We have listed our Top 10 Tourist Destinations for foreigners looking to visit South Africa, and enjoy all the beauty that it has to offer. Welcome to South Africa!

The Drakensberg Mountains

The largest mountain range in South Africa is a truly magical place. It’s no wonder that J.R.R. Tolkien saw this landscape as inspiration for the part of Middle Earth called the Misty Mountains. The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park is home to 35 000 examples of San rock paintings and a huge diversity of protected plant and animal species. The Drakensberg Mountain Range is found in South Africa and Lesotho and is the highest mountain range in southern Africa reaching an elevation of 3,482 meters.


Drakensberg Mountains

Cape Point Nature Reserve, Western Cape

Cape Point Nature Reserve forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a popular part of the Table Mountain National Park. This region is home to some 250 bird species, including gulls, , eagles, Cape sugarbirds and sunbirds as well as the endangered African black oystercatchers. Cape Point is made up of the three promontories of the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Maclear and Cape Point itself. The cliffs of Cape Point, more than 200m above the sea, are also the perfect lookout spot for whales between May and November, while dolphins can be seen throughout the year.

Cape Point Nature Reserve, Western Cape

The Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga

Cape Point Nature Reserve forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a popular part of the Table Mountain National Park. This region is home to some 250 bird species, including gulls, , eagles, Cape sugarbirds and sunbirds as well as the endangered African black oystercatchers. Cape Point is made up of the three promontories of the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Maclear and Cape Point itself. The cliffs of Cape Point, more than 200m above the sea, are also the perfect lookout spot for whales between May and November, while dolphins can be seen throughout the year.

The Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga

Boulders Beach, Western Cape

The sheltered inlet of Boulders Beach is located in the Cape peninsula near Simon’s Town. Here exists a protected colony of African penguins which can be viewed in their natural habitat via wooden walkways. There is also an excellent beach for swimming nearby.

Boulders Beach, Western Cape

Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga

At 700m in depth, the Blyde River Canyon is ranked as the 3rd deepest canyon in the world. Millions of years of erosion have carved out dramatic rock formations, such as the Three Rondavels, the Pinnacle, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga

Table Mountain, Western Cape

The main feature of Table Mountain is the level plateau approximately three kilometres (2 mi) from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs. The plateau, flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and by Lion’s Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town. This broad sweep of mountainous heights, together with Signal Hill, forms the natural amphitheatre of the City Bowl and Table Bay harbour. The highest point on Table Mountain is towards the eastern end of the plateau and is marked by Maclear’s Beacon, a stone cairn built in 1865 by Sir Thomas Maclear for trigonometrical survey. It is 1,086 metres (3,563 ft) above sea level, and about 19 metres (62 ft) higher than the cable station at the western end of the plateau.

Table Mountain, Western Cape

Golden Gate Highlands National Park 

Golden Gate Highlands National Park is located in Free StateSouth Africa, near the Lesotho border. It covers an area of 340 km2 (130 sq mi). The park’s most notable features are its golden, ochre, and orange-hued, deeply eroded sandstone cliffs and outcrops, especially the Brandwag rock. Another feature of the area is the numerous caves and shelters displaying San rock paintings. Wildlife featured at the park includes mongooses, eland, zebras, and over 100 bird species. It is the Free State’s only national park, and is more famous for the beauty of its landscape than for its wildlife. Numerous paleontology finds have been made in the park, including dinosaur eggs and skeletons.

Golden Gate Highlands National Park 

Robben Island – Western Cape

Robben Island is an island in Table Bay, 6.9 kilometres west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, north of Cape Town, South Africa. It takes its name from the Dutch word for seals, hence the Dutch/Afrikaans name Robbeneiland, which translates to Seal Island.

Robben Island is known for being the place former South African president Nelson Mandela was jailed for 18 of his 27 years, but the Island was the home of prisoners from outside South Africa, notably Namibia. Namibia was a German colony until World War I; when Germany was defeated in the war, Namibia was administered by South Africa as a de facto overseas province of South Africa, and any political agitation in Namibia was punished by South Africa.

Robben Island – Western Cape
Our father of Modern South Africa – Nelson Mandela

Chapman’s Peak Drive, Western Cape

Chapman’s Peak Drive on the Atlantic Coast between Hout Bay and Noordhoek in the Cape Peninsula is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. Chapman’s Peak Drive is affectionately known as “Chappies” and is a must for anyone who is passionate about the majestic scenery of Cape Town.

Chapman’s Peak Drive, Western Cape

Hole-in-the-Wall – Mgxotyeni, South Africa

Hole-in-the-Wall is one of the most impressive landmarks along the entire South African coastline. Second only to Table Mountain, though only a fraction of the size.

Standing at the mouth of the Mpako River, the cliff consists of dark-blue shales, mudstones and sandstones of the Ecca Group, dating back some 260 million years. These rocks were subsequently intruded by a dolerite sheet, and the ‘hole’ was created over millions of years by the buffeting waves, which eroded away the softer rocks underneath the dolerite to form an arch. The same process also eventually separated the cliff from the mainland.

Hole-in-the-Wall – Mgxotyeni, South Africa
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