South Africa has so much to offer, there’s no doubt that you will be spoilt for choice. Known as the adventure capital of the world, South Africa also boasts 130 different extreme exploits available, including white-water rafting, abseiling and shark cage-diving. There’s also 3000 km of beautiful coastlines for all sun-lovers out there, and let’s not forget the exciting wildlife, and opportunities for shopping and fine and casual dining for everyone! So where do you start? Have a look at our list of 5 activities you need to do in South Africa.
Drive through Chapman’s Peak
Chapman’s Peak is affectionately known by locals as Chappies and is a popular route for runners, hikers, and bikers. Widely regarded as one of the most scenic stretches of road in the world, there are few better views than what you’ll see on a late afternoon cruise along Chapman’s Peak Drive. The toll road ribbons along the Atlantic coastline between Noordhoek and Hout Bay and with every turn around the cliff’s edge comes another picture-perfect moment. Luckily, there are plenty of picnic stops along the way for those who really want to savour the view across the bay.
Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
South Africa is home to 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most famous of the sites are Robben Island, the Cradle of Humankind and the Vredefort Dome, which is the largest verified impact crater on Earth. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is arguably the most scenically beautiful site on the list. It covers an area of more than 200 000 hectares and includes a wide range of pristine marine, coastal, wetland, estuarine, and terrestrial environments that are almost untouched by humans.
Kruger National Park
It doesn't get much better than a Kruger Park safari. Home to the widest diversity of wildlife in South Africa and delivering some of the finest game viewing in the world, Kruger offers award-winning accommodation, smooth-running logistics and some of Africa's best trackers and guides, ready to take you on Big 5 game drives and thrilling walking safaris. If ticking off seeing the Big 5 (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo) is on your bucket list, then definitely make your way to a Kruger safari.
Soweto, part of Johannesburg, is steeped in history and culture. Its most famous street is Vilakazi Street where both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu once lived. Have a traditional South African meal at Sakhumzi Restaurant or buy souvenirs from one of countless street vendors. Soweto is also home to the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum which commemorates the Soweto uprising on June 16, 1976.
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