Top Sites in South Africa
South Africa has some extremely unique sights and activities. It is one of the most popular spots to go cage diving with great white sharks and South African vineyards could give any Australian winery a run for its money. Here is a list of what we consider being some of the highlights of South Africa:
- Ride an ostrich – riding an ostrich takes a lot of skill but amateurs are welcome to try their luck in Oudtshoorn, in the Karoo. It is an amazing experience and when asked “what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ridden?” you get to say an ostrich.
- Surfing in South Africa – grab a board and learn to surf in one of the best locations in the world. The ocean is warm and you will rarely find temperatures below 27 degrees. Even if you can’t master surfing, you still get to laze on the beach.
- Swimming with penguins – swimming with penguins at Boulders Beach on the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town, is a real thrill. A small public beach is set apart from the main penguin colony that resides here (on Foxy Beach), but that doesn’t stop the penguins from sitting on your beach towel or darting around your legs while you take a refreshing dip in the Ocean.
- Cage diving with a great white shark – get the adrenaline pumping by diving with one of the fiercest mammals in the world. There are several operators who offer cage diving packages and most of them concentrate around an area known as ‘shark alley’ in Gansbaai, just two hours drive from Cape Town.
- Wine tasting – South Africa produces some of the world’s best wine. The ‘Winelands’, just two hours east of Cape Town, house some of the best vineyards in the country. You can go for a tour around, taste some of the grapes and see first-hand how wine is made.
- Safari – wildlife is a big part of South Africa and a trip wouldn’t be complete without a safari. See if you can sport lions, tigers, ostrich, elephants, cheaters, gazelles… the list goes on.
- Watching a live football or rugby match – get into the spirit of South Africa by joining the masses in watching a game of football or rugby. Two of the best times to go? – the opening of the 2010 football world cup or the 1995 rugby world cup final.
- Table mountain – Australia has the Uluru. South Africa has Table Mountain. It is the iconic picture of South Africa and a great day trip.
- The Kalahari desert – hot. Very hot. But very peaceful. The Kalahari desert has vast, expansive spaces of nothing and shows how diverse and desolate the South African landscape can be.
- River rafting – the Orange River, on the border of Namibia, is a popular destination for rafting tours. Several tour operators launch 4-6 day trips in blow-up boats from Vioolsdrif with the added bonus of camping under the stars.
- Sandboarding – a lot like snowboarding, but on sand, and a lot hotter, and a lot messier (sand does get EVERYWHERE after all).
- Whale watching – if cage diving isn’t your thing then try whale watching at Hermanus in the Western Cape. South Africa is one of the best destinations for whale watching.
- Learning about the Zulu culture – there are tours to the KwaZulu-Natal battlefields which give you an in-depth, interactive history lesson into Zulu culture.
- Bungee jumping – another one for adrenaline junkies. Bloukrans is the world’s highest commercial bungy jump at a whopping 216 metres high. If bungee jumps aren’t your sort of thing, it also offers bridge-walks and zip-lines too!
- The Garden Route – this is a popular route along the south coast of South Africa. There is so much to see and do along the Garden Route, and it is one of the most beautiful stretches of coast in the country.