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Top 10 Places To Visit In South Africa For Memorable Trip!

By Nikita Karia on Mar 14, 2022
Themes:  Adventure  Beach Holidays  Nature  | Category: Places To Visit | Country:  South Africa

South Africa is a well-known tourist destination and attracts tourists from all over the world. South Africa Tourism offers adventure, breath-taking scenery, culture, and wildlife – all of that can be experienced in this diverse nation. Interestingly, South Africa is the only country with three capitals. The country has divided its legislative, judicial, and administrative functions amongst the three capitals. There are many places to visit in South Africa post-COVID-19.

Some of those include Kruger National Park, Cradle of Humankind, Pilanesberg National Park, Tsitsikamma National Park, etc. Explore all the best places to visit in this beautiful country for South Africa Trip 2022, and get ready to visit the adventure capital of the world. In this country, the main attraction for wildlife lovers is the big five. They are lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffaloes. Flamingo Transworld Private Limited provides great South Africa Tour Packages.

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Places to visit in South Africa

Tourists can pick and choose from so many amazing places in South Africa. Some of them are –

1. Kruger National Park

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Kruger National Park is the largest and oldest national park in the Republic of South Africa, covering an area of more than 19,000 square kilometers. When thinking of a place to visit in South Africa, this is a must-go-to destination. Five perennial rivers are flowing through Kruger National Park from west to east. These rivers are the lifelines of all the habitats and are one of the most-visited safari parks in South Africa.

It can be explored through a large network of sealed roads, walking safaris, or flying in a hot air balloon. Kruger National Park is a place that just cannot be missed when tourists are on the whole of South Africa Tour Packages. Flamingo Transworld Private Limited provides exciting and affordable South Africa with Luxury of Kruger Package.

Best time to visit Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is a destination that can be visited at any time of the year, as each season has its highlights.

Things to do at Kruger National Park

Some activities available at Kruger National Park are wilderness trails, guided walks,  backpacking trails, safaris, mountain biking, game drives, and golf.

2. Cradle of Humankind

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It is believed that the Cradle of Humankind was home to a few of the earliest humans and therefore the name was given to the site. Cradle of Humankind is one of the most important palaeo-anthropological locations on the planet. More than 850 hominid fossils have been retrieved from this site, making it the largest concentration of hominid fossils anywhere in the world. The fossils found here have helped historians, scientists, and anthropologists to understand how primates adapted and evolved.

Cradle of Humankind is about 50 kilometers away from the city of Johannesburg. Kromdraai, Swartkrans, and Sterkfontein Caves along with other fossil sites are a part of this magnificent destination. This place can provide a sneak peek into what the world was like 2 to 3 million years ago when our ancestors were still evolving. Get in touch with Flamingo Transworld Private Limited. They will help with the Cradle of Humankind accommodation and provide a range of options.

Best time to Visit Cradle of Humankind

Tourists can visit the Cradle of Humankind at any time of the year. However, make sure to visit the site during daylight hours.

Things to do at Cradle of Humankind

There are various activities available at the Cradle of Humankind, such as horse trails, hot air ballooning, fly-fishing, visiting Kromdraai Gold Mine, and a tour of Sterkfontein Caves.

3. Pilanesberg National Park

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Pilanesberg National Park is also known as Pilanesberg Game Reserve. It is a mere two and a half hours away from Johannesburg and Pretoria. It is home to more than 7,000 animals and 360 birds, that can be spotted using the network of roads covering 200 kilometers. Pilanesberg National Park can be visited as a day trip, or tourists can revel in the beauty of the place over a few days while also enjoying Pilanesberg camping.

Most South Africa Discovery Tour Packages are incomplete without this thrilling and malaria-free location. Leave the busy city life behind, immerse in the ecological richness where there are many strategically located concealed photographic hides to help in capturing the perfect shot making this game reserve one of the top places to visit in South Africa.

Best time to Visit Pilanesberg National Park

The best time to visit Pilanesberg National Park is from May to September – the dry winter months. Due to the ground being dry, the vegetation becomes scarce, and it becomes easier to spot animals, and they gather near the water sources for longer periods.

Things to do at Pilanesberg National Park

The best activities to get a real taste of the national park are game drives, walking safaris, hot air ballooning. Other things to do; are tribal dancing, bird watching, quad biking, spa, archery, and photographic safaris.

4. Tsitsikamma National Park

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Another adventurous place to visit in South Africa is the versatile Tsitsikamma National Park. It has breath-taking coastal scenery, rivers, lush green forest, and reefs. This destination is an integral part of any Scenic South Africa Tour Package. The National Park provides many hiking trails of different lengths and intensities, the most famous one is the otter trail, also considered one of the best on the planet. Another hiking option is the dolphin trail, which is for beginners, as it also includes portage.

Tsitsikamma National Park accommodation could be provided at the two rest camps – Nature’s Valley and Storms River Mouth; some more options are available near the national park.

Best time to Visit Tsitsikamma National Park

Dolphins can be sited here at any time of the year. The whales can be seen between August and October in the winter months, and maybe in June and July.

Things to do at Tsitsikamma National Park

Some of the highlights of the Tsitsikamma National Park are whale watching, otter trail, dolphin trail, and the beautiful scenery. Activities available here are biking, sailing, snorkeling, diving, and bungee jumping amongst many others.

5. Cape Town

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The city of Cape Town is one of the three capitals of the country. It is also considered one of the most breathtaking cities in the world. As it beautifully snuggles between the sea and the mountains. Some things to do in Cape Town include a visit to Table Mountain that looks over the city, hiking to Lion’s Head, visiting Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a trip to Cape Point that is to the south. Drive to Chapman’s Peak Drive to experience the perfect sunset in the most magnificent surroundings. Cape Town Beaches like Clifton and Camps Bay have pristine clean water that makes them a great attraction for locals and tourists alike.

Cape Town, known as the oldest European settlement in the continent of Africa, has both a rich yet turbulent history. Robben Island located in Table Bay was a prison for almost 400 years. It is known for housing Nelson Mandela who was there for 18 years in a small cell. With so many sightseeing locations and activities, no wonder the city of Cape Town is an essential part of the South Africa Discovery Tour Packages. There are many day trip options also available from Cape Town, like Boulders Bay which is known for being home to penguins. Other places are Cape Point, Hermanus, and Stellenbosch. It is also the most popular city in the Republic of South Africa.

Best time to visit Cape Town

Cape Town experiences peak season from December to February. Other than that, from April to September, the city offers a host of various activities to tourists visiting at that time.

Things to do at Cape Town

One of the most popular activities here is shark cage diving. For those interested, there are several museums tourists can visit to understand the culture and history of the Republic of South Africa.

6. Franschhoek

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The scenic village of Franschhoek is known for its famous wines and restaurants. Other attractions of this destination include the vibrant village atmosphere, clean air, food, and an array of Franschhoek accommodation. During the tourist season, Franschhoek weather is pleasant with moderate temperatures. The tourists seeking some quiet time from all the adventures of other cities will be content in Franschhoek, one of the quaint places to visit in South Africa.

Best time to visit Franschhoek

The months of April, May, and October to December are the most pleasant. June and July see the most amount of rain. The driest and sunniest month is January.

Things to do at Franschhoek

With a large selection of wines, tourists can indulge in wine tasting and wine drinking along with dining out. Another highlight here is the Franschhoek Village Market, where they are many locals offering arts and crafts items and interesting clothing.

7. Johannesburg

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Johannesburg is the largest and most populated city in the country. It is also known as the City of Gold. Some places in Johannesburg that will provide a unique experience are the Apartheid Museum, the Constitution Hill, the township of Soweto, the Gold Reef City, the Maboneng Precinct, etc. Another attraction is the several highly rated ice skating rinks that add to the liveliness of the city.

This second-largest city in Africa is not be missed in any tourist’s list of places to visit in South Africa and is also a big part of the Adventure in South Africa Tour Packages. It is not a well-known fact that the city was once a neglected space. However, there was a lot of revamping and renovation work done on the landmarks to enhance international tourism and since then, there has been no looking back.

Best time to visit Johannesburg

The city can be enjoyed the best in March, April, May, September, October, and November.

Things to do at Johannesburg

Tourists in Johannesburg often take various guided tours of the many townships found in the area. Very close to the city is Pretoria, the administrative capital, a city filled with parks and gardens.

8. The Garden Route

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The Garden Route is a 200 kilometer stretch on South Africa’s southeast coast that offers views of the incredible coastal scenery. This driving route cuts across spectacular green hills, fetching coastal towns, coastal cliffs, many lakes, and lagoons. George is the largest city and the main administrative center that falls on the route. Other towns on the Garden Route include Knysna, Mossel Bay, Little Brak River, Great Brak River, Plettenberg Bay, and a few others.

Another appealing landmark on this route is the Cango Caves. These 20 million old caves comprise a system that has a series of hidden chambers hidden deep into a thick limestone rock layer. It has been discovered that they have inhabited from the Early Stone Age. They are one of the country’s oldest tourist attractions. When considering places to visit in South Africa, tourists do not want to miss out on this popular driving route. As, this destination is the main attraction of the Stunning South Africa – Self Drive Tour Package.

Best time to visit the Garden Route

The Garden Route can have unexpected rains at any time of year. February to April in the year is the prime time to experience this course.

Things to do at the Garden Route

There are many sites to visit on the Garden Route. Some of those are the Knysna Elephant Park, Storms River Suspension Bridge, Robberg Nature Reserve, Swartberg Pass, and the Featherbed Nature Reserve.

9. Durban

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Durban is a historic city located in the KwaZulu-Natal province. It is fascinating that other than India itself more Indians live here than any other country. Durban beaches are famous all over the world, especially the popular Golden Mile that is a stretch of sweeping waterfront promenade, a great place to start the tour of the city. The Golden Mile is frequented by surfers, swimmers, and locals looking to sunbathe.

On the one hand of the beach is the sea, and the other is tall buildings, restaurants, complexes, and shops. To have a taste of the nightlife and the wonderful South African food, explore the Florida Road that has sidewalk cafes, galleries, shops, bars, and clubs. Accommodation in Durban can provide beautiful views of the Indian Ocean.

Best time to visit Durban

June, July, and August that are the winter months are good times to visit Durban. During this period, the crowds are fewer, and the weather is pleasant.

Things to do at Durban

Durban is home to the Zulus, the largest ethnic group in the country. Tourists can have a taste of their culture by visiting Shakaland, PheZulu Safari Park, and Isithumba Adventure Park.

10. Hout Bay

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Hout Bay is a harbor town and neighborhood located in Cape Town. The area was originally comprised of two farms. They were gradually divided further to incorporate urbanization. This village is historically known for fishing and the vibrant colors and scenery of the vicinity attract tourists from all over the world. The Dutch had built the East and West forts in the 18th century on the slopes of Chapman’s Peak that still have the old cannons and barracks.

Between the cliffs of Chapman’s Peak and the Hout Bay Harbour is nestled the white sand Hout Bay Beach perfect for strolls, dining, wildlife spotting, watersports, and roadside shopping. The  World of Birds is a zoo and bird sanctuary frequented by families that have children. With many activities and attractions, Hout Bay cannot be missed in the places to visit in South Africa.

Best time to visit Hout Bay

Hout  Bay is a beauty that welcomes travelers with the best experiences of good weather, hospitality, and serenity. The ideal time for tourists to visit Hout Bay would be April – May and from October to December.

Things to do at Hout Bay

The village receives a great number of tourists that have many activities at their disposal like sports fishing, diving, and surfing. The two markets, Hout Bay Harbour Market, and Lions Club Sunday market offer handmade artifacts and a range of food items. Tourists can go for boat rides to Duiker Island and around the Sentinel from the harbor.

South Africa’s warm and subtropical weather welcomes everyone. The waves at the beaches give the delight of surfing, sunbathing, snorkeling, and diving. All in all, South Africa comes as a package of happy delight. Whether the tourists have never been on a safari or are seasoned travelers, the Republic of South Africa has something for everyone.

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Nikita Karia
Nikita Karia

Nikita Karia has eleven years of experience working in the B2B travel trade, focusing on international destinations. Thus, writing tourism content comes naturally to her. She has traveled across countries- like Singapore, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and South Africa.

Additionally, she has a flair for writing about healthcare, technology, mental health, education, and e-commerce. Her purpose of the write-up is to simplify the contents in a way that resonates with the reader. When she is not writing, she enjoys tweaking her gardening skills

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