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7 South African Holiday Destinations to Put on Your Bucket List

lion in south african reserve with guide van on dirt road

Known for its diverse, multinational culture that’s a melting pot of languages, heritages and rich historical cultures, South Africa is the ultimate destination for any adventurous traveller. Whether the great outdoors is your scene, you live for shopping trips or you seek the relaxation and creature comforts that comes with 5-star accommodation, SA is a smorgasbord of unforgettable holiday spots.

South Africa’s Top 7 Vacation Destinations that are NOT to be Missed

No matter what the ideal vacation looks like to you, there’s a holiday on this list for you to cross off your bucket list in 2019!

1. Take the Garden Route

A picturesque and Insta-ready strip of land that stretches from SA’s south-east coast and includes the Eastern & Western Cape, from Mossel Bay to Storms River. Centred around and managed from the lush city of George, the Garden Route also includes the stunning idyllic settings of Knysna, Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay, Nature’s Valley and Oudtshoorn and their breath-taking flora and fauna.

2. See the Big Five

It goes without saying that seeing the Big Five in person with your two eyes can never be replaced by watching them on TV or the web. There’s never been a better time to get up close and personal with these 5 majestic beasts, whether you’re a hunter or just an appreciator of beauty in the form of photographs, come to South Africa and take your shot!

3. Go Back to Your Roots

If the origin of the human species holds any interest for you then visiting the world’s richest heritage site is something you simply must do before you kick the proverbial bucket. Less than 2 hours outside of Johannesburg, the Cradle of Humankind boasts action-packed activities, a plethora of wildlife, awe-inspiring terrain and nearly half of the globe’s fossils!

4. Ascend Table Mountain

Cape Town’s Table Mountain is a proud Wonder of the World, so you absolutely cannot visit the Mother City without taking a trip to the top. If hiking or climbing isn’t your scene, catch the cable car; it’s revolving base means that you can soak up the incredible view from all angles – a truly humbling experience. The mountain boasts dozens of plant and animal species, and the coffee shop at the top serves world-class treats. This is an unmissable experience for all ages!

5. See Through God’s Window

Aptly named, God’s Window is one of the most spectacularly divine views your eyes could ever experience, a piece of beauty that no photograph has ever been able to fully do justice to, which is why you have to head to Mpumalanga to see it for yourself! The region is rich with natural beauty and sight-seeing spots, including the Three Rondavels, the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Mac Mac Falls and the exalted Kruger National Park.

6. Soak Up the Culture

Another Cape Town mention, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is known locally as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”; rightfully so, as it is officially the sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest annual musical festival. Hosted by Cape Town’s International Convention Centre around March/April, the International Jazz Festival hosts over 40 acts on 5 stages over 2 days. If arts and culture is your thing, you can check out the National Arts Festival held in Grahamstown each year; an 11-day event that showcases the creative efforts of artists local and from around the world.

7. Meander Through the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

When it comes to arts, crafts, gourmet food, farmers markets and quaint country cottages, you couldn’t find a prettier, homelier region to take the family than the KZN Midlands Meander. Known for its rolling hills and outstanding wedding venues, the Midlands is home to a slew of resorts and game reserves, filled to the brim with outdoor adventure activities and shopping stalls. The Midlands Meander stretches from the northern Mooi River to Hilton in the south, from the western Drakensberg mountain range foothills to the eastern Karkloof region.

Explore South Africa’s Picturesque Terrains & Diverse Culture with Harvey World Travel Highway

When wanderlust calls, South Africa has a massive offering of picture-perfect culture-rich activities and destinations to awaken your imagination, ignite your passion for nature and all things beautiful, while immersed in a melting pot of cultures and customs. When you need a travel partner who is committed to ensuring that your holiday is as hassle-free and memorable as can be, get in touch with one of our friendly and knowledgeable travel consultants today!