South Africa Bound? Miss Out On These Sights And You’ll Regret It
Double the size of Texas, or as big as Spain and France squished together, it only makes sense that there is a lot to do in South Africa. This means that the problem isn’t ‘what can we do’, it’s ‘what shall we do!’?
Whether you’ve got three days or three months in South Africa, using that time wisely is important. First up, decide what your priorities are. Nature? Then decide if mountains, sharks or plants are more your thing. That’s because SA has all of these, available for your adoration. Or perhaps history? Then you’ll need to whittle it down to the best museums and historical sites the country has to offer. The topic of Apartheid is part of the country’s past, but learning about it in-country is a great way to expand your knowledge. Or are you more of an adrenaline junkie? Or could you shop until you drop?
Whichever of these possibilities and topics tickles your fancy, you’re in luck. You could do anyone of these things in South Africa- or even all of them. But take it from us. Miss out on any of these sites or destinations and you may seriously regret it! Oh well… you’ll just have to plan your return visit ASAP!
Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay
You may have heard of shark watching before, and presumed it to be like whale watching. Meaning that you stand in safe place- on land or in a boat- and look out into the water. Well, you can also watch sharks in this way, and South Africa has a good population of them. However, for a truly spectacular experience, how about heading down into the water itself? The shark-infested waters that is! You’ll be protected by a glass six person cage, of course, but we dare you not to jump the first time one approaches!
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town
When it comes to natural wonders and beauties in Cape Town, Table Mountain National Park will usually get the first mention. Yes- we will mention it in this article also. How could we not!? However, a whole lot of love and appreciation is also deserved for the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Back in 2013, they opened a tree-top walkway. It sits high above the 9,000 plant species and (and many more trees) the gardens are home to. In the Spring and Summer months, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens also host concerts! They’re on Sunday afternoons, but the gardens themselves are open all year around.
Apartheid Museum, Jo’burg
Jo’burg’s Melville is home to one of the most prominent museums in all of South Africa. The Apartheid Museum serves as a stark reminder of the country’s complex past. There are 22 individual segments of the museum, which takes you through the entire story. Whether you want to learn more or be reminded of your prior understanding, this is the museum to do it at.
Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town
Okay, we promised to give it a mention, so here goes! Cape Town is guarded, protected and looked down upon by the grand Table Mountain. It is also a National Park, hence its name. The 24 million visitors that broach the parks grounds each year aren’t there for nothing. The mountain itself is stunning, and the views and vistas once you reach the top will take your breath away. There are a few different ways to get to this point, cablecar and hiking being two of the most popular.
Orlando Power Station, Soweto
You may have seen the Orlando Power Station in Soweto, South Africa, before, but not known what or where it is. Well, now is the time to learn. The coal fire power station spent 50 years serving Jo’burg but is now decommissioned. Over the course of 6 arduous months, both towers were painted to reveal the stunning appearance they have today. And from the top, you can jump. Bungee jump, of course! A 100m cord will drop you through the air giving you an experience to ensure you never forget your visit to South Africa! If that is a bit too much for you, abseiling is also an option.
V&A Waterfront Mall, Cape Town
Whatever kind of traveller you are, there is a good chance you like a spot of shopping. This might be actually buying goodies to return home with, or just window-shop. Whichever you’re in the mood for on a trip to South Africa, the V&A Waterfront Mall has over 450 shops, cafes and restaurants! The retail outlets themselves range from everyday wear to high end fashion, with everything in between.