Anyone planning a trip to South Africa will not be disappointed – the country has a rich history and plenty of attractions for young and old alike. It boasts of amazing scenery and fascinating wildlife, of interesting cultures, and of delectable cuisines. Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein – they all offer unforgettable experiences. Actually, it’s not a matter of what this country has to offer – it’s a question of where to go and what to do first.
Here’s a short list of South Africa’s top attractions guaranteed to create an unforgettable holiday.
Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
No trip to Africa would be complete without a tour of the wild, and this goes double for South Africa. The most famous animals – elephants, buffaloes, rhinoceroses, leopards, and the king itself, the lion – still roam free in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, a park in KwaZulu-Natal that directs all efforts to conservation of the wild. The park offers a unique experience with native fauna and flora, guided tours, or self-guided trips.
Kruger National Park
Like the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve, this park offers a great experience of nature. The park contains more species of mammals than any other grounds in Africa, with cheetahs playing in the sun or giraffes lazily munching on the leaves of trees. There are good reasons why it is one of the most visited tourist attractions of the country: Not only is it the largest reserve on the African continent, but it has numerous accommodations that guarantee the perfect blend of comfort and excitement.
South Africa enjoys perfect beach weather all year round, and it would be a shame to miss out on a few days of fun at the most popular beaches in Durban. Located at the East side of the country, Durban beaches are safe and clean, with joyful atmospheres all around. Its Golden Mile – a long stretch of soft sand and sparkling waves – is alive with energy and a wide assortment of entertainment.
Blyde River Canyon
Visitors to South Africa will stand in amazement when they take in the majestic grandeur of Blyde River Canyon. The second-largest canyon in Africa offers trekkers and hikers great views and all the wonders of nature, from subtropical flora and fauna to waterfalls, wetlands, and dams.
South Africa has long been known for its excellent wines, and in the Winelands, tourists combine the great outdoors and award-winning cuisine by following any of the multiple Cape wine routes. These routes guide visitors through historic towns and green valleys whilst giving them the opportunity to sample some of the world’s best food and wine.
A trip to South Africa without a few days in one of its most famous cities is not complete. Nothing beats the thrill of the nation’s ‘City of Gold.' Rich in colour, bustling with music and art, full of great dining opportunities, and packed with places to shop, anyone can experience the country’s culture and history or just relax, as Johannesburg has something for everyone.
South Africa offers so much, and it would take books to mention all the country’s attractions. Aside from outdoor adventure, tourists find great comfort in the many top hotels in South Africa. Every city of reputation and excitement will let you stay in South Africa’s best hotel, where you can plan various enlightening and exhilarating activities. Soweto provides insight into apartheid, Robben Island tells the story of Nelson Mandela’s triumph, Cape Town lets you go whale-watching, and the Wild Coast offers you a game of golf in untamed country. Indeed, the country is full of sights and sounds to be explored.
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