Anyone lucky enough to traverse South Africa will find everything from fields of wildflowers and enchanting woodlands to desert sand dunes that ripple into the horizon. Visit South Africa to experience spectacular cliffs,unblemished preserves, breathtaking beaches—and prepare to be entranced by its dreamy vistas.
The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountain range is the highest in South Africa, towering above caves that house the largest collection of San (or Bushman) paintings. The serene forest is abundant with native plants and offers recreational activities such as fly-fishing, rock climbing, and mountain biking. Limpopo is renowned for its impressive mountains, including the Soutpansberg and Waterberg. Geologically, the rock strata dates back 850 million years, and with the natural beauty of the savannah, and the abundant wildlife, it’s a perfect place to revel in the wonders of South Africa.
Major attractions in the KwaZulu-Natal region are the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. While both parks are significant for migratory species, they also offer hiking and adventure activities. To the northwest, experience the dazzling sunsets and peace of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It is one of the largest protected natural ecosystems in the world and the best place to see rare black-maned lions.
The Wild Coast, as its name suggests, is an untamed wilderness, renowned as one of the most beautiful places on the planet due to its dramatic coastline, sheltered bays, and thriving forests. Because it’s undeveloped and cannot easily be accessed, if you’re looking for solitude, it’s a hiker’s paradise. Off the coast, snorkeling and diving present spectacular underwater views.
With a legendary vista named God’s Window, you get a sense of why Blyde River Canyon is a remarkable place to visit. This vast canyon is composed of red sandstone and is near the water-eroded Bourke’s Luck Potholes, where prospectors once searched for gold. The Eastern Cape, described as a province of great extremes, stretches from the snowcapped peaks of the southern Drakensberg to the rich forests of Tsitsikamma and is flanked by the Indian Ocean. The landscape is further enhanced by a colorful assortment of vegetation and bird life. The Richtersveld in northwestern Namaqua National Park is popular for its arid, Mars-like landscape.