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Addo Elephant National Park

The Addo Elephant National Park, home to elephant, buffalo, lion, rhino & leopard while its marine area has whales & great white sharks #Big7

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Discover the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a World Heritage Site boasting superlative natural beauty, unique ecological processes and exceptional biodiversity.

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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

South Africa and Botswana joined forces to protect one of the world's greatest desert conservation areas. But that's not all.

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The Kruger National Park

Africa has many game parks, but the Kruger National Park is arguably the most spectacular, with a diversity of wildlife that makes for an unforgettable experience.

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Shark Alley

The aptly named Shark Alley, off the Western Cape coast, offers visitors adrenaline-packed adventures, both in and out the water, with its resident great white sharks.

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Discover the Garden Route

The trick when travelling along the Garden Route is to have enough time to slip off the N2 onto the side-roads that hold the promise of interesting destinations.

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The Magaliesberg Mountains

The dramatic Magaliesberg mountains offer wonderful outdoor adventure activities for the whole family in an indigenous setting where endemic flora and fauna are abundant.

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Namaqua National Park

For a few intense weeks of spring, arid Namaqualand undergoes a complete makeover. You’ll find orange daisies from horizon to horizon and beyond.

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The Panorama Route

Take a deep breath and plunge into the Panorama Route of Mpumalanga, where endless vistas succeed each other in a fairytale land above the clouds.

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Free things to do in Johannesburg

1Museum Africa

This free museum in the vibrant Newtown Precinct is situated on Mary Fitzgerald Square. Museum Africa focuses on the culture and history of South Africa, Johannesburg and the South African War, or Second Anglo-Boer War. It also host regular art exhibitions. The entrance to the museum is at 121 Bree Street.

2Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

This beautiful nature reserve in the south of Johannesburg is a pleasant surprise for first-time visitors and a delight for nature lovers in the city. There are 6 hiking trails in the hilly 680ha reserve. The reserve is great for bird-watching and has an impressive number of mammal species including zebra, red hartebeest, black wildebeest and springbok.

3Public art

The City of Johannesburg invests a percentage of the business development budget for the metropolis in public art and the results have been spectacular. From Braamfontein’s metal trees to Hillbrow’s Angel of the North and Newtown’s graffiti gallery, there is art to enjoy around virtually every corner in the city of gold.

4Zoo Lake

There are few better picnic spots in the middle of Johannesburg than Zoo Lake, a pleasant park along Jan Smuts Avenue. The park is a haven for relaxation, but it’s also an excellent place to go for a run, walk or stroll. The tree-lined lawns around the big pond lend themselves to laid-back picnics or ball games.

5Neighbourgoods Market

Don’t tell any Capetonians, but Johannesburg's version of the Neighbourgoods Market is just as good as the one in the Mother City. Every Saturday this colourful market in Braamfontein’s Juta Street hosts an eclectic range of food stalls, from fresh baked goods and farm produce to home-brewed beer.

6Emmarentia Dam

This dam and the surrounding Johannesburg Botanical Gardens are popular with runners, cyclists and dog walkers. On the weekend the grassy slopes are dotted with picnics and barbecues, with its laid-back vibe rivalled only by Zoo Lake. Dating back to 1886, the beautifully landscaped gardens boast 2 500 succulents and over 20 000 indigenous trees.

7The Maboneng Precinct

Focused around the galleries, studios and offices of Arts on Main, the Maboneng Precinct is one of the flagships of Johannesburg's urban renewal programme. Many galleries are free to the public and give a unique glimpse into South Africa's contemporary art scene. Every Sunday Arts on Main hosts the Market on Main, where you can enjoy delicious food and drink from countries around the world along with typical South African fare.

8Historic monuments

Although Johannesburg is a relatively young metropolis, there are plenty of monuments that remind visitors of its history. Ranging from the Oudstryders Monument (honouring Boer soldiers) to the Julius Jeppe Monument (honouring the man who built the first stone house in the gold rush town) the city has plenty to offer interested visitors and history buffs.

9Kliptown Open Air Museum

Situated on Soweto’s Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, the Kliptown Open Air Museum tells the story of the many people who contributed to the drafting of the Freedom Charter, adopted on 26 June 1955 on what was then a dusty soccer pitch in Kliptown.

10Melville Koppies Nature Reserve

This nature reserve in the middle of the Melville suburb is regarded as the last remaining natural portion of ridges in Johannesburg after the discovery of gold in 1886 saw an explosion of mining. The reserve has many interesting stone age sites and the indigenous vegetation of the area gives an excellent idea of what this part of the Highveld once looked like.