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Golden beaches, lively cities, mountain landscapes and nature reserves teeming with wildlife await in Africa’s southernmost country.

South Africa appeals to adventurists, backpackers, honeymooners and families with a spellbinding mix of diverse cities, jaw-dropping scenery and majestic wildlife. Discover beach towns and tribal villages, hike to mountain peaks, search for Africa’s big five animals and tour magnificent vineyards.

Often called the Rainbow Nation, South Africa is influenced by tribal communities and European and Indian settlers. Listen to some of the 11 official languages and dozens of dialects. English is spoken throughout the tourist areas.

Start in the Western Cape, famous for winemaking. Visit Cape Town, home of Table Mountain, Dutch-inspired districts and chic beach suburbs, such as Camps Bay and Hout Bay. At the city’s lively Victoria & Alfred Waterfront precinct, take the ferry to Robben Island as part of the tour that shows you where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. From Cape Town, make your way down the west coast of the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope, an area of spectacular scenery. Travel back up the east coast to watch the antics of cute penguins at Boulders Beach, dive with sharks at Simon’s Town and surf big waves at Muizenberg.

Delve into South Africa’s world-famous winemaking traditions in Stellenbosch. Enjoy local cuisine in Franschhoek, the heartland of the nation’s culinary scene. Go whale-watching in Hermanus or hike to mountain lookouts in Montagu.

Travel via bus, luxury train or rented car along the Garden Route, an enchanting coastal road stretching between Mossel Bay and Storms River. Stop at beach towns, including Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

The Eastern Cape has some of South Africa’s best surf spots, especially Jeffreys Bay and Port Alfred. Learn about the customs of the Xhosa people in Coffee Bay or trek across the Valley of Desolation’s barren landscapes.

Toward the north is Johannesburg, with urban sprawl, historic architecture and a tourist-friendly shanty town, once Nelson Mandela’s home. Experience the country’s Indian influences in Durban, the gateway to the Drakensberg Mountains. Take side trips to Lesotho and Swaziland, two picturesque landlocked kingdoms.

Join guided walks, jeep safaris and self-driven tours of superb game parks and nature reserves. Get close to endangered rhinos at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and walk with elephants at Addo Elephant National Park. Tsitsikamma National Park is great for watching birds and dolphins. In Kruger National Park, look for the big five animals in their natural habitats.

Find a sun-drenched location to enjoy South Africa’s incredible diversity year-round.

Popular cities in South Africa

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront which includes a lake or waterhole
Cape Town
Known for Mountains, Sea and Tours

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Reasons to visit

  • Castle of Good Hope
    Castle of Good Hope
  • Boulders Beach
    Boulders Beach
  • Table Mountain
    Table Mountain
Port Elizabeth which includes a pond and bird life
Port Elizabeth
Known for Tours, Safaris and Golf

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Reasons to visit

  • King's Beach
    King's Beach
  • Hobie Beach
    Hobie Beach
  • Kragga Kamma Game Park
    Kragga Kamma Game Park
Knysna
Knysna
Known for Golf, Scenery and Forests

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Reasons to visit

  • Knysna Quays
    Knysna Quays
  • Knysna Lagoon
    Knysna Lagoon
  • Goukamma Nature and Marine Reserve
    Goukamma Nature and Marine Reserve
Johannesburg - Gauteng which includes a sunset, modern architecture and a high rise building
Johannesburg
Known for Shopping, Safaris and Cafes

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Reasons to visit

  • SAB World of Beer
    SAB World of Beer
  • Johannesburg Art Gallery
    Johannesburg Art Gallery
Durban showing night scenes, general coastal views and a city
Durban
Known for Beaches, Sea and Relaxing

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Reasons to visit

  • uShaka Marine World
    uShaka Marine World
  • Durban Botanical Gardens
    Durban Botanical Gardens
Kruger National Park which includes zoo animals, land animals and dangerous animals
Kruger National Park
Known for Wildlife, Safaris and Nature

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Reasons to visit

  • Sabi Sands Game Reserve
    Sabi Sands Game Reserve
  • Paul Kruger Entrance Gate
    Paul Kruger Entrance Gate

Popular places to visit in South Africa

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park

South Africa’s flagship national park offers a chance to experience the vast untamed savannah, wild rivers, ancient cultures and the country’s most iconic wildlife.

Cape of Good Hope
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Cape of Good Hope

Experience the stunning scenery and a wealth of native wildlife at what is almost Africa’s most southerly point.

Table Mountain
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Table Mountain

One of the world’s oldest mountains creates an iconic backdrop to the Cape Town skyline. Climb to the summit for breathtaking views of the surrounding coast.

Boulders Beach
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Boulders Beach

Get a privileged close-up view of an African penguin colony among the spectacular rock formations at this beach that also offers excellent swimming conditions.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Discover the diversity of South Africa’s extraordinary flora with a stroll around the country’s premier botanic gardens.

Blyde River Canyon
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Blyde River Canyon

Drive or hike through one of the largest canyons in the world. View stunning geological formations and take part in thrilling outdoor pursuits.