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5 best things to do in South Africa

Why not go on scenic coastal hikes and explore the wine culture and beaches that provide sun, sand and surf.

The country’s impressive national parks and botanical gardens are brimming with adventure. Read on to discover the best things to do in South Africa.

1. Go on a safari in Kruger National Park

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One of the world’s most impressive wildlife-watching destinations, Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves.

It’s here that you can get an up-close and personal with the Big Five, which includes lion, leopard, black rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo. You can go on a self-drive holiday or go on a guided, open vehicle safari to enjoy memorable sightings of its diverse landscapes.

2. Climb Table Mountain

Climbing Table Mountain is perfect for adventurous travellers who want to see a birds-eye view of the city. It’s the city’s most recognizable landmark, where you can hike to the summit along the mountains on the scenic hiking trails or traverse to the peak on the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway instead. The suspended cable cars offer you rotating 360-degree views of the surrounding region and its city and ocean views.

3. Visit the historic Castle of Good Hope

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The Castle of Good Hope serves as an integral part of the country’s history. Built-in 1666 beneath the iconic Table Mountain, it now stands as a reminder of South Africa’s colonial past and visitors will find art and photography exhibitions regularly hosted in its museums.

4. Go Whale Watching

South Africa is also a great place to explore impressive marine wildlife, including breaching whales. Seeing these enormous creatures up close is a bucket list experience. It’s possible to see southern right whales, humpback whales and Bryde’s whales, and the best places to look for them is in False Bay near Cape Town, along the shores of Hermanus and frolicking in the waters of Cape Agulhas.

5. Meet Elephants in Addo National Park

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Addo Elephant National Park is a must on your South African itinerary. It is the country’s third-largest national reserve, sitting in the Sundays River valley in the Eastern Cape. Home to one of the densest African elephant populations on the planet, where you can see the elephants, kudu and warthog and zebra on self-drive wildlife safaris or go on a horse riding, walking or canoeing adventure.

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