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10 Things you simply must do on a South Africa vacation

South Africa is a traveler’s paradise. Not only does it offer incredible historical significance, the people are friendly and there is a lot of fun to be had! We’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in South Africa. So take a seat, and start planning a trip to South Africa with these great activities.

Go up Table Mountain

Looming large over Cape Town, spectacular scenery is all around with a wide array of outdoor adventures on this iconic mountain. There are hiking trails galore, and the best way to get to the top is by aerial cableway. Once you get there, the fun is just beginning, with both free and paid tours, and lunch options!

Wine tasting in Franschoek

About an hour’s drive west of Cape Town is the savory grape and gastronomic capital of Franschoek, and South Africa’s oldest settlement. Dutch influence runs deep here, as does the French Huguenots, who brought their knowledge of wine-making to the people of South Africa. There are many wineries to sample, making it a great day trip from Cape Town.

Visit Kruger National Park

Located in the northeast part of South Africa, it is one of the continent’s largest game reserves. It’s high density of animals include the “Big 5”: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. Booking a safari here means you will have a world-class experience in viewing not only exotic mammals, but plenty of birds such as eagles, storks and vultures.

Swim with Penguins

Just a 40-minute drive from Cape Town will take you to another world. One of the few places on the planet where you will find a penguin colony and have the chance to swim with them in their natural habitat. A conservation fee is required to gain access, but once there, you can watch the penguins frolic in the waves (just don’t feed or touch them!)

Explore the cango Caves

These awesome caves are a series of dripstone caverns that open into vast halls of towering stalagmite formations, that carry such names as ‘glass tower fantasy’, ‘the bridal couple’, and ‘the hanging shawl.’ Take an amazing subterranean exploratory walk inside a geological wonder.

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Hike the Garden Route

Along the South Cape, you will drink in the sights of incredible beaches, stunning rock formations and majestic waterfalls as you hike one of the most beautiful spots on Earth. There are several attractions along the Garden Route, including the Knysna Heads and the world’s highest commercial bungee jump of Bloukrans Bridge.

Surf at valley of the waves

An inviting oasis in the heart of South Africa, enjoy both a peaceful sojourn and family fun at this Sun City resort. Picture a palm-fringed beach with crystalline waters. Now imagine yourself on a sun lounger as the sun sets over the valley. This tropical paradise is a short drive from Johannesburg.

Take a tour of soweto

This is a wonderful township in Johannesburg that offers a historical and political perspective of the South African people. Tours of this sprawling township offer a unique insight into the day-to-day living of local residents and you learn about the Soweto uprising of 1976.

Visit the Apartheid Museum

Located in Johannesburg, this museum is one not to miss if you are at all interested in the history and moving story of the history of 20th century South Africa.

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10 most adventurous things to do when visiting South Africa

The pride of Africa and its vast planes can be enjoyed in ultimate luxury. If you want the South Africa not only has breath taking scenery but is a platform for many activities that will literally take your breathe away.

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Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jumping

For some, the most breath taking would be bungee jumping 216 metres off Bloukrans Bridge in the Tsitsikamma area of the Garden Route. This is famous for being one of the worlds highest commercial bungee jumps. You haven’t really bungee jumped unless you’ve Bloukrans Bridge jumped! Nothing gives one a sense of sheer adrenalin more than diving off a platform with a cord tied to oneself and seeing the ground in the distant future. The Bloukrans Bridge is world-famous in the bungee-jumping community, so get those “big boy” or “big girl” pants on, and give it a go. Getting to the bridge is extremely easy as it is located on the main highway on the Garden Route, so you have no excuses for not finding it! Also, because it is not far from the Bloukrans Bridge, we recommend stopping and visiting Plettenberg Bay, it is a truly beautiful coastal town.

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Tandem Skydiving in Mossel Bay

Being airborne and on cloud 9 doesn’t end at bungee and swing jumping. Tandem sky dive from 10 000 feet in the beautiful Mossel Bay. Mossel Bay isn’t the only place to sky dive in South Africa, there’s also opportunities in Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Langebaan. The thrill of being in the air plus the exquisite views is a ticket to heaven. To get started, simply sign-up with any of South Africa’s many Skydiving clubs – they will provide you with all the information that you need to get started. You will need to do some training prior to your jump, so if you’re strapped for time, make sure you check out how long before your jump you need to be there. With South Africa’s majestic scenery, taking a jump will surely provide you with absolutely magnificent views, as well as providing you with an experience that you will absolutely never forget. Dont forget to purchase a video of your dive – most Skydiving Clubs provide this as an added extra.

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Tswalu Kalahari

Tswalu Kalahari - covering over 110,000 hectares of grasslands and mountains, Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve where only 30 guests are allowed at a time in order to preserve the authenticity and magic of South Africa’s deep wildlife. Through a combined effort of conservation from the lodge and its guests the aim is to leave behind a legacy for future generations to enjoy. Tswalu offers personalised and tailor-made experiences, the exploration of endangered wildlife, diverse habitats and of course conservation. All from the breath-taking private accommodation.

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Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge - Madikwe game reserve is home to this exquisite private lodge that offers 75000 hectares of land, home to the big 5 and much more. Not only is the lodge set amongst boulders and a beautiful landscape but is strategically placed in the centre of the reserve so that guests get the upper hand in order to see the best that the reserve has to offer. Another important bonus is that Madikwe is a malaria free game reserve!

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Singita Lebombo

Singita Lebombo Lodg e- Lebombo Lodge offers “front row seats” to the Kruger National park and is unique in its design and structure- juxtaposing contemporary with African for a dramatic and authentic twist. The private villa boasts a roof terrace, a wine studio, a rooftop view area, friendly staff and a pool. It also has a spa, private game walks, archery, a gym, a boutique and gallery, photography, cooking classes and game drives. This lodge gives definition to exploring wildlife in style.

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Royal Malewane

Royale Malewane - The Kruger National Park is home to phenomenal wildlife butt also to this luxury lodge which is situated in the greater areas of the park in the Thorny Bush Private Game Reserve. Royale Malewane offers modern luxuries in an authentic setting. The game viewings cannot be rivalled as the guides are some of the best there is and are known for getting right up close to the big 5. After a long day of sight seating guests are invited to unwind at the luxury spa. The combination of relaxation and exploration is perfection.

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Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

Ivory Lodge Lion Sands - situated in Mpumalanga, Ivory Lodge is not only heaven on earth but built from earth. Steel, wood, thatch, grass, water and sand is used to create the lodge and connect guests to nature in every possible way causing the experience to be holistic and multi- dimensional. Many of the Villa’s over look the Sabie River and other comforts include a lounge and dining area, a gym, an art gallery and a spa.

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Thanda Kwazulu Natal

Thanda Safari - “Thanda” means “love” in isiZulu and that’s exactly what it portrays. A love for nature, a love for animals and a love for the Zulu culture. The experience, which can be found in the KwaZulu Natal, includes wildlife at its finest, magnificent staying quarters and an immersive experience in the culture. There is also a strong emphasis on conservation for future generations, because beauty like this should last many lifetimes!

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10 most adventurous things to do when visiting South Africa

South Africa not only has breath taking scenery but is a platform for many activities that will literally take your breathe away.

bloukrans-bridge-bungee-jumping.jpg

Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jumping

For some, the most breath taking would be bungee jumping 216 metres off Bloukrans Bridge in the Tsitsikamma area of the Garden Route. This is famous for being one of the worlds highest commercial bungee jumps. You haven’t really bungee jumped unless you’ve Bloukrans Bridge jumped! Nothing gives one a sense of sheer adrenalin more than diving off a platform with a cord tied to oneself and seeing the ground in the distant future. The Bloukrans Bridge is world-famous in the bungee-jumping community, so get those “big boy” or “big girl” pants on, and give it a go. Getting to the bridge is extremely easy as it is located on the main highway on the Garden Route, so you have no excuses for not finding it! Also, because it is not far from the Bloukrans Bridge, we recommend stopping and visiting Plettenberg Bay, it is a truly beautiful coastal town.

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Tandem Skydive at Mossel Bay

Being airborne and on cloud 9 doesn’t end at bungee and swing jumping. Tandem sky dive from 10 000 feet in the beautiful Mossel Bay. Mossel Bay isn’t the only place to sky dive in South Africa, there’s also opportunities in Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Langebaan. The thrill of being in the air plus the exquisite views is a ticket to heaven. To get started, simply sign-up with any of South Africa’s many Skydiving clubs – they will provide you with all the information that you need to get started. You will need to do some training prior to your jump, so if you’re strapped for time, make sure you check out how long before your jump you need to be there. With South Africa’s majestic scenery, taking a jump will surely provide you with absolutely magnificent views, as well as providing you with an experience that you will absolutely never forget. Dont forget to purchase a video of your dive – most Skydiving Clubs provide this as an added extra.

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River Rafting on the Orange River

If these air activities don’t quite float your boat, try white river rafting down one of South Africa’s most well- known rivers, the Orange River which runs through Richtersveld. These exhilarating waters promise rapids for all levels and fun all round. Along with the rapids there’s also beautiful scenery, an enriching history and the chance to get away from the hub and bub of city life to simply experience the remoteness of nature. There are a fair few companies that offer a variety of awesome adventures on the Orange River, so make sure you check out a few of them before deciding on which one you wish to do. They vary in the lengths of time on the river, they types of canoes etc, so do your research first. Make sure you pack your sun-cream, as it can be scorchingly hot on the river.

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Kayaking in St Lucia

If rapids aren’t exciting enough on their own, St Lucia in Kwa- Zulu Natal offers a kayaking experience like no other- kayak with the worlds most notoriously dangerous animals- hippos and crocodiles! A kayak, nature and some exciting creatures, what more could you ask for? Whilst kayaking in St Lucia looks incredibly serene and picturesque (and it is!), the presence of these incredible animals makes sure that you have enough in the back of your mind to stay alert at all times. The surrounding landscape is rich in a variety of indigenous vegetation, and it is green all year round. Again, there are a number of companies that offer this, so do your research first.

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Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai

While we’re still water bound, it would be remiss to come to South Africa and not pay a visit to our sharp toothed friends. Gansbaai near Cape Town is the spot for this (although there are other cage dive options around Cape Town, Gansbaai is the best one to opt for as the sharks have been known to hang around here all year round). Shark cage diving offers the unique opportunity of going into the territory of Great White Sharks, while remaining securely in your cage. The cages are incredibly safe, so you don’t need to fear any mishaps. Become acquainted with their cold intensity while they circle you as you submerge in the salty water. Shark Cage diving is the perfect opportunity to face your fears in the deep dark ocean. Send our love to Jaws…

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Hike the Otter Trail

After some air and water adventures, maybe its time to keep our feet firmly on the ground. There’s no better way to do this than by hiking the surreal Otter trail from Storm’s River Mouth to Natures Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park. The trail is 42.5km and can take up to 5 days! The hike is not for the feint hearted as it is a strenuous climb over great distances. Some of the terrain can be arduous to climb, so if you are not pretty fit, give this a miss. But if you can do this, you can do anything. Book for this now to prove if you really are a cut above the rest.

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Paraglide off Table Mountain

Table Mountain is one of South Africa’s most prized possessions, making it onto the list of 7 world wonders. Climbing or using the cable car can seem too conventional to do this attraction any justice, so why not abseil down! The abseil starts 1000 feet above sea level and is 112metre descent making it the world’s highest commercial abseiling point. Not only is it high, but the views will make it the most worthwhile. If you really want to engage in a typical tourist attraction but in the most unique way, then this is for you. You also have the option of paragliding down the mountain, you need to arrange this first with one of the companies that offer this.