Top tourist attractions in South Africa

South Africa is a beautiful country with various tourist attractions which include;

Kruger National Park

The Park is located within 405 km from Johannesburg and is the largest game reserve on the continent covering 20,000 km2. The park boasts of diverse wildlife including the Big Five and with the biggest concentration of Leopards in Africa.

Drakensberg

The Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, rising to 3,482 meters in height and the rages are located within 416 km from Johannesburg. The range is part of World Heritage which is made up of sandstone caves filled with the largest collection of San paintings in the world.

Table Mountain

Table Mountain is located within 510 km from Johannesburg and 49 km from Cape Town. The Mountain is seen at a height of 1,086 meters (3,563 ft.) and is one of the world’s most striking natural wonders

Sun City Resort

Sun City Resort is a luxury casino and resort, situated within 5 km from Johannesburg. The resort contains four hotels, two championship golf courses, two casinos and more than 7000 crocodiles within a sanctuary.

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest proclaimed Game Reserve in Africa with a big number of Big Five animals.. The reserve is located within 200 km from Kosi Bay and 570 km from Johannesburg.

Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River Canyon is located within 541 km from Johannesburg and the river is the second largest canyon in Africa, after the Fish River Canyon.

Cape Winelands

Winelands are located in the lush Boland Basin around 80 km to the northeast of Cape Town. The fertile valleys of the Cape Winelands are surrounded by majestic mountains, sleepy villages, brilliant monuments, fruitful orchards. Red-wine includeCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and  Carignan

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Located within 5 km from Cape Town with attractions like infamous Clock Tower, Chavonnes Battery, the South African Maritime Museum and the coastal Seal Landing where Cape Fur Seals reside.

Knysna

Knysna is located with 425 km from Cape Town and 1,231 km from Johannesburg. Knysna stretches from Mossel Bay to St Francis along the Indian Ocean. It’s also home to the country’s largest indigenous forest which grew around an extensive lagoon and good for walking, hiking, biking, canoeing, kiting and surfing trips.

Cape Town and Cape Peninsula

Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula up to Cape Point are famous for scenic beauty, celebrity beaches, world-class shopping, nightlife, food and wine; and a laid-back atmosphere.

Garden Route

Garden Route traverses are located within 40 km from the coastline and 2820 km from Johannesburg, an area rich in natural beauty and charm, attracting adventure-seekers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Robben Island

Robben Island is located within 12 km from Cape Town. The island’s most famous prisoner, Nelson Mandela, turned this place of brutality into a symbol of the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship.

Durban beachfront

The main beachfront area is known as the Golden Mile as it contains a high concentration of hotel and holiday apartment blocks found within Durban Town.

Pilgrim’s Rest

Pilgrim’s Rest is located in Mpumalanga Province of South Africa exists because of the discovery of alluvial gold in the valley’s small stream and the area is protected as a provincial heritage site.

Shakaland

Shakaland is a Zulu cultural village located within 150km from Durban. Known for the legendary King Shaka of the Zulu’s and is perched on the top of the Entombeni Hills, overlooking the Umhlatuze Lake. One can buy arts and crafts which include; beads, grass, fabric wood and clay and plastic bags

Ostrich Show Farm

Ostrich Show Farm is located within 9km outside Oudtshoorn and includes the very scenic Robinson Pass, a worthwhile drive for the scenery it offers.

Cradle of Humankind

Cradle of Humankind is a World Heritage Site located within50 km northwest of Johannesburg. This site currently occupies (180 sq mi) and it contains a complex of limestone caves where the 2.3-million year-old fossil

ISimangaliso Wetland Park

Situated on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal about 275 km north of Durban. It is South Africa’s third-largest protected area, spanning 280 km of coastline. The heritage site contains critical habitats for a range of species from Africa’s marine, wetland and savannah environments.

Vredefort crater

Vredefort crater is the largest verified impact crater on earth, located in the Free State Province of South Africa in Vredefort with a diameter of 190 km (120 mi).

Cape Whale Route

Located within 10 km from Cape Town Southern tip of Africa, where two of the world’s greatest oceans converge that is Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean. Known for a big number of golf courses, hiking, shark cage-diving, sea kayaking, quad biking, parasailing, horse riding and whale-watching boat tours.

Sea World and Dolphin World

Located in the centre of Shaka Marine World, these comprise a salt water aquarium with indoor and outdoor displays and exhibits and a 1,200 seater dolphin stadium in Cape Town.

Butterfly World

Butterfly World, the largest free flying park for butterflies in Southern Africa located within 28 km from Cape Town.

Otter Hiking Trail

The Otter Hiking Trail is located within 41 km from Cape Town and it is one of South Africa’s most popular trails and is known world-wide. It is a five-day trail, commencing at the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp and stretching westward as far as the Groot River estuary at Nature’s Valley, a distance of about 43 km.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch lies on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain within 12 km from Cape Town. It consists of landscaped gardens of 20 000 species of indigenous South African flora and close to 50%of the Peninsula’s floral wealth.

Cango Caves – Oudtshoorn

Cango Caves are located in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains within 28km north of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo near South Africa’s popular Garden Route. The Caves are the national monument.

Mandela House

Mandela House is located in Orlando West Soweto and it acts as world-class visitor attraction, leading centre for the preservation, presentation and research of the history, heritage and legacy of the Mandela Family. Former South African President Nelson lived here from 1946 into the 1990’s and now the house acts as Soweto Heritage.

Massarce of school kids in 1976

The Massarce of schools kids took place in Soweto on June 16, 1976, a crowd of over 20,000 black students from various schools gathered in Soweto, a suburb of Johannesburg in South Africa to demonstrate and 700 were killed. 

South Africa has over 100 golf course which include; Arabella in Cape Town, Atlantic Beach in Cape Town, Blue Valley in Johannesburg, Blair Atholl Johannesburg,  Bryanston  Johannesburg, Cathedral Peak in Durban and Copper Leaf in Johannesburg.

Carlton Centre

The Carlton Centre is a skyscraper and shopping centre located in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. At 223 metres (732 ft), it has been the tallest office building in Africa for 39 years and has 50 floors.

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