South Africa has much to offer by way of family travel and adventure, and there are some things every South African should do because local is lekker!
There’s nothing quite like exploring your own country and getting to know all its wonderful attractions. So get out there and explore, here are some ideas to make the most of our local is lekker destinations and activities.
For lovers of the great outdoors and wildlife enthusiasts, read our Escape to Nature article.
Climb a mountain
Cape Town’s Table Mountain is a national icon, but you can also visit the Amphitheatre, in Royal Natal National Park in the Northern Drakensberg. Otherwise, if strenuous hiking isn’t for you, take the cable car up Table Mountain, or enjoy a smaller trail or walk, for example, in the Drakensberg, that still offer a spectacular view of these mountains.
See the sea
The warm Indian Ocean, running along the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape coastline, is perfect for a dip in the sea (almost all year round). If you’re near the Atlantic Ocean you may prefer to watch others swimming, see the whales at Hermanus, or visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
South Africa is home to many caves and cave networks. The Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn are possibly the most well-known. Similarly, other caves worth visiting include the Sterkfontein caves at Maropeng, the Sudwala Caves outside of Nelspruit, and the Echo Caves in Limpopo.
Visit a hole
The Big Hole in Kimberley is an impressive sight! It is the largest hand-dug excavation in the world. The Hole in the Wall on the Wild Coast is a natural phenomenon worth visiting. Likewise, the Bourkes Luck Potholes – a natural feature that marks the start of Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga.
Go panning for gold in Pilgrim’s Rest, a small town in Mpumalanga. The town has been declared a National Monument in memory of the Transvaal Gold Rush. However, if that doesn’t suit you, then visit the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, where the sandstone mountains appear gold in the right light.
See an animal
South Africa is well known for its many safari parks, including Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant Park, Table Mountain National Park or Hluhluwe-Imfolozi.
Sit in the shade
One of South Africa’s oldest living and widest trees is the Baobab. Find them in Limpopo and cool off under the shade they offer.
Do a little dance
Traditional dance is a part of South African culture. Gumboot dancing and Zulu dance are well-known forms of musical expression. A visit to a traditional Zulu village often includes a dance exhibition. Or when opportunity knocks, take the time to enjoy any form of cultural or traditional South African dance.
Meet our ancestors
The Cradle of Humankind at Maropeng gets you face to face with our earliest ancestors. Situated just outside Joburg and Pretoria this World Heritage Site teaches us about the origins of our species.
Learn some history
South Africa is steeped in history. Visit some of the places that provide a unique look into our country’s past. For instance, Robben Island, the battlefields in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid museum and The Voortrekker Monument.