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South Africa: Top 8 Things To Do & See

South Africa is an amazing country filled with eclectic cultures, diverse cuisines and the most stunning landscapes. Now as you know we are South African so obviously the way we see our beautiful country might be a bit rose-tinted but having traveled as much as we have – South Africa still stands out as one of our favourites and we are lucky enough to call it home.

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Mountain Sanctuary Park, Magaliesberg

Now when most of you think of South Africa I am sure the first sites that pop into your head are that big old mountain in Cape Town and the bustling city of Johannesburg but there is so much more to South Africa. And so many more sites that you have to see.

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Table Mountain, Cape Town

So we put together this list of South African attractions that needs to be on your bucket list for when you pay us South Africans a visit.

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Knysna Heads – Courtesy of Neville Nel

See The Big Seven

The Big Five has been one of South Africa’s biggest tourist attractions but not many know that we actually have a Big Seven – Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard, Lion, Elephant, Southern Right Whale and the Great White Shark. Make sure to put the Addo Elephant National Park on your list of places to visit in South Africa to have the incredible opportunity of seeing all of them.

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Addo Elephant Park – Courtesy of Peter Wu

Stand At The Southernmost Tip Of Africa

When travelling to the Southernmost country of Africa, why not travel a little bit further in order to claim that you stood at the Southernmost tip of Africa. Aghulas National Park is where you will find Cape Point, where two oceans, the Indian and Atlantic, meet in a tumultuous crash of waves – one of the most stunning sights you will ever see.

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The Southernmost point of Africa – Courtesy of Sikiliza

Conquer The Otter Trail

The Otter Trail is probably the most popular hiking trail in South Africa and can even be noted as one of the most popular in the world – people from all over come to South Africa to hike the stunning trail over a five-day period. Its scenic beauty is what lures hikers year on year to hike through its unique landscape and magnificent coastal vistas. Completing the Otter Trail in the Garden Route National Park will leave you breathless and not just from the strenuous trek!

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The Otter Trail winds its way all along the coast – Courtesy of Jomilo

Stand At The Edge Of The Valley Of Desolation

Now for those who have been reading our blog posts (I sure hope you have been) would have seen that the little town of Graaff-Reinet holds a very special place in our hearts and that is exactly where you will find the geological phenomenon that is the Desolation Valley. Formed over thousands of years in the Camdeboo National Park this special place will undoubtedly inspire you and give you a new lease on life.

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Desolation Valley, Camdeboo National Park – Courtesy of SA Venues

Experience The Real Bushveld On A Wilderness Trail

What sounds better than getting to experience the beautiful Kruger National Park by foot? With only 6% of the Kruger park being accessible by car, wilderness trails throughout the Kruger gives you the best opportunity to explore the natural environment and get up close and personal with the Big Five and even the small creatures found in this stunning natural escape. Some of the best trails include the Metsi-Metsi, Olifants and if you are feeling really adventurous, the Pafuri Wilderness Trail in the Northern Kruger.

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Stunning sunsets viewed by foot – Courtesy of Chris Davies

Picnic Among The Namaqualand Flowers

During two months of the year the most beautiful sight can be formed right in front of your eyes – a blanket of yellows, pinks, purples and oranges, during the months of August and September and it is definitely a must see when visiting South Africa. Namaqualand is usually an area likened to that of a dry, arid desert but when Spring rolls around it is transformed into an oasis of colour. Both the Namaqua Nature Reserve and Skilpad Nature Reserve provide you with stunning landscapes and the perfect place to picnic and while away a few hours.

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The wild flowers of Namaqualand – Courtesy of Martin Heigan

See The Majestic Black-maned Lions Of The Kalahari Desert

This is still something that has a BIG star (and a few exclamation marks) next to it on our Bucket List. And that is not just because the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a mecca of serene desert landscapes and night skies bursting with millions of stars but because the stunningly unique Black-maned Lions that live there. The 38 000 square kilometres of the Kalahari Desert that make up the this magical corner of wilderness boasts the unique Gemsbok, thriving Cheetah populations and a great array of bird species therefore if you are not lucky enough to spot the famed Black-maned Lion you won’t feel too disappointed.

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Camping in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – Courtesy of Chris Davies

Fly Like A Bird At Bloukrans Bridge

Well the heading is a bit misleading, you will feel like you can fly for +- 0.5 seconds until you dive into a free fall with the only surety of not morphing into a flat pancake being that of a rope attached to your ankles. Bloukrans Bridge Bungy is the highest commercial bungy bridge in the world, which showcases dizzying heights and expansive vistas that will undoubtedly take your breath away – quite literally. If you ever find yourself in the area of the Tsitsikamma National Park this is one adrenaline filled experience that you just cannot pass up!

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Yes, I did it. Yes, I was terrified. And hell yes, I’d do it again!

Have you experienced any of these South African gems? If so tell us all about it in the comments!

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7 thoughts on “South Africa: Top 8 Things To Do & See

    1. I highly suggest you pay South Africa another visit! 🙂 I saw those pictures of Southern California too, absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the comment and happy travelling 🙂

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