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Top Things to Do in South Africa

Safari in Southern Africa. Group of safari off-road vehicles standing next to the road.

1. Game viewing and safaris

Safaris and game viewing in South Africa are as up-close and as wild as it gets. Go on a game drive, a bush walk, or even a horse-ride or veterinary safari, for an authentic, even life-changing wildlife adventure.

2. Restaurants

South Africa has an array of award winning restaurants, in every province. Our favourite guide is Eat Out. Or try the traditional eating places like shebeens in the townships, you will not be disappointed! A great article about Shebeens in South Africa can be found here.

3. Shopping

From off-the-beaten-track curio markets filled with collectable handcrafts, to bargain-stuffed flea markets and glitzy malls in our big cities with the latest must-have name brands, shop-a-holics are spoiled for choice in South Africa; more so because our favourable exchange rate makes your retail therapy last longer too.

4. Beaches

We have thousands of miles of glorious coastline, with Blue Flag beach gems dotted along its length. Whether you’re a trendy sun-worshipper, a water sports fanatic, a beach comber or a family seeking sea and fun – South Africa’s got a beach that’s perfect for you.

5. Township tours

Visit for the anti-apartheid struggle history and stay for the vibe. Go beyond the history and the icons to the warm, welcoming heart of our townships and their residents where determination, innovation and cutting-edge style will surprise, inspire and touch you in ways you never dreamt possible.

6. Adventure

However you define adventure, it’s possible in South Africa. We can conjure up your wildest expectation and more: seeing the Big Five, diving with great white sharks, death defying adventure sports or discovering the humanity and generosity of other cultures. Name your adventure – we’ll make it happen.

7. Theme parks

Let the good times roll! Go back to gold rush days at Gold Reef City, play like the Little Mermaid (or Captain Hook!) at uShaka Marine World and test your water prowess at the Valley of the Waves in Sun City. Our fun-packed theme parks across the country will keep the smile on your face for days.

8. Casinos

Bet on having a good time around South Africa. From slick city gaming spots for high-rollers to family seaside entertainment venues, and our most famous casino, Sun City, in the crater of an ancient volcano – we’ve a myriad casinos where you can take chance with Lady Luck.

9. Ostrich farms

Ride them, feed them, learn all about them – who knew that, that big bird in the Little Karoo could be so much fun! We don’t think you’ll get your new long-necked friend through customs, though – so opt for an egg shell, leather goods or some bright feathers as a memento of your Oudsthoorn ostrich adventure.

10. Sporting activities

Where better to get sporty? We’ve got fabulous weather almost all year round, historic playing fields and state-of-the–art new stadiums. We’re pros at BIG sporting events (we’ve won plenty of them too!) The crowds are passionate and the atmosphere’s electric. Whether you’re spectating or playing sport in South Africa, you’ll have a ball.

Please, enjoy our Southern African countries responsibly!

(Info adapted from South Africa Tourism)

Elize Rowe

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