There’s no getting away from the fact that South Africa is an incredible destination. Think big cats, zebras and giraffes roaming free, powdery dunes, beautiful beaches lapped by two oceans, lush mountains, and amazing deserts. South Africa is a country of incredible diversity. Not only is it home to some of the world’s most amazing natural sights, but it also boasts a rich history and culture, vibrant towns and cities, and outdoor adventures like no other.
If you are planning a trip to South Africa, whether it’s for a couple of weeks or a few months, you are in for a treat. This country has a lot to offer and is renowned for its incredible sights and attractions. The only downside to this destination is the fact that there is too much to see and do here which makes it impossible to see and do everything, so you have to cherry pick what you would like to do.
To make the process of choosing what activities to incorporate into your trip a little easier, below is a guide to all the best options.
Kruger National Park
One of Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuaries, Kruger National Park has a lot to offer any wildlife lover. Its scenery is incredible. It is home to the big five – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos – it has millions of hectares of land, and it boasts some of the best safari experiences in the world. Whether you want to explore the park on foot or would prefer to wildlife watch in luxury, Kruger National Park has an option that’s a good fit for you. Whether you fancy camping in the wild or spending your time in a luxury yurt, there’s a range of options to choose from.
Fancy getting a bird’s eye view of Cape Town? Then a trip up Table Mountain could be the answer. Don’t worry; you don’t have to climb. Instead, you can take a cable car up (and down) this iconic, flat-topped mountain. From atop Table Mountain, you can see for miles – as well as seeing Cape Town itself, you will also see an array of other local attractions, such as the Diamond Works, for instance. On a clear day, you can see the rugged coastline of the country, as well as Robben Island.
Dutch for ‘seal island’, Robben Island itself is a sight worth making the time to visit as it’s an incredibly beautiful place. Home to one of Africa’s most famous prisons where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, this is a highly popular attraction. To see the island, you will need to book onto a tour and take the boat from the mainland over to this small island. These tours tend to run three times a day: in the morning, at lunchtime, and in the afternoon.
At the head of the Cango Valley is the opening to the famous Cango Caves. Situated on a limestone ridge, here you can see some of the world’s finest dripstone caves. There are two tour options here; these are a heritage tour and an adventure tour. The heritage tour is the easier option, while the adventure tour is more challenging. All tours are led by skilled and experienced professional cavers, so there’s no need to worry about safety.
There you have it, a guide to all of the best activities to incorporate into your trip to South Africa.