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5 Must-See Attractions in South Africa

Date : 10 November 2020

After a long and exhausting year, it’s definitely time to kick your feet back and plan a fun, relaxing and exciting vacation!

South Africa has very diverse ecology, plant life and plenty of natural wonders to visit – you just need help choosing the right one.

We have put together “5 Must-See Attractions in South Africa” that should be put onto your travel bucket list straight away!

Unique Tourist Destinations

You’ve been to the game parks, the beaches and the malls but have you ever been to see the largest book collection in the Southern Hemisphere? Or had a drink in a 6,000-year-old Baobab tree?

Let’s explore some of these unique tourist destinations:

1. Sunland Baobab

Location: Duiwelskloof, Limpopo

The Sunland Baobab not only finds itself listed on numerous giant tree lists, but it is also one of the largest baobab trees in South Africa. Measuring 21.9 meters tall and 47.2 meters around, the Sunland Baobab is the widest baobab on the entire continent.

But this is not all that makes the Sunland Baobab so unique – the tree is also over 6,000 years old making it one of the oldest trees in the world! Another interesting fact about baobab trees is that they naturally hollow-out after 1,000 years.

The Sunland Baobab has hollowed-out to the point that the owners of the land have created a small pub in the hollowed-out space with 4 meter high ceilings and can comfortably fit 15 people.

Looking for a unique pub and grub experience? Then the Sunland Baobab is definitely one of the books.

2. Collectors Treasury

Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng

If you’re a book-lover or admirer of rare and interesting collectables, then you should definitely pay the Collectors Treasury a visit next time you are in Johannesburg.

First founded in 1974 as a store above a garage, now a large eight-story building nestled in Johannesburg’s CBD is the home to over one million secondhand books. Not only is the Collectors Treasury the largest seller of rare and used books in Africa but possibly across the entire Southern Hemisphere.

Books can be found on each and every surface within the building – there are even some books in the elevator.

It will take you some time to browse through the maze of literary wonders but you will be able to spot some first-edition prints as well as books that are no longer published.

Books aside, the Collectors Treasury also has maps, engravings, photographs, vinyl records, newspapers and prints among other rare art antiquities.

If you’re a lover of arts and literature, be sure to not miss an opportunity to visit the Collectors Treasury.

3. The Post Office Tree

Location: Mossel Bay, Western Cape

Ever wondered where the first letter was posted in South Africa? Well now is the time to visit the very site of what is believed to be South Africa’s very first mailbox and comes with a very unique history.

In 1500 a Portuguese sea captain (Pêro de Ataíde) lost most of his fleet in a storm near the Southern Cape. Before he set off to return to India, he left a message warning of the rough waters to the East.

The captain then placed the message into a boot dangling from a milkwood tree near a spring where sailors would often drink water.

A whole year later the intended recipient (Joao de Nova) received the letter. The tree then became a spot where sailors would leave letters in boots, iron pots or beneath rocks.

The tree, now approximately 600 years old, has a large post office box shaped like a boot constructed beneath it allowing visitors to send letters anywhere in the world with a special stamp.

If you’re looking for a new and interesting way to send a postcard, then the Post Office Tree is the ideal solution.

4. The Big Pineapple

Location: Bathurst, Eastern Cape

Do you love pineapples? Then you will love visiting the Big Pineapple in Bathurst.

Not only is the Big Pineapple the world’s largest pineapple building, but most of the surrounding agricultural land is known for its pineapple production.

When farmers settled in the area in the 18th century, they struggled to successfully grow crops until they planted pineapples. The ground and climate proved ideal for pineapples and now Bathurst is best known for its super sweet and delicious pineapple fruit.

The Big Pineapple was built by the locals in the 1980s and now houses a variety of pineapple products available for purchase.

If you have a sweet tooth for pineapple then a visit to The Big Pineapple is in order!

5. Howick Falls

Location: Howick, Kwa-Zulu Natal

No country tour would be complete without a visit to a site with a scary legend.

Howick Falls is situated along the Umgeni River and plummets 91.4 meters into the basin below. According to local legends, a serpent-like creature referred to as Inkanyamba, with a horse-sized head, lurks in the basin below.

It is said that the creature has its most power in the summer which is when raging storms sweep across the region.

If you would like to find the sea serpent for yourself or just take in the beauty of the impressive scenery, be sure to give Howick Falls a visit.

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