50 of the Best Tourist Attractions in South Africa!

There are the world-known cities in South Africa that hides the best Tourist attractions and places of tourist interest for South Africa packages. Listing out the famous from the best-known destination, this list consists of fifty worthy attractions you can pick for your vacation.

Cape Town.

best tourist attractions in south africa

1. Table Mountain

With the resemblance to the tabletop, the flat surface mountain is one of the popular attractions in South Africa. Overlooking the beautiful city of Cape Town, Table Mountain is known to be the best site for adventure and thrill. Apart from abseiling and hiking, it’s the fynbos vegetation and lush scenic beauty that attracts the travellers.

2. Cape Of Good Hope and Cape Point

Lying at the Cape Peninsula, Cape of Good Hope and Cape point together makes a perfect tour in South Africa packages. The attraction once used to hold great importance for the sailors and today, it is an essential part of Cape Town city with the dramatic cliff faces, beaches and the nature reserve.

3.Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach is the popular tourist spot with clear water and sandy beach where one can spend the day admiring the beauty of viewpoint and boardwalk beach. Boulders Beach is home to more than 3,000 penguins and other small mammals with dolphins and whales arriving closer to the shore.

4. Lion’s Head

A part of Table Mountain, Lion’s head often attracts the traveller to experience the thrill of hiking and exploring the diversity of fauna preserved there. What’s so unique about Lion’s head is its spiralling route that offers a different view of the city every time to stop.

5.  Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is the liveliest attraction in Cape Town where one can enjoy the authentic food, shop some souvenir and more. Being a beachfront area, one can get a cruise tour or boat ride booked to enjoy the Champaign and admire the sunset for South Africa honeymoon packages.

6. Robben Island

The Robben Island is not just a historical site to explore but is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage site of South Africa. The Island was earlier the prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated along with thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters.

7. Bo-Kaap

With the fusion of Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture, Bo-Kaap is one of the famous attractions in South Africa. The colourful streets and houses of Bo-Kaap is the oldest Muslim residency where you can discover the real African history and typical Malay family. Here are museums, cafes and market areas where you can spend your day with all the fun.

8. Camps Bay

The white sand, natural rock swimming pool and Twelve Apostles Mountains define the beauty of the popular beach, Camp Bay. One can enjoy the serenity; the eateries lined along the beach where you can sip the cocktail with patios grab the fresh and tempting seafood and spend the evening overlooking the promenade.

9. Stellenbosch 

Laced with the beauty of green valleys and the vintage wine cellars, Stellenbosch is one of the famous destinations, especially for South Africa honeymoon packagesIt is the second oldest town of South Africa that is small enough to wander around on foot and discover the local taste, the architecture and avenues.

10. Franschhoek Village

Franschhoek village, the town of South Africa owns some of the oldest vineyards and the architecture inspired by the Cape Dutch from 17th and 18th century. What’s famous about Franschhoek is the wine tram tour where one can hop-on-hop-off on a tram that will take you around the wine estates and vineyards, tasting and discovering the heritage preserved since ages.

Johannesburg

best tourist attractions in Johannesburg

11. The Cradle of Humankind

Covering up the hectors of land, the Cradle of Humankind comprised of the site where the dolomite limestone caves protect the fossilized remains of plants, animals and especially the hominids. This site holds scientific importance in understanding the ancestors and their evolution.

12. Lion Park

Call it an eco-tour destination, a breeding ground for wilds or conservation site, Lion Park is the best attraction for South Africa tour packages where you can get closer to the predators like Lion, Cheetah or wild dog under the observation of expert guides.

13. Soweto & the Mandela Museum

Called as the Mandela Family Museum, the Soweto and Mandela Museum is one of the interesting attractions where you can dig in the history of South Africa. Earlier Mandela was the house of Nelson Mandela that was later turned into a museum for public visit.

14. Gold Reef City

The amusement park in Johannesburg, Gold Reef City is the best place in South Africa packages for families to have fun. The theme park of South Africa offers the African music, dance and history, the fascinating rides and much more to keep you thrilled and entertained.

15. Constitution Hill

A living museum in South Africa, Constitution hill exhibits the journey to attain democracy. Today this is known as the Constitutional Court endorsing the rights of African citizens. There are tours arranged and the place organizes some regular public events for a daily dose of historical knowledge.

16. Apartheid Museum

Explaining the historical background of South Africa, Apartheid museum is popular for its illustration, photographs and text panels that describe the past of citizens. Learn about racial discrimination and the apartheid system that was prevailing during the era.  

Durban

17. Umhlanga Rocks

The Umhlanga Rocks offer some of the most entertaining activities for your South Africa packages, making it one of the most visited attractions in Durban. Umhlanga is known to be the greatest coastlines in the world with the guest’s houses, cafes, lodges coffee shops and pubs.

18. Valley of a Thousand Hills

The valley of thousand hills is blessed with the panoramic beauty of nature. The lush green valley houses exotic wildlife, Umgeni River and the dense hills. One can choose to hike up the valley or explore the best eateries around, observe the local culture and canoe in one of the dam or nature reserve.

19. Golden Mile

With the series of Durban’s best beaches, the Golden Mile attracts the tourist to explore the great vast coastlines of South Africa. The mile offers you some amazing tours and activities you can try in these best golden beaches of Durban as swimming, surfing and sun-bathing.

20. Ushaka Marine World

Enjoy the Dolphin show, or feed the rays while you are in Ushaka Marine World during the South Africa tour packages. The attraction is one of the popular attractions among the families where you can meet the seals or watch the penguins play.

21.North Beach

From the Bay of Plenty to Dairy Beach, the North beach of Durban dominates the landscape. Why it is popular among the visitors is the palm-lined walkways that are dotted with cafes and shops to enjoy the leisure around. The beaches are most popular the surfers and adventure enthusiast looking out for water adventure.

22.Hare Krishna Temple

The temple of understanding or the Hare Krishna temple is one of the most beautiful and the largest temple in Africa. Architected in lotus shape, the temple is designed with the marble tiles, brass ornaments, gold-tinted windows, crystal chandeliers and golden statuettes.

The garden route

the garden rout tour best attraction in south africa.

23.Cango Caves

This surely can be the best attraction in South Africa where you can choose the tours from the Heritage or Adventure Tours. Cango Caves are the valley with the dripstone caverns and the fascinating limestone formations in the caves that are estimated to be 750 million years old.

24.Bloukrans Bridge Bungy

The highest Bungy bridge of the world, Bloukrans Bridge in Tsitsikamma is the most enthralling adventure site for adrenaline junkies. With a height of 216 meters, the bridge offers world highest bungee jump for a breathtaking experience.

25.Blyde River Canyon

Referred to as the largest and the greenest canyon of the world, Blyde River Canyon is the major attraction falling in the Panorama Route of South Africa. Following the path of Blyde River, the canyon is a part of the Drakensberg escarpment you can discover for the South Africa packages.

26. Knysna Lagoon

The iconic attraction in South Africa, Knysna Lagoon is majorly popular among the fishermen, the localities and travellers. From the cruises to activities like bird watching, Kite surfing, Swimming and other water adventures, the lagoon offers you everything from leisure to adventure.

27. The Birds of Eden Bird Sanctuary

On the Plettenberg Bay, the birds of Eden sanctuary is an eco-tour site where you can discover the vibrant species of birds preserved there. Currently, the sanctuary houses around 3,500 birds from 220 species, dominating the species of African birds.

28. Santos Beach

For the ideal South Africa honeymoon packages, Santos beach is a hub for entertainment where one can enjoy the adventure like paddle skiing, snorkelling, surfing, swimming and angling. Moreover, with the scenic beauty and the calm ambience, the beach offers tranquillity to experience leisure and admire the beauty of Garden Route.

29. Victoria Bay

Known to be the smallest bay in the Garden Route, Victoria bay lies in between the route of George and Wilderness. The small bay features tidal pool and jetty natural paddling pools where the children can enjoy the day bathing and playing. 

30. Storm River

Winding its way from the Tsitsikamma national park to the Indian Ocean, Strom River is popular among the travellers for the adventure activities it offers. There are hiking trails along the stream with other adventures like rafting and black water tubing, kayak and lilo tours organized.  

Other attraction in South Africa

other attractions in south africa

Apart from the above-mentioned places of tourist interests, one can never miss these attractions that have managed to attract the tourist with their entertaining tours. With the natural beauty and the facts of interests, they will surely boost up your vacation in South Africa.

31. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Acclaimed to be the great botanic gardens of the world, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden lies on the slopes of the Table Mountain. The botanical garden houses the vegetation of fynbos along with the endemic diversity of African flora.

32. Jeffrey’s Bay

Calling the Jeffery’s Bay, one of the most vibrant beaches in South Africa won’t be wrong because this is the attraction where visitors can add on fun and thrill to their South Africa packages. Housing the cafes and eateries, the shops and farms for backpackers, Jeffery’ Bay attracts the surfers and adventure lovers to experience the thrill of water adventure.

33. Palace of Lost City

The luxury accommodation in Sun City resort South Africa, the Palace of lost city is a great architectural building standing amidst the wilderness of Pilanesberg. The Palace is influenced by the myth of a lost African kingdom that is now the premium rated resort for families on vacation in South Africa.

34. Drakensberg Mountain

The UNESCO world heritage site in South Africa, Drakensberg Mountain is a dramatic attraction that lures the travellers with its natural wonders. It is recorded to be the highest mountain of South Africa ranging up to 3482 metres above sea level.

35. Sani Pass

The highest pass in South Africa, Sani Pass is the most scenic attraction with the natural vista and threatening cliffs. One can discover the hiking trails exploring the abundance of nature’s beauty. Being the only link between Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal, a drive along the Pass will be the most magical experience.

36. Hobie Beach

A popular attraction for South Africa honeymoon packagesHobie beach is known for the amazing activities like body-boarding, surfing, sunbathing and more. The sandy shores and the warm waves make it ideal to enjoy a long walk or jog along the coastline.

37. Signal hill

Whether you are looking for the thrill of hiking or admiring the beauty of Cape Town drowning in the hue of dusk, Signal hill is the great attraction you can explore. The 350m high summit is best for night, and picnic dinners.

38. Maze of the lost city

Constructed as the semi-ruined Mayan stone maze, Maze of the lost city is an entertainment place covering up an area of 2200square meters. There is a 90-meter suspension bridge from the Sun City Entertainment Centre that is connected to the Maze making it more thrilling.

39. The Three Rondavels

Falling on the Panorama Route, the Three Rondavels are three peaks resembling the Rondavels. This is the most spectacular viewpoint of Panorama Route where you can get the glimpse of northern edges of the Drakensberg.

40. Battlefields 

There are South Africa tour packages specialized with the historical tour where you can experience the cruelty of the past and violent chaos. The Battlefield is the best attraction you can discover that exhibits the encounters and bloodshed in the 19th century as a result of the war between the British, Boer and the Zulu.

The game reserves and national parks

game reserves and national park

The game reserves and national parks are the major tourist attraction in South Africa that attracts the wildlife enthusiast and nature lovers. Housing the endemic species of African wilds and the endangered wilderness, South Africa stands as the best destination for safari and game drive tours. While there are many wildlife conservancies, one thing they have in common is the calm and tranquil setting amidst the natural surrounding and the enthralling wildlife tours organized for the guests. The national parks and game reserves of South Africa list some of the best lodges and resorts where you will experience the luxury and comfort.

Taking about the wildlife, South Africa houses the Big Five like lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo along with wild dogs, impala, giraffe, deer and other wild creatures. There are many private and national game reserves out of which these can be the best attraction you can pick for your South Africa safari packages.

  • Kruger national park
  • Garden route game reserve
  • Pilanesberg national park
  • Addo elephant national park
  • Madikwe game reserve
  • Dinokeng Game Reserve
  • Karoo National Park
  • Kalahari Gemsbok National Park
  • Mongena Game Lodge
  • Tala Private Game Reserve

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