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  • 1 Tandjesberg Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ZA - Ladybrand

    The Tandjesberg site is a jewel of southern African rock art. Discovered in 1947 by French academic Henri Breuil, its Bushman pictures are around 300 years old. Among the 500 images on the rock Art National Monument, note in particular an elephant wi..

  • 2 Kgalagadi Transfontier Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Upington

    Covering 959 103 ha, this park is the result of the 1999 merger of Botswana's Gemsbok National Park and South Africa's Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. The first cross-frontier nature reserve in Africa, it is the fruit of a project initiated by Nelson..

  • 3 Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Sendelingsdrif

    For a unique adventure, head to this nature reserve of over 162 000ha where the temperature can exceed 50°C. Explore by 4x4 its natural landscape of striking beauty with sun-baked peaks and desert, punctuated by hardy plants and extraordinarily shape..

  • 4 Table Mountain Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Cape Town

    There are many trails for hikers to explore Table Mountain, with Cape Town stretching out beneath it. The summit, an arid, windswept plateau rising up to 1,073m, contrasts with its slopes covered in luxuriant vegetation. It can be reached by cable-ca..

  • 5 Groot Constantia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Groot Constantia Road ZA - Constantia

    The wine-growing estate of Groot Constantia was originally part of a much larger domain, created in the late 17C by the governor of the Cape on land granted by the Dutch East Indies Company. The Manor House, built in the late 18C, is a fine example o..

  • 6 Cape Point Table Mountain National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Simon's Town

    Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope mark the tip of the Cape peninsula protected by a nature reserve of about 8 000ha. The lighthouse, which warns boats of reefs often hidden by fog at Cape Point, can be reached on foot or by funicular. The view fro..

  • 7 Cape of Good Hope Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Simon's Town

    What traveller hasn't dreamt of going to the ends of the earth? The Cape of Good Hope, located at the southwest tip of Africa in Table Mountain National Park, is designated by a plaque. It isn't quite as impressive as Cape Point, located 1.5km to the..

  • 8 Chapman's Peak Drive Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Hout Bay

    Chapman's Peak Drive, the coastal road between Hout Bay and Noodhoet in southwestern South Africa, is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The road winds along the rocky coast of Chapman's Peak on the Atlantic Ocean for about 10km. The ..

  • 9 Vergelegen Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Lourensford Road R 44 ZA - Somerset West

    The Vergelegen estate was founded in 1700 by Willem, son of Simon Van der Stel. Located in the Stellenbosch vineyards, it stretches over the slopes of the Helderberg and has acquired an international reputation for the quality of its wine, especially..

  • 10 Genadendal Mission Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    ZA - Genadendal

    A mission of Moravian Brothers, the oldest in the country, was established here in the 1730s and given the name of Genadendal (Valley of Grace) a century later. The powers that be could never tolerate the interest it showed in native and biracial peo..

  • 11 De Hoop Nature & Marine Reserve Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Malgas

    Antelopes, mountain zebras, baboons, leopards, birds and whales are the main animals that one can see in De Hoop Nature & Marine Reserve. This park, located in the southern Overberg not far from the mouth of the Breede, covers a territory of more tha..

  • 12 De Oude Drostdy Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    ZA - Tulbagh

    Plans for the home (drostdy) of the magistrate/governor of Tulbagh were drawn up in the early 19C by Louis-Michel Thibault in the Cape Dutch style. From 1806 to 1822 the building was also the courthouse. Today it houses a small museum with a variety ..

  • 13 West Coast Fossil Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Langebaan

    Langebaanweg is one of the richest fossil sites in the world. Digs undertaken in the phosphate mine have uncovered fossils of animals that lived here 5 million years ago, including great bear, elephants, horses and wild cats.

  • 14 Swartberg Pass Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Oudtshoorn

    The 20km-long road through Swartberg Pass connects the Little and Great Karoo and the towns of Oudtshoorn and Prince Albert. It is particularly awe-inspiring as it winds through the Swartberg Range, offering unforgettable views of the verdant valley ..

  • 15 Aberdeen Dutch Reformed Church Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    ZA - Aberdeen

    The inhabitants of Aberdeen wanted their church to be the largest in the country, at least as tall as the one in the neighbouring village of Graaff-Reinet. So in the early 20C they erected this well-proportioned building with its 51m-high steeple. Do..

  • 16 Botanical Gardens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    70 St Thomas Street 70 ZA - Durban

    The Botanical Gardens' 15ha in the vast residential area of Berea offer a very pleasant stroll along paths brimming with luxuriant vegetation year round, thanks to Durban's tropical climate. Don't miss the magnificent orchid house.

  • 17 Mont-aux-Sources Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Bergville

    The Mont-aux-Sources rises up to 3,282m, the highest peak in the South African part of the Natal Drakensberg. It is located in the northern part of the range - southwest of Royal Natal National Park - where a number of other peaks reach over 3 000m. ..

  • 18 Giant's Castle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Bergville

    Protecting the Cape eland was the motivation for creating this 35 000ha reserve in 1903. Today its territory is shared by over 150 species of birds such as the bald ibis and the bearded vulture, which you can watch from the Lammergeyer Hide. Giant's ..

  • 19 Sani Pass Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Underberg

    Sani Pass (2 874m) marks the approximate border between South Africa and Lesotho. The access road, on a mountain slope, runs along some impressive precipices. Sani Top Chalet, at the pass, claims to be the "highest pub in Africa" and is the..

  • 20 Kosi Bay Nature Reserve Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Emanguzi

    Kosi Bay Hiking Trail is an excellent way to explore the Kosi Bay Nature Reserve created around four lakes with brackish water. The waters and surrounding tropical forests are full of hippos, crocodiles, cormorants, monkeys and ospreys. Don't miss th..

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