Interesting Places to see around South Africa
South Africa is a country that is as well known for its wildlife and safaris as it is for its beaches and Winelands. It has been given the name of ‘Rainbow Country’, as it is very culturally diverse. South Africa has a lot of big, popular cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg, which in turn have a lot to offer to tourists. It shares its northern borders with countries like Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The country has also been listed as one of the most megadiverse nations in the world, regarding its biodiversity.
If you are planning a refreshing vacation then Cape town is the destination to be. The city is relaxed and well known for its energy and vibrancy. The enthusiastic people and the stunning white-sand beaches is the prime reason why people keep coming here again and again. Experience the great mountain hikes, adventure sports, swim with sharks and the innumerable wonderful landscapes that are truly captivating. With a rich cultural heritage, the city is very polished and gives the unique European vibe. The vitality, diversity and the spirit of the city makes it the ‘Mother City’ in Africa.
The most scenic landmark in South Africa , Table Mountain is a flat topped mountain overlooking the Cape Town city. With over 24 million visitors each year, Table mountain, as described by many, is magical and enchanting in its own way. Explore the valley and go hiking or trek among the woods and appreciate nature at its best. An abode to over 1500 species of animals and plants, the Table Mountain National Park displays a wonderful mix of flora and fauna well preserved in their natural habitat.
A home to 75000 Cape Fur Seals and the hunting ground for the great white shark.
To see the African Penguins.
Nautical guide and navigational landmark since 15th century for the sailors. Our wonderful day ends with the visit to world renowned landmark Cape of Good Hope – a rocky promontory on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula in South Africa.
The Cape of Good Hope is a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula in South Africa. A common misconception is that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa. This misconception was based on the misbelief that the Cape was the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
The major objective behind establishing these gardens were to preserve and conserve the most indigenous flora of the country. Opened in 1913, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are huge and comprise of more than twenty thousand local species of plants, and herbs. It is essentially a maze of gardens, the most popular ones being the Scented gardens, sculpture gardens and Company’s garden. Tourists widely appreciate the greenery and the beautiful views that this attraction offers. There is also a small oasis with trees around, leaving everyone spell-bound.
Almost 6 kilometres away from the busy city centre, Clifton and the beaches of Camps Bay attract one and all. It is a pricey are with some of the most lavish real estate built along the spectacular white sand beaches, attracting locals and foreigners alike. The stunning sands along the waters are marvellous to look and provide an instant relief. There are many trendy bars and cafe where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular views.
Victoria and Alfred is a beautiful harbour with the awesome view of the Table Mountain. Once a fishing harbour, the landmark has been fully restored and revamped into a major tourist attraction now. With unique and antique pieces still preserved from the past, the harbour also educates the travellers about the ancient fishing business in the country. People come here to drink, eat, shop and enjoy themselves. They also experience the Cape wheel which is said to have a complete 360 degree view of the capital city.
Signal hill is just a couple of minutes away from the city centre. Climb up to the zenith and experience the glorious views of the entire capital with its stunning blue Atlantic Ocean, and table bay.
One of the most fantastic roads in the world, the Chapman Peak’s drive is quite an experience for the travellers. The convoluted road which stretches for around nine metres displays the most fascinating view of the blue ocean and the great mountain peaks.
Joburg is thoroughly enjoyed by the locals and the foreigners alike. With several attractions, sights and dazzling landscapes, visitors are bound to be lured by the beauty of it. An abode to the great infrastructure, massive buildings, informative museums, the city clearly displays its rich cultural heritage in different ways. Not many people know but this tourist gem was once a neglected zone. The landmarks were worked upon and fully revamped a couple of decades back to encourage tourism from international countries. The city has been witnessing an outstanding number of visitors each year ever since.
The Apartheid museum is simply magnificent. It displays every little part of the history of South Africa- from the initial struggles to the very end till the independence. There is an entire section on Nelson Mandela and his fight for freedom. It educates and enlightens people about the atrocities that once shook the entire Africa and also the world. So intriguing that it still makes the natives cry. The apartheid museum, as widely corroborated, is a must visit for every traveller.
The Constitution Hill signifies the great freedom struggles for the independence of the country. It essentially focuses on the Constitution Court, which is beautifully built within the Old Fort, which has served as a prison to great political activists including Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Court marks the distinctive transition of South Africa’s history to its present. The modern structure still incorporates parts of the old prison walls and allows visitors to watch the proceedings. After having visited the Constitution Court and Old Fort, travellers may also explore the Number four prison and the Women’s prison.
The Gold Reef City offers a spectacular sight with countless number of theme park rides, historical antiquities and marvellous golden exhibits. The city attracts several tourists and particularly the gold lovers. The unique spot hosts innumerable edifices and businesses including shops, stores, hotels, the Royal theatre and Johannesburg’s first stock exchange. Visitors come here in huge numbers to enjoy and appreciate the modernity of the area.
Located almost twenty kilometres southwest of Johannesburg, Soweto opens the historical chapters of freedom fights. Also the birthplace of the struggle for democracy, Soweto being far away from the main city was a home to black labourers, who were kept away from the most of the urban and suburban Johannesburg. Soweto also has the Mandela House museum, where Mandela used to live before he was imprisoned.
The lion park is a thrilling experience for the visitors, both local and global. It offers a plethora of exciting activities for everyone to experience an unforgettable wildlife journey. People get to see the rare white lion, wild dogs, hyenas and many other African wildlife species. You can very easily spot zebra and giraffe grazing in the area. The park also gives a chance to self drive in a safari vehicle with a world famous animal behaviourist, Alex Larenty. Lion and cheetah tours are extremely popular and attracts tourists all round the year.
Aptly named South African museum of Military History educates tourists about the country’s military army. æIt forms an informative and educative tour explaining about the intricacies faced by the Army. The major highlights include World War II equipment, fighter planes, bombers and preserved remains and exhibits of tanks, arms, ammunition, medals and uniform. There is also an interesting exhibit on medical aid and medicines that were used at the time of war displaying Zulu’s traditional healing during Anglo-Zulu war as well as present treatments used in battles.
Second oldest town in South Africa known for its natural beauty, Oak-lined avenues, Dutch architecture, history, culture and vineyards.
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is a CapeNature nature reserve located approximately 10 km south-east of the town of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It covers an area of approximately 11,000 hectares.
Jordan Wine Estate | wine.co.za. Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making world-class wines since 1993. Gary’s parents, Ted and Sheelagh, bought the 164 ha Stellenbosch property in 1982, and embarked on an extensive replanting programme specialising in classic varieties suited to the different soils and slopes.
Port Elizabeth is filled with fun, laughter and joy. You will find yourself planning the next trip to this amazing city at the end of your first trip. It is also regarded as ‘the friendly city’ and has a beautiful vibe that automatically lifts your mood. Dont miss out on boat cruises and scuba diving if you are an adventure lover. Located at one end of the picturesque Garden Route, many come to explore the many beaches in and near the city. The centrally situated Port Elizabeth Airport provides easy access to all parts of the city. the Great White Shark and the Southern Right Wale. _The city never seems to run out of options to amaze you! It’s breath-takingly beautiful and yet very ordinary at the same time. Port Elizabeth is definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
This is the one place that you must visit if you are an animal lover. The elphants walk past by you very close in this park and the experience is overwhelming. A two hours’ jeep ride is sufficient for going around the expanse of the Park.Escape to the bush and spend hours scouring the pristine Eastern Cape landscape for wildlife at Addo Elephant Park, home to over 550 elephant. It is the third largest national park in South Africa and has expanded to conserve a wide range of wildlife and flora from the semi-desert Karoo down to the coastline of Sunday Is River Valley Mouth.
When you want to hit the beach, Algoa Bay, the coastal strip of Nelson Mandela Bay is the first option that should come to your mind. It is a 40km-stretch of beaches with protected areas for swimming at Kings Beach, Hobie Beach, Humewood Beach (a world-class, Blue Flag beach), Pollock Beach and Denville Beach.æFishing, surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing are enjoyed at the quieter spots including Wildside, Sardinia Bay, Blue Horizon Bay, Bluewater Bay, Beachview and Schoenmakerskop.
When in South Africa, it is shameful if you do not make a visit to the Red Location Museum. It portrays both the horrors of institutionalised racism and the heroic efforts of the anti-apartheid movement.
The grounds of the second oldest cricket club in South Africa, the venue for the first Test, the first women’s international Test, the last Test before South Africa’s expulsion from world cricket, the first ever Test series win against Australia, the first Rebel Test, the first Test victory for South Africa with the resumption of ‘normal’ cricket and the sixth oldest cricket ground in the world – that’s just a bit about St George’s Park.
Then thereÍs the Donkin Reserve, where you can enjoy birds, walking paths, an opera house, a lighthouse and a memorial. The Donkin Reserve, Pyramid and Lighthouse includes a Stone Pyramid Monument with a touching inscription erected by Sir Rufane Donkin in memory of his late wife, Elizabeth, after whom the city was named, as well as palm-lined walkways and benches. The Lighthouse is open to the public on request between 08h00 & 16h30 weekdays and Saturdays 09H30-15H30.
To get a pristine view of African nature from Storms River Suspension Bridge.
known as world’s highest Bungee Jumping Bridge.
The most famous town in the heart of Garden Route with its beautiful lagoon surrounded by ancient forests. stroll around Knysna Waterfront to get spectacular views of serene lagoon water.
Africa’s premier luxury resort. In the evening we explore the glamour of Sun City known as ‘Kingdom of Pleasure’ and try our luck at the Casinos.
Enjoy the Safari Game Drive, which gives us a wonderful opportunity to have a close encounter with the Big 5 – Elephant, African Buffalo, Rhino, Lion and Leopard.
Sun City (sometimes called Lost City) is a luxury resort and casino, situated in the North West Province of South Africa. It is located between the Elands River and the Pilanesberg, about 140 km northwest of Johannesburg, near the city of Rustenburg. The complex borders the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
Water park with a lazy river & thrill slides, plus a wave pool & children’s area with lifeguards.
A town lies in the majestic mountains of Klein Karoo area of South Africa’s Western Cape, also known as the Ostrich Capital of the World.
Pectacular underground natural wonder, sculptured by nature through the ages and formed of limestone in a wide variety of colours. See the dripstone caverns that open into vast halls of towering stalagmite formations named as The Bridal Couple, Glass Flower Fantasy, the Hanging Shawl, etc
To meet the world’s biggest bird face to face. You may get a chance to hand feed the ostriches, view the incubators where Ostrich eggs are hatched and even stand on the ostrich egg.
A unique zoological facility focussed on conservation through education and renowned for offering once in a lifetime encounters with more than 90 species of rare and endangered animals from around the world.
A bustling harbour town along the Garden Route known for its golden beaches, awesome cliffs, boot shaped post office, Garden Route Casino and finest tasty Mossel Bay mussels.
Take a Scenic Train Ride and admire the beauty of picturesque Mossel Bay town.
A national monument, built in 1864 situated on a cliff over the Indian Ocean. Enjoy beautiful panoramic view of Mossel Bay city from the light house.
George is a city in South Africa’s Western Cape, on a coastal stretch known as the Garden Route. It’s known for its golf courses and the George Museum, which has exhibits on the local timber industry. The Outeniqua Transport Museum has steam trains and vintage cars. The Garden Route Botanical Garden features trails and local fynbos plants. The Seven Passes road to Knysna town winds through the Outeniqua Mountains.
Is it Redberry Farm for a delightful family outing. Activities include strawberry picking, the largest permanent hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere, the Redberry Express mini train, pony rides, bubble ball and bumper and paddle boats. Our tea garden and farm stall offer a range of exclusive strawberry products. The Red Shed Coffee & Berry Bar is an exclusive farm style coffee bar serving berry beverages, coffees and treats.
The Outeniqua Transport Museum is a railway museum located in George, South Africa.
The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe was the last remaining continually-operated passenger steam train in Africa, ending operation in June 2009. The railway was completed in 1928, and links the towns of George and Knysna in the Western Cape, South Africa.
The Kaaimans River, also known as Keerom River, is a river in the Western Cape, South Africa. The mouth of the river lies near Wilderness. Further upriver, the Kaaimans River Gorge is popular for hiking and whitewater kayaking. The nearest large towns are Mossel Bay and George.
Durban, a coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, is known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. Refurbished for soccer’s 2010 World Cup, the seafront promenade runs from uShaka Marine World, a huge theme park with an aquarium, to the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium. The Durban Botanical Gardens showcases African plant species.
uShaka Marine World is a 16-hectare theme park which was opened on 30 April 2004 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It comprises 8 sections: uShaka Sea World, uShaka Wet ‘n Wild, uShaka Sea Animal Encounters Island, uShaka Beach, uShaka Village Walk, uShaka Kids World, uShaka Dangerous Creatures and Chimp & Zee.
The Moses Mabhida Stadium is a football stadium in Durban, South Africa, named after Moses Mabhida, a former General Secretary of the South African Communist Party. It is a multi-use stadium.
The Durban Botanic Gardens is situated in the city of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is Durban’s oldest public institution and Africa’s oldest surviving botanical gardens. The gardens cover an area of 15 hectares in a subtropical climate.
North Beach is one of the beaches of Durban, South Africa. It is situated north of the harbour and bluff, in between Bay of Plenty and Dairy Beach on Durban’s Golden Mile. North Beach is one of the main beaches in Durban and is cared for by the Durban Surf Lifesaving Club.
Suncoast Casino, Hotels and Entertainment is an entertainment complex situated at the northern end of Durban’s Golden Mile, adjacent to the Kings Park Sporting Precinct.