South Africa is one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world. Exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture offer the traveller a unique and inspiring experience.

South Africa is a heady mix of third and first world cultures - along with the best and least crowded beaches in the world. Throw in wildlife parks such as the The Kruger National Park, Ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites, exquisite beach-side villas for accommodation in Cape Town, beautiful natural scenery, a great infrastructure and a stable post-apartheid environment and you have a great destination waiting to happen.

Did you know?South Africa presents so many choices to the visitor that it is hard to know just when to do what, and so we’ve made it easier for you by compiling a list of best places to be month by month. See The Ultimate Travel Calendar: Guide To The Best Places For Every Month Of The Year!

South Africa's Attractions & Destinations by Province

Western Cape / Cape Town

Overnight? Stay in Cape Town
Cape Town's Attractions are plentiful and varied. The Western Cape is one of South Africa's premier tourism destinations and for good reason. The Cape province is renowned for the world-famous landmark Table Mountain, its vast Cape Winelands and...

Garden Route

Overnight? Stay in Knysna
The Garden Route is a coastal corridor on the western coast of South Africa, where ancient forests, rivers, wetlands, dunes, stretches of beach, lakes, mountain scenery and indigenous fynbos all merge to form a landscape of restorative beauty...

Eastern Cape

Overnight? Stay in Port Elizabeth
The second largest of South Africa's nine provinces, the diverse Eastern Cape is situated between the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal, and bordered by the Orange River and Drakensberg Mountains. The Eastern Cape is an interesting place to visit...

KwaZulu Natal / Durban

Overnight? Stay in Umhlanga
KwaZulu Natal is a world in one province: to the North of Durban you will find the best of African game reserves and pristine beaches, to the West lie the majestic Drakensberg and temperate Natal Midlands while to the South there await superb golf...

Gauteng / Johannesburg

Overnight? Stay in Sandton
Although it is the smallest of South Africa’s nine provinces, Gauteng (the Sotho word for "Place of Gold"), is the commercial and industrial powerhouse of the country and indeed of southern Africa. Gauteng is a cosmopolitan, multicultural mix of people...

Mpumalanga

Overnight? Stay on the Panorama Route
Mpumalanga is one of South Africa's top tourist destinations. Know as "Paradise Country", few regions in the world can match the extraordinary beauty of the Lowveld and escarpment. Mpumalanga covers nearly 80 000 km² from rolling highlands to the lofty...

The Limpopo

Overnight? Stay in Kruger Park
Limpopo is the northern most province in South Africa, bordering onto Moçambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Limpopo offers a mosaic of superb scenic landscape, a fascinating cultural heritage, an abundance of wildlife species and many nature...

North West Province

Overnight? Stay in Pilanesberg
From untamed bushveld to the sophistication of 5 star luxury resorts, the North West Province provides the complete tourism package. Nature has blessed the North West with breathtaking scenic beauty, rolling fields of maize, golden sunflowers and vast...

Free State

Overnight? Stay in Bloemfontein
The Free State is a rural province of wide horizons and blue skies, with farmland, mountains, goldfields and widely dispersed towns. This tranquil land of the windmill is famous for its warm South African hospitality and a mix of culture which...

The Northern Cape

Overnight? Stay in Colesberg
The Northern Cape boasts a colourful history and a variety of cultural tourist attractions and is particularly well known for its incredible annual floral display that takes place in Namaqualand. An utterly beautiful coastline and a number of unique...

Notable South African Attractions

South Africa's World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites recognise and protect areas of outstanding natural, historical and cultural value. Given South Africa's diverse culture and history and her spectacular natural resources and wildlife, it is not surprising that she boasts eight...

National Botanical Gardens

South Africa has ten National Botanical Gardens which are managed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute. The focus of the National Botanical Gardens is growing and conserving South Africa’s indigenous plants, conserving over 1,350...

Game and Nature Reserves

South Africa boasts a huge collection of wildlife regions and game parks - both public and private - encompassing every possible landscape from deserts to forests, mountains to coast, teeming with wildlife species, including Africa's Big 5; Leopard, Lion...

South Africa Wine Estates

The Cape Winelands are one of our most treasured attractions. They represent the heart of the wine-making industry which is recognised all over the world for its top quality wines and its sheer variety. The region is situated to the east of Cape Town ...

The Whale Route

The annual migration of the Humpback, Brydes and Southern right whale in particular, between June and November, allows us to boast exceptional land-based, and boat-based, whale watching in South Africa. And thus to welcome thousands of ...

The Penguin Route


The diminutive African Penguin with its peculiar gait, black feet, and obvious cute factor is found mainly on islands off our shoreline. It has also taken up residence amongst us in mainland colonies, like Boulders beach and Stony Point...

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