South Africa is a popular tourist destination due to its subtropical temperature, top-ranked sporting events, great beaches, world-class diving opportunities, and distinctive culture.
Top 5 South African Destinations
Here, we’ve produced our top five list of attractions in South Africa that you should not miss.
1. Table Mountain
Table Mountain, which rises 1,085 meters and provides vistas of Robben Island and beyond, is one of the recently added Seven Wonders of Nature. Visitors may reach the summit of Table Mountain in five minutes on cable cars, which also provide stunning 360-degree panorama views.
Additionally, there is the option to ascend the mountain by hiking there while observing around 1,500 different plant species.
2. Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa (larger than the state of Israel), has come to be associated with the Big Five due to the abundance of Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard, and Buffalo sightings there.
But Kruger is also a home for countless other animal and plant species, having more mammal species than any other African Game Reserve—quite an accomplishment when you take into account the vast diversity of the nation! Of course, game drives are the most well-liked way to see the park; nevertheless, there are also wilderness trails and foot safaris accessible.
The Kruger National Park offers a variety of lodging options, from modest tented camps to opulent private game lodges.
3. Robben Island Tour
Robben Island once referred to as “South Africa’s Alcatraz,” is located just 12 km from Cape Town and once served as a prison for people considered to be “Political Troublemakers” by South African politicians. Nelson Mandela was among its most famous inmates.
Robben Island is a popular tourist destination, and a 30-minute ferry ride from the mainland connects the two. Visitors can freely roam the massive complex, which has been dubbed a place of political pilgrimage and observe Nelson Mandela’s former cell as well as sample exhibits, including photographs shot from cameras brought in by detainees.
All excursions are led by ex-offenders who have received thorough training as tour guides.
4. The Apartheid Museum
Visit one of South Africa’s most thought-provoking museums to take a terrifying journey through the country’s dark past. The museum uses film, audio, and sometimes live stories to give visitors a glimpse into South African history as it charts the history of tyranny, apartheid, and the final progress toward democracy. The Apartheid Museum should not be missed, despite not being at the top of everyone’s list of things to do over the holidays.
5. The Drakensberg Mountains
The Drakensberg Mountains run for 600 kilometers along KwaZulu-western Natal’s border in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Amidst some of South Africa’s most breathtaking terrain, they are perfect for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, quad biking, white water rafting, and bird viewing.
The Mountains have a true wilderness sense because there are just a few hotels there, keeping the area from getting too crowded. For instance, the Five Star Cathedral Peak Hotel is designed to blend in with the neighborhood, with thatched roofed rooms and an eco-friendly ethos permeating the entire resort.