South Africa offers a diverse range of activities for travelers. In Johannesburg, explore urban landscapes, while the serene Cape Winelands provide a contrast. Wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy safaris to spot the Big Five, history fans can delve into the nation’s past, and thrill-seekers can find plenty of adventure. The Garden Route beckons with scenic drives, Cape Town tempts with its world-class cuisine, and vibrant local art scenes are everywhere. Discover the varied experiences that make South Africa an unforgettable destination.
Great Things to do in South Africa
We cycled through South Africa from its northern border in Namibia through the Western Cape to Cape Town. After our first cycling journey through Africa, we fell in love with the continent and have visited South Africa two more times since. South Africa has everything from safaris to caves, marine life to scenery! Enjoy.
1. Go on an African Safari
Any trip to Africa, let alone South Africa, should involve a wildlife safari. South Africa has many game reserves and national parks where you can go on an African safari searching for the Big 5 – African Buffalo, Rhinos, Elephants, Lions, and Leopards.
There are several game reserves in South Africa. Some of the best national parks to go on safari in South Africa are Addo Elephant Park, Kruger National Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and Pilanesberg National Park. Hluhluwe & Imfolozi National Park is South Africa’s oldest wildlife reserve and we had some very interesting safari experiences there. Read on to find out more.
During our first visit to the country, we didn’t book a game drive and it was a regret we had for years. Even if you have a short time you should book at least a day. This game drive from Cape Town takes you in an open top all terrain vehicle to the Aquila Private Game Reserve, where you’ll spot wildlife with an expert ranger followed by a delicious lunch at the lodge.
2. Stay at a Game Reserve
Several private game reserves in South Africa can guarantee wildlife spotting of the best African safari animals. We loved going on Safari at the Kariega Game Reserve, where we had one of the most luxurious safaris we’ve ever been on. The river lodge was surrounded by wildlife.
The game reserves of South Africa are different than the Masai Mara or Serengeti as the animals are enclosed within the huge conservation areas. Your chances of seeing wildlife are 100% as guides know exactly where to find them. See our…