10 Best Places to Visit in South Africa

South Africa is a country located in the Southern end of Africa. It covers an area of 2,798 kilometers. It is counted among 25 largest countries of the World due its area. It population is about 53 million. It is the mainland of the Old World or Eastern Hemisphere. The earth of the South Africa is diverse, there are plateaus somewhere and some area is covered with mountains. Whole of the natural views make South Africa a beautiful place. Some of the most important places are discussed below that are of great interest for the visitors.

Places to Visit in South Africa

Table Mountain

Aerial view of Cape Town city with Cape Town Harbour and Table Mountain, South Africa
Aerial view of Cape Town city with Cape Town Harbour and Table Mountain, South Africa

Table Mountain is a mountain with a flat top which overviews city of Cape Town in South Africa. Flag of Cape Town is featured on it. This mountain is part of Table Mountain National Park. There is a cableway covering the mountain for the visitors to enjoy the glory the nature around the mountain. This mountain is rich in biodiversity and is of great importance for the tourists.

Kruger National Park

Giraffe at dawn in Kruger park South Africa
Giraffe in the bush of Kruger national park South Africa. Giraffe at dawn in Kruger park South Africa

Kruger National Park is the largest park in South Africa and is the zone where wild animals are kept safe and are hunted in the way of sport, so it is the largest Game reserves. It occupies an area of 19,845 kilometers. It is located in provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The park is very much rich in biodiversity and contains many species of birds and animals and also many different plants. The diversity catches the concentration of its visitors.

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, harbor with recreation boats, shops, restaurants and Table Mountain on background. Cape Town, South Africa.

Victoria and Alfred waterfront is located in the Cape City of South Africa. This spot is tourists friendly and the visitors enjoy the beauty of this place to their full. It gives an eye-catching view of Atlantic Ocean, which makes it more beautiful. Prince Alfred and Queen Victoria started the construction of the harbor in 1860’s and it is named after him and his mother. It is the main sale point of South Africa and main fishing spot.

Robben Island

Robben Island and part of Cape Town as seen from the top of Table mountain
Lions Head, Signal Hill, Robben Island and part of Cape Town as seen from the top of Table mountain

Robben Island is an island in located in the Bay of Atlantic Ocean called Table Bay. Table Bay is 6.9 km in the west of the coast of Cape Town. The island covers an area of 5.07 square kilometers, 3.3 kilometers long in north south direction and 1.9 kilometers wide. It is almost oval in shape. Robbin Island is declared as World Heritage according to UNESCO. The island contained many spots for the entertainment of the tourists and a good place to visit.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
The Conservatory at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a desert house that displays the succulent treasures of southern Africa.

Kirstenbosch is located in the lap of Table Mountain in cape city. This garden was constructed in 1913 to preserve the unique flora of the Country. It covers an area of 1,300 acres. It was the first botanical garden that emphasized on the cultivation of some important native plants. It includes plants from different regions. There is a sculpture of a wild seed pot in the entrance of the garden and colors of nature are spread all around.

Cradle of Humankind

Cradle of Humankind
South African Tourism from South Africa, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Cradle of humankind is famous for its historical caves made by humans late in the history. It has been announced as World’s Heritage by UNESCO. It is located in the province of Gauteng, 50 kilometers in the Northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa. This place covers an area of 180 square miles. One of the caves known as Sterkfontein contains fossils which are about 2.3 million years old. It is an informative place to visit.

Gold Reef City

Gold Reef City
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Gold reef city is an amusement park located in Johannesburg in South Africa. The park was opened in 1800’s and the buildings contained in it are designed to mimic that era. There is museum located in the city. The museum is dedicated to gold mining and how the gold is separated from the ores. Also there are many shops for selling gold and it is the main market for selling gold.

Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good Hope
Diaz Beach (aka The Cape of Good Hope), adjacent to Cape Point in Table Mountain National Park, South Africa.

The Cape of Good Hope is rocky headland and bay of the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. This place provides a favorable environment for the productivity of many plants and animals and contains about 250 different species of birds only. There are also small animals with a range of verity which includes snakes, lizards, tortoise and different insects. The mountain is covered with a diversity of plants that makes it attractive.

Voortrekker Monument

Voortrekker Monument
The Voortrekker Monument, on Monument Hill in Pretoria, as seen from Fort Schanskop

Voortrekker monument is constructed in the memory of Voortrekkers who left the Cape colony in 1800’s. It is situated on the hilltop which makes it attractive. The monument is featured with many distinct features. There is beautiful garden the surrounds the monument. There is a wall of remembrance constructed in the memory of Voortrekkers. It is heritage center is South Africa located in Pretoria.

Blyde River Canyon

Blyde river Canyon
Blyde river Canyon panorama from Lowveld viewpoint over panoramic scenery in Mpumalanga South Africa

The Blyde River Canyon is a significant place with accordance to the Natural beauty in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The lush sub-tropical foliage makes it evergreen Canyon in the World. It is counted as the largest canyon of the World. It mostly contains red sandstone. The floral diversity makes it attractive for the visitors. There are many natural waterfalls that enhance the glory of that place.

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