Things to Do in South Africa

Things to Do in South Africa
South Africa is a large and diverse country that has something to offer everyone. Whether you decide to go on a traditional African safari in Kruger National Park, go wine-tasting around Cape Town or backpack the rugged Drakensberg mountains, one thing is certain, you will make memories in South Africa that are guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Kruger National Park Safari

For the ultimate safari experience, visit Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa. Stretching for 352 kilometers from north to south along the border with Mozambique, Kruger is roughly the size of Israel. Kruger's varied landscape and biodiversity make it an excellent spot to catch a glimpse of the sought after "Big 5" (elephants, lions, cape buffalo, leopard and rhino).

Kruger National Park
(+27) 21 422 3111
http://www.krugerpark.co.za/

Climb Table Mountain

Everyone who goes to Cape Town should visit the summit of this icon, flat-topped peak. If hiking to the top does not appeal to you, you can always take the aerial cableway. Either way, you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean below.

Table Mountain
+27 (0)21 701 8692
http://www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain/

Travel the Garden Route

The Garden Route reaches from Mossel Bay to the Storm River Mouth. Tourists who travel the famed Garden Route will experience what is considered to be one of the country's most beautiful regions, known for its scenic forests, beaches, rivers and valleys.

Garden Route
http://www.gardenroute.co.za/

Hike the Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg mountains are a popular wilderness destination for outdoor enthusiasts visiting South Africa. Hikers traveling on the many trails in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park will encounter breath-taking cliffs and waterfalls, dense yellowwood forests and ancient Bushmen cave art.

Drakensberg Mountains
+27 (0)36 488 1207
http://www.kzn.org.za/index.php?districthome+22

Sun City

Sometimes referred to as "The Las Vegas of South Africa," this resort features a casino, theme park and water park. You may also want to consider visiting the renowned Pilanesburg Game Reserve while in the area.

Sun City
Moses Kotane Rural, South Africa
+27 (0)14-557-1544
http://www.sun-city-south-africa.com/

Explore Wine Country

South Africa has 13 primary wine-producing regions. The most well-known of these is Stellenbosch, which is located only a short distance from Cape Town. Most wine estates offer tastings for visitors, and many also have superb restaurants.

Stellenbosch Wine Tasting Center
90 Dorp St.
Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
7600, South Africa

Tour Soweto

Home to more than 3.5 million people and two Nobel Peace Prize recipients (Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu) Soweto is emblematic of South Africa's tumultuous past and hopeful future. Many visitors arrange to take a professional tour of this vibrant metropolis located on the outskirts of Johannesburg. If you go, also consider visiting the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, to learn more this troubled period and the inspiring struggle for freedom, much of which took place in Soweto.

Apartheid Museum
Northern Parkway & Gold Reef Road
Ormonde, Johannesburg, SA
+27 11 309 4700
http://www.apartheidmuseum.org/

Article Written By Richard Hansen

Richard Hansen grew up and currently resides in Minnesota. He graduated from Dartmouth College and has traveled extensively in Africa and South America, including the Amazon jungle. He has worked as a wilderness guide in Yellowstone and northern Minnesota, and written for Fur-Fish-Game, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine and RascalHansen.com.

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