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Welcome to South Africa

One of the largest countries in Africa by area and population, South Africa entices travelers with stunning landscapes, incredible diversity, unique cuisine, and unforgettable experiences. Johannesburg is one of the main international gateways and home to the acclaimed Apartheid Museum, which is not far from Soweto township. You can visit both on guided tours, which include transportation and provide insider information from a guide. Cape Town on the western coast of the country is one of the oldest cities in South Africa. The iconic Table Mountain looms over the city, and the famous winemaking towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are in the nearby Cape Winelands. Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, sits just off the coast from Cape Town and is reachable by ferry. Durban, on the eastern coast, offers another look at South African life with its Zulu and Indian influences. Garden Route tours during the spring give visitors a chance to see a profusion of local flora in bloom, while safari tours are one of the most popular activities in South Africa, from the enormous Kruger National Park to smaller game reserves all over the country. Choose to visit on a day trip or opt for longer multi-day tours to enjoy game drives in search of Africa's "Big Five." South Africa is also a common starting point for tours that visit other nearby countries, such as Zimbabwe or Zambia to see the mighty Victoria Falls, or Botswana to explore Chobe National Park or the Okavango Delta.

Top 10 attractions in South Africa

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Table Mountain and Cableway

Table Mountain and Cableway

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Table Mountain is a must-see for all Cape Town visitors. The panoramic views from the top of its 3,563-foot (1,086-meter) peak are well worth the climb—though you won’t have to break a sweat thanks to the mountain’s two cableways, each with a revolving car ferrying passengers to the summit. Once at the top, a series of hiking trails show off Table Mountain National Park’s geographic features, while daredevils can test their mettle by rappelling from the upper cable station.More
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Knysna

Knysna

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Surrounded by warm-water lagoons, sandstone cliffs, and dense forests, Knysna is one of the most popular towns along South Africa’s renowned Garden Route. The coastal town welcomes tourists with a blend of natural beauty, quaint accommodations, seafood restaurants, and outdoor adventures. Plus, the estuary’s oyster farms provide the chance to indulge in fresh oysters while cruising the lagoon.More
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Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

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One of South Africa’s premier attractions, Kruger National Park is famous for the extent and diversity of its wildlife. The “Big Five” of game are all there—lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard—and a world-class conservation program means you’ll also encounter wildebeest, giraffes, zebra, big cats of all stripes, and diverse bird species.More
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Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park

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Trails, waterfalls, and wildlife draw visitors to lush Tsitsikamma National Park. Set along South Africa’s scenic Garden Route and spanning 50 miles (80 kilometers) of coastline, the park stretches from the mouth of the Storms River to Nature’s Valley. Embark on various adventures here, from a multi-day hike along the Otter Trail to one of the world’s highest bungee jumps.More
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Robben Island

Robben Island

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Robben Island—where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years—was a place of isolation for nearly three centuries, housing many political prisoners and serving as both an asylum and leprosy colony. Today, the island remains a tangible symbol of political freedom and a reminder of the difficult road to South African democracy.More
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Ushaka Marine World

Ushaka Marine World

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With massive water slides, impressive sea life, and white-sand beaches, Ushaka Marine World is one of Durban’s top waterfront attractions. This theme park and aquarium is home to eight different attractions. Visitors can observe sea life in the aquarium, race down slides, challenge themselves on a ropes course, and more.More
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Hartbeespoort Dam

Hartbeespoort Dam

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Built for irrigation purposes in the 1920s, Hartbeespoort Dam created a reservoir and a recreation hot spot that now draws visitors to what has become a small resort town. Nestled in the Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort offers a mountain escape complete with scenic views and everything from cruises to paragliding.More
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Sun City

Sun City

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Sun City is a resort and entertainment complex located north-west of Johannesburg. One of South Africa's top leisure destinations, the resort complex is conveniently located on the South African Garden Route and next to Pilanesberg National Park. Highlights of Sun City include a casino, spa, water park, and golf courses.More
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Gold Reef City

Gold Reef City

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The Gold Reef City complex is built on the site of an old gold mine, and visitors can still descend into the pits and see how the precious metal is extracted. Those in search of their own windfall should head for the casino, where roulette, baccarat, black jack as well as slot machines are on offer round the clock. First time flutterers and hardened high rollers are well catered for.The theme park component of Gold Reef City offers thrills for all ages, with rides including the Anacaonda, the Tower of Terror and a roller coaster which provides a great view towards central Johannesburg on its exhilarating journey.More
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Harties Aerial Cableway

Harties Aerial Cableway

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The Harties Aerial Cableway transports visitors to a mountaintop viewing platform and activity area and offers panoramic views of the Magaliesberg mountains and Hartebeespoort Dam. Located just 50 miles (80 kilometers) outside of Johannesburg, the gondola offers an experience similar to a trip to Cape Town’s Table Mountain.More

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Wildlife Safari Tours from Cape Town

Wildlife Safari Tours from Cape Town

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WildEarth: A Live Safari

Top activities in South Africa

Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Small Group Tour from Cape Town

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Half day Robben Island Tour.

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Cape Town City Sightseeing Official Hop-on Hop-off Bus tour
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Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Small Group Tour from Cape Town

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Tandem Paragliding in Cape Town

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Table Mountain, Boulder's Penguins & Cape Point Private Tour from Cape Town

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Stellenbosch and Franschhoek Winelands Full Day Shared Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in South Africa

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Best of everything capetown
Alexa_S, Jan 2022
Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Small Group Tour from Cape Town
Other than that the stops were and sites were perfect and we got to see so much of different areas.
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Great introduction to West Cape area.
Kevin_P, Dec 2021
Table Mountain, Boulder's Penguins & Cape Point Private Tour from Cape Town
Great way to see the for the first time.
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A safari where you drive less and see more.
Kevin_P, Dec 2021
Full Day Safari Aquila Game Reserve - Cape Town
But this tour not only has a great buffet lunch to start with, comfortable land rovers but also you are pretty much guaranteed to see animals, quite a few of them.
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Fabulous history!
Tracey_T, Oct 2021
Robben Island Tour - Hotel Pick-Ups & stops at interesting places pre/post tour
A crash course in South African history, and a perfect set-up to visit… Robben Island, the prison-island off the coast.
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Awesome!
Ryan, Aug 2021
Half Guided Day Tour of Soweto from Apartheid Museum
although the Apartheid Museum was closed he still filled the time with plenty of info and other sites to see around Johannesburg.
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Awesome Bike Ride
Lisa_C, Sep 2019
4-Hour PRIVATE Cape Town City Cycle Tour
A nice way to see the sites in the city of Cape Town.
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Awesome.
NEWTON_D, Jul 2019
Soweto & Johannesburg Half Day Tour
It was important for us to visit Soweto, and what an amazing time it was!!
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Fantastic tour, Titus was our guide...
Ryan_P, Jun 2016
Cape Town Township Tour including Robben Island - Walk to Freedom Tour
It was an eye opener to see the contrast between the rich and the poor of the townships in modern day, South Africa.
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A brilliant way to see the big 5...
Stephen W, Sep 2016
African Big- 5 Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer At Aquila From Cape Town
A brilliant way to see the big 5!
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Definitely do this. This tour is...
Mell O, Apr 2017
5-Day Garden Route and Addo Park South African Guided Safari Small Group Tour
This tour is jam packed with lots of various activities!
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This tour was awesome. The guide...
Patricia L, Mar 2016
Cape Town Super Saver: Cape Point Highlights Tour plus Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch
I enjoyed being able to see South Africa without the stress of having to figure anything out!
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Great group to travel with and a...
Joseph R, Dec 2015
6-Day Garden Route & Addo South African Adventure from Cape Town
Sometimes I prefer chilling out a bit more but this is a whiz bang tour to see and do as much in 6 days as possible.
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Outstanding tour! It's great to see...
David H, Nov 2011
Cultural Cape Town Tour Including Langa Township and Bo-Kaap
It's great to see the positive things happening in the South African townships.
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This was a fantastic trip boht the...
Andre P, Dec 2011
Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip
It was well worth the money and with south africa being a third world country - I would recommend a tour than driving it yourself, we had a police stop and I would not have known what to do
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Perfect Introduction to Soweto!
Rita_C, May 2021
Virtual Historical Tour of Soweto (Visual Journey)
Can't wait to visit and take an in person tour.
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Fascinating and deeply amazing!
Eduard_G, Feb 2021
Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Small Group Tour from Cape Town
All the sights we've visited were breathtaking and unbelievably miraculous, and it was a pleasure to see Alain as fascinated as we were.
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Unforgettable experience in Krueger National Park
Franziska, Dec 2020
Private 2 Day Kruger Park Safari from Johannesburg
We had one weekend in between our business trip to see a bit of South Africa’s stunning nature and decided to go to Kruger National Park.
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A must for first timers
Daniel_P, Mar 2020
2-Day South African Wildlife Buffelsdrift Luxury Glamping Safari from Cape Town
This was our first tried to Africa and we decided to visit Cape Town, South Africa as a first start.
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A wonderful experience
Kay, Feb 2020
Half day African Penguin Tour
During this tour we visited the African Penguins, learned about the culture and heritage of South Africa and had the opportunity to see the most picturesque coastal views in Cape Town.
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Excellent Tour Guide
Wanda_W, Feb 2020
Cape of Goodhope Tour a Full Day Exploring the Cape Peninsula
Next, we traveled to Boulders Beach to see the penguins.
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