South Africa is the top-most tourist destination in the African continent, attracting a footfall of over 15 million every year. The country is an eclectic mix of natural wonders and modern cities. There is a lot that one can do and see in this beautiful country. In this blog, we list 10 such attractions and activities that will make your trip to this country truly memorable.
- Hiking in the Sabie Valley
The Sabie Valley is situated near the eastern border of South Africa. It is named after the river that flows through it. The valley, surrounded by lush green forests, is known for its natural scenic beauty and the numerous outdoor activities that are on offer. There are a number of tourist pockets in this valley like the Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, Sabie Waterfall, and the Long Tom Pass, to name a few. There are a number of hiking trails in this valley which will give a you dramatic panoramic views of the region. Other activities that you can engage in while visiting Sabie Valley include mountain biking, white-water rafting, elephant riding, and golfing, to name a few. The valley is also popular for its coffee.
- Wine Tasting
South Africa produces some of the best wines in Africa and tourists can not only visit these wineries, they can also take guided wine tasting tours. Several of these wineries are just a short drive from town and the easiest way to get there would be to join a day-long tour. Some of the wineries in the country date back to the 17th century. Those who opt for the tour can explore the vineyards, interact with the winemakers, and then have a drink or a meal at the winery restaurant. Most of these wines are quite affordable so you may want to buy a bottle or two on your way back to the hotel.
- Taking a Walk on The Boomslang
The Boomslang is an 130 m long steel and wooden walkway in the Kirstenbosch National Park. Its design is inspired from the skeleton of a snake. The scenic walkway winds its way through the forest rising to a height of 12 m at its highest point. One can have stunning panoramic views of the surrounding greenery when walking this bridge.
- Surfing in Jeffreys Bay
Jeffreys Bay, or simply J Bay, is a town that is located on the southern coastline of South Africa, about 75 km south west of Port Elizabeth. Once known as a hippie hangout, J Bay today is one of the top most surfing destinations in the world hosting the annual World Surf League. This is a must visit destination for surfers and surf enthusiasts. Even if you are not into surfing, you can visit the several beaches in town and laze in the tropical sun.
- Visiting Pretoria
Pretoria, located in the north eastern region of South Africa is one of the 3 capital cities in the country – the other two being Cape Town and Bloemfontein. Nicknamed the Jacaranda City for its countless number of jacaranda trees, Pretoria is a delight for any traveler for its mix of attractions. From beautifully landscaped parks to magnificent government buildings, the cityscape is one of the most diverse in the country. Take a walk in the Central Business District to enjoy some of its stunning architectural landmarks. Other attractions of the city include the Freedom Park, the Zoological Garden, the National Botanical Garden, and a number of museums.
- Horse Riding in Noordhoek
Noordhoek is a coastal suburb of Cape Town in the southwestern region of South Africa. Literally translating to ‘north corner’ in the Dutch language, Noordhoek is known for its beautiful beaches and its large horse population. Due to this, horse riding in the Noordhoek beach is one of the major attractions at this site. The usual guided horse riding tour lasts for about 2 hours and includes a ride through a farm, the wetlands, the beach, and Chapman’s Peak. Riders usually pass through a very scenic trail with several animal sightings on the way that include seals, otters, and even whales. There are several horse riding tours that are offered at Noordhoek. If you are not much of a horse riding enthusiast, then you can try some trekking at the Table Mountain National Park.
- Riding a Cable Car at Table Top Mountain
The Table Mountain National park is situated just south of the city of Cape Town. It is named after Table Mountain which is the most popular tourist attraction in the city. One of the best ways to explore Table Mountain is to take the thrilling cable car ride. With rotating cable car floors and a maximum height of 1067 m, the ride gives the tourists stunning panoramic views of the surrounding scenery and the skyline of Cape Town. However, if cable cars are not your choice, then you can even hike to the top of table Mountain — an equally scenic but more exhausting option.
- Hiking at the Blyde River Canyon
The Blyde River Canyon is located in the Mpumalanga region in the north western part of South Africa. It is a few kilometers west of the Kruger National Park. The name Blyde literally translates to happy in Dutch and it certainly lives up to its name for any nature lover. Unlike most canyons, this one has a lush green cover with numerous scenic landmarks. You will be able to enjoy many waterfalls if you visit after the rainy season. The canyon has several hiking trails which will take you through many of these landmarks like Panorama Route, and Wonder View. Several other outdoor activities are on offer at the canyon — fly-fishing, biking, hot-air ballooning, rafting, and horse riding, to name a few.
- Exploring Drakensburg
Drakensburg is the eastern part of the Great Escarpment — a long stretch of steep slopes in the southern tip of the African continent. It is the most well known and visited part of the escarpment because of its scenic beauty and outdoor activities. Drakensburg passes through 4 valleys, each having its distinct character and look. There are several ways you can explore Drakensburg. The region is well equipped for camping, rafting, bird watching, mountain biking, horse riding, and fishing, to name a few. You can even take a helicopter ride to have an aerial view of the place. There are several entry points in to Drakenburg as it is over 1000 km long. If you are near the Giant’s Castle in Kwazulu-Natal, then do not miss out on the ancient cave paintings.
- Visiting Cape Town
Cape Town, located near the southern tip of South Africa, is one of its 3 capitals and certainly one of the top tourist destinations in the country. It was selected as recently as in 2014 by two international journals as ‘the best place in the world to visit’. The city is one of the most diverse in South Africa with plenty of nature and cultural attractions. Depending on your interest, you can visit the Table Mountain National Park or the several informative museums scattered in the city. It has a few beaches for those who want to laze around. Cape Town is also known for its trendy nightlife and there are many musical and art festivals that you can choose from at any time of the year.
Originally posted 2017-03-03 08:45:20.