South Africa is hands-down one of the most beautiful countries in the entire world. Located on the southernmost part of the African continent, the country has over 60 million people and has set itself apart as Africa’s biodiversity hotspot. In SA, there are 11 official languages, 9 provinces (states), and an aspiring rainbow nation. In addition, South Africa offers the world’s largest reserves of natural resources, such as gold, platinum, and ores.
According to the Centre for Export Development, 60.8% of products exported from South Africa were bought by importers in China, the U.S., Germany, the UK, Japan, and more countries, identifying SA as one of the world’s leading exporters. It is then no surprise that SA has an influx of international tourists yearly. Multiple activities can be found across the provinces, and they are tourist-friendly, and the cost is worth every penny. This tourist attraction country requires you to visit more than just once if you want the full experience!
Go On A Sunset Cruise At V&A Waterfront (Cape Town)
Located at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, is the best sunset cruise the country has to offer. The cruises are fun for singles, friends, couples, and groups. The boat rides are around 90 minutes long and sail from the central point, which is V&A harbor, right along the Atlantic coastline to the Green Point Lighthouse before traveling back to the harbor. Here, you can watch the sun set into the ocean while getting beautiful photos of yourself and your friends during the golden hour. Some cruises offer a welcome drink, and special catering requests can be made for birthday parties, etc., at different prices.
Sandboarding In Atlantis Dunes (Cape Town)
The Atlantis Dunes are located 45km outside of Cape Town’s city center in the Western Cape. Here, you will get to experience the massive sand dunes that SA has to offer. The dunes are perfect for couples, friends, and groups. The location is experienced through quad bikes, sandboards, and sand sleds.
Wine-down At Spier Wine Farm
Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa, with a recorded history dating back to 1692. Spier’s winery has won multiple awards in recent years, making this a credible place. This farm is located in Stellenbosch, 33 minutes away from Cape Town’s city center, and accommodates families, couples, and groups. There are unique experiences for everyone. Here you will find the Spier Family Experience Guide, the Romantic Spier Experience Guide, and the Adventurers’ Explorers Guide.
Go Bungee Jumping At Bloukrans Bridge (Plettenberg Bay)
Situated along the Garden Route at the Tsitsikamma Forest Village Market, just 40 km east of Plettenberg Bay in the Eastern Cape. The ultimate thrill is the Bloukrans Bridge. It is the highest commercially operated Bungy Jumping Bridge in the world. For safety, they secure you in a full-body harness, and you then proceed to walk along a specially designed catwalk (216 m long), which is suspended beneath the road surface. This will then lead you to the top of the arch, 216 meters above the Bloukrans River. Here you will be given final instructions by highly experienced staff. A countdown is done, and off you go!
Get The Safari Experience
There is nothing quite like a South African safari and wildlife experience. Kruger National Park offers one of the most vast landscapes and spectacular African wildlife. Here you can see the famous South African “Big Five,” made up of the elephant, lion, rhino, leopard, and buffalo. They have private safaris for couples as well as group safaris. For a more luxurious safari experience, you want to try the unique private game lodges situated all across the country in the different states. Some of the best safari lodges in SA include
- Tswalu Kalahari, Tswalu Kalahari Private Reserve
- Pafuri Walking Safaris, Kruger National Park
- Samara Karoo, Samara Karoo Private Reserve
- Beyond Phinda, Phinda Private Game Reserve
Visit The Zeist Mocca Contemporary Art Museum (Cape Town)
The Zeist Museum of Contemporary Art is the largest art museum in Africa and the largest museum in the world, showcasing the art of Africa and its diaspora. The museum is located in the Silo District at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. Zeist offers a beautiful architectural experience as well as multiple art exhibition installations for entertainment. It is dedicated to researching, collecting, and exhibiting this art and houses an impressive collection of work from all over the continent and beyond. Aside from the stunning array of artwork, you can enjoy the bookshop, a restaurant, reading rooms, and a rooftop sculpture garden. The Zeist Mocca overlooks the famous historic national wonder and tourist attraction, Table Mountain.
Hike Up The Lions Head (Cape Town)
When it comes to photo spots in different cities around the world, few will top Lion’s Head in Cape Town for sheer dramatics. Lion’s Head is known for its views of both the city and the Atlantic Seaboard and is one of the most impressive places in Cape Town. It stretches up 669 meters and has incredible views of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Camps Bay, and Clifton—all amazing locations in CPT. The walk will take between 90 minutes and 2 hours. You can easily do it in 60 minutes if you’re rushing and super fit. There are benches along the path where you can take a break and admire the view. Hiking up the entire National Park, including Lion’s Head, is free to the public.
Experience South African Groove!
With the newly curated Amapiano culture, South Africa has become one of the most celebrated in music and cultural invention. This music genre and movement became more prominent just before COVID-19 took over the world. The Amapiano lifestyle has curated a sense of belonging for millions of SA residents. This has turned the social scene extensively, creating fresh hype for those who enjoy socializing at nightclubs, hangout spots, etc. For a complete South African experience, do yourself a favor, paint the town red, and experience a nightclub playing Amapiano music. You will not regret it!
Since South Africa is a historic country, it naturally has a lot more to offer. You will notice that with each visit, you will learn that there are hidden gems and more activities to do. However, we hope you will try the ones we suggested on your next visit.