South Africa is a vast landscape of unrivalled beauty, offering visitors from all over the world the chance to experience nature like never before.
However, there is so much more to this glorious country than just the opportunity to spot The Big Five. South Africa is home to a rich and diverse culture, which any visitor simply must seize the opportunity to immerse themselves in. Here are just a few alternative ways you can spend your time while visiting.
Chris Wain, the Director of Sales at Africa Travel recommends these alternative activities to do in South Africa.
Explore the galleries
It may not be the most obvious artistic hub, but nonetheless, South Africa is home to some of the greatest art galleries in the world. Described as “Africa’s Tate Modern”, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa can be found in Cape Town and is a must-visit location for any art lover. Here, you can study works from a wide range of leading and emerging talents, covering an eclectic mix of styles and mediums. That being said, there are countless galleries to explore in South Africa, including the Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, the Johannesburg Art Gallery and 34 Fine Art.
Hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains
The Drakensberg Mountain Range is the highest in all of South Africa, reaching 3,482 metres towards the sky and stretching across 1,000 kilometres. This mountain range boasts breathtaking views, a rich variety of wildlife and unspoilt forests for visitors to explore. The Drakensberg Mountain Range also houses the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is home to many highly-endangered species of animals and plants. Aside from the unrivalled hiking opportunities, travellers can also enjoy a range of activities such as mountain biking, fly fishing and rock climbing.
See the Western Cape wildflowers
The wildflowers of South Africa may offer the most beautiful flora displays on Earth. Paying a visit to South Africa’s countryside means that you get the chance to see more than 9,000 species of plants, particularly in the Western and Northern Cape. The best time to see this colourful flourish is in the weeks between August and September, when the majority of this majestic flora are in bloom. Escorted tours with celebrity gardeners are available, where you can learn more about the wide range of plant life in South Africa and visit the most interesting locations.
Take a marine safari
There are just as many incredible animals to be spotted in the sea as there are on the land. South Africa gives you the chance to see the Big Five of the marine world; the likes of seals, sharks, penguins, whales and dolphins are prominent along the coastline. Guided marine safaris can be booked, letting you see these creatures, first hand.
Taste the cuisine
South Africa has an exquisite culinary heritage, which covers an enormously diverse range of dishes. Aside from its many world-class wineries, some of the world’s finest restaurants abound in South Africa. Cape Town’s Test Kitchen was named the 22nd best restaurant in the world in 2016, offering cuisine that is to die for. Must-try dishes while in South Africa includes bunny chow, a delicious dish of hollowed out bread filled with curry. Other famous foods include a traditional braai barbecue – perfect for meat lovers – as is biltong.
Do you have a recommendation for a must see or do in South Africa that we missed off this list?