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6 Jaw-Dropping Tourist Attractions in South Africa

The beauty of iSmangaliso Wetland Park in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
Written by See Africa Today

If you’ve never been on a safari before, Mzansi is an excellent choice because of the abounding tourist attractions in South Africa.  All the creature comforts you could ever want are in this safari.

From the golden grassland to the awe-inspiring ensemble of African species to reserve; South Africa has it all. Therefore,

Our list of the top tourist attractions in South Africa will help you find the greatest spots to visit in this diverse country.

Kruger National Park

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A herd of elephants drinking water [Photo/South African Tourism]

In addition to being one of Africa’s finest game reserves, Kruger National Park is also one of South Africa’s oldest. This world-famous park must be included on your South African itinerary if you’re a wildlife enthusiast. It is among the best tourist attractions in South Africa.

Nearly four hours from Johannesburg, this park is home to the “Big Five”: Lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants, and rhinos. The park is awash with a wide range of other wild animals. San (bushman) rock paintings and archaeological sites can also be found here.

A hot air balloon ride over Kruger National Park is an excellent way to see the park’s wide grasslands, gallery forests, and river systems.

For those on a tight budget, Kruger National Park’s lodging options range from primitive campsites to thatched-roof bungalows to posh safari lodges.

West Coast City of Cape Town

Cape Town Lodge Hotel

Cape Town Lodge Hotel [Photo by Wetu]

The city of Cape Town, South Africa, is one of the most beautiful places on the earth. In the middle of a rough mountain range and the sea, this cosmopolitan city is nestled in the middle of nature. This is one of the many reasons why it is among the top tourist attractions in South Africa.

Table Mountain, the flat-topped mountain that towers over Cape Town, is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Hike or take the cable car to the top for the best view. The hour-long climb to the top of Lion’s Head offers stunning views of the city below.

Natural beauties abound along the Cape Town coastline. Whales may be spotted spouting from the bay as you stroll along the seaside boardwalk. False Bay’s beautiful sands and Cape Point’s rich flora and fauna make this area a must-see for visitors to Cape Town.

Boulder-fringed beaches are also seen in Cape Town. Camp’s Bay is a popular destination, thanks to its proximity to trendy stores and cafes.

The sunset ritual is known as “sundowners” is a favourite pastime for Cape Town residents. They gather along Chapman’s Peak Drive at dusk to toast the setting sun.

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, which is evocative of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, is also a popular tourist destination in Cape Town. Many entertainment options are available at this location, including Two Oceans Aquarium.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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A section of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park [Photo/Wikimedia Commons]

There are few wilderness regions larger than the Kgalagadi Transborder Park, a fusion of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana.

However, it is Africa’s first legally proclaimed Transborder Park and one of the best spots to visit in the Northern Cape of South Africa. It exemplifies tourist attractions in South Africa.

Camelthorn bushes, red sands, golden grasslands, and deep blue skies make a striking backdrop for photos and wildlife.

In addition to a wide variety of other animals, the Kalahari Conservation Area is home to the iconic black-maned Kalahari lion, stately gemsbok, and expansive nests of social weavers, meerkats, and several birds of prey.

Predators other than leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas exist in this area.

Western Cape City of Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch. Photo/India Outbound

Stellenbosch is one of South Africa’s most beautiful towns. Therefore, it deserves a mention among the top tourist attractions in South Africa.

It’s one of Cape Town’s best-preserved villages with farmland, oak trees, and white-washed Cape Dutch houses. Stellenbosch is now a thriving university town, with a lively atmosphere and stunning landscape. It’s a great place for foodies.

South Africa’s top restaurants and several sidewalk cafes are here.

The Drakensberg

Exploring the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Adventure at The Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa [Photo/Soul Adventure]

The Drakensberg, which translates to “Dragon Mountains,” is one of KwaZulu- Natal’s popular tourist destinations. It’s also where the country’s tallest mountains are located.

Most people regard the mountains as the best tourist attraction in South Africa.

Several big herds of eland are protected by the Giant’s Castle Game Reserve in this area. It is home to more than 800 different varieties of flowering plants and a wide variety of fauna in the protected valleys.

There are rushing waterfalls and crystal-clear streams in the mountains during the summer. During the winter, spectacular peaks are encased in snow.

Mountain hiking, trout fishing, rock climbing, abseiling rafting along fast-flowing rivers are just some of the activities that draw visitors to this area. Rides in a hot air balloon are a wonderful opportunity to take in the breathtaking scenery.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

The beauty of iSmangaliso Wetland Park in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

The beautiful ecosystem of iSimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa. [Photo by isimangaliso.com]

South Africa’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a World Heritage Site, which is home to Africa’s biggest estuary system. It is named after the Zulu word for “miracle and wonder.”

There are eight interconnected ecosystems in the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park (formerly the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park) on the northeastern Kwazulu-Natal coastline, including coral reefs, croc-filled rivers, lakes, and towering coastal dunes.

A wide diversity of fauna can be seen in the area. Wildlife includes more than 526 bird species, leatherback and loggerhead turtles, leopards, rhinoceros, hippos and crocodiles at the highest concentration in Africa, and many more.

You may combine a traditional safari experience with coastal adventures like kayaking, fishing, diving, and snorkelling in the marine reserve in this unique wilderness area.

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See Africa Today

Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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