5 Places to Visit in South Africa
Coral reefs, diving with sharks, magnificent mountain ranges, white-water rafting, and golden beaches are what makes up the exquisite country of South Africa. A part of the hauntingly beautiful continent Africa, this country retains its roots while diving into the vibrancy of the world. With one foot set deep into nature and wildlife, and the other foot into the ever-changing cities, South Africa offers the travelers rawness of the old world and freshness of the new world. It takes the lead when it comes to diversity and a stupefying experience of the world. Here is our list of the 5 places in South Africa that are sure to leave you spellbound.
Cape Town –
Nuzzled between rugged mountains on one side and a calming sea on the other, Cape Town is considered to be one of the most breath-taking cities of the world. It also brings South Africa’s cultural diversity to the forefront with all major religions coexisting peacefully. Hike to the peak of the spectacular flat-topped Table Mountain for a stunning view of the city, and stroll along the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens located on the eastern slope of the mountain. If you are an adventure enthusiast, try abseiling off Table Mountain or tandem-paragliding off Lion’s Head. But if you’re looking for relaxation then be sure to indulge in the chic shops and cafes that Cape Town has to offer.
Popularly known as the Miami beach of South Africa, Durban is caressed by the natal bay of the Indian Ocean. A coastal city at its core, Durban strives on its water sports for the adventurers, English colonial architecture for the history buffs, and a perfect subtropical weather for the ones looking for some coastal therapy. One can rent a bike or a Segway to explore the city or take a stroll along the legendary waterfront promenade, the Golden Mile. If you are one for the cultural arts, then Durban lets you experience the Zulu culture in all its glory.
It is said that Johannesburg represents the spirit of South Africa with its multicultural background, economical rollercoaster, and emergence as a top tourist destination. Johannesburg has seen it all. Popularly known as Jo’burg, it is also referred to as the ‘Golden City’ owing to the rich deposits of the precious metal. Once home to Nelson Mandela, Jo’burg also offers you a peek into the Mandela House. This rapidly changing city has a tough history, but it has come out stronger with a boom in tourist hot spots. Fine dining, entertainment, couture shops, historical monuments, hipster neighborhoods, it truly lets you see what South Africa as a country is all about.
Garden Route –
A coastal corridor in the southern coast of South Africa, Garden Route stretches for 200 kms along some of the most breath-taking coastal scenery. The route runs along Mossel Bay in the western cape to Storm’s River in the eastern cape. This popular driving route passes through rolling green hills, pretty coastal towns, lagoons, lakes, and coastal cliffs. The name itself came from the diverse vegetation that this route has to offer, with sheer natural beauty. Garden Route also offers a variety of exciting outdoor activities to keep you occupied and fascinated.
The best shore-based whale watching destination in the world, Hermanus was once a quaint little town. However, from June to December, the bay becomes a swimming ground for a large number of southern right whales, which turned this fishing village into a full-fledged bustling tourist town. Hermanus has maintained the rustic charm and natural beauty while offering a host of activities and at the same time. Whale watching, wine tasting, pristine beaches, art galleries and a delight for culinary connoisseurs, Hermanus has slowly made way into the list of the top 5 places to visit in South Africa.
The ideal destination for any adventurous traveler, South Africa has amazing experiences on offer. A land of diversity, it offers virgin natural beauty, cosmopolitan cities, cultural depth and the most thrilling adventures. It is a multiethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. We at SkyLink offer a complete package that lets you experience this diverse country in all its wild glory.