.

Zululand and Battlefields

Zululand and Battlefields

Beautiful Zululand and historic battlefields with Greenlife Safaris offers country lodges and guest houses near wildlife parks.

Zululand, A diverse mix of wildlife and culture, safaris in the Hluhluwe and St Lucia regions with Battlefields and historty of Zulu/British wars.

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