Top 5 Things to Do in South Africa
1. The Big Five – Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga
For the next few months, the weather is optimal to see animals on safari, cooler but sunny temperatures mean that the animals come out to drink at watering holes and safari tours are not as busy as peak season (around Christmas time). If you’re looking for a Big Five safari experience in South Africa you can go to almost any province in South Africa, but the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces remains iconic due to its size and the high changes of seeing ‘the big five’ (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) abound in the park, and you see them by self-drive, guided drives or guided walks through the bush.
2. Boulders Bay – A Sight to Behold
Just around the corner from the seaside village of Simons Town there lies the famous colony of African Penguins which were once called Jackass Penguins for their funny call. The area falls under the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area so the beach is always clean and safe, and it is rarely crowded. This is a truly special experience and Table Mountain National Park staff are knowledgeable and offer guided tours. The area is very child-friendly and kids will love climbing over the rocks and playing in the rock pools. The penguins can be viewed along a boardwalk and tourists can also cool down with a swim in warm but refreshing waters.
3. Sunrise Views – Table Mountain Cable Car and Lions Head
It’s recommended to take a cable car to the Table Mountain as the views are absolutely stunning. When at the top there are lots of ‘dassies’, a type of mongoose, running under feet and amazing views over the city. For the more active, Lions Head is a good hike for sunrise especially. It is an hour-long walk to the top and you can see over Cape Town and the Atlantic Seaboard. A great selfie spot!
4. A Culture Trip – Bo-Kap Capetown
Known for its quaint and colourful houses and diverse culture, the area offers a different side of South Africa away from its more famous tourist attractions of beach and safari. There are free walking tours where visitors can see the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood by foot while also gaining insight into the district’s vivid history and culture. After the English occupation of the Cape in 1795, Dutch guns were taken and replaced by a bigger English cannon – ever since then a shot has been fired from the cannon at noon as a time signal!
5. Wine & Dine – Stellenbosch
In the Western Cape province, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are at the heart of the Cape Winelands. Most Cape wine estates are characterised by classic Cape Dutch-style buildings and massive vineyards with picturesque mountains as a backdrop. There are 18 official wine routes, and two brandy routes, some of the most scenic in the world, featuring many historic wine estates that date back centuries. A top tip is to visit Groot Constantia Wine Estate which dates back to 1865 and is South Africa’s oldest wine estate.
For more info visit South African Tourism