Throughout history, South Africa has conquered the minds and senses of the tourists with its ancient and majestic beauty. Many fell in love with South Africa and never left. The vast wilderness as far as eye can see, golden and peaceful beaches, red deserts, cities filled with delightful people and vibrant cultures South Africa has it all. It is said that the life of the travelers are never the same after seeing the magnificent South Africa. Here are the top 10 tourist attractions in South Africa for you:
10. Sun City Resort
Starting this list of top tourist attractions in Africa with the place known locally as the Kingdom of pleasure, Sun City is a luxurious resort and casino in the North West province of South Africa near the city of Rustenburg. Within a two hour drive from Johannesburg this place has many recreational facilities and offers a top notch leisure experience. It has hosted some world famous concerts and other performances over the recent years. The resort area contains four hotels, an awesome Water world, two Casinos, two championship golf courses, a cultural village and an animal farm that houses about 7000 crocodiles.
09. Cape Winelands
Located in the Boland area of the Western Cape province of South Africa, Cape Wineland as the name suggest is the finest source of wines in South Africa. Developed by the European colonies in 1685, the region is one of the finest tourist attractions in Africa and a UNESCO world heritage site. Miles upon miles of well-kept grapevine farms, snowy mountain peaks, valleys full of green trees, rocky cliffs, rivers and waterfalls, this place has almost everything. Across the regions of Paarl, Worcester, Stellenbosch and Wellington, the Winelands is a magnificent place filled with delightful restaurants, coffee shop, lovely places to and many cultural attractions.
08. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
There are many game reserves which are areas set aside for animal conservation purpose in South Africa. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest one of them. Located in the region of KwaZulu-Natal across an area of 960 square kilometers, this reserve is famous for its exclusive conservation efforts. An awesome place for the visitors to see the“big five” game animals include Lions, Elephants, leopards, buffalos and rhinoceroses of Africa. One can enjoy the vast African landscapes filled with native plants and animals by driving, walking or even from a boat by the Hluhluwe dam.
07. Blyde River Canyon
The Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in South Africa is a very attractive scenic landscape for the tourists. It is a green heaven full of native African plants, trees and other subtropical foliage.The area surrounding the canyon is rich with African wildlife. The calm river surrounded by some spectacularlygreen mountains of red scorched earth, ancient rock formations like the famous “Three Rondavels”, a few waterfalls and many other astonishing geological features make for a travel experience not to be missed. Thus, The Blyde River Canyon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Africa.
06. Robben Island
Robben Island, a small island with an area of 5 square kilometers, is 9 kilometers from the shores of Cape Town. Here lies the prison that held the greatest leader in South Africa, Nelson Mandela for 18 years. For 300 years this island was used to isolate political prisoners. This is a place of great historic significance and great inspirations for Africans. With a wonderful subtropical climate, Robben Island also paints some marvelous views of the Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean.
05. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town is one the most visited tourist attractions in the entire African continent. Here, the tourists can get a majestic view of the busy city blending together with Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Filled with restaurants, pubs, shops, theaters and many other entertainment venues, it is very famous for its accommodation quality.
Attracting more than 23 million visitors a year Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is a paradise for the backpackers and the tourists visiting South Africa. This is a great place to blend in with the vibrant culture of South Africa.
04. Amphitheatre, Drakensberg
Along the north of Drakensberg, a precious place for the climbers known as Amphitheatre, the highest mountain range in Africa stands with some spectacular cliffs. Here you will find some of the roughest, boldest and hardest cliffs in the world standing higher than 11,000 feet. It is only fitting that Drakensberg is also known as the Dragons Mountain. The breathtaking views from the cliffs overlooking the ridge and from the nearby Tugela River will surely leave a mark on your memories.
03. Durban Beaches
Also known as the “Golden mile” the coastline of Durban is full of golden sandy beaches with a wonderfully sunny atmosphere. The warm and surf water, breezy wind and a very neat and safe environment of the beaches attract a lot of tourists all year long. Filled with quality restaurants, outlets and cafes these beaches make sure you spend a quality time. The beaches of Durban are a heaven for watersports as they are jam packed with skaters, surfers, kite surfers and body boarders all year long.
02. Table Mountain
The table mountain is a spectacular landmark which provides a breathtaking view of the Cape Town, Robinson Island and well into the Atlantic Ocean. The unique feature of this mountain is a flat roof standing 3,558 feet high above sea level. The two peaks that stand on both sides the flat roof are the Devil’s peak and the Lion’s head. Reaching the top of the mountain by a cable car can be a fascinating experience.
01. Kruger National Park
Lying across an area of 20,000 square kilometers in the northeastern South Africa is one of the best wildlife experiences attainable in the world, Kruger National Park. It is the largest game reserve Africa has to offer. With many charming camps and lodges inside the reserve, Kruger provides some top notch accommodations and is undoubtedly deserving of the top spot on this list of top tourist attractions in South Africa. Drive into the vast wilderness of Africa at your own will and see the Big Five, cheetahs, giraffes and many other wild animals and experience true Africa like nowhere else.
These are the top 10 tourist attractions in South Africa. Comment below and let us know what is your favorite top tourist attractions in South Africa.
Author: Tajirul Haque
Tajirul Haque is a travel enthusiast and freelance travel writer on Upwork. Having written hundreds of travel articles on so many travel destinations around the world for his clients, Tajirul started Top Travel Lists back in September 2014. Travel writing is his passion and he always loves to write about a new destination as it allows him to know about more beautiful places the planet has to offer. He is always available for freelance travel writing opportunities.