South Africa is truly a diverse country. From elegant table-top mountains to immaculate shores, from dense forests to vibrant lifestyle tuned to jazz music, one can get immersed in galore of activities that it offers. Though it is tough to zero in the things to be done as there is no shortage of it, we have made a list of top 7 things you can do in South Africa.
Submerge into the South African Wonder world
Take a safari
South Africa is home to lions, African leopards, South African cheetahs, Southern white rhinos, blue wildebeest, kudus, impalas, hyenas, hippopotamuses, and South African giraffes and endemic species like a riverine rabbit. Due to its rich biodiversity, a safari in this nation is a must.
With countless avenues of safaris available, you can choose the type that you like. The most popular safaris are offered by:
- Kruger National Park
- Kgalagadi National Park
- Addo Elephant National Park
Go swimming with the sharks
Sharks are the most dreaded animals under-water, but one cannot deny its magnificence. Witness it up close but with the protection of a metal cage in South African waters. You can also swim with a few species of sharks and scuba dive as well. Gansbaai, a small fishing town located just 2 hours from Cape Town, has a dense population of Great white sharks, that makes it a favorite place to dive. Durban is also home to different species of sharks like blacktips, tiger, ragged tooth, dusky, and whale sharks.
Embark on a scenic road trip
A true traveler always believes it not the destination but the journey that matters. With South African rugged terrain, tall cliffs, oceanic landscapes, dense forests, lively cities, and quaint villages, a road trip is just a perfect way to explore it all. The most iconic routes here are:
- Garden Route
- Sani Pass
- Panorama Route
Hike the mighty mountains
The best way to explore the intact beauty of any place is on foot. South Africa is home to many beautiful hiking trails. The most popular trail is the table mountain that offers breathtaking views of clouds and the valleys. The Drakensberg is another popular trail with hikers as it provides open plateau, a multitude of trails, strenuous climbs, and stunning views.
Surf on the crystal clear waves
The natural surfing bays and power-packed swells make South Africa a surfers paradise. From Cape Town to Durban, surfers of any level can mount on and off the best waves. The most favored spots for surfing are Jersey’s shore which has consistent swell and big waves, and Dungeons in Hout Bay that offers the biggest waves in South Africa.
Take a daredevil leap
South Africa is synonymous to thrilling adventures like bungee jumping, sky diving, and other jumping off activities. To experience that adrenaline rush through your body leap and live the best experience of your life. You can take the highest bridge bungee jump from Bloukrans Bridge, which is not only hair-raising but also enchanting due to its scenic views.
View South Africa through a bird’s eye view
Who does not wish to fly? And soaring over a view so pretty would be nothing like it. South Africa offers breathtaking experiences of paragliding and hot balloon rides. Visit Pilanesberg National Park to climb aboard a hot air balloon and enjoy panoramic views. Or fly like a bird at Porterville that offers paragliding throughout the year.