10 Top Tourist Attractions in South Africa

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Popular for its great weather, warm hospitality, local cuisine and wildlife, it’s easy to understand there are many top tourist attractions in South Africa. With millions of tourists flocking the country every year, the allure is strong. However, with so many best places to visit in South Africa, it can be very difficult to decide what to choose for a single trip with limited time. To make it easier for you, here is the list of 10 top South Africa tourist attractions:

  1. Table Mountain

Table Mountain

Table Mountain is one of South Africa’s most photographed tourist attractions. This iconic natural landmark is popular because of its mind-boggling variety of plants that appeal to scientists, photographers, bird-watchers, and nature lovers.

Official Website: https://www.tablemountain.net/

  1. Durban Golden Mile

10 Top Tourist Attractions in South Africa

The Golden Mile in Durban is one of the most beautiful breathtaking coastal destinations in South Africa.  The view as one strolls down the Golden Mile is breathtaking. Nothing beats the joy of listening to the ocean while taking a romantic walk with your loved one or family. From swimming, surfing or just jogging there is something for everyone to do.

Official Website: https://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch/

  1. Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

10 Top Tourist Attractions in South Africa

South Africa has no shortage of breathtaking views, yet Victoria & Alfred Waterfront takes the top spot in the “postcard-like vistas” category. It was designed to be diverting and tourist-friendly. You can perform many activities here e.g. walking, jogging, shopping, riding the Ferris wheel – all under the watchful eye of the Table Mountain.

Official Website: https://www.waterfront.co.za/

  1. Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope

First sighted in 1488 by Bartolomeu Dias, Cape of Good Hope is not only appealing to tourists, but it also attracts birds. More than 250 different bird species have been discovered here. Apart from bird-watching, tourists come here for deserted beaches, amazing photo sessions, and great walks.

Official Website: https://capepoint.co.za/

  1. Robben Island

Robben Island

Used as a prison since the 17th century, Robben Island has been home to a leper colony. Today, it is a great monument to everything that happened here over its history. Don’t forget to take a peek into Mandela’s actual cell. The opportunity is usually offered by many guided tours.

Official Website: http://www.robben-island.org.za/

  1. Boulders Beach


Boulders Beach is more than just another sandy spot on the shoreline. It is home to African penguins. Big boulders protect the beach from violent winds and waves. The sand is rarely crowded and it is always clean. Most likely, it will be just you and your family/friends. And a bunch of cute birds.

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  1. Kruger National Park


When it comes to spotting big game, there’s probably no better place in the world than Kruger National Park. The biggest animal sanctuary on the continent boasts well-maintained roads as well as numerous restaurants, stores, campsites, and lodges.

Official Website: https://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/

  1. Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden offers a safe home to more than 200 species of African birds. It is an ideal place for both birds and bird lovers. Encompassing a gorge and a forest, Birds of Eden is the world’s largest free-flight aviary. Apart from cranes, swans, and flamingos, it also houses miniature monkeys.

Official Website: https://www.birdsofeden.co.za/

  1. Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve


One of South Africa’s amazing natural wonders, Blyde River Canyon is the largest green canyon in the world and also the third largest canyon in the world. This is one of South Africa’s most impressive natural features and a major attraction area for those who enjoy the outdoors, hiking and scenery.

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  1. Cape Winelands


The Cape Winelands is a beautiful wine-producing region within a half hour’s drive from Cape Town. The stunningly beautiful Cape Winelands region consists of 6 main wine-producing areas; Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, Wellington, Helderberg and Constantia. The Winelands is a paradise for food lovers and wine lovers.

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10 thoughts on “10 Top Tourist Attractions in South Africa

  1. All of these attractions look amazing. I have always wanted to travel to South Africa. This is a great guide. Thanks for sharing

  2. Thanks Rochelle, hope you will visit South Africa some time.

  3. I’m actually planning a big African trip (north to south via the west, then back to the north via the east) after this virus craziness is over, so I’ll keep this in mind!

  4. Thank you, good to hear about your big African trip plans. Looking forward to following your trip once all is back to normal.

  5. Thank you, Kruger is the best place to experience Africa’s wildlife.

  6. Thank you so much for doing the job here, everyone will like your post.

    King regards,
    Lunding Hessellund

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