Top Experiences in South Africa
A popular destination for its diverse population, natural wonders, and incredible food, South Africa is a trip you can’t miss! With activities and attractions including a robust nature and wildlife scene, as well as rising design and art hubs emerging in cities like Capetown and Johannesburg, it’s clear that South Africa should be added (if it’s not already) to your list of spots to visit.
Cape Town is situated amidst mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, making it one of the most breathtaking cities in the world. A visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. The institution focuses on the mission of providing research, tourist development, and guides to all who visit, and the research and stories available provide insight into the history of apartheid in South Africa. The Cape of Good Hope, where the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean meet, has scenic views and hiking trails for nature lovers. Table Mountain, one of the 7 wonders of the world, is worth a trip. Although a popular attraction, it’s view of the city is unmatched. Either take the cable car up or hike for a truly extraordinary experience. Wine Vineyards in Cape Town are abundant. With no shortage of top vineyards, smaller venues with more intimate experiences include Stark-Conde and Muratie. For those looking for free activities, First Thursdays of the month are when many art and cultural activities are free and open late to the public. Take a stroll through Bo Kaap, a township is known for its colorful homes. It’s likely you’ve seen them on your Instagram feed or saved to a dream list on Pinterest more than once.
While the largest city in South Africa, many prefer to visit Cape Town than Jo’burg, as it’s affectionately known by locals. It’s been given a bad rep by many, but the city’s historic background and sites make it an important stop. Take a walk through Soweto, a township where Freedom Square and Nelson Mandela’s former home is located. Soweto is known historically as one of the first black neighborhoods during apartheid. Visit Maboneng Precinct, the city’s creative quarter. Walkthrough the city’s art murals, which are best seen on foot. Or visit Maropeng, known as the cradle of humankind, with historic caves to explore.
Chances are game reserves and safari parks are already on your must-do list while in South Africa. Popular destinations include Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant Park, and Eastern Cape Game Reserves. Most offer lodgings for anywhere from three days to weeklong stays, where it’s possible to see the Big Five, and much more. Be sure the game reserve supports local conservation efforts and treats our animal friends with love and respect.
Love browsing local markets with endless collections of local goodies? South Africa has lots of indoor and outdoor markets filled with unique finds, all kinds of food, and so much more. Find some of the best markets here.