10 Top Tourist Attractions in South Africa

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Sun City Resort

This is an entertainment complex in the Northern part of the country and it has been described as the largest private resort in the world. It also has the world’s first indoor ski slope and a conference centre which can accommodate large numbers of guests.

In 1989, the resort opened its doors to the public and since then it has gone on to host many international guests who have come to witness its plethora of attractions ranging from the water parks and its Gold Reef City theme park to the numerous restaurants and golf courses.

These attractions, however, are not the only things that make Sun City a tourist haven. Sun City has also developed a track record of being a great place to actually live in among the South African tourist fraternity.

Sun City boasts some of the best shopping facilities in the world, being as it is located in the heart of the Gold Sand of Africa. The town also boasts great dining and hotel accommodations that are quite comparable to the best that some of the Premier golf courses of the country can offer.

These surrounding facilities have ensured that the families who visit the resort can have a great time even when they are not inside of the water parks and tasting the rich buffet of South African dishes.

Misenheimer Country Estate Resort

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve

The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game reserve is located in the southern half of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. It is the second largest game reserve in South Africa, spanning almost 102,000 hectares of savannah, bushveld, and forests. Hluhluwe is a community of KwaZulu Natal, and means "gateway to the land of the Zulu." Umfolozi is another community further south along the escarpment, meaning "middle of the mountain."

The reserve is worthy of note for its wildlife and is home to a wide variety of bird species; over 300 species in fact. The reserve is also home to all of the world’s five species of rhinos, as well as five of the world’s seven species of large cats.

At its heart is the Skukuza camp; a lodging destination for visitors’ day camps, walking safaris, and bush walks. This group of lodges consists of four campgrounds, including Mowani, Tamboti, Cottontop, and Skukuza. It is one of the most well known destinations in southern Africa for wildlife.

Blyde River Canyon

Known as the arid land’s barrier, the Blyde River Canyon is a natural wonder with the world’s longest single-span arch bridge.

Located in the Karoo in the Northern Cape region, the Blyde River Canyon is part of the Blyde River Canyon National Park that is considered one of the area’s most-visited tourist attractions.

With an immense span of 608 meters (just under 2000 ft), the bridge is anything but large as the river’s canyon has steep walls that rise as high as 300 meters (984 ft).

The National Park is home to over 9,000 plant and animal life, some of which include ostriches, blue spots, tsessebe and the lion’s curassow. It is also one of South Africa’s only places that are home to the Pygmy Antelope and one of the only places the Table Mountain Fox live.

It’s within the park that is the world’s longest single span overland structure.

Cape Winelands

Cradock is a small town located just a few miles from Cape Town. Although it is much smaller than the two popular metropolitan cities in South Africa, it is still one of the most beautiful. It is known as one of the best wine producing regions in the entire world, and the town itself is known for its beautiful scenery, breathtaking vineyards and quaint views.

Cape Point National Park

Cape Point is a national park in the Western Cape, South Africa. This park is the most westerly point in Africa and looks out over the Atlantic Ocean. The park itself is well known for its diverse wildlife, including elephants, rhinos, and lions. Everyone who visits Cape Point typically goes to see the seals that are there, as well as to take in the gorgeous scenic view.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is the second largest national park in Africa. This park encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery found anywhere on the continent. Visitors can find incredible views of the Namaqua National Park, as well as to view a variety of game animals, including both rhinos and lions. In addition to the wildlife viewing, this park is also known for being a well known ecological park that is conservative in its ecological practices.

Namaqua Elephants

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Knysna

Durban Beaches

The sun-splashed blue of the Indian Ocean will have you hooked.

Amphitheatre, Drakensberg

Mountains,­ South Africa.

The Amphitheatre is located at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains on the banks of the Olifants River. This famous formation is 277m high and has been eroded over millions of years by long periods of rain.

Giant patches of grass and trees surround this spectacular area, which is where the name amphitheatre comes from. The whole area is of great geological, geographical and botanical interest and you can enjoy it from the comfort of a hired car.

An interesting feature of the Amphitheatre is the fact that parts of the mountain range are as much as 10,000 years old!

Other memorable attractions in the area include Natal’s wine country, the town of Wellington and Sabie.

Table Mountain

Feel like you’ve landed in a sci-fi movie as you look out over Cape Town. The cable car ride up is a must. Table Mountain is a national park, and there are hiking trails to explore.

Kruger National Park

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{2}. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
{3}. Hermanus
{4}. Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
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{6}. Wine Route and Stellenbosch
{7}. Jo’burg
{8}. Wonderboom Nature Reserve