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Experience these Top 10 South African Tourist Attractions

16 April 2021 - 17:30

Local or tourist, these top 10 South African destinations are a must-see.

Written by Michè Edwards

We have a world of wonder right here in one country with a long list of top tier South African tourist attractions. You’ll find a diversity of culture and history as nature, wildlife and city life surround you. 

It’s safe to say that South Africa could have all you’re looking for. 

Visit these top 10 South African tourist attractions

Get ready to make wholesome memories as you visit the pinnacle of adventure. We list the top 10 South African Tourist attractions waiting for your arrival.

1. Cape Town

One of the most visited South African cities Cape Town boasts the most jaw-dropping views. The multicultural city gives you a display of nature in between peaked mountains and deep blue oceans. Its top destinations are the flat-topped Table Mountain and historical Robben Island. 

2. The Garden Route

Alongside the south-coast, the Garden route stretches 200km from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape. It’s the most scenic route in the world as you pass through thick forests, large lakes and cliffs. You’ll pass by the coastal town of Knysna too.

3. Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park serves you a rich wildlife experience. It’s the oldest National Park, to begin with, and stretches over 2,000, 000 hectares – basically it’s huge. Home to the “Big 5” – the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape Buffalo, it’s a must see if you want a real African safari adventure. 

4. Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

This beautiful natural landmark is truly breathtaking. On your drive between Johannesburg and the Kruger National Park stop by the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. It’s a destination filled with a diversity of wildlife and plants. It’s ranked as the second-largest canyon in the world following the Grand Canyon in the USA.

5. Stellenbosch Wine Region

South Africa has some of the best produce of wines and a wide variety of wine farms. The gorgeous town of Stellenbosch is led specifically by its wine history and is just the spot for the best wine tasting – too many to choose from. 

6. The Drakensberg Mountain

‘Dragons Mountain’ or the Drakensberg Mountain as we formerly know it is Kwazulu Natal’s cherished gem. Explore the region to find san rock art, awe-inspiring buttresses and some of the world’s highest peaks.

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7. Johannesburg

It’s not the full South African experience without visiting Johannesburg too. The City of Gold is where you’ll find the hustlers, movers and shakers – all the creative and business-minded types. It’s a place of empowerment for sure. The town of Soweto is the city’s ‘kasi’ soul.

8. iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal

Home to Africa’s largest estuarine system, iSimangaliso lies on the northeastern coast of Kwazulu Natal. It has as many as eight ecosystems such as rivers, lakes, dunes, swamplands, reefs and savanna. 

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9. Pilanesberg National Park

Set in an extinct volcanic centre Pilanesberg National Park features a man-made lake ‘Mankwe Dam’ used as a drinking hole for many of the residing animals in the park. It’s a great picturesque experience.  

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10. Durban

If you’re in Durban you have to check out the beaches always filled with surfers, swimmers while the promenade is home to luxury restaurants, hotels and complexes. A stroll of the Golden Mine and a visit to UShaka Marine World is bucket-list worthy.

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