Top 10 Places to see in South Africa
1. Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is one of the largest and popular game reserves in South Africa. It was first founded in 1895 but wildlife and gold were found closer to 200AD. It was first opened to the public in 1927. It offers safaris, restaurants, spas, hotels and much more. They have a wild range of wildlife to see. more details can be found here
2. Table Mountain, Cape Town
Table Mountain is a big tourist attraction in Cape town. There's guided walks up there, a cable car and you can also venture up there on your own. It is approx 3km from side to side and has a flat surface, hence the word table. Surrounding it is Devils Peak, Signal Hill and Lions Head. If you are an outgoing individual looking for a challenge, someone who likes scenic walks, intrigued by geology or love the sights, whatever your interest Table Mountain has something for you. Well worth a look if you're in Cape Town.
Durban is a wonderful place to visit whilst in South Africa. It has something for everyone ranging from spas to historic sights. It is situated in the region of KwaZulu Natal. There's deep sea fishing, harbour cruises, microlight flying, EVERYTHING! There's different ranges of accommodation such as hostels, hotels, backpackers and Bed & Breakfasts. It has a subtropical climate giving it beautiful weather if your a fan of the sun. However, if you're more of a night eagle then Durban also has a variety of clubs and bars to let your hair down. Zack's is great for live music and cocktail or if your more of an 80's child then 80's nightclub might be more up your street. Either way whatever you've come to do in South Africa Durban is sure not to disappoint.
One of the main benefits in South Africa is the extensive range of beaches it has to offer. All the way from Cape town to KwaZulu Natal. There's secluded private beaches, family orientated beach for the kids to fit in or public beaches for everyone to enjoy. As the weather is so extravagant in South Africa you'll always find time to hit the beach. Just remember to use sunblock. To see a group of our beaches click here
5. Garden Route
When looking in to visit South Africa you'll probably see the phrase Garden Route quite alot. Well what it actually is, is the route from Cape Town to Johannesburg. It has many sights to see along the way such as Addo (known for its elephant park), Cango Caves, Ostrich Farms, Monkeyland, Storms River and The Knysna Heads & Lagoons and these are just a few of the stops on the way. There are many ways to travel this route but the most popular is the BAZBUS. Which is an exclusive bus that travels along the Garden Route which has a long list of destinations to stop off at. So if you want a trip of excitement the Garden Route may be for you.
Winelands are always a favorite for tourists in South Africa. Not everyone goes for the wine tasting but cheese tasting, the view of the winelands, the art of the making of the wine or for the history. There are many to visit throughout South Africa, for Cape Town tours see here. So if you fancy a day out of elegance then get yourself n a wine tour.
7. Eastern Cape
The Eastern Cape also has alot to offer. It's 2 main cities are Port Elizabeth and East London. It is originally home to the people of Xhosa in the 1820's and it is also birthplace to many South African politicians such as Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Chris Hani, Thabo Mbeki, Steve Biko and Charles Coghlan. The eastern cape is full of culture and friendliness to welcome everyone. They're also known for their fantastic variety of food from braais to seafood you're sure to find something to suit you.
8. The Kalahari & Namaqualand
The Kalahari and Namaqualand areas have a natural beauty thats worth a go see. The Namaqualand flower route where you can see their orange daisies lays about 5 hours north of Cape Town. Along the route you have Richtersveld National Park, Goegap Nature Reserve, and Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve. The Kalahari is a series of diverse and changing landscapes that are not confined to one country but cross Botswana, South Africa and Namibia. It is the southernmost desert in Africa and covers a large area of 900,000 km². The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park which is in South Africa but also spills into Botswana has a range of protected wildlife such as Gemsbok (large desert antelope), meerkats, black maned Kalahari lions and lots of different breeds of bird.
Townships were created as living areas for non-whites under the old political system of Apartheid. Townships are still home to a large percentage of Cape Town's population today. Most of Cape Town's townships are concentrated in the area known as the Cape Flats which lie to the East of Table Mountain. There are many townships throughout South Africa and tours are usually run for tourists s you can get a real taste of their culture. They are usually walking tours including visits to the schools, pubs, orphanages, traditional healer and community centres. For more information on tours see here.
Drankensberg is a popular tourist attraction of mountains or as named by the Zulu people as 'Ukhahlamba' meaning the 'Barrier of Spears'. However, the dutch Voortrekkers called it 'The Dragon Mountain'. The larger amount of Drakensberg lies in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. If you're to look carefully at the rock faces you can see carvings and paintings depicting the San people and Bushmens daily lives. In December 2000, the park finally received international recognition and was declared KwaZulu-Natal's second World Heritage Site.
Some will prefer to abseil down the mountains, rock climb them or even ice climb them! If you're not the climbing type there is also a chance to white water rafting or have a helicopter ride round them.