Travellers who come to South Africa once, very often return because there is so much to do and so much to love about our country.
Here’s what travellers on Trip Advisor love most about our fair land.
- The beaches
Camps Bay beach comes out tops, but South Africa is known for its beaches – all so different and each with its own beauty. From the brown-sand, warm-water beaches of the East coast, to the chilly, white-sand beaches of the West, travellers love to take advantage of the sun, the soft sand and the surf that our numerous beaches have to offer.
- The food
Food in South Africa is one of the things travellers love most about the country. Apart from how reasonably priced it is, we have such a diverse collection of food types. A country with as checkered a past as ours naturally becomes a melting pot of cultures and each culture contributes to the country’s flavour through its food.
The Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant Park, Shamwari Game Reserve… the list is endless. Travellers are spoilt for choice when deciding which part of the country they’d like to see wild animals in their natural habitat.
- Table Mountain
Travellers admit that this is a must-see but it can become very busy. Choosing an earlier time to ascend makes a difference in peak seasons, but the views from this landmark are second to none.
- Apartheid museum
Although not an easy place to visit, the museum is highly regarded by travellers who are able to learn more about the atrocities conducted during apartheid in South Africa. A traveller on Trip Advisor called their trip to the museum ” A meaningful memorial to a terrible injustice…” It’s well worth a visit if you’re travelling to Gauteng.
- Knysna Heads
The heads, which guard the entrance to the lagoon from the ocean are a prerequisite for anyone travelling through Knysna. The Eastern Head offers travellers spectacular views of the lagoon, Leisure Isle and Knysna, whilst the Western Head is primarily made up of privately owned Featherbed Nature Reserve.
- Garden Route
The Garden Route is a stretch of the south-eastern coast that extends from Mossel Bay to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. It’s an eclectic mix of golf courses and ancient forests, artists’ retreats and modern shopping malls. Travellers love the restaurants, crafts and scenery along the Garden Route, and this has become as popular a destination as more common places like Cape Town and the Kruger National Park.
- Kirstenbosch Garden
Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain, the garden is one of nine National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa’s six different biomes. The Boomslang, the restaurants, the exquisite gardens, diversity of plant life and the unmatched scenery make this one of the stops on a tourist’s travels that demands a second visit.
9. Valley of Desolation – Graaff-Reinet
Sheer cliffs and columns are set against the backdrop of plains of Camdeboo. There is a choice of picnic spots as well as three hiking routes. One traveller described it as “Truly breathtaking and indescribable – A must see!”
10. Durban’s Golden Mile
Safe, clean and pretty, this flat stretch alongside the beach is the perfect place to cycle, skateboard, eat and relax. It runs roughly from South Beach (where the uShaka Marine World is located) to Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World in the north and now includes a route directly to Moses Mabhida Stadium. Known colloquially as ‘The Mile’, it’s definitely one of the highlights for visitors to eThekwini.