So you’ve decided to tour South Africa, but you can’t decide where to start. From its glorious mountains and miles of coastline, to its unique heritage – it can be difficult to choose the right SA destination. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of South Africa’s many remarkable tourist destinations.
1. Johannesburg and Soweto
One of the major economic and social hubs of Africa, Johannesburg, has a rich history having been at the center of the apartheid struggle. Visit the Apartheid Museum and the many historical sites scattered across the city or take a trip to Soweto where you can visit Nelson Mandela’s former home and take in the authentic urban African lifestyle.
2. Kruger National Park
One of the largest game reserves in the world, the Kruger National Park has healthy populations of the big five and other majestic African creatures. Just a five hour drive from Johannesburg, the park offers an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.
3. Cradle of Humankind
This UNESCO World Heritage site has produced some of the oldest hominin fossils on record, and is home to a complex of limestone caves. Besides becoming acquainted with history of early mankind, the cradle offers a variety of wildlife to enjoy. There are also plenty of activities to enjoy including balloon safaris and traditional African dining.
4. Blyde River Canyon
Located in Mpumalanga, Blyde River Canyon is the largest green canyon on earth. The location offers a beautiful backdrop for hiking, river rafting and other adventurous activities and is a great outing for the whole family.
5. Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands
The Midlands has a landscape not typical of Africa, resembling a European summer more than the African Savannah. Dotted with quaint towns, this is the perfect destination to escape to if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway.
6. Tsitsikama National Park
Home to the world famous Otter trail, this is a must for all hiking enthusiasts. This protected national forest on the coast of the Western and Eastern Cape, Tsitsikama hosts the highest bungee jump in the world at 216 metres. Needless to say, the views are spectacular.
7. Drakensberg Mountains
The Drakensberg is Dutch for Dragon’s Mountain, and served as part of the inspiration for Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings. The mountain range offers not only hiking and beautiful scenery, but also a large collection of cave paintings.
A region in the north of South Africa bordering Namibia, Namaqualand is usually an arid and quiet region. However once a year during the springtime, the barren land gives way to a kaleidoscope of daisies that cover the land. This is a sight to behold at least once in a lifetime as pictures can never do it complete justice.
9. Cape Peninsula
The Southern tip of Africa is a must for the wide variety of activities and sights on offer. Visit Cape Point to see where the two oceans meet, enjoy some of the best cuisine in the world in Franshoek or take in the cosmopolitan vibes of trendy Cape Town. There is truly something here for everyone.
10. Garden Route
Arguably the most beautiful road trip in the world, The Garden route is the region stretching along the coast of the Eastern and Western Cape. The route is named after its incredible and unique floral kingdoms, one of which (Fynbos), is completely unique to the region. From whale-watching and shark-cave diving to hiking and visiting historical towns – this is a road trip you can’t pass up!
Ready to take your trip? Book your flight today and experience all the grandeur that South Africa has to offer!