South Africa as a tourist destination

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South Africa as a tourist destination has so much to offer. We recently asked our favorite travel experts where they are looking forward to travelling to and what they had to say will give you goosebumps. Below are the beautiful places in South Africa that you need to visit.

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Genesis Route

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Mpumalanga is my favorite province in South Africa and although the Panorama Route is highly popular, many tourists don’t know about the Genesis Route which is the gateway to the Kruger Lowveld, Swaziland and Mozambique say Dineo Zonke. Hiking in the Makhonjwas mountains Barberton is something I’m looking forward to doing shortly.

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Bavianskloof

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The second-place I am looking forward to travelling to is Bavianskloof, Eastern Cape, South Africa. A few years ago, I went camping at Bavianskloof Nature reserve and fell in love with the area because it’s filled with nature, has narrow gorges with flowing streams, and views of unspoilt wilderness. I’m at my happiest when I’m surrounded by nature which is why I’m looking forward to exploring Bavianskloof again.

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Augrabies Falls National Reserve

Third on my list is Augrabies Falls National Reserve, Northern Cape, South Africa. Although I’ve lived in South Africa all my life, I haven’t travelled much in the Northern Cape and have been doing some research on places to visit in the area. The Augrabies Falls have stood out for me because they’re very dramatic and beautiful. What’s great is that the falls are within walking distance from the rest camp which I’m sure will make my experience even more pleasant because of ease of access to the falls.

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Magoebaskloof

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P-E-A-C-E was my overarching theme for 2020 and I’ll continue on that path once the travel ban has been lifted says Lerato Lefafa

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The first place I’d want to visit is Magoebaskloof, it’s easily accessible from Johannesburg and will feed my current craving for a forest escape. I’d wake up in a pretty cabin, have my morning tea, go for a hike, zipline at Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour and chase waterfalls.

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The Drakensberg Mountains

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The Drakensberg Mountains
The Drakensberg is second on the list because it’s a mountainous beauty that offers great adventure. It‘s a manageable drive away from Johannesburg and all I can think of is getting my adrenaline pumped via abseiling, quad biking, White River rafting, flying through trees at Drakensberg Canopy Tour and horseback riding.
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Mpumalanga

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Lastly, I would visit my favourite place in SA being Mpumalanga (also not too far from Johannesburg.) This is indeed Nature’s Garden, as the scenery is unmatched. Bonus is that all the amazing attractions only require short drives and I could never get tired of seeing them over and over again.
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Quiver Tree Forest

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Quiver Trees Northern Cape
Quiver Trees in Northern Cape (Photo Credit: Nothern Cape Tourism)

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Northern Cape is the only province in South Africa that I have never visited before says Farirai from Gophari Travel. I am looking forward to going to the best natural attractions in Northern Cape such as Quiver Tree Forest. Before lockdown began, I had planned a trip to Clarens in Free State which had to be postponed. Clarens is therefore high on my must-visit list after lockdown. I love that Clarens is a close enough destination for a weekend road trip from Joburg!
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Golden Gate National Park

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I’m also looking forward to being out in nature at Golden Gate National Park and taking part in outdoor activities along Ash River.
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Tsitsikamma

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Tsitsikamma
Storm River Suspension Bridge (Tsitsikamma)

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The third destination I want to visit in South Africa after lockdown is Tsitsikamma in Eastern Cape. I travelled to Tsitsikamma for the first time in 2019 and it blew my mind. The view of the dark water of Storms River meets the ocean is one of the most beautiful sights I have seen. I’m looking forward to being out in nature again and taking it all in with much greater appreciation. After lockdown, I will be returning to Tsitsikamma with a group of eager travellers as I am currently putting together a Tsitsikamma group trip!
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Oudtshoorn

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Oudtshoorn a beautiful little town in the Klein Karoo is the first place on my where to travel in South Africa list. Its hidden away between the stunning Outeniqua and Swartberg mountains says, Gary Blom from Gary Blom Photography. It makes for a beautiful road trip exploring the natural surroundings and off-road stop to take in the breathtaking Rust-en-Vrede waterfall, this beautiful waterfall is hidden away in the mountains and requires some walking over Little Rockpools and bridges to see it in all its wonder.
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The well run Cango Wildlife Ranch is also a must-visit for any animal lover who wants to see some exotic and local animals. Then there is also the Cango Ostrich Farm where you will learn more about the ostrich birds and if you’re lucky, you may even see some eggs in incubation or hatching off if you are there at the right time.
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Cango Ostrich Farm
Photo Credit : Cango Ostrich Farm

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Schoenmakerskop

Schoenmakerskop is the second place on my where to travel in South Africa list. This little tranquil neighbourhood is nestled along the wild coastline of Nelson Mandela Bay AKA Port Elizabeth this is a beautiful stretch of the wilder coastline and perfect for nature photographers, hikers, whale watchers or just breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. This little village often sees Dolphins and whales jumping out and playing out at sea, there are benches lined across this stretch of the coastline where one can sit and take in the sunsets and views. The beautiful Sacramento trail allows you to walk form he little village of Schoenies to Sardinia Bay. Schoenmakers is also home to one of the cannons from the Portuguese man o’ war wreckage off the coast of Schoenmakerskop.
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Bronkhorstspruit

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Bronkhorstspruit is my last place on my where to travel in South Africa list – Specifically the Nan Hua Temple, this is the largest Buddhist temple and Seminary in Africa. It is a peaceful and tranquil place to go and take in the architectural masterpiece and to see a few monks, they won’t talk to you but their presence and calmness are felt. They hold meditation retreats for those who enjoy mindfulness meditation sessions, they also hold festivals such as dragoon dancing, and Chinese New Year and Lantern festivals.
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Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth

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Shark Rock Pier (Port Elizabeth)

Since our country has been in a state of emergency and the Lockdown was enforced as well as a travel ban, it has been difficult to pursue photography as we were confined to our homes says Cindy Bester a landscape photographer from Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth.

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But Lockdown and the travel ban has had its advantages.  Families had an opportunity to reunite and to bond again as life has been such a rush, it has given families and loved one’s quality time together.

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After the travel ban has been lifted, I yearn to be back at the beach, capturing some beautiful scenes.  There are so many places in South Africa and the world that are so beautiful but my ultimate destination to visit after the travel ban has been lifted is Nelson Mandela Bay Port Elizabeth South Africa.  The beaches are stunning especially at sunrise and sunset.  The city itself is beautiful and the people are so friendly.

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Cape Recife Lighthouse (Port Elizabeth)

There are so many landmarks, attractions and places of interest that can be visited such as, the Shark Rock Pier, Cape Recife Lighthouse, the Donkin Reserve, Amsterdamhoek and so many more beautiful places. So when the travel ban is lifted, make your way down to Nelson Mandela Bay Port Elizabeth South Africa and see for yourself how beautiful this part of the world is.

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Hoedspruit

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When the lockdown is over, I would like to take a road trip to Hoedspruit says Sbahle from Lets Get Lost in The Wald. Drive on that road through the mountains with specular views. Driving to Hoedspruit you get to witness some of the amazing views we have here in South Africa. The landscape on this route is picturesque, you can’t help it but to stop at the viewpoints and take it all in and then continue with your journey. I want to go on a game drive in Hoedspruit. Hoedspruit has amazing wildlife. I’m hoping to see a Leopard because it is the only animal out of the big five that I haven’t seen on a game drive.

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Cederberg Mountains

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Cederberg Mountains
Cederberg Mountains. Photo Credit: Tino Pori

I would also like to visit Cederberg the phenomenal golden landscape in the Western Cape.  Cederberg is about 180 km from Cape Town. Cederberg has breathtaking landscapes. It has this unique rock formation which is a landscape photographers dream.  You also get these unique accommodation places, where you can sleep in a cave, or you can sleep under the stars which sounds amazing. This would be such a unique experience for me. This is a spectacular nature lovers paradise. The breath-taking scenery along the gorge by the Umzimkulu River.

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Oribi Gorge

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I would love to try the famous zipline at Oribi Gorge. Visit Lake Eland game reserve. Get some adrenalin rush by taking a walk on the 80m suspended bridge. I can’t wait for everything to get back to normal. It will take a while but I’m hopeful.

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Hoedspruit or Bela-Bela

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Springboks

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My trips post-lockdown will be themed around celebrating the magnificent landscape diversity of South Africa says From Jozi With Love. It doesn’t matter how far or wide I travel across the world, South Africa will always have my heart as one of my favourite places to be. My first stop on my where to travel in South Africa bucket list will be in the bush, ideally in the golden landscapes of Hoedspruit or Bela-Bela, Limpopo, underrated yet incredible locations with a wide range of exciting things to explore.

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Paternoster

My second stop will be along the calming beaches of Paternoster, just outside Cape Town where I plan to take it easy and relax.

Kalahari Desert

My third stop will be a wild card of a place I’ve never been. I’m thinking of stargazing out in the Kalahari Desert in the Northern Cape.

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Clarens

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Kiara Lodge (Clarens Free State) Photo Credit: Handri Bekker

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Clarens in the Free State is the first place I am looking forward to visiting because I had planned to spend my birthday weekend there, but at the time our health minister had advised us to stop non-essential travel and I still want to see more of my home province says Mapitso from Sotho Girl Diaries. Clarens is beautiful and should be a must-see.

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Isimangaliso Wetland Park

The second place is Isimangaliso Wetland Park in Kwa-Zulu Natal: This park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1999 and I remember seeing it on Top Billing and I was instantly stunned. I’d love to go there and explore this magical place myself.

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Bloukrans Bungee

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Bloukrans Bungee is my last place on my South Africa travel list, I would love to try bungee jumping there and tick it off my bucket list, I just can’t stop thinking about it and I must try it.

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Limpopo

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Mpumalanga
Three Rondavels (Mpumalanga)

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The first place I would want to visit is Limpopo which borders Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and is in the Northern part of SA. It’s home to the Kruger National park and some of the most scenic places say Thobi from The Lived Experience. It’s rich in culture and its natural attractions are amazing. It’s lush and easily accessible by road. A must-visit province when this is done.

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Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga is the second place on my list of where to visit in South Africa, not only is it the 1st province we ever visited when we were young but it is also amazing for nature and it’s a beautiful landscape. It’s perfect for family travel and has many activities for all ages. If you’re looking for adrenaline, fun and beautiful waterfalls? Mpumalanga is it!!!

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Tsitsikamma

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The last place is Tsitsikamma, This is an area of the Garden Route on the Southern Coast of South Africa. If you love the coast it’s a top gem to see for dolphins, the rocky shores and the amazing fynbos. It’s a gem for hikers too with some of the best trails.

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Wild Coast

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Hole in the wall (Wild Coast, Eastern Cape)

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The Wild Coast in my home Province – Eastern Cape is definitely at the top of my post lockdown priority list of where to visit in South Africa says Travel With Miss J . The last time I visited the wild coast I was still in my teens. That was actually when the travel bug hit me. Last year I was meant to visit the Wild Coast with a friend for a hiking trip. It happened that after travelling from Cape Town to KZN via Johannesburg our tour guide informed us that the trip was cancelled due to very high tides which had lasted for weeks after heavy storms.  So we never even touched down in the Province.
So this year I had planned to enjoy the Wild Coast in May but guess what, fate had other plans once again and COVID-19 visited our shores with no guaranteed departure date. So I cannot wait for the opportunity to finally explore the Wild Coast post lockdown, to enjoy the pristine coastline and the rich cultural heritage that the Eastern Cape has to offer and showcase my beautiful home province to the world.
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Clarens

Second, on my bucket list is Clarens in the Free State. Exploring this small quirky town and adventuring into the Golden Gate National Park and taking in the beautiful views, hiking and enjoying horseback rides at my own pace will be a dream realised for me.
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Garden Route

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Garden Route
Garden Route

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To quench the lockdown travel thirst a visit to the Western Cape’s Garden Route will be a must! What I love the most about this Route is the endless opportunity of activities that are on offer all year round. Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation or both, the Garden Route has it all. The highlights would be crossing the suspension bridge over the Storms River at the Tsitsikama National Park, a zipline experience at the Tsitsikamma Indigenous Forest, a game drive at any game reserve on the route, a sunset cruise on the Knysna lagoon followed by a mouth-watering seafood dinner at the Knysna Waterfront. I cannot wait to rediscover SA and savour its wonderful tourism product offerings to the fullest.
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Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal

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Stellenbosch wine tasting Photo Credit: Kim Rabe

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The Drakensberg is the first place on my where to travel in South Africa list because I love hiking says Arianna Meschia.
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The Garden Route is the second place I am itching to travel to because I need to be by the sea after so many months in Joburg.
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Stellenbosch and surrounding are third on my South Africa travel bucket list for a good glass of wine.
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You can follow Arianna Meschia on Instagram
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The Garden Route is first on my travel list as it’s one of the least talked about destination yet so much it offers.
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The second place, on my list, is the Drakensberg Mountains to unwind perfectly in nature (hiking)
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The last place  on my where to travel in South Africa list is Port Shepstone because its peaceful and away from everything and everyone says Ria Livhuwa
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Stay safe and don’t forget to let us know where you plan to travel in South Africa in the below comments section.
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6 thoughts on “South Africa as a tourist destination

  1. i got to learn about some destinations i never new exist on this article. i cannot wait to explore every destination on this list one by one!

  2. Thank you very much for your contribution, looking forward to hearing about your travels soon.

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