With more unique experiences in South Africa than you can throw a hat at, Mzansi truly offers something for everyone. Whether you’re dreaming of nature, culture, adventure, a sun-soaked beach or bright city lights, you’ll find it and more in South Africa.
Here are just ten of our favourite unique experiences in South Africa:
Walking safari in the bushveld
Get as close to nature as possible on a walking safari. Walking safaris aren’t exclusive to South Africa, but nowhere else are they as accessible, or is there so much choice.
The ever-popular Kruger National Park offers walking safaris at Jock Safari Lodge, at Bakubung Bush Lodge in the North West and the Wildside Camp in Limpopo – just a few of the options.
Swim and sunbathe on a human-made beach
South Africa is not the only country in the world to boast of an artificial beach, but Sun City must be one of the most unique. Close to Johannesburg, travellers can be sunning and swimming in the waves of the ‘Lost City’ in under two hours.
Sun City is also only 4km from Pilanesberg National Park, so an excellent option to combine with a walking safari.
Tee off a mountain
Head up high in Limpopo’s Legend Golf and Safari Resort to try your hand at their world-famous 19th hole. The world’s longest and highest Par 3, golfers seeking a challenge are whisked up to the Hanglip Mountain by helicopter to tee off on the edge of the mountain, 400 metres above the Africa-shaped green below.
Spot the critically endangered African Wild Dog
African Wild Dogs are the second most endangered carnivore in Africa. The often misunderstood species can be seen, along with other rare species, in the Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West. The second pack of Wild Dogs was introduced earlier this year. The lodge has also introduced a Wild Dog identification kit, which guests can use to try to identify the dogs they spot. It’s fun for the whole family!
Drink rooibos in the Cederberg
You may not think that that distinctive yellow-and-green box of rooibos tea on supermarket shelves all around South Africa is anything special, but everywhere else on Earth, it is.
Rooibos has a long history of medicinal use by South Africa’s indigenous communities and only grows naturally in the Cedarberg mountain range. Take the trip to the Cederberg to hike or horse ride through the rooibos fields and learn about the heritage of the Khoikhoi and San people.
Visit the Rooibos route for more info: https://www.rooibos-route.co.za/.
Wildflowers in the Northern Cape
Come early August, the semi-arid desert of Namaqualand is carpeted with blooms of orange Namaqualand daisies, purple vygies, blue sporrie and other colourful wildflowers almost overnight. The winter rains determine when they bloom, but they’re usually on show until September.
It’s a fantastic road trip destination from Cape Town with many hiking, walking, mountain biking and 4X4 trails to enjoy.
Wine in the Winelands
With more than 560 wineries in the Cape, you couldn’t so much as throw a stone without hitting a wine farm in this award-winning region. The Constantia, Stellenbosch, Durbanville and Route 62 routes are the most popular.
The red dunes of the Kalahari
The distinctive red, arid sands of the Kalahari stretch up into Botswana and Namibia, making the Kalahari desert the largest area of unbroken sand in the world.
Spot shy species such as the Cape fox, hyena, jackals and, for first prize, the black manned lion along with other species of birds and flowers. It’s a tranquil, off-the-beaten-track experience.
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall near Coffee Bay and hidden on the Wild Coast is, as the name suggests, a sandstone wall with a hole carved out of it. What makes the site truly Instagram-worthy is that the sea crashes through it as the tide comes in. Expect cows, traditional isiXhosa villages and few other people.
Soak in an outdoor bathtub in a forest
Get away with the fairies by heading off the beaten path in Hogsback, a tiny village hidden high up in the Amathole Mountains in the Eastern Cape. At the Away with the Fairies hostel, guests can have a bath in the outdoor tub hanging over the edge of the forest (the oldest in the country) overlooking the three Hogsback Mountains, from which the village gets its name.
They say there’s nowhere like home. In the case of these unforgettable, unique experiences, we’d have to agree.