Things to do in South Africa
Cape Town - explore Cape Point Nature Reserve
Situated at the southern tip of Africa the Cape Point Nature reserve is home to many flora and fauna that are unique to the region. It is also one of the few places in the world where you can view 2 oceans at the same time, namely the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Take a walk along any one of the many paths and loose yourself in the beautiful scenery that the park provides.
Cape Town - see the African Penguins at Boulders Beach
There is something very comical about watching penguins walk on land and those at Boulders Beach just outside of Cape Town are no exception. A growing population as a result of few predators has meant this colony of penguins has increased rapidly since their arrival back in 1985. The viewing area is open every day from 8am to 5pm although a great time to see them is towards the end of the day as they come back to their nests.
Cape Town - take a guided walking tour of Table Mountain
One of the most recognizable land formations in the world Table Mountain is also a great place to go walking. There are a number of different routes depending on your capabilities although it is recommended that you walk with a guide. Follow the paths taken by the original explorers up the mountain and then take a leisurely ride down to the bottom in the cable car. The shorter walks should take you 3 – 4 hours whilst the longer walks will take all day.
Durban - experince the spices and incense of Victoria Street Market
South Africa is a county of smells that haunt you when you go back home. A visit to the Victoria Street Market adds to the experience as there are over 170 stalls each with their different spices and products from around Africa and India. Mainly a food and spice market spend time to wander around taking in the colours and aromas and try to spot familiar smells from dishes you may have tried just recently.
Durban - play golf at Windsor Park Municipal Golf Course
As if South Africa did not have enough to offer you it also has some great golf courses with one of the earliest being the Windsor Park Golf course established during WWII and developed into its current shape in late 1958. The course is full of trees which offer ample shade during the hottest of days but also add to the degree of difficulty when playing the course.
Johannesburg - admire the views from the " Top of Africa" Observation Deck
Johannesburg is steeped in history, as an old mining town the riches that this brought, and still brings, explains some of the magnificent buildings and houses. A great way to see these is from the observation platform of the Carlton Tower, better known as the Top of Africa. On a clear day you can see all the way to Pretoria. From here you can also see how the city is regenerating itself, as new businesses move in and develop older abandoned buildings.
Johannesburg - drive out to Lion Park
A visit to Africa is not complete without a safari and a day out at Lions Park gets you close to the amazing wildlife that it has to offer. In addition to driving through the park and having the thrill of spotting the lions in the wild there are also feeding opportunities with baby lions and giraffes. For something very different request the “walk with a cheetah” and learn more about these magnificent animals.
Johannesburg - family day out at Johannesburg Bunny Park
For something completely different for the younger members of the family take a day out to visit the Johannesburg Bunny Farm. More than just bunnies the farm offers young children the opportunity to interact directly with the animals and even feed them. There are a number of different farmyard animals and this is an opportunity for your children to learn more about the world they live in. A great day out with a picnic but remember to pack something extra for the rabbits.
Port Elizabeth - visit Settlers Park
Despite its location right in the center of Port Elizabeth Settlers Park offers you the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities. Everything from bird watching where you can look out for Peregrine falcons, woodpeckers and kingfishers to hiking and mountain bike riding the park has it all. There are also a wide variety of smaller animals to spot as well as the magnificent flora.
Pretoria - experince the Ann vab Dyk Cheetah Centre
Arguably the most majestic of the Big Cats the cheetah is the least understood and most at risk. The Ann vab Dyk Cheetah Centre was established in 1971 although under a different name at that time and works to the survival of cheetahs in Africa. The center was the first place in the world to successfully breed cheetahs in captivity. There are a range of special tours including watching them run so check out their website for details of which tours occur on which days.
Introduction to South Africa
At one time racially-divided, South Africa has seen its tourist industry develop at a breathtaking rate over the past two decades. This is unsurprising considering that it has some stunning areas of natural beauty, such as Table Mountain, as well as an amazing array of wildlife in Kruger National Park. The Western Cape, home to one of South Africa's most cosmopolitan cities, Cape Town, is probably the most visited region in the country. In Cape Town, the most popular South Africa hotels tend to get crowded between December and March, the peak season. The city is a good base for visiting nearby wineries as well as launching trips along the Garden Route, which follows the coast to the Eastern Cape. There are several national parks on the route as well as Knysna, a busy tourist town centring on a spectacular lagoon. Beyond the Garden Route, Port Elizabeth's beaches are worth a look before heading on to Kruger National Park. Here, travellers can discover the abundant wildlife, from giraffe to elephants and leopards.