South Africa has always been a tourist’s paradise; with some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world against the backdrop of the African sunset, there are few better places to visit if you’re seeking both a break from the busy city life and a little adventure on the side.
From the sprawling metropolis of Johannesburg to the coastal city of Cape Town, there are endless amounts to see and do in the country. But for those that are on a strict budget, or are short on time, these are the destinations within South Africa that are worth visiting at least once during your stay.
- The Durban Beachfront
Durban is the country’s most eastern port, and was originally established by the British when they landed in South Africa two hundred years ago. There are plenty to see and do along the coast that lines the city, including visiting some of Durban’s famous marine parks.
While it may not be the first choice for those wanting to escape the city, Johannesburg’s vibrant culture makes it a city like no other. Shopping, entertainment, restaurants, and a lively nightlife make it a great place to learn more about the part South Africa’s past.
- Cape Town
Cape Town, also known as the Mother City, is situated right on the south western peninsula of the country, and is considered one of the best destinations in the world. With dozens of museums, a truly memorable waterfront experience, all sitting in the shadow of the beautiful Table Mountain, there are few other cities quite like it.
- The Garden Route
Often called South Africa’s Eden, the Garden Route is a truly remarkable experience. Situated in the Eastern Cape amid endless acres of indigenous forest that has stood for thousands of years, the Garden Route is the ultimate destination for those looking for some true adventure.
- The Winelands
Driving a few hours out of Cape Town will take you into the Western Cape’s winelands, an area packed to the brim with first-class wineries that can be found criss-crossing the countryside. Here, you can go on tours of the different wineries, where you will be able to taste different world-famous wines. A number of historic towns can be found along the way, transporting you back to a simpler time.
- Kruger National Park
The internationally-renown Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest protected reserves, and draws in millions of tourists every year. Consists of 2 million hectares that feature 16 different ecosystems, the Kruger Park is the pinnacle of African adventure. Take 4X4 rides out into the Savannah to get a peak of the Big Five, or stay in one of the many five-star chalets dotted around the park, allowing you to sit back and watch the sun set over the African plains.