A trip to South Africa is one filled with diversity and beauty that is hard to match anywhere in the world. The country is about the same size as France and Spain combined, or around double the size of the state of Texas, so this should give you an idea of how the landscapes can change so dramatically from province to province! If you’re thinking about visiting South Africa in the New Year, here are some of the best new attractions for tourists in 2014.

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Sun City Resort

Sun City Resort

Recently opened, the Sun City Resort is located about two hours drive away from the city of Johannesburg. This enormous complex, known around the country as the Kingdom of Pleasure, contains two world class golf courses, two casinos, an atmospheric South African cultural village and over 7000 crocodiles in their own sanctuary.

The resort also owns the rights to the most popular game reserve in South Africa, the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, which is only a short walk away from the entrance to the resort. If you are going to book a flight to South Africa, make sure you to go onto this website to find yourself some of the best deals around.

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve

The Hluhluwe-Umforlozi Game Reserve has only just reopened its doors under a new formal conservation effort. The biggest draw of the reserve is that it is one of the few places left that you can see the big five: lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo and rhinoceros! The wildlife for you to see in the park is very hard to beat, with plenty of different ways to get around the park.

For example, you could opt to take the amazing viewing experience of a guided boat tour along the Hluhluwe dam, guided walks through the park while you take in the massive expanses of native plants and animals in their natural habitat, or for those who wish to go it alone, self guided drives.

morning at Hluhluwe–Umfolozi Park

Winelands

While not technically a new attraction, the winelands near to Cape Town offer you a chance to sample some of the newest wines made by some of the world famous vineyards that call South Africa Home. The success of the wines made here is due to the fertile fields that grow healthy yields every year, as well as the fine climate they live in. Even if you are not much of a wine drinker, just taking time to drive around this area is a wonderful experience, enjoying the landscape as you explore.

Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is the biggest game reserve on the continent and one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Africa. Kruger boasts of having more species of mammals than any other park which also includes the big five, with other species such as cheetahs and giraffes for you to admire. The other fantastic thing about Kruger National Park is that there is accommodation for you to rent so that you can stay on the grounds, including simple tented camps to luxury lodges.

Crocodile Bridge
Crocodile Bridge (Kruger park gate)
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