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6 Reasons to Add South Africa to Your Bucket List

If you are looking for a destination that has stunning landscapes, wildlife and a rich cultural experience,  look no futher than South Africa!  Located on the southern tip of Africa, it boasts a blend of  natural wonder and modern cities.  You can visit the bustling streets of Cape Town or the majestic Table Mountain.  Visit the Big Five animals in their natural habitat on a Safari or explore the world-renowned wine regions.  Let’s explore together the six reasons why you should add South Africa to your bucket list and let us start helping you plan your next adventure.

Stunning landscapes and natural wonders

South Africa has a diverse range of landscapes that can leave you breathless.  There’s the rugged coastline of the Western Cape to the rolling hills of the Winelands.

Table Mountain is an iconic natural landmark in South Africa.  It is a flat-topped mountain that dominates the skyline of Cape Town.  You can take a cable car to the top of the mountain and enjoy panoramic views of the city and the surrounding coastline.

Located in Mpumalanga province, the Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world.  It is home to a variety of plant species and wildlife.  It’s worth a visit to take a scenic drive along the Panorama Route, where there are many opportunities to stop and take in the scenery.

The seaside town of Hermanus is known as the whale-watching capital of the world.  Taking a boat tour offers you the chance to see Southern Right Whales up close.

Unique wildlife experiences

South Africa is home to some of the most iconic animals in the world, including the Big Five: lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinos. A safari in one of the country’s many game reserves or national parks is a must-do activity for any traveler.

Zebra at Sunset in Kruger National Park

Zebra sited in Kruger National Park

Home to a wide variety of wildlife, Kruger National Park is one of the most famous game reserves in South Africa.  You can choose self-drive options if you prefer to explore at your own pace, or let us book for you a guided safari tour.  Either way you will get to experience the Big Five animals in their natural habitat.

If you’re looking for a more intimate wildlife experience, head to the Eastern Cape and go on a private game reserve safari. These reserves offer luxury accommodations and personalized tours with experienced guides who will take you off-road to see animals up close.

Rich cultural diversity

South Africa is a melting pot of cultures, with a rich history and it’s cultural diversity is reflected in its food.  The local cuisine is a mix of African, Asian and European influences which results in a unique culinary experience.  Traditional dishes include bobotie, boerewors and biltong.

South Africa’s music and dance offers another way to experience its unique culture.  Several towns in Johannesburg offer vibrant music scenes and venues. You can also watch traditional Zulu dancing in KwaZulu-Natal or attend a Cape Malay choir performance in the Western Cape.

Delicious beer and wine

South Africa is famous for many things—exotic wildlife,  diverse, and stunning landscapes. It’s also known as one of the best wine-producing nations in the world. It has the perfect climate for viticulture across several different wine regions. It’s best known for its pinotage but also for its chenin blanc grapes. Vineyards can be found across South Africa, but the most iconic are located in the Cape Winelands, in the key regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. You can take a wine tours and visit vineyards, sample local wines, and learn about the winemaking process.

In addition to wine, South Africa is also famous for its craft beer scene. There are many microbreweries and craft beer bars throughout the country where you can try unique and flavorful beers.

Adventure activities

If you’re an adventure seeker, South Africa has plenty of activities to get your adrenaline pumping. You can go shark cage diving in Gansbaai, bungee jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge, or zip-lining through the Tsitsikamma Forest.

For a more relaxed adventure, head to the Garden Route and hike the Otter Trail. This five-day hike takes you through some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in South Africa and is a great way to experience the country’s natural beauty.

Accommodation options in South Africa

South Africa has a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget and preference. From luxury game lodges to budget-friendly hotels, there is something for everyone.

If you’re looking for a luxury experience, we can recommend one of  the many game lodges in South Africa’s game reserves. These lodges offer all-inclusive packages that include meals, game drives, and accommodations in luxurious tents or lodges.

We can also find more budget friendly options that offer offer basic amenities but you will still experience South Africa’s hospitality.

Planning your trip to South Africa

Let us help you plan your trip to South Africa.  Our travel advisors will build out custom itinerary just for you, choosing the best time to visit based on your interests as well as weather and the types of things you want to see and do.   The best time to visit for wildlife viewing is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. If whale watching is on your must-see list, the best time to visit is from June to November. We can help you understand what you need to pack and what the travel requirements are. We can find the right accommodations to suit your needs and budget.

Reach out to us early if you are traveling during peak season as it is a popular tourist destination.


South Africa is a beautiful and diverse country that offers travelers a unique experience.  With access to rich cultural experiences and wild landscapes, South Africa offers something for the most curious travelers. Whether you’re an adventure seeker or a foodie, South Africa is a must-visit destination that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your South African adventure with us today!