The whispers of South Africa’s magnificent sunsets, beautiful beaches and friendly locals are a well-known global secret. South Africa is filled with endless adventures.
Cape Town is a city with endless things to do, encompassing a culture mixed with European colonial history, indigenous power and even Indonesian heritage. This diversity gives way to beautiful food culture, and museums such as the V&A, the pastel and the instagrammable Bo-Kaap Museum. Enjoy mesmerising views at Cape Point, Lion’s head and Table mountain national park. Finally, a must-do to honour Nelson Mandela is to take a boat to Robben Island, the prison island that is now a living museum.
Johannesburg or Jo’burg is the beating heart of South Africa, experience the culture at the Market Theatre. The city highlights the disparities and diversity of the country with the Shanty towns juxtaposing the gleaming skyscrapers. The Apartheid Museum is open to those who are interested in the recent history of South Africa’s journey to freedom, you can also continue to the Liliesleaf Farm Museum, meeting the location of leaders of the liberation movement and Soweto the colourful towns where historic actions took place.
Durban, a city of fun, exciting gems and home to the largest Indian population. The Bunny chow, which is considered SA’s national dish, is a hollowed-out slice of bread filled with curry that originates from this city. Gandhi’s former home is open and links South Africa with India. Enjoy the beaches lined with ice cream stalls, sand art creations and various souvenirs. Find your way to the Umhlanga Pier constructed to resemble whale bones. Durban invites tourists to enjoy the waves and the artistic beer.
A trip to South Africa would be incomplete without a Safari that crosses savannahs and expose you to the magnificence of the Big Five: lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceroses, and Cape buffalo, the real Lion King.
Kruger National Park
This National Park is the third biggest national park and bigger than countries, bigger than Belgium and Wales, it has endless terrain to discover. Due to its sheer size, you can experience semi-desert landscapes, woody areas and lush vegetation all home to different ranges of wildlife. The Park caters for all types of budgets and experiences; for the higher end, luxury seekers can stay in sublime private lodges in the midst of the savannah, for a more authentic experience there are tented camps.
Hluhluwe and iMfolozi National Park
This park is considered one of the oldest nature reserves in Africa and homes the Big Five game animals. The park has actively been working to conserve nature and has now the largest population of white rhinoceros.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Its faded red dunes border Botswana to the north and it’s known for its black-maned lions, red hartebeest, common eland and springbok as well as many other types of elegant animals.
Addo Elephant National Park
Elephant lovers can travel to Port Elizabeth on the south coast and immerse themselves in this conservation dedicated to the huge land animals. The guides will guide you through local knowledge on the herds of elephants at Hapoor dam.
Pilanesburg National Park & Game Reserve
This game reserve is situated in a volcano crater in the Bojanala Region close to Johannesburg. Visitors’ minds will be blown by the huge range of over 7000 animals and 360 types of birds.
The Drakensberg Mountains
The highest mountain range in the country is a beautiful landscape of rugged character. Hike trails casually or with a guide.
One of the easy and family-friendly Drakensberg hike trails takes you through the Rainbow Gorge. This scenic route follows a river and through yellowwood forests, past waterfalls and down grassy slopes.
Within this mountain range, the Ploughman’s Kop in the shape of a head on the left arm is a half-day trail with a steep climb, but tranquil rock pools along the route to take a dip.
Chain Ladders Hike: A challenging one-day hike, including ladders attached to the rock face.
Cathedral Peak: Best climbed with a guide, this hike can be split across two days with a night spent camping in a cave to break up the hikes.
Giant’s Cup Trail: Typically done a five-day hike, but not overly strenuous.
Boulders Beach protected by the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area is home to local African penguins. This penguin colony are funny noisy creatures that attract a huge audience.
Located to the southeast of Cape Town, Hermanus is world-famous for whale-watching.
South Africa is bound by both the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean and offers world-class surfing. On the south coast near Port Elizabeth, Jeffrey’s Bay is the most popular surfing destination in South Africa and offers big waves. If you are searching for reliable waves and coaxing warm waters, Durban is a great option for surfing lessons.