What are most famous places to see in South Africa?
There are a million attractions scattered throughout the country, but here I am summarizing only the Top twenty places to see, South Africa Attractions:
Located in Cape Town, facing the beach Table Mountain is the country’s identification and most popular spot. It’s packed with tourists, artists, athletes, honeymooners, student groups and people from nearly all walks of life and age group. It is a flat topped mountain, from which it got its name and offers a cable car services for getting to the top and enjoy spectacular views fo the city. Also you can choose to hike or take a Jet ride over the mountain.
The second attraction worth mentioning here is the beautiful little wonder, Robben Island at about seven kilometers off the coast of Cape Town. It is a 3.3km long and 1.9km wide piece of Island that is only accessible by Ferry and requires advance reservation for tickets. It offers visits to the notorious prison where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for 18 years (1964-1982) and its Red roof light house is the life of many memorable photos.
Cape point is the stunning, lush narrow finger of land that lies almost in the middle of Cape of Good Hope and Table Mountain at the south-western tip of Africa. It falls within the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site and overlooks the False. Cape Point is a major tourist spot and offers magical views of the ocean.
Clifton Beach offers a bunch of small beaches, near Cape City where small beaches are named numerically from one to four and offer their own specialties. It’s the most expensive real state in the city and great place to relax and play beach volley.
Cape Castle, Castle of Good Hope
Cape Castle or the Castle of Good Hope is known for its colonial type architecture and best preserved heritage. According to some people you cannot walk out of the castle without tears. The ‘Gate of No Return’ and the ‘Death Door’ offer a look into the dark chapters of Slave history on the African continent.
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
The little fellows, Black foot African Penguins are the popular Mr. George, the huge turtle, said to be the only one of his kind reside at the Boulders Beach.
Kruger National Park, Johannesburg
Founded in 1898, Kruger National Park brings you face to face with the wild and offers once in a life time Wild Life Safari Experience. Located five hours north of Johannesburg and the park is home to the popular “Big Five” which includes buffalo, elephants, leopards, lions and rhinos.
Johannesburg Zoo and Cheetah Sanctuary
It’s a must visit for those on family trips and animal lovers. Cheetah Santury offers up close and personal experiences with these big cats, while the Celebrity wall of Johannesburg zoo tells the tale of who have been here before you. Also, you can volunteer to pet animals in the Johannesburg Zoo.
The Garden Route
The Garden Route on the south-eastern coast of South Africa starts at Mossel Bay and extends towards the Storms River. It offers visits to ten different nature reserves which boast lots of dolphins and seals. The Garden Route is home to almost 300 species of beautiful multi-colored birds. It is the most significant attraction of the country and also you can meet the endangered Southern Right Whales here.
Durban Harbor & Golden Mile
The scenic Harbor, the port basin, many Sailor clubs and a string of shark free, outstanding Surfing beaches at the “Golden Mile” is Durban’s specialty.
Marine World Aquarium
Another of Durban’s must-visit is the Marine World Aquarium and Durban’s Promenade where a variety of pubs, hotels, clubs, restaurants, mosques, temples, shops and the popular Victoria Indian Street Market promise a great food and fun adventure.
Kyansa is popular for its scenic and serene landscape. It’s the Makah of Artists from round the world. Another attraction of the place is the Oyster Festival.
It is the country’s second oldest town (estb. 1679). Its top attraction is the historic assets it posses and also the incredible wine route with 44 cellars.
Ostrich eggs, Ostrich steaks, Ostrich Sausages and Ostrich Riding are what make Oudtshoorn a popular Town.
The Drakensburg Mountain
For the flavor of winters, head to the Drakensburg Mountains that stretches approximately 600 miles along the entire length of KwaZulu-Natal’s western boundary. It is the ultimate spot for sports lovers and offers plenty of activities including hike, bird/game watch, horse ride, quad biking, rock climbing, white water rafting and Skiing in winter.
Royal National Park
The Royal Natal National Park is rated one of the most beautiful parts of the Drakensburg and hosts Mont-aux-Sources (one of the highest mountains) and the musical Tugela Falls. Also, activities like hiking, horse riding and rock climber can be experienced here.
Eco-tour Karkloof Canopy
In Drakensburg, try the eco-tour Karkloof Canopy that offers a steel cable tour 30metres above the forest floor allowing you to witness the incredible scenery, chirping birds and natural wonders.
The Cape Wineries offer free wine tasting, excellent landscape and a look into the countryside. Located at the east of Cape Town the Wine lands are also home to the typical Dutch architecture from the 17th century. The Winelands comprise of several big and small regions, with their own special kind of wine and also offer their own wine tasting tours. South African wines also make a great souvenir and can be bought cheap here. Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Wellington, and Paarl are popular towns of the Cape Wine lands.
Hogsback Amatola Mountains
Hogsback is place that is said to have inspired Tolkien, when he wrote Lord of the Rings. It is situated in the Amatola Mountains, and offers out of this world landscape, lush greenery, rhythmic streams and many thundering waterfalls. Bird life is great in the Indigenous forests activities including trekking, trout fishing and horse riding are worth indulging in.
Hermanus Western Cape
Situated at 2 hours from Cape Town towards the Western Cape Hermanus is close to the most southerly point in Africa and offers excellent Whale Watching. You can also get to see the rare and endangered Southern Right Whale here. During the months from August to November you can daily experience whale watching from a cliff path which stretches from one side of Hermanus to the other.
The Blyde River Canyon
‘God’s Window’ and ‘Wonder View’, The Blyde River Canyon is known for the heavenly landscape and spectacular views that promise to make your holiday picture, a master piece. The many waterfalls, lush and green pastures, a vast variety of flora and fauna are found here.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
This park is formed of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, and is filled with large populations of animals, birds, reptiles, rodents, small mammals and antelopes. Head to the Kgalagardi Tran frontier park for bird watching or predator watch. Also, you can get footage of seasonal migrations of large African herbivores including Elands, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest and Springbok.
Port Elizabeth Beach
Port Elizabeth is situated in the middle of Cape Town and Durban on the shores of Algoa Bay at Indian. The city warm and pleasant weather, warm Indian Ocean beaches, scenic nature trails and year round sunshine.
Sun City & Palace of the lost city
The holiday resort, Sun City is much in demand attraction of South Africa. You can get entertained with by game watching, golfing or go gambling at Casino. The city is also famous of the “Palace of the Lost City”, which is a “rebuilt” palace (formerly destroyed by Earth Quake) based on a legend it was the royal residence of an ancient civilization of South Africa.
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
This Game reserve is a popular for Big cat encounters including lions, leopards and cheetahs.