Top 10 places to visit in South Africa

Johannesburg

Although it can be known for its high crime rate in the past, the city has developed into a major hub for new businesses and for a rising urban hipster art scene. Visit Johannesburg to learn about South Africa’s history at the Apartheid Museum or take a tour in Soweto to get a first-hand experience of this famous township.  Often called Jozzi or Jo’burg by locals, this city is packed with events every week.

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Pretoria

This capital city of South Africa will give travelers a nice break from the wildness of urban or rural life. Come see the Voortrekker Monument to learn about the Afrikaans settlement or visit a huge statue of Nelson Mandela in front of the Union Buildings. Pretoria has exciting events such as the monthly ‘Market at the Sheds’ where any person can enjoy live music and delicious vendors.

Cape Town

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Known as the Mother City of South Africa. Cape Town is one of the most famous travel destinations for its amazing hikes on Table Mountain and wineries that can compete with some of Europe’s best. Cape Town has it all! From diving with the Great white sharks to the wild penguins on Boulders Beach, this city is a true gem for every traveler. Awesome travel destination for everybody of all ages, couples, friends, or single travelers; there’s always something new to explore in the Mother City.

Durban

A fusion of African and Indian culture blending to create this hub of spiciness, the city of Durban is a must see for its warm year round temperatures. Walk on the beach side as you shop for handicraft African arts or Indian spices. Or better yet, try out Durban’s famous favorite delicacies, Bunny Chow. Don’t miss a chance to try out the Big Rush Big Swing and jump off the self-proclaim the tallest swing at The World Cup Stadium!

Kruger National Park

A game park is a definite must see if you’re making a trip to South Africa. Famous of them all is Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s biggest game reserves. It’s where travelers will get a chance to see the Big 5: lions, buffalos, elephants, leopards, and rhinos. The park holds more than over 100 species in its dense mountains and forests. It would be impossible to leave without seeing one of the many African mammals.

Wild Coast Hike

The Wild Coast Hike stretches from Port St. Johns to Coffee Bay. A true adventure on the Eastern Cape, the hike is at the very tip of South Africa’s coast. The trail is barely touched by development, letting hikers really see true African landscape. Hikers are sure to walk on the rolling lush green mountains as they pass welcoming villagers eager to greet them, onto deserted beaches, thick coastal forest, and cliffs with stunning ocean views.  Booking a hike with an appropriate guide will allow hikers to stay in villages and experience Xhosa culture and food.

Drive the Garden Route

The Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay to Storms River. The drive is about 300 km, taking travelers across the Eastern and Western Cape coast, visiting nearby cities and capturing South Africa’s wildlife and gorgeous foliage. Outdoor activities, hospitable guesthouses, and classy restaurants are situated along the route.

Blyde River Canyon Nature

Take a weekend away and rent a cabin to enjoy natures’ best at Blyde River Canyon. Most famous for their panorama views, such as Gods Window, each photo will make an epic picture whether travelers are hiking or visiting an animal sanctuary. Also, Kruger National Park is not too far of a drive.

Sani Pass into Lesotho

Make your way to Underberg and book a stay at a local guesthouse to enjoy the peaceful scenery of Kwan-Zulu Natal. Drive through the Sani Pass and get lost into the highlands of South Africa. Book a pony trek tour for Lesotho with a local tour guide and experience the Kingdom in the Sky like a local.

Take a Cruise

Enjoy an amazing cruise that takes off from popular cities such as Cape Town or Durban. Cruises vary during the season and must be booked ahead of time. However, opportunities to cruise from South Africa to other neighboring countries are a true experience. Head to the beaches of the Portuguese Islands or take in spectacular views of Mauritius.

Find more about the Cruise at: https://www.msccruises.co.za/

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