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Travel Guide: South Africa Highlights

4th Feb 2016 1:54am | By Editor

There's so much to see, but don't miss out on these great experiences.

Cape Town

The Mother City not only has stretches of golden sand (and plenty of cocktail bars), but its landmark, Table Mountain beckons to be climbed. It is also a city filled with history — take a ferry to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was jailed during the apartheid era.

Robben Island

Ferries operate at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm in high season

Ferry tickets: Adult R300

 

The Garden Route

A picturesque stretch of coastline from Mossel Bay to Storms River Mouth is where you can spot whales, enjoy seaside villages, and bungee off Bloukrans River Bridge — the highest jump in the world.

 

Kruger National Park

The biggest and arguably the best game reserve to spot the Big Five, hear the fish eagle’s call and admire an African sunset.

 

KwaZulu-Natal coast

From Durban, head north along the coast for great surf, dive, swim and tan spots or journey south for more of the same.

 

Johannesburg

Jozi may seem like any other big city, but it’s a vibrant hub with plenty to do. Tour Soweto - a township on the up, visit the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, and jive the night away to Afro-beats in Newtown.

Apartheid Museum

Open: Seven days a week 9am-5pm

Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day

Tickets: Adult R75

Constitution Hill

Open: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 10am-3pm

Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Years Day

Tickets: Depending on the tour

 

Drakensberg mountains

Discover great hiking trails, waterfalls and Bushman rock art in this majestic mountain range.

 

Cape Winelands

The vineyards in and around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek boast some of the best wine in the country. 

 

Wild Coast

This part of the Eastern Cape’s coastline is spectacularly rugged and largely unpopulated by tourists. Trek on an organised coastal walk, stopping off at old-fashioned hotels, deserted beaches and rural communities.

 

Karoo

Go off the beaten track and discover dusty wide open spaces, historical small towns, and lots of ostriches in this arid yet unique landscape.

 

Food

Biltong, braai and bobotie may be typical Saffa fare, but with so much cultural diversity, there’s plenty to choose on the menu, from speciality seafood like snoek to a hot Durban curry.