Whether you’re backpacking through Johannesburg or staying in a luxury hotel in Kuoni there are some places in South Africa that you won’t want to miss when you’re on your trip. Offering the most spectacular ‘once in a lifetime sights’ here are some of the places you should think about visiting, and the kinds of things you’re able to see.
Cape Town: Marvel over the Beaches, Mountains and Botanical Gardens
Cape Town has it all: beaches, mountains, gardens and wildlife. Plus there’s plenty to do including dining at restaurants, shopping, and sightseeing. Cape Town has one of the most extraordinary displays of nature and culture that you’ll find anywhere the country. Table Mountain National Park for example is one well known location in the city. The stunning flat mountain is the star of the show, but there are many other gorgeous natural landscapes within the park too. The beautiful, rare plant life of Cape Town can be viewed at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which is classified as one of the ‘Seven Magnificent Botanical Gardens of the World’.
Kruger Park: Get a Glimpse of the World’s Most Powerful Mammals on Safari
While there are many places to experience a safari in South Africa, Kruger is the country’s flagship national park. Take a journey of exploration to find Africa’s Big Five: Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo. Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa and is home to hundreds of bird species, reptiles, and mammals as well as a stunning range of trees and flowers.
Robben Island: See The Famous World Heritage Site
President of South Africa Nelson Mandela spent eighteen of the twenty seven years he was imprisoned in Robben Island. Today it is a popular destination among tourists, and was even declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. A World Heritage site is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as being of special cultural or physical significance. You can take a tour of the island which includes visiting the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, two quarries (Bluestone and the Lime Quarry) the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were imprisoned for many years. It also includes a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s prison cell. Both historical and present day South Africa is utterly fascinating, this article has much more information.
Lamberts Bay: See Some of the 37 Species of Dolphins and Whales
These amazing animals are often seen only metres from the shore, provide plenty of opportunities for sightseeing- and Lambert’s Bay is the perfect place to catch a glimpse. There are thirty seven species of whales and dolphins that are found in the waters off South Africa, and there are estimated to be between three and four thousand southern right whales right now. South Africa receives the major proportion, with them visiting its coasts annually. Along with these amazing aquatic mammals you can also see African penguins, Cape fur seals, numerous varieties of birds and a lots of other marine life too.