As a tourist destination, South Africa promises an endless variety of attractions, sights and activities, all testimony to the country’s cultural heritage and natural beauty. Here are the top 5 things that South Africa travel guides reveal will remain close to the travelers’ hearts long after they depart.
Known fondly to locals as the “Mother City,” Cape Town is the epicenter of theatre and culture in South Africa. Extraordinarily beautiful, the city is home to Table Mountain, the new Wonder of the World, as well as glorious wine valleys and spectacular beaches. Visitors to Table Mountain can take the cable car to the top, while the more adventurous can hike all the way up.
Recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town’s beauty does extend beyond even its natural wealth. The city center brims with old architecture in the form of museums, city halls and monuments. Do make it a point to visit Robben Island, the notorious prison where Nelson Mandela was held. As a commercial hotspot, the city provides an abundance of adventure sports and nature activities.
The largest city in terms of population, Johannesburg is also the capital to the country’s wealthiest province, which makes it a very important political and commercial hub. The city is a shopper’s paradise that welcomes foreign and domestic visitors every month in their hundreds of thousands. If you have a day or two to spare, head 5 hours north of Johannesburg to the Kruger National Park, a must-visit for any traveler to the country.
Africa’s oldest national park, Kruger is home to a diversity of wildlife including the “Big Five” lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard and elephant. Visitors can hire a 4×4 and go on a game drive exploring the park with knowledgeable guides and spotting the wildlife.
South Africa is a beautiful country that’s famous for its great mix of beaches. Known to be hot and humid the whole year round, Durban and its splendid beaches are a popular favorite among surfers from all around the world. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean along with long stretches of attractive coastline lure visitors here each year with a charm that’s hard to resist.
Food lovers will cherish the curries that Durban is famous for, while those who wish to infuse a little culture into their trip will be rewarded well while in this destination that’s so rich in heritage. After a relaxing time at the beach, head over to the promenade which has a variety of restaurants, shops, pubs and hotels.
Known as the Windy City and Friendly City, Port Elizabeth is a seaside metropolis that, although relatively big, has maintained its small-town feel and look. The city boasts spectacular beaches and warm waters that are ideal for vacationing romantics and families, while locals are famed for their hospitality. Water sports lovers will find their niche in Port Elizabeth which is huge in activities that can be enjoyed on its diverse beaches, rivers and lakes.
A historical city located not too far from Johannesburg, Pretoria is South Africa’s administrative capital. The city is in itself a showcase of the history and culture of the nation with its numerous museums and monuments that offer special insights into what has shaped the country and its people. Famous for its passion for sports, Pretoria offers active travelers lots of adventures to choose from.