With its unique culture and breathtaking scenery, South Africa is a must-see destination for adventurous holiday travellers looking for remarkable and unique experiences. Regardless of your interests, South Africa is full of wonders for everyone’s enjoyment – from nature lovers to historical enthusiasts, thrill seekers to epicures – there’s something to satisfy every appetite. Below are 7 of the most exciting and well-loved experiences the subcontinent has to offer!
1. Cape Town
This quaint yet modernized town is Africa’s most popular tourist destination. Second in population only to Johannesburg, the South African city of Cape Town is the provincial capital of the Western Cape. Located on the scenic shores of Table Bay, Cape Town is home to many great destinations, including Table Mountain, Chapman’s Peak Drive and Signal Hill. Definitely voted number 1 experience in South Africa by our office.
2. The Drakensberg Mountains
As a famous world heritage site, the Drankensberg Mountains of South Africa are an eclectic marriage of natural beauty and startling biological diversity. The mountains tempt travellers with a wide array of methods in which to experience them, from mild mannered to adrenaline-inducing. Visitors to The Drakensberg Mountains can choose a leisurely hike – or they can abseil, go white water rafting or view the mountains from above via helicopter ride.
3. The Garden Route
The Garden Route isn’t one set route or pathway; rather, it is a popular and awe-inspiring stretch of coast along the southeast edge of South Africa. This “route” begins at Heidelberg in the Western Cape and ends at the Storms Rivers. The name “Garden Route” comes the profuse and ecologically-diverse natural life which can be found along this beautiful route.
4. Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is by far one of the largest game reserves in all of Africa and definitely an experience that you will never forget. It covers an area of more than 19,000 square kilometres in the north-west region of South Africa. The sought-after “Big Five” game animals of Africa may all be found within the borders of Kruger National Park, making it one of the hottest destinations for wildlife viewing and safaris. In fact, for those who are feeling especially adventurous, there are nine different trails available to visitors who seek a more extreme experience, some of which last several days in virtually untouched wilderness.
As the busiest port city in South Africa, Durban is a major centre for tourism. With its tropical climate and sprawling beaches, it is a wonderful place to enjoy both natural beachfront views and the reality of modernized South African cities. The uShaka Marine World can also be found in Durban, and is one of the largest aquariums in the world.
The town of Soweto is full of culture and intrigue. The Nelson Mandela National Museum is located in one of the politican’s former homes, and is filled with personal artifacts and other memorabilia. Soweto is also credited as one of the birthplaces of kwaito, a unique style of hip-hop which is indigenous to South Africa. A visit to Soweto is a great way to immerse yourself in the true culture of the area!
Nestled in the remote Amatola Mountains, Hogsback is a place of breathtaking beauty. In fact, it is said that Tolkien (who was born in South Africa) took much of his inspiration for Lord of the Rings from the lush, verdant landscapes that can be found there. It’s a great place for hiking, horseback riding, bird watching and fishing.
These breathtaking attractions – and many more – await adventurous travellers who take on the challenges of South Africa! Whether you immerse yourself in South African culture in Cape Town or enjoy the picturesque backgrounds at Hogsback, your holiday will most assuredly provide memories to last a lifetime.