12 Interesting Things to Do in South Africa
If you are wondering whether it is safe to travel to South Africa, then know that it is one of the countries that has not been hit by the Coronavirus epidemic. No cases of COVID-19 are detected in South Africa till this date. The authorities in South Africa are taking all the steps to not let COVID-19 spread in the country and it is recommended to take precautionary measures while visiting South Africa. Also, we suggest that you check flight operations to and from South Africa as they might be affected amidst the virus outbreak
Note: The Coronavirus statistics mentioned in this article are based on the updated reports available on March 3, 2020. These figures will be updated depending on how the outbreak unfolds.
The southernmost country in Africa, South Africa is graced by the beautiful coastline of Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. There are a variety of places to visit in South Africa owing to the rich history and diverse climatic conditions. The culture of South Africa carries a traditional essence, which is why there are many cultural points of interest in South Africa. With tourist attractions like the ‘Cradle of Humankind’, South Africa is a traveler’s paradise. Planning a trip here can be slightly overwhelming, but this list of things to do in South Africa will guide you.
1. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Whatever your likings maybe, the whopping number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South Africa will please every kind of traveler. The Robben Island, Cape Floral Region Protected Areas and Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains are scenic sites. Whereas, the Vredefort Dome and iSimangaliso Wetland Park are intriguing and fascinating natural wonders.
2. Hike the beautiful trails
South Africa is an abode to numerous breathtaking hiking trails. Your love for hiking will totally be cherished for there are plenty of hiking trails suitable for each and every need and physical capability. The Rhebok hiking trail at Golden Gate Highlands and the Amatola hiking trail are some challenging trails while the Dolphin hiking trail and Hole in the wall hiking trail are one of the most picturesque trails in South Africa.
3. Surf at the most fun beaches
South Africa is a paradise for all kinds of surfers. The Jeffrey’s Bay is one of the best surfing spots in South Africa and is voted as the second best wave in the world. Other than that, the Dungeons, Durban and Big Bay are also popular amongst surfers. The Llandudno is a rocky beach and is perfect for those who enjoy dangerous and pro surfing.
4. Enjoy a Wildlife Safari
South Africa is synonymous with wildlife safaris! The ‘Adventures with elephants’ park in Limpopo offers a ‘touch and feed’ experience with the elephants; the Sabi Sands reserve provides walking tours of Africa’s one of the largest flora and fauna reserves and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is where you can enjoy overnight safaris and camping. Your visit to South Africa is incomplete without an adventurous wildlife safari.
5. Take a peek at South Africa’s rich History
It’s a universally accepted fact that the first humans on Earth are believed to be inhabited in South Africa. With a history so rich, South Africa is a treasure trove of culture and traditions. Explore the opulent history of South Africa through the carefully curated museums. Some of the most fascinating museums are the Origins Center Museum (exhibits related to the human origin), South African Jewish Museum (Refugee history) and Apartheid Museum (exhibits related to the racial history).
6. Relax at the beautiful beaches
If you wish to get an ocean fix, then South Africa is the place for you. The beautiful beaches in South Africa are not just astoundingly picturesque but also have a lot of activities to do. You can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming and fishing on the beaches. The Thompson’s Bay, Muizenberg Beach, and Shelly Beach are some of the best beaches in South Africa.
7. Marvel at the wilderness of National Parks
Experience the magic of rugged kloofs and dramatic landscapes at the awe-inspiring National Parks in South Africa. Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape is home to the roaring Augrabies Falls. The Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape is the third largest in South Africa and has the largest number of elephants. The Table Mountain National Park, Mapungubwe National Park, and Golden Gate Highlands National Park are some other popular national parks.
8. Go sightseeing at the stunning natural features
South Africa is full of places that make you awestruck with the beauty and bizarreness. The Red Sandstone of Cederberg, Mountains of the Magoebaskloof and the Valley of Desolation will fascinate you with uniqueness and wilderness. The Sabie waterfalls route of Mpumalanga, Breede River and the wetlands of Elephant Coast are an epitome of natural beauty.
9. Unravel the archaeological wonders
The Cango Caves are undoubtedly the world’s one of the most fascinating archaeological formations. The Pinnacle Point Caves provide a proof of the very first human existence on Earth. The Peers Cave, Klipgat Cave, and the Blombos Cave are other stunning sites in South Africa. These are South Africa’s most cherished treasures.
10. Indulge in the delicious South African cuisine
The South African cuisine has something for everyone. Amagwinya, a ball of a filled and fried dough is one of the most popular dishes in South Africa. Dishes like Biltong, Bobotie, Boerewors, and Smiley are a delight for meat lovers. The Decadent Potbrood, Fruit filled cremora tart and Vetkoek are perfect for all those who have a sweet tooth. Take a culinary tour of South Africa to enjoy these dishes!
11. Have a unique shopping spree
Shop for the antique souvenirs, local outfits, and other items at cheap rates in the widespread markets of South Africa. The watershed market is famous for souvenirs, Bay Harbour Market is famous for clothes and craftworks and Africa Nove is famous for its tribal textiles.
12. Visit the unusual structures
Some unusually built structures are a must see when in South Africa. The Zeitz-Mocaa Gallery in Cape Town is often called as the ‘8th wonder of the world’. The Alice Lane Towers beautifully grace the skyline of Sandton. The Ponte City, Hapo Museum and Moses Mabhida Stadium are other such unusually attractive buildings in South Africa.