South Africa is becoming more and more popular as a travel destination. The country offers a great diversity of sights and activities, the population is friendly, nature is beautiful and the country is well developed and therefore offers a comfortable way of traveling.
The possibilities for tourists in South Africa are just too many to mention and you will probably already know some from travel guides or stories, but South Africa offers more than just the famous highlights. Read below about the options. Do you want to make a trip to South Africa and use the customized offering of Ga-Afrika? Please contact us so that we can make you a proposal tailored to your wishes.
- The Kruger park is the most famous safari destination in the world. When traveling to South Africa, a visit to this large national park should not be missed. You will definitely spot a lot of wild animals here. While it may suggest otherwise, there are also plenty of opportunities in the park not to be in mass tourism. However, there are also many alternative parks in South Africa to go on a safari.
- The Panorama route shows you a beautiful piece of nature in South Africa, including the Three Rondavels, the boreholes of Bourke’s Luck, various waterfalls, working-class villages and you can visit caves.
- Johannesburg is the economic center of the country and therefore a big city but with little atmosphere, interesting in this area is to learn more about South Africa’s controversial past, the Apartheid Museum is an absolute must-see. The Cradle of Humankind goes a lot further back in history. This is where the skull of “Mrs. Ples” was found, a distant predecessor of humans from about 3 million years ago.
- Pretoria is the political center of South Africa, and one of the three capital cities in the country (along with Cape Town and Bloemfontein). Main attraction are the Union Buildings. In the area of Pretoria you can also visit old mines and the Northern part there is a beautiful mountainous area with many rivers and interesting villages.
- Swaziland is a separate country that lies in South Africa and borders with Mozambique. However, it is very different from South Africa itself and therefore definitely worth a visit. Swaziland offers especially beautiful panoramic views and is a lot quieter than South Africa. Swaziland currently is renamed to the Kingdom of eSwatini.
- Like Swaziland, Lesotho is a separate country that is often unknown to the general public. Lesotho is completely surrounded by South Africa but is independent and therefore a lot poorer. Lesotho is highly situated because of the mountains and can therefore be a lot colder. Lesotho is the most beautiful to visit via the east side, you then drive up through the Drakensbergen over various mountain roads (only with 4 × 4) that ensure that you make an absolutely breathtaking ride with beautiful views of this rugged mountain landscape. Be well advised how to compose your route in Lesotho (you sometimes spend hours on a short section on the map, while a “detour” can be a lot better).
- As mentioned above, the Drakensbergen are very beautiful. It is a wild landscape with worn out mountain tops (some with snow) which at times make it seem like you are alone in the world, it is also called “the roof of the world”.
- Saint Lucia, a maritime national park, is located on the Eastern coast. From the village of Saint Lucia you can undertake boat trips in July to November to spot whales. The nearby wetlands that lye at Lake Saint Lucia is beautiful because it is very green. When taking a boat trip on the lake you can enjoy the scenery and you are guaranteed to see hippos and crocodiles.
- North of Durban lies the valley of the thousand hills, this route is well marked and takes you past beautiful mountain landscapes with beautiful gorges and waterfalls.
- Close to Port Elizabeth is the Addo Elephant National Park, unlike the name suggests you will find many different wild animals in this large park, but off course also many elephants. The park is especially worthwhile because of the special dune landscape, which is like a desert on the sea.
- The garden route runs along the coast on the Western Cape, along the way you will find cute villages, dense forest and beautiful sandy beaches (such as at Plettenberg Bay). You can undertake a lot of activities along the route such as mountain biking, diving, hiking and canoeing.
- A tour along the southern tip of Africa gives you the opportunity to see where the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean meet. Cape Agulhas is the most southern point of Africa and also a nice point to look out over the rough sea. From nearby Gansbaai you can view white sharks or in season whales.
- Cape Town is of course one of the best known destinations in South Africa, partly due to attractions such as Robben Island and Table Mountain. The Cape Peninsula to the south of the city offers a panoramic route, the beaches and the penguins on Boulders beach.
- Inland from Cape Town lies the wine region of South Africa. The places Stellenbosch and Franschhoek form the heart of this wine region. The extensive vines form a beautiful scene and, in addition to wine tasting, the places are also worth a visit because of the colonial buildings.
- North from Cape Towns you will find the West Coast area, where you can find some cute holiday villages, beautiful flowers in season in West Coast National Park, a good spot for kitesurfing and beautiful hikes in the Cederberg area.
The list of sights above just shows how much choice South Africa has as a destination, and this is by no means everything. We are happy to advise you on what suits your journey based on your interests. You can also combine a visit to South Africa with Namibia or Botswana.