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Top 5 South African Tourist Destinations

South Africa is home to such a wide variety of exciting cities, historical towns and charming villages, it can be hard to pick just five must-visit destinations. Nevertheless, below are the quintuple places we believe you simply cannot miss when heading to the tip of the African continent.

Cape Town

Table Mountain dominates this bustling city, and the best way to view it and appreciate the thriving metropolis down below is with a ride on the aerial cableway. You should also seek to appreciate the region’s incredible natural surroundings with a trip to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.

Furthermore, you should make sure to take a ferry trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held in a maximum-security prison for almost 18 years, before leaving the city. The World Heritage Site is now home to an informative and poignant poignant museum.

Central Cape Town


Although perhaps not a top destination in and of itself, this is the place to be if you want to see the continent’s ‘big five’ – the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros – as well as many other majestic and incredible wild animals.

This is because it is known as ‘The Central Gate to Kruger National Park’, a location renowned worldwide for its incredible array of flora and fauna. Covering almost two million hectares, the park is home to 147 species of mammals, including 12,000 elephants and 1,500 lions.

Kruger National Park


Those interested in African history should be sure to visit the Apartheid Museum, which gives an insight into the divisive culture of the 70s and 80s for a powerful, emotional experience. Constitution Hill also gives a fascinating look into the journey to democracy in South Africa.

You can also take a look around Satyagraha House, where Gandhi lived; view the natural beauty of the Wonder Cave; see a show at the Victory Theatre, which is rich in heritage; or try your luck at Carnival City & Entertainment World, a top gambling complex.

Apartheid Museum


This thriving city is the place to be if you’re looking for exciting nightlife and fantastic entertainment. One exciting venue is the Boardwalk, where visitors can find numerous retail outlets and restaurants, as well as a casino. They can even view a musical fountain show in the evening.

Another exciting attraction is uShaka Marine World, home to Wet ‘n Wild, a thrilling waterpark; Sea World, the largest aquarium in the southern hemisphere; Village Walk, a huge outdoor shopping mall; and uShaka Kids World, which will keep little ones entertained all day long.

uShaka Marine World


Bloemfontein is known as the City of Roses due to the abundance of these beautiful flowers, with Kings Park containing more than 4,000 rose bushes. You can even attend the annual Rose Festival to celebrate this city icon.

One of the city’s biggest and best attractions is the Cheetah Experience, which allows visitors to get up close and personal with these stunning creatures, as well as other big cats. You will get the most incredible photo opportunities here.

Cheetah Experience

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