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SSouth Africa offers travellers anything and everything they could want – vibrant culture, scenic mountains, rugged coastlines and historical beauty. Here are five unique destinations we feel you should not miss when you plan your next holiday.
Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
Situated in the heart of the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains, Oudtshoorn is home to the ostrich, the world’s biggest bird; the Cango Caves, and the Swartberg mountain range which is part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.
Travellers can go on an ostrich farm tour, mountain biking in the Swartberg Pass, venture out on scenic 4x4 routes or splurge on a hot-air ballooning experience.
Oudtshoorn forms part of Route 62 – the world’s longest wine route, so don’t leave without sampling a few wines.
Dullstroom, also known as Emnotweni, is a small town in Mpumalanga, and one of South Africa’s premier fly-fishing destinations. Given its altitude at 2100m above sea level, Dullstroom is the highest village in South Africa.
Travellers should add Wild about Whisky in Auldstone House to their Dullstroom itinerary. It features the largest collection of whiskies in the southern hemisphere. Other activities include shopping at Old Transvaal Inn for books, a visit to the Birds of Prey Centre, horse riding and mountain-bike riding.
A haven for adventurous travellers. From the simple pleasure of walking one of the many trails, to exploring the rugged mountain peaks the Zulus call uKhahlamba— “the barrier of spears”—the Drakensberg experience offers you adventure, nature, culture and angelic hymns.
The Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal is one of the most picturesque places in the province. Here travellers can spend time in nature, enjoying activities such as horse riding, fishing, hiking and historical tours. Visit Cathkin and Champagne Castle, featuring peaks of 3149m and 3248m, respectively.
Paternoster on the West Coast of South Africa is one of the oldest fishing villages in the country. The village, meaning ‘Our Father’, derived its name from the prayers of shipwrecked Portuguese sailors. Paternoster is known for its rich history, tradition and its abundance of crayfish.
Visitors can enjoy kayaking; whale, dolphin, seal and penguin watching; hiking and birdwatching. Take a trip to the West Coast Fossil Park and the Cape Columbine Lighthouse for a more in-depth understanding of the area’s history.
Pilanesberg National Park
Situated in the malaria-free environment between the Kalahari and the Lowveld of South Africa, Pilanesberg National Park provides the ideal getaway for every kind of traveller. The park is set within the crater of an ancient volcano, formed 1.2 billion years ago by overflowing magma. Home to the Big 5, the park’s relatively small size makes game viewing a thrilling experience.
Nature lovers will appreciate the daily game drives, walking safaris, hot-air balloon rides, birding safaris and rhino tracking activities.
The Valley of a Thousand Hills between Durban and Pietermaritzburg is the gateway to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, rich in history, culture, scenic beauty, outdoor adventures and tourist attractions.
Underberg offers visitors a bustling farm-town welcome in the foothills of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg – a great base from which to explore this part of KwaZulu-Natal’s many outdoor attractions.
The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg region offers breath-taking mountain views and adventures of note: hiking, rock-climbing, paragliding, mountain-biking, abseiling, ice-climbing, horse-riding and more.
South Africa has amazing trail-running terrain for visiting athletes, including mountains, forests, bushveld, beaches, savannahs and deserts – as well as some competitive runs to consider.
The Tsitsikamma Woodcutters’ Journey on the Garden Route in Western Cape takes you through pristine indigenous forests in one of South Africa’s most beautiful national parks.
Zipline through breath-taking Mpumalanga scenery with Induna Adventures in the Sabie River Valley on the Panorama Route – one of several exhilarating zip slide experiences on offer in South Africa.
South Africa’s Overberg region, where mountains, fynbos and strandveld descend spectacularly to the sea on the Whale Coast of Western Cape province, is a great spot to explore on horseback.
The Klein Karoo in Western Cape might be dry, but it offers unique plants, enthralling nature reserves, magnificent mountain vistas, its own wine route, ostrich farms and the world-famous Cango Caves.