South Africa is a country located on the southernmost tip of the African continent, Marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game. The Western Cape offers beaches, lush wine lands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain.
Travelers can hop aboard one of the new Gautrain trains and buses to explore or take a guided tour to visit the under listed places in South Africa.
Johannesburg, affectionately called Jo’burg, Jozi, and E’Goli, the “city of gold,” is the financial and industrial metropolis of South Africa, built on a rich history of gold mining. The city is rapidly evolving from a crime-tainted safari stopover to a vibrant hub for arts and culture. It is also the second largest city on the continent with more than 3 million people. A visit to the infamous Soweto Township is getting increasingly popular, The Apartheid Museum, constitutional Hill, Gold Reef City, The Mandela Museum, The Maboneng Precinct, South African National Museum, all this will fascinate your experience during your stay in Jozi.
Addo Elephant National Park
Located in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, the Addo Elephant National Park is one of the country’s larger parks. The Park is famous for its elephant population that has a special, brownish skin colour due to the red soil. Amongst the elephants other animals, like ostriches, antelopes and warthogs can be seen. As part of the park’s expansion, a group of lions and a group of spotted hyenas have been introduced to the park in 2004.
South Africa’s second-largest city, Durban is located on South Africa’s eastern coast. Durban’s subtropical climate, scenic beaches and close proximity to Johannesburg has made the coastal city a popular vacation destination for South Africans. The English Colonial architecture that once dominated the city has been enlivened by a mix of Zulu murals, Islamic mosques, Hindu temples and Christian churches.
Located on the southwest tip of South Africa’s Western Cape Province, Cape Town is the most popular tourist destination in all of Africa. The metropolis enjoys a mild, Mediterranean climate, a well-developed infrastructure and a spectacular natural setting. Cape Town’s centre is located in a relatively small area between Table Mountain and Table Bay. The city also serves as a home base for exploring nearby attractions, including the region’s many diverse beaches as well as the rolling hills and valleys of the Winelands.
The Market Theatre complex housed in a converted market building, plays a major part in Johannesburg’s cultural life. It has four live theatre venues where some of the finest productions in South Africa are presented. The complex also includes a bookshop, art and photographic gallery, and restaurants. Kippie’s is a popular jazz venue, with music by well-known musicians in the evenings. In the huge parking lot opposite the Market Theatre complex a large flea market is held every Saturday. Adjoining the Market Theatre, Museum Africa has as impressive ethnological department, with reproductions of the huts, tools, arts and crafts, dress, and toys of South African tribes.
At the Lion Park, animal lovers can enjoy a close-up experience with wildlife less than an hour’s drive from downtown Johannesburg. Animal interactions are the highlight here. Visitors can opt for experiences such as cuddling a lion cub, a cheetah walk, and interactions with giraffes and ostriches. Self-guided tours are permitted, but visitors can also join a guided game drive in the park’s vehicles to see lions, cheetahs, zebras, ostriches, wild dogs, hyenas, and various species of antelopes. The park also offers a two-hour lion tour and a special photographic tour in an electric vehicle. Children will love the rides here, including the jungle gyms and jumping castles. Visitors should adhere to all safety regulations and keep their windows up when driving through the park.
About 55 kilometres from Johannesburg, Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa and is worth visiting for its impressive line-up of historical buildings, monuments, and museums. Ablaze with the purple hues of jacarandas in the spring, Pretoria is also a city of beautiful parks and gardens. Highlights of a visit here include the Pretoria National Botanic Garden, the Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Park, the large zoo, and a clutch of peaceful nature reserves within the city limits with diverse wildlife and an abundance of birds.