1. The wildness of Coffee Bay
The effortless sandy coves, steep green hillsides, cliffs, wild aloes, thatch-roofed mud huts and the notable hole-in-the-wall are an unbeatable combination on the Wild Coast, between East London and Port Edward. Land of hippies, surfers, hikers and the Xhosa people, incredible beachside landscape does not come better than this.
2. Red sandstone of the Cederberg
The Cederberg may have earned its name from the Cedar tree, but it is the red sandstone rock formations that are its most distinguishing feature. Weathered over time into a series of surreal shapes and memorable natural features, they dominate over 250 km of hiking trails.
3. Misty mountains of the Magoebaskloof
At the north eastern tip of the Drakensberg experience the misty mornings, green hills, forests draped in tree ferns, moss, fungi, liana’s and tangled tree matter of the indigenous forests, and accompanying plantations, of the ‘land of the Silver Mist’.
4. Bourke’s Luck potholes of the Blyde River Canyon
These bizarre natural water features, hewn by centuries of water, mark the start of the Blyde River Canyon. Take the 700 metre walk to view these unusual water features.
5. The wetlands of the Elephant Coast
A series of wetlands characterised by wild and untouched beaches, an unmatched bird life and accompanying scuba diving, sea turtle tracking, hiking, walking and other outdoor activities lies in the northern reaches ofKwaZulu-Natal.\
6. The Sabie waterfalls route of Mpumalanga
Take the R532 from Sabie to visit Horseshoe, Lone Creek, Bridal Veil, Mac Mac, Lisbon and Berlin falls. There are more waterfalls here than anywhere else in the country, adding further beauty to the river canyons, mountains and bush for which the province is famous.
7. Valley of Desolation, Camdeboo National Park
A series of vertical cliffs and dolerite columns stand like huge, isolated hobgoblins of nature 120 metres above the valley floor. These breathtaking cliffs that took 100 million years to form stand sentry over theValley of Desolation in the Karoo, a force of beauty and nature.
8. Prince Edward Islands
Marion and Prince Edward Islands are marine protected areas in the sub-antarctic Indian Ocean 1 900 km south east of Cape Town. The combined size of the Free State, Lesotho and Swaziland they form the world’s largest biodiversity hotspot, alive with albatrosses, penguins, killer whales and Patagonian toothfish stocks; a breeding ground for seals, penguins and albatrosses.
9. The Richtersveld
On the border with Namibia is an extraordinary desert landscape of the highest diversity of succulents in the world. The rugged mountains of volcanic rock, flat, sandy plains and half-human trees the Nama people include in their legends are characteristic of a harsh world where water is scarce and only the toughest life survives.
10. Scenes along the Breede River
The Breë (wide) River wends its way north from Cape Town along the band of mountains European settlers experienced as a continental divide. It flows through the Skurweberge, Mitchells Pass and arrives at the Indian Ocean at Witsand. Its lower reaches are a conservancy. Along its banks experience wine tasting, river rafting, paddling, swimming, picnics and nature reserves.