South Africa is famous for its stunning landscapes, incredible wildlife, award-winning wineries, beautiful beaches, and its lively and cosmopolitan cities. Its immensely varied terrain supports a rich diversity of animals, birds, and plant-life and offers an incomparable range of experiences and things to do. Whether you're in South Africa on safari or to enjoy the beaches, breathtaking drives, or unspoiled wilderness, here are a few things you definitely need to do.
Follow the Big Five
South Africa offers a fantastically accessible way to see some great wildlife in a country that’s tourist-friendly and great value. Not only that, but there are plenty of national parks and private game reserves that are home to the big five, meaning you can see them all on one safari – or, if you’re exceptionally lucky, on just one game drive! Nothing beats a summer in the bush.
Peek through God's Window
While you may wonder why it is called God’s Window, there is really no way a brochure, website or travel magazine can prepare you for the spectacular view, that really lives up to its name. It is one of the most scenic vantage points in the whole of South Africa. Situated along the Panorama Route in the Mpumalanga province, on the Drakensberg escarpment, you just have to look down to realize why it has been given this special name. Take in the majesty of God's Window, the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes and other stunning viewpoints along Mpumalanga's Panorama Route. You'll love the rivers, waterfalls, canyons, rock formations and breath-taking views.
Take a road trip through the Garden Route
South Africa is an awesome road trip destination. The most famous route is the Garden Route, which takes you along coastal cliffs and through forests and mountain ranges. Stretching along the south-central coast from Mossel Bay in the west to Storms River in the east, the Garden Route is only around 200km (125 miles) long but is full of beaches, lakes, and lagoons.
Whale watching in Hermanus
Whales are without a doubt one of the most mysterious and beautiful creatures in the ocean, with many people traveling hundreds of miles in the hope of spotting one of these gentle creatures. Thankfully there are 100′s of Whales to be viewed at Hermanus. Hermanus is situated on the stunning South Coast of the Western Cape (90mins from Cape Town) and is famous for its incredible viewings of Southern Right Whales.
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