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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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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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Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain National Park

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Table Mountain's distinctive plateau is the backdrop for iconic Cape Town views, but that's just the beginning of its namesake national park. Stretching the length of the Cape Peninsula, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to hiking trails, diverse flora and fauna, and—of course—South Africa’s most famous coastal and mountain vistas.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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Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

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With pristine white sands and calm turquoise waters hemmed in by gigantic granite boulders, Boulders Beach is one of the Cape Peninsula’s most magnificent beaches. Located just outside Simon’s Town, the beach is protected as part of the Table Mountain National Park and renowned for its African penguin colony.More
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Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

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With its huge sea cliffs, bays, and valleys, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve—situated at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula—is one of the most scenic spots in South Africa. A trip to Cape Point and the reserve, part of Table Mountain National Park, is an easy must-do when visiting Cape Town and highlights include animal sightings, scenic drives, and deserted beaches.More
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Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap

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Lined with brightly colored houses and lively streets, Bo-Kaap is as vibrant as it is culturally rich. The historic neighborhood, set just outside central Cape Town on the flanks of Signal Hill, is a dynamic melting pot of Malaysian, India, Sri Lankan, and African culture. It was one of the first settlements of freed slaves and Muslim immigrants in South Africa.More
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Cape Point

Cape Point

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Panoramic ocean views, towering cliffs, and 100-year-old lighthouses define Cape Point, located at the tip of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula. Set within the Cape Floral Region (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Table Mountain National Park, the reserve is a haven for hiking, wildlife viewing, and photography.More
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Soweto

Soweto

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For most, Soweto (short for South West Townships) is synonymous with resistance to apartheid, South Africa’s former policy of racial segregation. The township’s complex past is visible in Soweto’s moving museums, historical monuments, and strong traditions.More
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Chapman’s Peak Drive

Chapman’s Peak Drive

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Chapman's Peak is a mountain on the Cape Peninsula with a 5.5-mile (8.8 kilometers) road, said to be one of the world’s most scenic drives. The road winds from Hout Bay to Noordhoek, clinging to the side of the steep mountain almost the whole way. Traveling this road’s 114 turns is a must-do in Cape Town.More

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Top activities in South Africa

Full-Day Franschhoek Wine Tram Tour from Cape Town
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Cape Town City Sightseeing Official Hop-on Hop-off Bus tour
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Robben Island, Table Mountain and Cape Town City Private Day Tour
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Stellenbosch and Franschhoek Winelands Full Day Shared Tour

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Coastal Motor Cruise

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Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in South Africa

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Perfect Introduction to Soweto!
Rita_C, May 2021
Virtual Tour Of Soweto
Can't wait to visit and take an in person tour.
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Fascinating and deeply amazing!
Eduard_Gorkh, 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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Awesome Bike Ride
VOFIVE, 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.
NewtdaJamaicanAlpha, 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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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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Fantastic tour, Titus was our guide...
manhammer, 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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Definitely do this. This tour is...
Mell O, Apr 2017
5-Day Garden Route with Addo National Park Small Group Tour from Cape Town
This tour is jam packed with lots of various activities!
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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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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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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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Unforgettable experience in Krueger National Park
Franziska, Dec 2020
Private 2 Days 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 Glamping South African Wildlife Safari Small Group Tour 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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Perfect atmosphere and best views
marcin92, Feb 2020
Cape of Good Hope and Penguins Full-Day Tour From Cape Town
I will highly recommend to see such beautiful area with this guy!
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Great half day tour of Cape Town's major attractions prior to our cruise.
wkkindler9, Feb 2020
Half Day Private Cape Town City Tour
The morning airport site pickup and afternoon cruise port drop off allowed us time to view & become familiar with the city's major attractions and it's history.
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So far one of the best experiences of my life.
clairewright19, Feb 2020
Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town
We weren't lucky enough to see a great white but despite that the trip was amazing and I'd happily go back again.
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Beautiful Views of the Coast and Cape
jhoannam2015, Jan 2020
Cape of Good Hope and Penguins Full-Day Tour From Cape Town
A great way to see this region of South Africa if you are only in Cape Town for a limited time.
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Great Safari Experience in one day
jhoannam2015, Jan 2020
Big-Five Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer from Cape Town
We were able to see four of the Big Five plus other animals such as Giraffes, Zebras and Ostriches.
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