We often alk about escaping the city and spending a quiet holiday in the country, but the cities in South Africa have so much to offer that they hardly need escaping.
Here are the top 10 cities to visit in South Africa … in alphabetical order:
Fondly known as “the city of roses” because of its beautiful blooms and the annual rose festival that is held here, Bloemfontein has numerous historical, cultural, and natural attractions that make it the ideal holiday destination.
Home to the iconic Table Mountain, Cape Town offers a myriad of activities and attractions for all. Enjoy sun drenched beaches, nature trails, water sports, gourmet dining, award-winning wine estates, and more in the “Mother City”.
One of the most popular holiday destinations in South Africa, Durban boasts warm ocean waters, beautiful beaches, and great weather year-round. Enjoy activities like uShaka Marine World, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, gondola rides, fishing, and water sports such as surfing and snorkeling. You’ll also find the best curries in South Africa!
The sub-tropical climate, long hours of sunshine, warm Indian Ocean, and uncrowded beaches makes East London a desired destination on the Eastern Cape’s Sunshine Coast. Visitors flock here for its laid back lifestyle, water sports, outdoor activities, and cultural experiences.
The modern African metropolis of Johannesburg has it all: vibrant nightlife, gourmet dining, live entertainment, couture shopping, arts and culture, the Gautrain, and plenty of tranquil retreats for a perfect all-round getaway.
Known as the “city that sparkles”, Kimberley is a historic city with a savvy diamond mining past. Most famous as the home of the Big Hole, Kimberley offers an array of fascinating museums and historical attractions.
Nestled in the fertile valley of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit is the gateway to Mpumalanga and the Kruger National Park. With abundant sunshine, moderate sub-tropical climate, lush landscape, and a host of nearby attractions, Nelspruit is an ideal base to discover the natural wonders of Mpumalanga.
Set amidst the forested hills and rolling pastures of the Natal Midlands, Pietermaritzburg is one of the best-preserved Victorian cities in the world. Situated between Durban and Johannesburg, near the Drakensberg and a number of game reserves, Pietermaritzburg is a convenient stop over and base to explore KwaZulu-Natal.
Endeared as South Africa’s “Friendly City”, Port Elizabeth lies in the Eastern Cape, at the end of the Garden Route. It stretches along the magnificent Algoa Bay and boasts blue-flag beaches, historic buildings, and an abundance of water sport opportunities.
Painted purple in a sea of Jacaranda trees, Pretoria is fondly known as “Jacaranda City”. It is also referred to as Johannesburg’s quieter sister, because of its more laid back atmosphere. Enjoy a number of natural and cultural attractions as well as significant old buildings and museums that are well worth exploring.
Which is your favourite South African city?