South Africa

South African Attractions

Throughout your private tour or safari in South Africa, you'll enjoy a stunning spectrum of local attractions.

From waterfalls to wineries

South Africa's affectionate nickname – "the world in one country" – has a great deal to do with how varied and spectacular its natural features are. These attractions can be as vastly different as the subterranean Cango Caves and the awe-inspiring views enjoyed from the top of Table Mountain. We've peppered our itineraries with the choicest attractions to ensure your utmost enjoyment.

If you find your preferred vacation package lacking of a certain attraction that appeals to you, you are welcome to reach out to us to combine elements of various safaris or tours. Alternatively, we'll be happy to design a custom adventure just for you, including the attractions that you would most like to experience during your travels to South Africa.

A striking view of the Berlin Falls.
Berlin Falls

Berlin Falls is one of the numerous waterfalls that grace the Mpumalanga province in South Africa. They are the second highest falls in the province, with white waters tumbling down over 80 meters. The falls were named by German miners who settled in the area during the gold rush of the 1880's.

The Blyde River Canyon as seen from a viewpoint.
Blyde River Canyon

The Blyde River Canyon is located along Mpumalanga's wonderfully scenic Panorama Route. With Namibia's Fish River Canyon taking first place, it is the second largest canyon in Africa and offers a most spectacular sight. Guests on a safari in South Africa will typically visit the Blyde River Canyon en route to the Kruger National Park.

The unique giant's kettles at Bourke's Luck.
Bourke's Luck Potholes

Bourke's Luck Potholes are a curious geological feature created by the swirling waters of the Blyde and Treur rivers eroding the walls of the pools over hundreds of years. The "potholes" mark the beginning of Mpumalanga's Panorama Route, leading travelers from one beautiful natural feature to another.

The misty veil of Bridal Veils Falls in Mpumalanga.
Bridal Veil Falls

Though not the most noteworthy of Mpumalanga's waterfalls, Bridal Veil offers a rewarding hike and an almost otherworldly, delicate sheath of water amongst lush forests – the ideal spot for a well-deserved picnic. Bridal Veil Falls are located outside the sleepy lowveld town of Sabie en route to Graskop.

The Cango Caves offer awe-inspiring tableaus.
Cango Caves

Our South African tours that explore the Garden Route often visit the Cango Caves – a most breathtaking natural wonder in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. The first thrill-seeking tourists arrived at the caves in the 1800's and these magnificent underground chambers have inspired awe from visitors ever since.

An informative sign at Cape Point.
Cape Point

Cape Point forms the most southwesterly tip of the continent. A headland rich with wildlife, indigenous fynbos and rugged beaches, a trip to Cape Point is always a highlight on a Cape Town tour. Enjoy breathtaking views from the old lighthouse and encounters with dassies (rock hyrax), baboons, ostriches and variety of antelope species.

A tour of the Featherbed Nature Reserve on one of the Knysna Heads.
Featherbed Nature Reserve

The Featherbed Nature Reserve is a handsome stretch of coastal wilderness on Knysna's western head. Home to the endangered Knysna seahorse and the charming little blue duiker, this reserve is known for its dramatic natural beauty. Visitors with ample time may also enjoy lunch beneath the dappled shade of a Milkwood tree grove.

The Huguenot Memorial in Franschhoek.
Franschhoek Wine Route

The Franschhoek Wine Route includes the exquisite bouquet of wine farms that surround the historic French Huguenot town of Franschhoek. Bordered by the dazzling Drakenstein Mountains, this fertile valley produces delectable harvests and some of the finest restaurants in the country.

The remarkable view from God's Window.
God's Window

God's Window offers sweeping views across Mpumalanga's leagues of forested hills and plantations. 700m above the pines, the sight is truly spectacular and, on a clear day, one may even see the Lebombo Mountains of the Kruger National Park in the distance. This breathtaking vantage point is one of the most popular in South Africa.

Kirstenbosch is rich with natural beauty.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens carpet the rolling slopes of Table Mountain in a verdant spectacle of indigenous plants and flowers. A newly installed canopy walkway named "the Boomslang" offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy nature's spoils from above the treetops.

Lisbon Falls as seen from above.
Lisbon Falls

The Lisbon Falls are the Mpumalanga province's highest falls and were named by Portuguese miners who arrived along with a colorful medley of Europeans during the Barberton Gold Rush. At 90 meters high, Lisbon Falls offer a beautiful backdrop to a pit-stop picnic.

A side glance of Mac Mac Falls in Mpumalanga.
Mac Mac Falls

Mpumalanga's Mac Mac Falls are twin falls created by Scottish miners who blasted the rock face behind the initial waterfall to divert the flow from a gold-bearing reef. The Mac Mac Pools a few minutes' walk upstream provide a pleasant, cool reprieve during Mpumalanga's humid summer months.

The Paarl Wine Route is home to some spectacular vineyards.
Paarl Wine Route

The Paarl Wine Route meanders along the picturesque Cape winelands town of Paarl. The route is home to favorite venues like the Fairview Wine and Cheese Farm, the massive KWV Wine Emporium and the Nederburg Wine Estate – home to the South African edition of the popular television series MasterChef.

Taste some of South Africa's finest bouquets in Stellenbosch.
Stellenbosch Wine Route

The Stellenbosch Wine Route is based around South Africa's second oldest town. Stellenbosch is revered for its stunning examples of well-preserved Cape Dutch architecture, its elite university, cozy sidewalk cafes, colorful boutiques and, naturally, the award-winning wines produced on the surrounding estates.

The desolate landscape of the Swartberg Pass.
Swartberg Pass

Though seldom frequented, the Swartberg Pass is a striking route that snakes through the Swartberg Mountains of the Little Karoo. The semi-arid landscape and fascinating geological formations make the pass quite a treat to drive through – if you can manage the hairpin bends!

Table Mountain as seen from Table Bay.
Table Mountain

Table Mountain is one of Africa's most recognizable landmarks and is a must-do on a South African tour that visits Cape Town. A swift cable car ride to the top cedes awe-inspiring views across Table Bay, with Robben Island emerging from the waters to the west and the Atlantic Ocean stretching as far as the eye can see.

Tugela Falls in the Drakensberg region of South Africa.
Tugela Falls

The Tugela Falls are the highest falls in Africa and the second highest in the world. Though appearing as only a thin stream, the sheer 947 meter drop is sure to take your breath away. The Tugela Falls are located on the Zululand side of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains .

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