From iconic African safaris to rolling capes with extravagant vineyards and golden beaches, South Africa has something for every traveller.
Go on a safari: Recognized as one of Africa’s best national parks, you can expect the plains of Kruger National Park to be teeming with Africa’s big five—lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinos—as well as other iconic African animals, such as giraffes and zebras. There are also more than 500 species of birds in the national park, so don’t forget your binoculars.
Head to the beach: South Africa is filled with all kinds of beaches, including perfect surfing sites in the north and calmer beaches in the south for swimming. In South Africa’s coastal city, Durban, make sure to head for the Golden Mile Beach.
Visit Cape Town: Marvel at Cape Town’s incredible scenery as you wind around the coast or visit Cape Point for a funicular ride with a different perspective. Check out Boulders Beach for a chance to see the African Penguins (summer is the best time to see them), or head to Table Mountain for more amazing views.
Follow in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps: From Cape Town’s Robben Island (now a UNESCO World Heritage site) where Mandela was imprisoned, to the Mandela Museum House in Soweto where Mandela lived with his wife Winnie from the 1940s up until his imprisonment, travellers have the opportunity to get close to this national hero and learn more about his incredible life and contributions.
Savour South African Wines: South African wines are not to be missed. Head to the Cape Town area for wine tours and tastings. Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the top wines produced in this region. Also expect gourmet culinary delights perfectly paired with local wines.
Hiking: From beaches to cliffsides and national parks, South Africa is a hiker’s delight. One of the top hikes is Table Mountain for aerial views of Cape Town.
South Africa can be visited year-round. Visit Kruger National Park at the beginning or end of the dry season between April and September.
Make sure your trip to Robben Island is booked in advance as the number of visitors is limited daily.