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Interesting Things To Do in South Africa

Submitted by on January 9, 2012 – 6:34 am2 Comments

reuben_matemaneWondering what to see in South Africa and feeling adventurous? Interested in wandering a little ways off the beaten track and exploring some of the less well known, but just as interesting things to do in South Africa? This great country is home to a bewildering array of things you simply can’t see anywhere else, including interesting exhibits, amazing food, bizarre activities and sporting spectaculars. Here’s our guide to a few of the Rainbow Nation’s unique treats:

Visit an Artist Studio – Nestled in the heart of Woodstock, Cape Town’s new artistic hub, you’ll find Greatmore Studios. Professional visual artists have been showing up here for the past decade to develop new artwork while interacting and exchanging skills with their local and international peers. A community based on acceptance, respect and generosity, Greatmore is one of two art colonies of its kind in South Africa and provides visitors with an authentic view of art-making in the country. Read the complete story…

Enjoy a Tasty African Braai
– At 2pm on a weekend, Gugulethu, Cape Town’s most flavorful township, is a buzz as locals and visitors alike converge for a true carnivore’s delight: meat braaied (barbecued) to perfection. This is where the real Africa is played out against a backdrop of afro-urban chic fashion and eclectic kwaito tunes. It’s all happening at Mzoli’s which is essentially a butchery. Bring your appetite and enjoy an affordable feast of chops, boerewors (local sausage) and chicken doused in secret sauce and grilled on a tamed fire. Read the complete story…

Visit Addo Elephant Park
– Addo Elephant Park is a one hour drive north from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The park, which is home to more than 450 elephants, offers a wide variety of game viewing, outdoor adventure, accommodation and cultural experiences. I visited the park as part of a small group adventure during the month of November. The spring is a great time to visit Addo as you drive through miles of citrus trees bearing fruit blossoms that scent the air. Read the complete story…

Visit the Cango Caves – Located in Oudtshoorn, South Africa, about an hour drive from George at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies a spectacular underground wonder known as the Cango Caves. The caves are situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the Swartberg Mountains and have breathtaking drip-stone caverns with vast halls and towering formations. The show cave offers standard and adventure tours lead by experienced, knowledgeable and accredited cave guides. Read the complete story…

Play Extreme Golf
- Golfers looking for an experience they’ll never forget need to look no further than the extreme 19th hole at the Legends Golf and Safari Resort within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. Players must take a helicopter to the top in order to play the longest and highest par three on the planet. With its tee-off point on top of a 1,410 foot high mountain, just attempting the shot requires a ton of courage as golfers need to teeter close to the edge of the hillside. Read the complete story…

Ride an Ostrich – A few years ago I spent 10 days traveling along the coast of South Africa from Durban to Cape Town as part of an adventure tour. Upon receiving my itinerary and having a read, one thing that stuck out at me was the chance to stop at an ostrich farm on our fifth day. There would be races with fired up ostriches straddled by seasoned jockeys and the opportunity to ride an ostrich myself. Cool, I thought, I’m in… Read the complete story…

Walk Alongside Giraffes at Buffalo Hills – Whether you want to take a simple stroll or enjoy a more energetic mountain ride across the park, the Buffalo Hills African Adventure Reserve at Plettenberg Bay on the Cape Garden Route is sure to provide an intimate game viewing experience. Visitors can take private guided tours of the reserve on foot and leisurely walk alongside anything from zebras to giraffes. Other sightings could include bushbuck, impala and eland. Read the complete story…

Take in the history of Robben Island – Certain places in the world are old to humanity. Standing in Istanbul or Jerusalem, one is struck by the history of these locations and by the knowledge that even before the first histories were written, these places were well known by humanity. Other places, like Robben Island, have always been isolated, far off, and, for the greater part of history, at the very edge of the world. The Cape of Good Hope was once known as the Cape of Storms and many European ships were smashed against its rocky shores. Read the complete story…

IMAGE VIA: greatmoreart.org

 

2 Comments »

  • Sandy Salle says:

    Oh you are making me so homesick for Africa right now! One unique and different activity is to take bicycle tour through Masiphumelele Township outside Cape Town. It’s a perfect blend of enjoying the township vibe, meeting local people. You also get to visit a local creche and join a marimba band. Lunch is served in a local African’s home. And the best bit, is that you are injecting tourist dollars into an area in need of employment and empowerment. You are giving back generously.
    Enjoy, I loved it!

  • Great! south africa is really best place to spent their holidays.in this place we visit and lot of enjoy.in the south africa many big hotels and many places to visiter the tourists………

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