10 Things To Do In South Africa

South Africa is a beautiful melange of a cosmopolitan city, incredible wildlife and stunning landscapes. You might need to make more than a single trip to South Africa to enjoy all that it has to offer. 

Top Things To Do In South Africa

Here are the top 10 things to do in South Africa:

Book a safari

One of the main reasons people come to South Africa is to go on a safari. You can experience some of the best game drives in the world and visit one of the many scenic national parks. Kruger National Park is the most popular destination for a safari. Safari goers can try and spot some of the “big five” in Kruger- lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and Cape buffaloes. 

Go to Cape Town

The capital city of South Africa, Cape Town has something for everyone. Beautiful beaches, delicious food, hiking trails and some stunning bars can be enjoyed when in Cape Town. 

Surf

South Africa enjoys access to both the Atlantic as well as the Indian Ocean coasts, both of which are perfect for surfing lovers. Jeffrey’s Bay is the most popular surf spot which offers surfers some challenging waves to ride. 

Learn about apartheid

It’s natural to want to know a bit more about the history of South Africa and the horror of apartheid which cast a huge shadow on the country from the 1940 to the 1990s. Johannesburg is home to the Apartheid Museum, which does a thorough job of telling the story of that forgettable time in the history of South Africa.

Travel to Robben Island

If you want to know a bit more about apartheid, a visit to Robben Island will be worth your time. The island was a maximum security prison until 1996, a place where the great Nelson Mandela spent a long 18 years of his life. The prison is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Go hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains

The highest mountain range in the country, located near the east coast, is the Drakensberg. With green peaks and deep valleys, the region is frequently visited by both casual as well as serious hikers. 

See some African penguins

Yes, there is in fact an African Penguin! Housed in the Boulders Penguin Colony, a short drive from Cape Town, you can see several thousand cute little African Penguins. Since these penguins are an endangered species, visitors are only allowed to view them from a distance. 

Go taste some wine

South Africa offers the perfect climate for grape growing and produces award-winning white, red and sparkling wines. Stellenbosh and/or Franschhoek vineyards are definitely worth a visit for both connaisseurs and non-connaisseurs alike. “Wine tours” are also popular with tourists who want to visit multiple vineyards.    

Go whale watching

South Africa is one  of the best whale watching regions of the world. Between the months of June and November, you have a real chance of spotting Southern right whales, Bryde’s whales and orcas. Hermanus, a town some 120 km east of Cape Town is the base of some of South Africa’s best whale-watching companies. The average cost of a tour is around 900-1000 ZAR, which usually includes food and drinks. 

Scuba dive

If you love to dive or even if you want to learn, head to Cape Town! South Africa offers world class diving due to the subtle mix of both warm and cold ocean currents. Explore the rocky shores, reefs, kelp forests and numerous interesting wrecks on either side of the peninsula. 

South Africa is definitely a must-visit destination which has something for every kind of tourist. The natural beauty, modern cities and host of activities of South Africa are sure to keep you enthralled. 

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