What to do on your holiday in South Africa

April 9, 2013 by Monica

If you’re travelling to South Africa be prepared for an unforgettable holiday. Whether you’re looking for stylish cities, non-stop action, delicious wine tasting tours, cultural activities, safaris adventures or you simply want to relax in the sunshine, South Africa has it all.

Here are just a few of the things you can do while you’re in South Africa.

Drive along the Garden Route

Chapman's Peak Drive

If you’re looking for a road trip like no other, a drive along the Garden Route is an absolute must. Hire a car, preferably topless (the car, not you), and let the wind whip away the cobwebs as you travel along one of the most spectacular stretches of road in the world.

Travel from Mossel Bay to the Storms River Mouth and pass forests, beaches and lakes. If you’re looking for adventure try abseiling, mountain biking, sea-kayaking or black river tubing. If you’re looking to relax then pack your picnic and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Take a safari

Male Lion, Kruger National Park

South Africa is one of the best places in the world for a safari where you can spot lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, rhino, zebras, giraffes, springbok and so much more. Many people head to Kruger National Park which is the largest game reserve in Africa. There are thousands of animals within the park so you’re sure to spot some and you may even get the chance to see the Big Five.

Visit Table Mountain

Table Mountain is the most iconic landmark in South Africa. The flat-topped mountain overlooks Cape Town and attracts more than 20 million visitors a year. If you’re feeling energetic you can walk to the peak of the mountain in 3-4 hours. If hiking isn’t your thing then jump on the Cableway for a quick way to zip to the top and enjoy the views.

Soak up the sun

Durban

If you’re heading to South Africa for sun, sea and sand then Durban is the place for you. Located within the province of KwaZulu-Natal, you’ll find golden sands, clear seas, swaying coconut palms and all the water sports you could possibly wish for. What more would you want from a beach resort? Head to Margate for a family friendly beach where you’ll find gentle waves and plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained.

Shark cage diving

For the ultimate adrenaline rush while you’re in South Africa, head to the shores around Cape Town to dive with the great predators of the sea. You’ll need nerves of steel and a sense of adventure but this will undoubtedly be one scary swim you won’t forget in a hurry.

Explore Johannesburg

Johannesburg

The transformed city of Johannesburg is quickly becoming a chic destination that you will find on many ‘Top Cities to Visit’ lists. You will find the scars from South Africa’s turbulent past but also meet the people who are ensuring that urban renewal and social regeneration are making this city a highlight for anyone visiting South Africa.

Head to the Carlton Centre for epic views over the city from the 50th floor observation deck and explore Soweto, the massive township at the heart of South Africa’s uprising. For a modern view of the city, take a tasty trip to the Neighbourgoods Market where you’ll find over 100 speciality traders selling everything from vintage clothes, seasonal food produce and delicious cakes and coffees.

Let us know in the comments below if you can recommend any other activities or sights in South Africa.

If you want to know more about South Africa, check out these blog posts:

Drive yourself Hazy at Kruger National Park

Should you Bond with Cape Town?

Where to Stay in the South African Winelands

About Monica

Monica is a travel blogger with a love for stylish adventures around the world. She blogs over on The Travel Hack about everything from weekend breaks, stylish hotels, exotic holidays and adventure travel.