South Africa is somewhere is packed with things to see, people to meet, and experiences to have. In fact, it is such a big country, that is can be hard to narrow down what you will actually be able to fit into your trip. That is where this post comes in, as hopefully, it will cover some of the most popular choices, so you can decide if they should make it onto your South Africa to see list.
A city port and the capital of South Africa, Cape Town is definitely a place that should make it onto your to see list. What you do here largely depends on what you want out of your trip, as there are plenty of things to do in Cape Town that you can choose from. If you are looking for luxurious beach hotels and restaurants check out the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront and the South Beach Camps Bay.
While those looking to immerse themselves in the culture and checkered history of the place may want to visit the District Six Museum and the Iziko South African Museum.
Then, of course, there is the world famous Table Mountain to visit as well. At 1,085m in the air it’s something that can be seen from many points within the city, but to get the best experience possible why not try abseiling or taking the cable car to the top?
Hermanus on the Western Cape
Below Cape Town on the southwestern coast is the town of Hermanus. It’s a much smaller settlement, but that doesn’t mean it should be missed from your list.
In fact, it is well worth a visit because it’s an amazing place to go whale watching. There’s even a museum dedicated to the activity, and don’t forget the stunning beaches like Grotto Beach and Walker Bay too.
Hermanus should make it onto your must-see list, if only for the whales.
In the northeast of South Africa you will find the city of Johannesburg, loving called Jo’burg by the locals. It’s South Africa’s biggest city, and many of the countries most famous residents hail from this area including the great Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu.
There is much to do in this city, as you would expect, but one standout is the Cradle of Humankind. A UNESCO archaeological site that is educational and fun for the whole family. Something that makes it a great choice if you are travelling with the kids.
Then there is Lion Park. A place where you can go on safari through the reserve, and if the season is right even see some lion cubs.
Addo Elephant National Park
While we are on the subject of wildlife, if you are visiting South Africa you would be crazy not to make time to go to Addo Elephant National Park. This wilderness reserve is located on the South coast of the country, near to Port Elizabeth.
It’s not just the mighty African elephant you can expect to see here either! In fact, Addo Elephant National Park is home to black rhinos, and lions too. Something that makes it a must-see place for anyone vacationing in the diverse and exciting country of South Africa.