Places to visit in South Africa

In a country where the history vouches for its amazing landscape, resources and well, past itself, there is indeed ought to have hundreds of exciting things to do. Staying true to the expectations you may have from it, the Rainbow Country of the world surely provides you plentiful of mesmerizing attractions that are certainly famed to leave their spectators spellbound. Even apart from its inexplicable natural beauty, thanks to its endless coastlines, interminable desert and lush mountains, there are still ample of attractions in South Africa waiting to be discerned.  Exploring the rich foliage and regal jungle creatures, with special mention of the big five through safaris, walking the vastly spread vineyards and wineries, discovering the energetic towns, meeting the warm local folk and soaking in the absorbing culture and history of the place, add to your list of some very interesting things to do in South Africa.

The capital of Western Cape Province of South Africa, Cape Town is a terrific city that’s famous all over the world for its spotless golden beaches and superb cultural heritage. The great Table Mountain, glittering seas, gigantic boulders, mystic underground caves and the sprawling vineyards just add to the allure of this delightful city which is often called as the Mother City. It forms a vital part of your itinerary for a trip in the country especially due to the endless attractions and activities that it offers you to enjoy here. Its street art, delectable food and thriving nightlife are sure something to experience.

 

Attractions: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape of Good Hope, Castle of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, District Six Museum, Storms River Mouth, Company’s Garden, Lion’s Head, 

Activities:  Hiking, scuba diving, skydiving at Diepkloof Airfield, watching marine creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, mountain biking, strolling at Tokai Forest, wine tasting, surfing, kayaking, paragliding, wildlife watching at Silvermine Nature Reserve etc. 

Places to eat: Pigalle Restaurant, Miller’s Thumb, Haiku, La Mouette Restaurant, Mzansi, Stardust, Market on the Wharf etc.

Nightlife: Bob’s Bar District Six, Cocoon Cape Town, Shimmy Beach Club, Reset, Chez Ntemba Nightclub, Julep Bar etc.

Where to shop: Baraka Gifts & Décor, Old Biscuit Mill, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Greenmarket Square, Cape Diamonds, Arican Trading Port etc.

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and is also the capital of the Gauteng province. It has the perfect mixture of beautiful traditional heritage of the land and modern advancements that establishes this lovely city as a must-visit destination on your trip to this country. A city known for its rich arts and culture scene with many art gallery and cultural centres, and for hosting international cricket matches, Johannesburg has a lot to offer to its visitors. Nature too has favoured this erstwhile South Afrcan city with abundance of beauty and wildlife which can be witnessed through its numerous parks and tropical rain forests. It is also a wonderful place to shop and eat to your heart’s fill.

 

Attractions: The Maboneng Precinct, Lindfield Victorian House Museum, south African Museum of Military History, FNB Stadium, Lion Park, Johannesburg Zoo, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg Botanical Garden, Mandela House etc.

Activities: Adventures rides at Gold Reef City amusement park, visit various sports centres and museums, adventures sports like bungee jumping, abseiling etc. at Orlando Tower, paintball game at the Bush Paintball Range, play golf at World of Golf, scuba diving at Prism Business Park etc. 

Places to eat: Trumps Grillhouse and Butchery, Tashas, Moyo Melrose Arch, Quills, Marble Restaurant, The Fat Zebra etc.

Nightlife: Lord’s Cigar Bar, Stanley Beer Yard, The Hide Out, Hush, Upstairs at Mesh, The Marabi Club etc. 

Where to shop: Carlton Centre, Neughbourgoods Market, African Craft Market and Rosebank, Mall of Africa, 44 Stanley etc.

Knysna is a small and discreet town in South Africa, located in its Western Province. A favourite among the local countrymen and tourists alike, people head to this quaint town for a relaxing and refreshing holiday amidst lagoons and beautiful waterfronts, away from the maddening city rush. Ideal for all kinds of travellers, from couples looking for a serene romantic destination to families on the hunt for a kid-friendly spot, Knysna offers a world of sightseeing and adventure opportunities. While its nightlife may not be much, it is definitely a must place to relax on its beautiful sandy beaches and exploring its stiff wildlife.

 

Attractions: Garden Route National Park, Knysna-Amatole Montane forests, Featherbed Private Nature Reserve, Coney Glen Beach Knysna, East Head View Point, Knysna Library, The Motorcycle Room, Jandreart Studio etc.

Activities: Paragliding or Hiking at Brenton-On-Sea, Surfing at Buffalo Bay, strolling at Pledge Nature Reserve, wildlife watching at Stenbok Nature Reserve, visiting Millwood House Museum, appreciating art at Knysna Fine Art etc.

Places to eat: African Bean, The Project Bar, Le Maquis, Daniela’s at Leisure Isle Lodge, The Tin House Café, Ile de Pain, Pembreys, Anchorage Restaurant, Mr Kaai etc.

Nightlife: Zanzibar Lounge, King’s etc. 

Where to shop: Wild Oats Community Farmer’s Market, Scarab Village, The Waterfront Knysna Quays, Peggy’s African Arts & Tours, Mosaic Outdoor Market, Leisure Art Gallery etc.

Sun City is a popular destination in South Africa which is famous for its gaming reserves. The vivacious city is a great place to be for making your vacation fun and enjoyable with loads of sightseeing spots, adventure activities and entertainment zones that it offers you. It is also one of the biggest centres for adult entertainment in all of Northern Province of the country. However, it is still a place with multiple things to do for all age groups. You can revel in a number of water sports, wildlife safaris, adventure rides at amusement parks, golfing, shopping at various boutique shops and spa sessions too.

 

Attractions: Predator World, Valley of Waves, Pilanesberg National Park, Kwena Crocodile Farm, The Maze of The Lost City, King’s Tower, Grey Player Health Spa, The Waterworld Picnic Lawn, Sun Central, South African Hall of Fame, Kamp Kwena etc.

Activities: Wildlife safaris at Pilanesberg National Park, hot air ballooning at Mankwe Gametrackers, Golfing at Lost City Golf Course, adventure rides at Waterworld, adventure sports at Adrenaline Extreme, Steam Train rides at Stimela etc.

Places to eat: Ying Tao Asian Kitchen, Crystal Court, Litchfield’s, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Brenda’s Kitchen, Abuelo’s, Oriental House etc.

Nightlife: The Speakeasy, Adam’s Lounge, The Private Cove, The Moon, Lucidi Distilling, Puffin Clouds Hookah Lounge, Trader’s Sports Bar, Cherry etc. 

Where to shop: Moon Valley Nurseries, Curacao, Arrowhead Towne Centre, Tanger Outlets, Barnaby Street Shoppers, Repeat Boutique, Signature Invitations & Gifts etc.

Located in Algoa Bay of Eastern Cape Province, Port Elizabeth is small but well known town in South Africa. It is popular for its lovely beaches where you can engage in myriad exciting water activities. Along with this it is also a famed spot for watching some rare seabirds and migrating whales who come to the warmer ocean waters near South Africa to give birth to their babies in winters. The wildlife reserves located here look enchanting and give you a great chance to take a glimpse at a range of fantastic jungle beasts including lions, elephants and rhinos.

 

Attractions: Bayworld, Kragga Kamma Game Park, St George’s Park, Red Location Museum, Kings Beach, African Dawn, Groendal Nature Reserve, St. Croix Island, McArthur Baths, Castlehill, Donkin Reserve, Horse Memorial etc.

Activities: Art appreciation at Nelson Mandela, whale watching, explore museums such as Sukume Museum & Xhosa Culture or South African Air Force Museum, boat tours, bird watching and hiking at Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve, wildlife watching Seaview Predator Park etc. 

Places to eat: Old Austria Restaurant, Charlies Pizza & Pasta Summerstrand, De Kelder, The Hacklewood Restaurant, Komorebi Sushi Bar, Blue Waters Café, Friendly Stranger etc. 

Nightlife: Beer Yard, Barn & Barell, For the Love of Wine, Barney’s Tavern, Gondwana Café, Buzz Factory, Keg & Swan etc. 

Where to shop: Baywest Mall, Wezandla Gallery & Craft Centre, Greenacres Shopping Centres, Back to Earth Organic Market, The Tarot Lounge, Ostrich Emporium SA etc.

Oudtshoorn is a simple quaint town in South Africa, located in the Klein Karoo region of Western Cape. The peacefull little town is famous for its several ostrich farms and beautiful yet overwhelming caves at Cango which display an unusual and truly spectacular formations of limestone. Another interesting thing that compels you to visit this lovely town is its unique petting farms where you can interact with wild animals up and close. Nestled between Swartberg and Oteniqua mountains, the former of which is also the Cape Floral World Heritage Site, the town is the owner of resplendent natural beauty as well.

 

Attractions: Cango Caves, Anysberg Nature Reserve, Cango Ostrich farm, Arbeidsgenot museum, Safari Show Farm, CP Nel Museum, Rust-en-Verde Waterfall, C.J. Langenhoven Museum, Meerkat Magic, ArtKaroo Art Gallery, 

Activities: Adventure activities like cave exploring, hiking, mountain biking, hiking and cycling at Swartberg Pass, animal petting at Cango Wildlife Ranch, nature walks and camping at Pietersrivier Nature Reserve, visit wineries etc. 

Places to eat: Nostalgie, Patat Restaurant, Bufflesdrift Game Lodge Restaurant, Jemima’s Restaurant, Bello Cibo Restaurant, De Kombuys Estate, Beans About Coffee etc. 

Nightlife: Q-Bar Lounge & Deck, Wic’it Sports Bar, La Dolce Vita, Garreth Veronica, Harley Jack Grill House & Pub

Where to shop: Cali Craft & Gems, Bella-Mia Pottery, Mooi Art Gallery, Latana Cheese, La Chocolaterie Rococo, ArtKaroo Art Gallery, Lugro Ostrich Leather Products etc.

A tiny hamlet, Hazyview is a sub-tropical farming town in South Africa’s Mpumalanga region. Bestowed with lush greenery, this lovely village is nothing short of a wondrous African destination, ideal for a rejuvenating stay away from commercialised city life. Located at the edge of the charming Sabie River Valley, the town is ripe with remarkable natural beauty, packed with numerous delightful orchards of fruits and nuts especially macademia nuts. The place offers a perfect getaway for trying a variety of adventure activities as well, with the most noteworthy of them being hiking to the winsome Kruger National Park.

 

Attractions: Shangana cultural village, Blyde river canyon, Perry’s Bridge Reptile Park, Kruger National Park etc.

Activities: White water rafting, river rafting and tubing in Sabie river, Long Tom Toboggan, elephant back safaris, aerial cable rides, abseiling, zip-lining, hiking at different hiking trails including that of Kruger National Park, rappelling, quad biking in Sabie river valley, horse trails, slackpacking skydiving, paintball etc. 

Places to eat: Kuka Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, Pioneer’s Grill, Tanks Bush Pub, G’s Bistro & Bar, Topolino’s Italian Restaurant, Summerfield’s Kitchen, Summerfield’s River Café, In-Da-Belly, Nando’s Hazyview, Running Brave Spur Steak Ranch, Abies Pub & Grill & Golf Driving Range, Galito’s, Meet & Coffee Co, 

Where to shop: PEP Store, Mr Price/ MRP, Shoprite Liquor Shop Hazyview, Lowveld Mall, Riverside Mall etc.

The beautiful coastal city of South Africa, Durban is a superb tourist destination located at the coast of Kwazulu Natal. Here, people come from a near and far, hypnotized by its laidback charm that intermingles with its pristine beauty and vibrancy. Offering you a variety of activities to indulge in, there is never a dull moment in this lovely city. Perfect for families or solo travellers too, you can enjoy your days in Durban surfing or strolling at beaches, visiting its multiple museums, enjoying the sumptuous cuisine or simply stopping to smell roses in its tranquilizing environment.

 

Attractions: Moses Mabhida Stadium, uShaka Marine World Aquarium, Durban Botanic Gardens, Umgeni River Bird Park, Local History Museum, Durban Holocaust Centre, Mitchell Park Zoo, Golden Mile Duban, Paradise Valley, Japanese Gardens etc. 

Activities:  Surfing at North Beach, play at Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World, cable cars and pool at Funworld amusement park, visit various museums, explore The Golden Mile, visit the BAT centre etc.

Places to eat: 9th Avenue Bistro, Daruma, Big Easy Durban by Ernie Els, Mali’s Indian Restaurant, Spiga D’oro, Circus Circus Beach Café, Afro’s Chicken Shop, Harvey’s, Havana Grill etc. 

Nightlife: The Jazzy Rainbow, The Internet Café, Sidebar, Krakatoa Show Bar, Jameson Bar, Cape2Cairo Nightclub, Tiger Tiger etc. 

Where to shop: Victoria Street Market, Pavillion Shopping Mall, uShaka Village Walk, Golden Hours Family Market, Chatsworth Centre, Granada Square, Andrew Early Design Studio, Ike’s Books & Collectables etc.

Easily the most famous wildlife park in the world, Kruger National Park lies among the best attractions in South Africa. It is the place where you can get to look at the Big 5: Lions, rhinos, leopards, elephants and buffalos. This game reserve is one of the oldest ones in the country and is located around 4 hours of car drive away from Johannesburg. Also famed as an archaeological site and for the bushman cave paintings, Kruger park is indeed a must visit place in Rainbow Nation. You can opt for an organized walking tour or a jeep safari to take a look at the amazing grasslands, beautiful forest and woven river system in the area, and also opt for a hot balloon ride for an even more memorable time here.

 

Location: Northern Cape

Known For: Big 5 animals, including Lions, rhinos, leopards, elephants and buffalos

How to reach: OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is the closest airport to the park gates located in Limpopo and Mpumalanga villages, from where you can hire a cab or bus to reach the park. A train to Hoedspruit to Pretoria can also be used to reach the park gate at Hoedspruit.

Approximate Cost:  Approx. 1800 to 2300 INR

Operating hours: 6:00 am to 5:30 pm

Tips: Carry enough water, a hat, sunscreen lotion and sunglasses for safari

Formed as a result of merger of the Gemsbok National Parks at Kalahari and Botswana, Kalahari Transfrontier Park is the biggest wilderness spots in the world. The first park to be declared transfrontier, it was established in the year 2000 and is located in the South Africa’s remote location of Northern Cape. 

It is strewn with hundreds of knobbly camel thorn trees and golden grasslands which dazzle against the red sandy terrain and contrasting blue skies. The beautiful and unique landscape that emerges as a result makes for spectacular photography. The place is well-known for its diverse wildlife and is the home to the regal black-maned Kalahari Lion, amusing meerkats, pompous looking gemsbok featuring their stately V-shaped horns, widely seen nests of dainty weavers and a huge array of birds of prey. Cheetah, hyenas and leopards are some other predators found in this region.

 

Location: Northern Cape

Known For: Black-maned Kalahari Lion, gemsbok and other animals

How to reach: OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is the nearest airport from where you can take a bus or a car to reach the park or board a connecting flight to Upington Airport in Northern Cape from where reach the park by similar road transport modes. 

Approximate Cost:  Approx. 1800 to 2300 INR 

Operating hours: 6:00 am to 7:00 pm (the timings may differ slightly with changing months)

Tips: Carry a bottle of water, sunglasses, a hat and sunblock and for safari

Literally meaning ‘The Dragon Mountain’, Drakensberg is a scenic mountain with the highest peaks in South Africa. This is a popular vacation spot in the country owing to a number of beautiful attractions located here with the likes of the World Heritage site of uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park which is the home to astounding natural beauty painted with San rock art and jagged stanchions of basalt, and also Royal Natal National Park which is the source of many important rivers and features a splendid amphitheatre and a grand cliff. Another vital spot located in this region is Giant’s Castle Game Reserve which is the protective zone for huge herds of eland. You can enjoy a variety of activities here such as hiking, trout fishing, parasailing, biking, abseiling, river rafting and rock climbing.

 

Location: KwaZulu Natal

Known For: World Heritage site of uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, Royal Natal National Park and Giant’s Castle Game Reserve

How to reach: The nearest airports are King Shaka International Airport located in Durban and Pietermaritzburg airport from where you can take a bus or a car to reach the spot. 

Approximate Cost:  NA

Operating hours: NA

Stretching along South Africa’s beautiful coastline for 200 kilometres, from Western Cape’s Mossel Bay along the Indian Ocean to Eastern Cape along the Storms River, the Garden Route is one of the most alluring passages to drive along. The route rolls besides dainty coastal towns, refreshing emerald hills, lakes, pretty lagoons and staunch coastal cliffs. The delightful town of Knysna cuddled amidst dense woods and glistening lagoons, the charming Garden Route National Park with its lovely gorges, dense thickets and fetching tidal pools, amusing ostrich farms of Oudtshoorn, intriguing Cango Caves and Plettenbergs Bay’s splendid Robberg Nature reserve are some congenial spots located on this amazing route. You can even enjoy some great activities like elephant rides, bungee jumping, and whale watching here.

 

Location: Mossel Bay in Western Cape to Storms Riverside in Eastern Cape

Known For: Road trip along picturesque coastal region

How to reach: Drive from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth

Approximate Cost:  NA

Operating hours: NA

Formerly known as St Lucia Wetland Park, the park was aptly renamed as iSimangaliso which in Zulu language, means ‘miracle and wonder’. This park which is situated in the north-eastern coast of KZN, is the biggest estuarine system of South Africa. The park is known for as many as eight different ecosystems interwoven with each other and beautifully co-existing. These prominently include coral reefs, lakes, savanna, rivers filled with crocodile, tall coastal dunes, and swamplands, which unsurprisingly creates a convention of a variety of flora and fauna in the land.  With 526 species of pretty birds, rhinos, crocodiles, loggerhead and leatherback turtles, hippos and leopards. The interesting ecosystem of the park allows you to combine a typical wildlife safsari with many thrilling adventure activities of marine reverse like fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and diving.

 

Location: The Elephant Coast

Known For: Unique ecosystem and adventure activities including safari and water sports

How to reach: The nearest international airport is King Shaka International Airport in Durban, while the closest regional airport is at Richards Bay. You can hire a car or drive yourself from here to reach the park. 

Approximate Cost:  Approx. 150 to 500 INR (Separate sections of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park have different entry fees)

Operating hours: 6:00 am- 7:00 pm (Separate sections of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park have different opening hours)

A fantastic connecting path from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is an excellent spot featuring a staggering array of wildlife and the second largest canyon in Africa. Cascading waterfalls, lush foliage, glimmering rivers and rocks covered in lichens give this place an enchanting aura that leave you bewitched. Hippos, crocodiles and a variety of South African primates form the major attraction here. It also has many awe-inspiring hiking trails, and gives you the opportunity to enjoy boat rides, fly-fishing, kloofing and river rafting as well.

 

Location: Mpumalanga

Known For: Wildlife watching in spectacular forest area 

How to reach: Mpumalanga is well connected to other parts of South Africa through air and road. 

Approximate Cost:  Approx.  50 to 250 INR

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

A horrifying reminder of the times of apartheid, Robben Island is an intriguing and vital part of any tour to South Africa nonetheless. The place is ill-famed for being the region where Nelson Mandela and his fellow anti-apartheid activists were kept imprisoned for 18 years in a small cell. When here, you can listen to the first-hand account of the atrocities that the prisoners had to bear since many of the tourists in Robben Island were also the prisoners here at the time. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Nelson Mandela Gateway make remarkable spots for learning the history of this country.

 

Location: Western Cape

Known For: Being the region where Nelson Mandela was kept imprisoned

How to reach: Ferries from the museum take you to visit this island

Approximate Cost:  Ferry and entry to the museum cost approx. 200 to 1000 INR

Operating hours: The museum timings are 7:30 am to 7:00 pm

Giving you the opportunity to peek into the tumultuous and painful past of South Africa, marked by an era of racial segregation and heart-wrenching oppression, Apartheid Museum may not be a light-hearted trip you generally seek on your vacation, but a must-visit place nevertheless. It works wonders in giving you the insight into the very beginning and constructive fabric of apartheid and tells you the stories from life of the people here who struggled for years to free themselves of this foreign induced colour hatred.

 

Location: Johannesburg

Known For: Hsitorical insight into apartheid era in South Africa

How to reach: Johannesburg is well connected to almost every other region in South Africa, by airways, roadways and trains as well

Approximate Cost:  Approx. 350 to 500 INR

Operating hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The most beautiful botanical garden in the world, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden owes its charm to the exquisite location and pretty flowers carpeting the area in springs. The Tree Canopy Walkway located is a welcome addition in the garden which was built in the year 2003. As stroll along this pathway is enough to spread cheers and invigorate you from the inside out, thanks to the pleasant floral surroundings and peachy environment. You can either enjoy a leisurely walk on your own or hire an electronic guide to teach you about the 9,000 species of the plants grown in the area. The Braille Trail, sculpture garden, a kopje or hill and the many concerts held here add to the delight of simply being here.

 

Location: Rhodes Dr, Cape Town

Known For: 9,000 species of the plants including various beautiful flowers

How to reach: Cape Town is well connected to almost every other region in South Africa, by airways, roadways and trains as well

Approximate Cost:  Approx. 250 to 350 INR

Operating hours: 6:00 am- 7:00 pm (the timings alter with change in months)

A part of Table Mountain National Park, Cape of Good Hope is a superb place in South Africa that is a favourite among tourists. Speckled with an alluring scenery, some secluded beaches, awesome walking trails and brilliant spots for birdwatching, it is simply a bliss to visit this ultra-famous yet quaint spot. A two days long trip to the Cape of Good Hope Trail is a winsome arched trail which has you spend a day in Restio huts. It is a great indulgence here but you need to make bookings in advance. Another great attraction oh this place is 250 different avian species that are spotted here, including ostriches and cormorants. You can also enjoy hiking or bicycling in the area.

 

Location: Cape Town

Known For: Deserted beaches, unspoiled natural beauty and birdwatching

How to reach: Cape Town is well connected to almost every other region in South Africa, by airways, roadways and trains as well

Approximate Cost:  NA

Operating hours: NA

Celebrated in Cape Town the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival is also known as Kaapse Klopse in Afrikaans. This is a colourful carnival lights up the streets of the city with beautifully dressed people and foot-tapping jazz music.

 

When: January first week

Adorned with international musicians playing melodious and spirited Jazz music, Cape Town International Jazz Festival is one of the biggest music extravaganzas in all of Africa. Skilled jazz players perform on five different stages, for a whopping crowd of 3,000 audiences.

 

When: Late March or early April

Celebrated on the Garden Route in Knysna, the Knysna Oyster Festival is often described as ‘the best ten days of South African winters’. With over 65,000 attendees, the festival features about 100 or more events including shucking and eating contests.

 

When: July

The 11 days long festival of National Arts Festival is a wonderful vent dedicated to arts and culture of Africa. It is marked by a gamut of events which includes performances in theatricals, dramas, dance and much more that you must surely not miss on your tour to the country.

 

When: July

The Oppikoppi Bushveld Festival which started off as a rock festival has emerged today as a festival celebrating a range of different music styles and events. It features performances by Jazz artists, folk musicians, house DJs and comedians too. People from far off lands come to attend it, camping in RV style on the grounds here.

 

When: August

To put it slightly, Cango Caves are the miracle of the nature. With remarkable limestone formations, these old rugged caves give off the quality of being right out of either a beautifully filmed horror movie or a chilling science-fiction plot. You can choose from the two types of tours available here, ‘Standard’ and ‘Adventure’, of which the latter one is most recommended. This 30 minutes long tour will take you walking through some impossible-looking sites including the 45 cm wide /Devil’s Chimney’, stalagmites and rock formation, and also bushman rock paintings.

 

Location: Near Oudtshoorn (29 km away)

For: Couples, Senior Citizens, Family

Difficulty level: Low

Approximate Cost:  Approx. 150 to 750 INR

Tips: Choose the ‘Adventure Tour’ over ‘Standard Tour’ for an exciting time.

By no means a feat for the unfit, the Otter Trail hiking, will have you trekking for 5 days and camping under open starlit skies. It traverses a distance of 28 miles. The immense beauty works to satiate the mind and soul, with its lovely waterfalls, amazing rock formations, splendid array of flora and flora and more. The trail is unique and simply gorgeous with two beauties of enchanting deep forests and the graceful and pristine coastline of South Africa measure its whole distance.

 

Location: Tsitsikamma or Storms River to Nature’s Valley

For: Individuals

Difficulty level: High

Approximate Cost:  Approx. 10,000 to 25,000 INR

Tips: The weather can be unpredictable at Tsitsikamma so be ready with quick drying clothes, zip lock bags to store gadgets, waterproof jackets and shoes etc. Also pack light and carry a rope, sunglasses, camera and ample food with you.

Taking a safari tour to watch the plentiful wildlife in South Africa, is unarguably the best and the most fundamental things to do when on a trip to the country. The nation is filled with numerous national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and nature reserves and each one brimming with exquisite animals and flora that simply wins the heart of anyone even remotely interested in nature. Of the top places to go for a safari in the country includes Kruger National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve etc. Each of these parks and reserves have innumerable beautiful species of animals, but those who steal the limelight are the Big 5- Lions, Rhinos, Elephants, Leopards and Buffalos.

 

Location: Hluhluwe & Imflozi National Park, Garden Route, Kruger National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve etc. 

For: Family, Senior Citizens, Couples

Difficulty level: Low

Approximate Cost:  Varies from park to park

Tips: Carry enough drinking water, some snacks, a hat, sunglasses and sunblock

The adrenaline rush that its gives climbing down the might Table Mountains, is something that every adventure seeker lives for. People from all over the world come down to South Africa not only for its wildlife bt for the range of thrilling activities that it offers you and abseiling down the Table Mountains in Cape Town is definitely in the top few of them. The outstanding view of Atlantic Ocean, Camps Bay and Robben Island that it offer you from here is just an added bonus that you may never want to forget.

 

Location: Cape Town

For: Individuals 

Difficulty level: Moderate

Approximate Cost:  Approx. R700- 1,000

Tips: Use quality equipment

Enjoy a round of one of the most daring task that South Africa offers you by kayaking in the estuaries of St Lucia, with one of the most dangerous creatures of the world- crocodiles and Hippos. Although the latter looks cute and round it is far from being that and is ill famed to attack humans even without any provocation! However, do not fear. Kayaking here is truly blissful especially with the scenic views of the marvellous surroundings complete with beautiful waters and grand fauna.

 

Location: St. Lucia at iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal

For: Individuals, Couples

Difficulty level: Moderate- High

Approximate Cost:  Approx. 2000 to 2500 INR

Tips: You need to be mentally and physically prepared for this experience. Keep your guide’s words at highest regard and follow all safety tips such as wearing a life jacket at all times and not doing anything to provoke the animals.

Located in the Western Cape, Ceres is a dainty little town with enviable beauty marked by its stunning rocky mountains and tempting citrus fruit orchards. The town offers you a terrific opportunity to zip-line, but what makes it different, more interesting and far more challenging that any others, is its location. You have slide your way between the jagged ranges of Skurweberg, on a rope secured taut over the gushing river of Koekedouw. There are eight different slides with the largest one being a whopping 950 feet long! The highest point is at 130 feet in air.

 

Location: Ceres in Western Cape

For: Individuals, Couples

Difficulty level: High

Approximate Cost:  Approx. 1500 to 3000 INR (inclusive of costs for guide, equipment and drinks)

Tips: Take the help of a skilled trainer to get some training for the task before beginning and start with a shorter and safer slide if you are just a beginner.

Snorkelling in Knysna with the little seahorses giving you company all the way, is one of the sweetest and the most beautiful things to do in South Africa. If you are visiting the Garden Route, it is a must to try this activity in the little estuary of warm water along Knysna lagoon. It is the home to these frin dly pint-sized creatures and some tiny and striking marine fish. This activity is always performed during the high tides when it is easier to meet these sea animals.

 

Location: Knysna

For: Families, Couples

Difficulty level: Low

Approximate Cost:  NA (a separate cost for guide may have to be borne)

Tips: Your guide will take you to the right spot to see plenty of seahorses swimming by.

To be one on one with the most feared creatures on earth- the sharks, is something every adventure enthusiast must pray for. Well, a dive with these formidable but truly magnificent creatures is a possibility in South Africa, with cage diving at Gansbaai. Located around two to three hours of drive away from Cape Town, the region is well-known for its highest concentration of the Great White Sharks in the whole world. The activity takes you down into their territory, of course with you protected and completely safe in a galvanised cage layered with mesh for added safety. From inside your cage you can see these 3 metres long creature right up and close.

 

Location: Gansbaai near Cape Town

For: Individuals

Difficulty level: Low

Approximate Cost:  Approx. 7000 to 10,000 INR

Located on the Bloukrans River Valley, the Bloukrans Bridge is the highest and the largest bridge for commercial bungee jumping. Nestled between the Western Cape and Easter Cape, the bridge looks grandiose, and entices every adventure seeker to hurl themselves from its edge. The jump from the overwhelming height of 650 feet, is enough to give you the desirable head rush that comes with this fantastic adventure sport. You will be fitted with a full-body harness for a smooth ride down the side of the popular bridge.

 

Location: Tsitsikamma, Plettenberg Bay

For: Groups of Friends, Individuals, Couples

Difficulty level: Low

Approximate Cost:  Approx. 4000 to 5000 INR

Tips: Since the spot is extremely popular for bungee jumping, it is advised to book at least 48 hours in advance.

Talking of adventure sports, Skydiving is the ultimate one off the list. One of the truly ecstatic feelings in the world is jumping off a flying plane and floating in the air as if you were just granted the gift of flight. What makes this sport even more exhilarating is the fact that it can be done almost anywhere in South Africa with Cape Town being one of the most preferred locations, although, you can decide your landing spot. The warm climate of the country coupled with a superb landscape simply outdoes itself when you look at it from such a height flying down to meet it in person.

 

Location: Mossel Bay, Parys, Plattenberg Bay, Cape Town, Pretoria etc. 

For: Individuals, Groups of Friends

Difficulty level: Moderate to High

Approximate Cost:  Approx. 7500 to 15,000 INR

Tips: Beginners need to try a tandem skydive where you jump with an instructor. As you polish your skill, you can opt for free fall, thereby proceeding to solo jump!

This flagship restaurant by Luke-Dale Robert is famous for its unique dishes made with fresh and locally produced ingredients. Considered among the finest of restaurant in South Africa, dining in this restaurant may require you to make a reservation even a month before you intend to dine! A menu for Pescatarian and vegetarian food may be available on request.

 

Must eat: Foie Grass and Francescana with Wine

Approximate Cost for two: Approx. R1,500- 3,000

Address: Shop 104A, Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Cape Town

Contact: 021- 4472622

Opening hours: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm Tue- Sat

Another satisfying culinary journey from a master chef, Liam Tomlin, the restaurant offers you a spectacular array of generous food that looks as appetizing as it is delicious. The Vietnamese salad is something you must really start your food with and include the comforting dish of Coq au Vin as well to truly make your experience here worthy.

 

Must eat: Coq au Vin

Approximate Cost for two: Tapas seat approx. 3000 to 4000 INR

Address: Heritage Sq, 92 Bree St, Cape Town

Contact: 021- 4220128

Opening hours: 12 noon- 2:30 pm & 4:30- 8:00 pm Mon-Fri, 12 noon- 2:30 pm Sat

Giving you an unimaginable experience of having Asian food in Johannesburg, Great Eastern Food Bar lets you be delightfully surprised with the wonderful food you will be served here. The owner of this lovely gastronomical heaven, Nick Scott, churns out some lovely concoction which you can pair with the sumptuous Asian fare like their succulent smoked trout and much more.

 

Must eat: Kimchi dumplings and sashimi tacos

Approximate Cost for two: Approx 300 to 1000 INR

Address: Bamboo Centre, cnr 9th St & Rustenburg Rd, Johannesburg

Contact: 011- 4822910

Opening hours: 12 noon- 11:00 pm Tue-Fri, 1:00- 11:00 pm Sat & 1:00- 8:00 pm Sun

A heaven of sorts for the quintessentially meat lovers, Grillhouse is a great restaurant serving a variety of delectable meats with all kinds of cute- T-Bone, fillet, or prime sirloin and more. The hearty chunks of juicy veal, wide range of seafood items and locally made wines are simply irresistible.

 

Must eat: Steak, single malts

Approximate Cost for two: Approx. 350 to 1500 INR

Address: The Firs Shopping Centre, cnr Oxford Rd & Bierman Ave, Johannesburg

Contact: 011- 8803945

Opening hours: 12 noon- 2.30 pm & 6.30- 9.30pm Sun-Fri, 6.30- 9.30 pm Sat

Must eat: Ostrich Medallions, 

Approximate Cost for two: Approx. 200 to 750 INR

Address: cnr Noordhoek Main Rd & Village Ln, Cape Town

Contact: 021- 7891390

Opening hours: 12 noon- 2.30 pm daily, 6.30- 9.30pm Tue-Sat, 12 noon-2.30 pm daily, 6.30-9.30 pm Tue-Sat

The perfect place to shop for local artefacts and souvenirs in South Africa, Watershed is a retail shop located in Cape Town. Selling numerous arts, crafts and fashion goods from well-known Capetonian and South African brands, the merchandise while being extremely beautiful and handy, are also light on the pocket. The place also offers holistic products, massages and guitars too.

 

Location: Dock Rd., Cape Town

Timing: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Known For: Arts, crafts and fashion items from popular indigenous brands

Bargaining: Not really

Erected as an effort to help and establish the many craftsmen of South Africa, Montebello is a great place to a range of gift items. The leafy campus houses many artist studios which makes and sell a variety of crafts items, many of them made from recycled scraps. The store also offers a plant nursery, car washers and an outstanding café Gardener’s Cottage.

 

Location: 31, Newlands Avenue, Cape Town

Timing: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Mon- Sat) & 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Sun)

Known For: Artisan craft goods

Bargaining: Maybe

This Cape Town market is the oldest artisan market in the city and also the best one, although a number of its similar counterparts have arisen all over the place. Neighbourhoods Market sells almost everything under the sun including numerous gourmet products, groceries, and designer goods such as local fashion items and accessories. The places remains busy with crowds hence it is advised to arrive early for a peaceful shopping experience.

 

Location: Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town

Timing: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Sat

Known For: A variety of local products

Bargaining: Definitely

The ideal stop for purchasing a range of designer items in the country, the South African Market is a place in Cape Town that features products from many designing talents of the nation. You can buy many different goods from here including beautiful apparels, accessories, dainty jewellery, breath-taking art works, stationery articles, lovely homewares and much more.

 

Location: 67 Shortmarket St, Cape Town

Timing: 10:00 am to 6:00 am Mon-Fri & 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Sat

Known For: Designer goods

Bargaining: Not Really

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