South Africa offers countless magical travel destinations, particularly if you want to avoid tourist traps and experience something a bit more unique. If you only visit the popular SA holiday destinations listed in travel guides and websites, you'll only see a small portion of South Africa's true diversity.
We’ve chosen several places with unmatched beauty and unique experiences. This list includes gorgeous natural landscapes, quirky historical sites, as well as locations with significant archaeological value.
One of the top SA holiday destinations is the Kruger National Park, which offers an unmatched Kruger Big 5 Safari Experience. Not only is it the most famous national park in South Africa, but it also boasts the greatest variety of species. It is among the oldest conservation sites in Africa, with thriving animal populations and highly sought-after wild dog and cheetah sightings.
Nights can be spent in a lavish bungalow or by a roaring campfire as you listen to the sounds of nature. Wake up to a champagne breakfast as an elephant strolls by and lions roar in the distance. Then, embark on a self-drive or guided safari to explore one of Africa’s largest game reserves in search of majestic animals like lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, buffaloes, and wild cats. The Big 5 of Africa are the continent’s most famous animals, and seeing them in the Kruger National Park is an experience you are likely to treasure for a lifetime. All year long, close encounters with elephants, buffalo, rhinos, lions, and leopards are common.
The Owl House, in Nieu-Bethesda in the Eastern Cape, was home to the well-known South African artist, Helen Martin. The home is the result of her wish to bring colour and brightness into her dark and lonely environment. It has an incredible variety of sculptures, interiors made of colourful glass, and vivid paintings.
Martin, who was divorced in the 1940s and had no living relatives due to the passing of her parents, moved back to her birthplace to work on a project that she grew fixated on. With the help of a worker named Koos Malgas, she started making sculptures of owls, mythological creatures, and sun faces. Over the course of 12 years, she converted her house into a wonderland filled with hundreds of sculptures, shattered glass walls, and colourful windows. The Owl House, with its quirky sculptures and intriguing history, has a magical air to it. Iit is a really unique location that is not quickly forgotten.
One of South Africa’s most breathtaking locations is the Drakensberg. A haven for nature enthusiasts, it is renowned for its hiking paths that wind around picturesque mountain gorges, across serene grasslands, and into magnificent river valleys. But if there’s one unique destination within Drakensberg that you simply cannot miss, it’s the Amphitheatre. The Drakensberg Amphitheatre in the Drakensberg Mountains is a spectacular cliff face spanning 5 km. Surprisingly, the towering natural phenomenon attracts very few visitors. What makes this destination even more magical is the magnificent Tugela Falls, found at the cliff’s peak.
A World Heritage Site, the Sterkfontein Caves are the ideal location for aspiring archaeologists or enthusiastic explorers. The caves are a wonderful destination to visit and one of the most significant fossil sites in the world. In the region referred to as the Cradle of Humanity, fossilised hominid and animal remains as ancient as 4 million years have been found. These findings provide important insights into the origins and evolution of humans.Any traveller to South Africa will find this visitor centre to be of the highest calibre, with first-rate displays, knowledgeable guides, a restaurant, and breathtaking vistas. The caverns are well located for seeing one of the most well-known archaeological sites in the world since Johannesburg is just 40 minutes away. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes that you can walk in inside the caves.
You can book an unforgettable Kruger Big 5 Safari Experience on the Kruger Gate Hotel website, one of the most unique SA holiday destinations in the country. Or Contact Us to plan and book the ultimate Kruger National Park getaway.