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Tourist Attractions in South Africa

February 9, 2011 by CTGManager

This article shares some of the best tourist attractions in South Africa

South Africa with all of its history, cultures, people and with an such an amazing outdoor climate throughout its vast lands it has some absolute stunning tourist attractions, ensuring that however discerning, of any age or gender the global visitor to this most beautiful country will always find something to their interest and be in awe of what is on offer.

To all South Africans the beauty of this country is the all year round opportunity to live the great outdoors way of life. To any visitor that wants to enjoy its splendour & live the life of the amazing people of “The Rainbow Nation” then to really experience and appreciate the land, cultures and its people they have to embrace this totally, as this will give them the chance to go back home to their own countries with memoirs that will with them for the rest of their lives.

Throughout the country and its 9 Provinces, The Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, KwaZulu Natal, North West Provence, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape & The Western Cape it has so many attractions.
It has 2 oceans from the Atlantic on the West Coast all the way up to Namibia and its Diamond Coast and along the southern and eastern side all the way to Mozambique the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean. These 2 mighty and vast oceans offer so much in the way of food for its people and major exports but to someone visiting who loves the sea the chance to going Whale Watching in the waters of the Western Cape, were the migrating Southern Right whales calve and nurse the young between the winter months of June until mid-November. They can be seen in many cases only metres from the shore another wonder of the world. The coast line of Cape Town to Durban some 1000 kilometres offers all year round viewing were the Bryde’s can be seen by boat as tend to be further of shore but also the great Humpbacks migrate across the region between the months of May until December. Also along this beautiful coast line of which there are many protected areas like The Transkei’s Wild Coast, Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay and its amazing Garden route and of course the Tsitsikamma National Park here you will see nearly different types of Whales, Dolphins, the Unglue African Penguins, Cape Fur seals & of course hundreds of other different types of bird & Sea Life to enchant all ages. Why not watch the Great Sardine Run an annual spectacle when in June – July sardines mass in their millions in the cold waters of the Atlantic and swim north to the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean, people call this the “Greatest Shoal on Earth”. Deep Sea Fishing is a must with Yellow Fin Tune a real test for even the true fisherman and can challenge the strongest. Also Shark diving in cages around Gansbaai in the southern cape (not for the feint hearted) were divers can listen to the dive master explaining the direction from which the shark is coming!!!

The cosmopolitan life of the “Mother City” Cape Town offers so much, in the 8th Wonder of the World in Table Mountain which is a must for every one either to use the 360 degree revolving Cable Car or to walk up via many of its foot paths and then view the 2 oceans and the city its self-day or night. The different foods and stunning restaurants and their settings, enjoy fish like Cray Fish fresh that day, or the dishes from the Cape Malay Quarter tasting of all the spices from the local markets. Then take a short boat trip across Table Bay to visit Robben Island again part of history were “Madiba” Nelson Mandela and many of the ANC activities were incarcerated for years until their release and the end of the apartheid regime in 1994. Take a look around one of the many Townships that stretch along the N2 from Cape Town all the way to Somerset West which will give you a real insight to the differences still in the wealth of the peoples of South Africa. Take a few trips to shop, eat or just enjoy the 1000’s of locals and visitors that go daily to the Water Front Area which has been purpose built over the past 20 years from the old fishing areas of Cape Town docks.

The Winelands of the Western Cape taking in Stellenbosch and its Afrikaner history, then on Franschoek were 277 French (so called Huguenots) fled France in 1685 & settled in this area of stunning beauty. The wines of the no 100’s of bespoke wine farms offering amazing wines to taste and buy, the food of this region and of course staying on your own wine farm for a few days makes dreams come true. Visit in February to April when they are harvesting and pressing as is something to be seen as the workers go about their tasks still many in the old tradition. In spring time view the beautiful flowers of the West Coast & Namaqualand which is so colourful no one would want to miss. Visit the Ostrich Farms around Oudtshoorn and ride one yourself!!, take a steam engine trip along the Indian Ocean from Mossel Bay to George taking in the views, go Bungi Jumping at Storms River and get that Adrenaline buzz through your soul. Travel on up to the Eastern Cape and visit the Addo Elephant Reserve, the windy city of Port Elizabeth and it beautiful warm seas and sandy beaches.

The Battlefields of KwaZulu Natal with its English history and heritage is a must with the likes of Rorkes Drift, Isandlwana & Spioekop to name a few of the battles with the victories and defeats against the Zulu nation and the Boers are must for a mentally stimulating experience. The mountain ranges and valleys along the Drakensberg Range offer so much in horse riding, fishing, walking, climbing and offer such breath taking scenery.

When visiting the 100’s of Game Farms and Safari parks that are mainly in the provinces of Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga offer to everyone the chance to see the “Big 5” Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo & Rhino and so much more. There are Private Game reserves that offer 5 star plus luxury and the National Game Parks run by the Parks Boards of South Africa like the most famous one Kruger National. The time to visit these is in the South African Winter May – September when the days are dry and night’s cold as the grass is short and it enables the visitor to view all the animals as they arrive at the water holes and as they rest. The summer tends to be very hot humid and rains therefor the grass is long making game viewing difficult.

There are museums in all the cities giving a real insight in to the past and are well worth at least one visit, for the Golfer you could not wish to play in a more beautiful place, from the coastal delights and up on to the provinces 6000ft above sea level were the ball travel so much further!!. How about seeing a Giraffe stop you taking you shot or landing in the water were crocodiles lurk, makes you pay far more careful. Taking all this in golf is a must for any handicap player a chance to play some of the world’s gems of courses. The other sports of South Africa like Cricket & Rugby to name a few as sport is the national past time of all South Africans can be seen at some of the very best in Stadiums of their kind in the world.

There are plenty of tourist attractions in South Africa for you to enjoy, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice and booking information.