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7 Destinations that Every South African Should Visit

Date : 09 February 2022

South Africa is a beautiful country with breathtaking landscapes, rich culture and plenty of heritage sites and interesting locations that are begging to be visited.

From safaris and game drives with dozens of species of animals and birds to enjoy to magnificent mountain ranges offering photo-perfect vistas to capture – South Africa is truly blessed in its diversity.

We have put together a list of destinations less conventional that every South African should visit at least once in their lifetime to truly appreciate the natural beauty of our country.

And, by all means, no need to stick to our list exactly:

1. False Bay, Cape Town

False Bay, named so when early travellers mistook Hangklip for Cape Point, is recognised as the largest true bay in South Africa and one of the greatest in the whole world measuring approximately 33 kilometres.

The bay attracts many visitors for its safe swimming potential without having to compromise on sandy beaches, beautiful valleys and breathtaking vistas. And, if you are lucky, you will witness some penguins waddling along the seaside.

There are also a collection of restaurants, seaside shops and hotels that you can visit while in False Bay to collect some keepsakes to remember your trip by.

2. Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn

Experience true South African heritage as you explore the wonderment that is the Cango Caves. Nestled in the Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, the Cango Caves were discovered by a farmer in the late 1700s and have been classified as a geographical masterpiece.

The Cango Cave experience offers two tours: the heritage tour and the adventure tour.

If you are looking for an easy-to-walk experience then the heritage tour is more suited to your preferences. The tour explores the first six largest halls of the cave following the story of the discoveries made and lives lived by the inhabitants. This tour can be completed in approximately 60 minutes.

The adventure tour, on the other hand, offers more exciting challenges with narrow tunnels to explore. The tour will require you to crawl, slide on your belly and climb through various parts of the cave. This tour is not for the faint of heart and can be completed in approximately 90 minutes.

3. The Big Tree, Tsitsikamma

The Big Tree is home to The Garden Route and is so-called for the numerous species of indigenous fynbos, floral kingdoms and for the dense Tsitsikamma forest. Easily visible over the tree canopy, The Big Tree is an 800-year-old Yellowwood tree.

This majestic tree towers over the rest of the canopy standing approximately 36 meters tall with a circumference of 9 meters and ranks as one of the must-see destinations in South Africa for its sheer wonderment.

4. The Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga

It is difficult to make a list of wonderous South African tourist destinations and to leave The Kruger National Park off of that list – which is why it ended up on our list. The Kruger National Park offers one of the best wildlife experiences in South Africa drawing in thousands of visitors annually.

The Kruger National Park is the oldest game park in South Africa and spans over a space of 2 million hectares of 20,000km2. Hundreds of animal species call the Kruger Park home and it is also the best place to see all of The Big 5 in the country: buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant and rhino.

With multiple safaris, game drives and open landscapes to enjoy this is definitely one of the destinations that you should visit at least once.

5. iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal

Translating to “miracle and wonder”, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park is classified as a World Heritage Area and home to Africa’s largest estuarine system. The wetland park is located along the northeastern coast of KwaZulu-Natal and is the meeting place of eight interwoven ecosystems: coral reefs, crocodile-filled rivers, lakes, coastal sand dunes, swamplands and the savanna.

The area supports a vast number of wildlife species, more than 256 species of birds as well as South Africa’s largest concentration of hippos and crocodiles.

Have the experience of a lifetime with the chance to combine a coastal adventure with opportunities for kayaking, diving, fishing and snorkelling among others.

6. Hermanus, Western Cape

If you love whale watching, a picnic basket and a beautiful coastline then Hermanus is the destination for you. While the town is not much to explore, Hermanus is best known for its whale and dolphin watching.

The best time to see the whales is between June and December. There are boat-guided tours that bring you within a birds-eye-view of these majestic creatures. Pack a picnic basket and explore the beauty that Hermanus has to offer.

7. Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape

The Addo Elephant Park is the third-largest national park in the country located only a few hours away from The Garden Route. The park is home to over 600 elephants most often seen at the watering hole in the early morning or evening.

The park can be explored on a self-drive safari but there are also guided tours available if you would prefer to prefer the full sightseeing experience. There are also plenty of other animals to see at Addo Elephant Park so head out and see how many you can find.


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