1. Cape Town
Aerial view of Cape Town and Table Mountain
There is plenty to see and do in Cape Town, known as the Mother City of South Africa. The magnificent Table Mountain makes it one of the most iconic cities in the world.
2. Krugur National Park
Cheetah, one of the many animals found in Krugur National Park
Krugur is considered the flagship of all South Africa National Parks. All of Africa's "big 5" (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo) can be found here, along with an array of other wildlife.
3. Drakensberg Mountain Range
Stunning landscape of the Drakensberg Mountain Range
The Drakensberg Mountain Range is the highest in South Africa. The spectacular scenery is a paradise for hikers and more than 40,000 ancient rock paintings made by the San people can be found in the many caves and rock overhangs within the range.
4. Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park
White Rhino in Hluhluwe–iMfolozi
Hluhluwe–iMfolozi has the largest population of white rhino in the world and is much less crowded than some other national parks.
5. The Garden Route
Coastline near Knysna on the Garden Route
The most spectacular and popular South African road trip, along the southern coastline. Highlights include hiking, beaches, whale watching and if you dare, cage diving with great white sharks at Gansbaii.
6. Cape Peninsula
African Penguins on Boulders Beach
The Cape Peninsula is not too far from Cape Town - famed for its beaches and scenic coastline. Without doubt though the most popular attraction are the colony of African Penguins on Boulders Beach.
Soweto is a township of Johannesburg famed for its slum housing. However contrary to popular belief, Soweto is a pretty safe and increasingly popular place for tourists to visit.
8. Addo Elephant National Park
Elephants in Addo
Addo is large wildlife conservation park near Port Elizabeth. As the name suggests it is famed for its elephant population, but the park is very diverse and you may also see rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard and ostrich.
9. Cape Winelands
Vineyards of Stellenbosch
The Winelands are home to glorious scenery and delicious wine - stop off at the many wineries and vineyards for a taste.
Breathtaking scenery can be found near Hogsback
Hogsback is a small town in the Eastern Cape. It is most famed for its stunning surrounds and hiking trails, and is also claimed as J. R. R. Tolkien's (who was born in South Africa) inspiration for The Lord of the Rings.
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