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Activities in South Africa
The 12 Best South African Experiences:
South Africa is well endowed with a large assortment of wonderful experiences so much that it is almost impossible to come up with a list of the very best experiences.
You can enjoy the sweet scent of desert that amazingly turns into a colourful carpet of flowers in Spring or you can choose to see the big five in one of the world’s most recognized national parks or simply take a journey to a deeper understanding of the country and humankind through some of the country’s heritage sites.
There are vibrant cities and thrilling townships to give you a memorable South African urban experience and there are blue flag beaches to chill out on - There are just a lot of wonderful South African explorations to spoil your choice.
South African Tourism has listed the top 12 experiences that can give you fabulous fun. They include:
The majestic Drakensburg rises to over 3 000 meters. Known to the Zulu people as Ukhahlamba, or 'Barrier of Spears', the Mountains of the Dragon provide a magnificent semi-circular border between KwaZulu-Natal and the inland mountain kingdom of Lesotho. The Tugela River, the largest river in the Province, plunges some 950 meters over the edge of the Mont-aux-Sources Plateau in a spectacular waterfall, the Tugela Falls, the second highest waterfall in the world.
Kruger National Park
There are Kruger National Park fans who never venture south of the Crocodile River – they call it ‘the zoo’. The north, they say, is the real thing. This is where tourist traffic jams caused by lions or leopards are unknown, where the trees and birdlife are incomparable.
The Venda Art route
There are few places in the world where you can meet at least four world-class artists in the space of a day. Yet in Limpopo Province, the northern arc of South Africa, you can do exactly this. Perhaps you might come away with an heirloom your children will clamour to inherit.
The Northern Cape's Namaqualand region is unique in every way. During the springtime this gentle desert erupts into a myriad of wildflowers in dazzling array.
Port St Johns – Hikers HQ
Port St Johns is a swashbuckling village of legend on the Pondo side of the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. It is also one of the highlights on any international backpacker’s world itinerary because of its natural setting, ‘frontier atmosphere’ and appeal to the more adventurous younger set of travelers.
So, where to? Soweto , of course! The biggest and most populous of all townships in South Africa is now buzzing with a new spirit of celebrating the unique culture, heritage and history of struggle.
St Lucia Wetlands, (World Heritage Site)
St. Lucia Estuary, the town, is the Southern most entrance the world-renowned Wetlands Park. Since 1822 St. Lucia was world renowned as a wild life and fishing destination. British rule proclaimed it a township and with the increase in hunting, the crown foresaw to proclaim the Water area and Islands as a Game Reserve on 27 April 1895.
The most prominent future of St. Lucia is its laid-back atmosphere and integration with wild life. The town’s development is restricted to below the tree canopy. Hippo’s, Bush Buck, Red duiker and Monkeys roam the streets freely. Hundreds of bird species can be observed through out the town.
At the southern tip of Africa, where two of the world's greatest oceans converge, a total experience of land, sea and the rainbow culture of the Western Cape offer you the most exciting land based whale watching venues in the world!
Each year Southern Right whales migrate into the coastal waters of the Western Cape to calve and nurse their young. The animals, often mere metres from the shore, provide unsurpassed whale watching opportunities between June and November. Humpbacks migrate through the region between May and December each year, while Bryde's whales are found slightly further offshore all year round.
The Great North West is a rugged expanse of bushveld, pioneer people and surprises around every corner. From its modest cities to its highway villages to its fun spots and cherished wilderness reserves, this is a province of friends and fantasy.
Just ask the high rollers who swarm the corridors of the Sun City – Lost City complex day and night, in search of lost African legends and some occasional casino treasure. Just ask the repeat visitors make it a point to spend at least two days in the Madikwe Game Reserve each time they fly to these parts.
Perched between the ocean and the mountain, with a national park as its heart, Cape is the oldest city in South Africa. It has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years and boasts the top five national attractions in South Africa;
Table Mountain; the V&A Waterfront, a unique shopping and holiday experience on a scenic working harbour; Robben Island, the former home of Nelson Mandela; the Cape Town Wine Routes, where some of the world´s best wines are produced and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, internationally acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world.
South Africa's famous Garden Route started off only encompassing a narrow coastal stretch of 300 km between Mossel Bay and the Tsitsikamma Mountains.
These days, though, you could be forgiven for thinking that it sprawls all the way from Cape Town along the southern Cape coastline to Port Elizabeth.
The section of the coastline first called the Garden Route is an extraordinary region, blessed with a mild climate, year-round rainfall and unique vegetation
The Lure of the Vine
The Western Cape is home to the most colorful Wine Route in the world, with local wine estates beautifully appointed marvels of décor, landscaping and ritual. Here’s a selection of Cape wine estates to introduce you to the lure of the vine…..