South Africa – Things to do
There are far too many things to do in South Africa to count, but to whet your appetite, here are just a few of the don’t-miss experiences awaiting you in this captivating country. From where to go for the most spectacular views to the best places to take a safari, we’ve got you covered.
Drive up from Cape Town to the base of this flat-topped mountain, rising 1000m above the port. You won’t want to miss this, the city’s most iconic landmark and one of the new seven wonders of the world. You can walk up if you’re feeling fit and adventurous, otherwise take the cable car, which offers 360 degree views on the way. From the top, you can see all the way to Robben Island.
2.Hike up Lion’s Head
There’s no cheating to get to the top of Lion’s Head, Table Mountain’s little brother. You have to hike this hill, but the simply breathtaking views over Cape Town from the top make it well worth the effort. The trail winds around the mountain in a spiral so you can take in the scenery in all directions along the way. Then, if you dare, dangle your legs over the edge of the sheer drop at the top while taking those selfies to make your friends jealous.
3.Cape of Good Hope
You’ll find this dramatic spot about 90 minutes drive from Cape Town. Breathe in the fresh air while standing on the craggy clifftop, reached by funicular railway. Watch out for the cheeky baboons who will steal your lunch and even open car doors and clamber in.
4.Go on safari
There are few more impressive sights than a lion snoozing in the shade or a herd of elephants crossing a river. Watching these amazing animals in their untouched habitat is unforgettable. There are plenty of chances to catch the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo) on a safari in one of the parks, from the exotic plains of the Eastern Cape’s Shamwari Game Reserve to the iconic Kruger National Park. More than 600 elephants live in the Addo Elephant Park near Port Elizabeth, while Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Park is the oldest in Africa and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is in the wild Kalahari Desert and has the biggest black-mane lions you’ll ever see. Other wild animals to spot include giraffes, zebras, hippos, hyenas, wildebeest, springbok and many more.