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  • 1 Maropeng Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    R400 ZA - Magaliesburg

    Maropeng is the cultural heart of this region, known as the Cradle of Humankind. You are plunged underground as you enter this gigantic artificial tumulus. Maropeng uses state-of-the-art museographic technology to take you on a journey into the past:..

  • 2 Bourke's Luck Potholes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R532 ZA - Graskop

    Bourke's Luck Potholes, deep cylindrical cavities carved out by sand and pebbles carried on the current, are a striking and colourful geological curiosity. The cliffs, rising from the turquoise waters, change from orange to yellow and grey. These gia..

  • 3 Three Rondavels Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R532 ZA - Graskop

    The three rocky massifs in Blyde River Canyon known as the Three Rondavels look like traditional Zulu huts. This is one of the best places to view the vast canyon and lake(Blydepoort Dam).

  • 4 Kruger National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Nelspruit

    Kruger National Park, the largest, oldest and probably the most famous animal park in South Africa, has nearly 150 species of mammals, over 500 of birds and more than 100 of reptiles, including of course the Big Five but also zebras, giraffes and cro..

  • 5 Private Reserves around Kruger National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Skukuza

    If you're in the market for a luxurious trip and all the corresponding perks, choose one of the ten private reserves bordering Kruger National Park on the west for your safari. They have the same vegetation, the same animals, sometimes even the same ..

  • 6 Johan Meintjes Trophy Room Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    ZA - Leeuport

    A fine collection of stuffed birds and mammals. Over 1 000 specimens (400 species) are crowded into the Johan Meintjes Trophy Room.

  • 7 Waterberg Biosphere Reserve Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Thabazimbi

    You can explore the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve's 410 000ha on foot, horseback, mountain bike or on an elephant. Listed as a Unesco site in 2001, it stretches around the Waterberg range in Limpopo province. Red-rock mountains and forests form magnifi..

  • 8 Machete Bushmen Paintings Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    ZA - Evangelina

    The famous bushmen paintings in Machete are accessible to clients at the Kaoxa Bush Camp private reserve or through tours organised by Mapungubwe National Park authorities.

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 South African Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    25 Queen Victoria Street 25 ZA - Cape Town

    The South African Museum, a museum of natural history and ethnography, contains interesting documents and some fine pieces for gaining an understanding of the Khoi and San cultures and lifestyles. It also boasts magnificent rock paintings and several..

  • 13 South African National Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Government Avenue ZA - Cape Town

    The South African National Gallery collection features a wide range of African, French, English and Flemish works of art. Since 1990 the gallery has acquired a fine collection of contemporary South African art, to which it adds on a regular basis.

  • 14 Castle Quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grand Parade ZA - Cape Town

    The castle quarter was once on the ocean, but has gradually been assimilated into the city as the sea has encroached on the land. The Castle of Good Hope and Grand Parade stand in the centre of the quarter. This was where Nelson Mandela gave his famo..

  • 15 Castle of Good Hope Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Darling Street ZA - Cape Town

    Considered the oldest colonial building in South Africa, the Castle of Good Hope was built by the Dutch East Indies Company in the late 17C according to a star plan inspired by Vauban's constructions. The fortress, where the Western Cape command post..

  • 16 Two Oceans Aquarium Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Waterfront ZA - Cape Town

    If you don't get a chance to observe the aquatic fauna while diving along the Atlantic or Indian Coasts, this aquarium is an excellent alternative. The live specimens here represent a fine sample of local marine life. Braver individuals, with diving ..

  • 17 Signal Hill and Lion's Head Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Cape Town

    Lion's Head, rising up to 669m, and Lion's Rump, now known as Signal Hill, evoke the shape of a wildcat lying amongst the buildings of Cape Town. An island of greenery in the city, the hillside overlooks the Malay Quarter to the south, where the Noon..

  • 18 Kirstenbosch Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Rhodes Drive ZA - Cape Town

    Kirstenbosch Gardens is located on the former estate of Cecil John Rhodes, on the eastern slope of Table Mountain. The greater part of the 528 ha estate is occupied by a park where the plants grow in the wild, while some 36 ha have been reserved as a..

  • 19 Boulders Beach Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Simon's Town

    After swimming in the transparent waters at Boulders Beach, near Foxy Beach, you can observe the large colony of Cape penguins. They move around undisturbed here on the sand dotted with large round boulders.

  • 20 Diaz Beach Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Simon's Town

    The water at Diaz Beach, between the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, is cooled by currents from Antarctica, so this is not a place where people come to swim. What makes this beach unforgettable are the colours of its cliffs, sand and sea, the setti..

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