South Africa is a beautiful country with stunning scenery, a fascinating history and many things to see and do. So much so, in fact, that many visitors find themselves returning again and again, as there is always something more to experience. For a first time visitor, however, these are some of the most fascinating and essential sights and attractions which you will find within easy reach of our South Africa villas.
Overlooking the city of Cape Town, Table Mountain is the most prominent landmark of the area, and is a very popular destination for visitors. You can take the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway up to the top – the floors rotate through 360° during the trip to give you a complete panoramic view – or if you’re feeling more energetic you can hike up. You can also go caving and climbing on Table Mountain, and there are tracks which are suitable for mountain biking. The area is incredibly rich in biodiversity, with many rare species of both plant and animal life making it their home.
Just outside of Knysna, a popular town on the Garden Route, the Knysna Elephant Park is home to the world’s most southerly elephants. Here you can not only see the elephants, but interact with them directly – you can get up close to them with a bucket of feed, or even ride on their backs for a tour through stunning scenery. The elephants here have been rescued from culling operations, and a visit to the park will leave you with a new appreciation of these majestic animals.
The biggest attraction of the beautiful city of Durban is the golden mile – a stretch of perfect sandy beachfront, separated into sections by piers. It’s perfect for families, as it’s a very safe beach – there are lifeguards on duty, and it’s a shark-free zone.
Whether you want to laze on the beach and enjoy the sunshine or get into the water for swimming or surfing, these beaches are ideal.
Whilst it is of course a more sombre experience, a visit to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg will help you to understand the history that has formed today’s South Africa. The permanent exhibition will take you on an emotional journey that provides an insight into apartheid, and also into the way that South Africa has rebuilt itself to work towards a brighter future.