This large county is home to amazing wildlife, beautiful scenery and vibrant modern cities. South Africa offers such a wide and diverse range of landscapes, each offering unique and rich travel experiences. However, as the 25th largest country in the world, it can be incredibly hard to choose just one destination. Whether you wish to experience vibrant cities or the country’s wildlife, here are the best destinations to visit.
This southern city offers something for every kind of traveller. As the country’s second most populated city, Cape Town boasts a variety of attractions and must-see sights. Bordered by the Indian and Atlantic oceans, you’ll find a vibrant and bustling city that also boasts incredible wildlife, diverse plant life, tropical white sandy beaches, incredible food and a wealth of luxury hotels. A must see here is the Table Mountain. This flat landscape offers spectacular views of Cape Town. If hiking is not your thing, you can ascend via cable car.
Kruger National Park
Located to the north of the country, Kruger National Park is the biggest nature reserve in South Africa, making it the perfect destination for a safari. Kruger is home to one of the largest ecosystems in Africa and offers a true once in a lifetime experience. Encounter lion prides, alligators and elephant herds in their natural environment, then visit ancient archaeology sites such as Thulamela and Masorini.
The Garden Route
Famed for its greenery, crystal blue waters and beautiful views, the Garden Route covers the south-east cost of South Africa. This is a perfect destination for a relaxing and peaceful holiday. Visit artist communities and museums, hike through forests, or escape in a remote beach or mountain getaway. This is also a great location for sports enthusiasts with golf courses, sailing, paragliding and cycling routes. The town of Knysna is a must see here where you can visit the picturesque lagoon or spend a day at the Featherbed Nature Reserve.
The third largest city in South Africa, Durban offers vibrant city life. Durban is also a home to the Golden Mile, a shark free zone that boasts huge waves, making it a popular surfing haunt. There is an abundance of shops and restaurants here, as well as a zoo, a marine world, botanical gardens and day safaris, so you will never struggle to find something to do.