If you are looking to explore the hidden beauty of places and not just the conventional places? Then South Africa is the place you should plan a holiday to. Whether you want to find distinctive historical sites or archaeological digs, you will find something there to inspire you and create memories of a lifetime.
Here’s a list of places off the beaten track that you must explore when in South Africa.
Pinnacle Rock, Mpumalanga
Whether you make a tour to South Africa to explore archaeological sites or simply to enjoy your holiday, you should not miss a visit to the huge quartz-designed Pinnacle Rock. The interesting thing about this rock is that it erupts from the surface of the earth and is nearly 30 meters high. Another interesting fact about the Pinnacle Rock is that it is a freestanding rock that towers over the Driekop Gorge’s indigenous dense forest. What would be better than exploring Mother Nature and the country’s unique splendour while enjoying the chirping of local birds?
Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape
The Augrabies Falls National Park -the combination of a waterfall and a ravine adjoining it are two spectacular sights and most recommendable places to visit in South Africa. The waterfall has many observation points to explore plenty of panoramic scenery. Moreover, the national park is a perfect location to view more than 40 different mammal species, including Greater Kudu, Red Hartebeest, Springbok and Giraffe. Do not miss to find the unique mammal species of Rock Hyrax known as Dassies and Klipspringer usually found in sandy or rocky areas.
Midlands Meander/Howick Falls, KZN
Want to follow the walk-through forest areas near the river, following the meandering streams and grottos, just go on a tour to South Africa to explore the Midlands Meander/Howick Falls. An interesting fact about the waterfall is that Howick waterfall is about 95 m in height and is above the Umgeni River. The people of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) region often call the waterfall as Kwa Nogqaza i.e. the Place for Tall People because of its outstanding height.
Lekgalameetse Resort, Limpopo
Lekgalameetse Resort is a breezy resort in Limpopo. It is the perfect place to unwind and relax the mind. The surrounding rocks, water and tall trees overshadowing its stunning wooden chalets are prime attractions of the resort. Home to many swimming pools and surrounding waterfalls, Lekgalameetse Resort is a must-visit for most tourists visiting South Africa. Furthermore, walking through the guided trails of the venue, you will get an opportunity to explore the area the British soldiers settled in post-Anglo-Boer War. Do not forget touring to other exclusive areas, including the Church Forest and the Downs.
Riebeek Kasteel, Western Cape
If you are an art lover, you should visit Riebeek Kasteel in the Western Cape at least for once in your life. For a long time, the place has remained a prime attraction among artists, painters, writers and lifestyle lovers willing to acquire creative energy based on both beauty and serenity of the respective peaceful Riebeek Kasteel village. Other attractions of the town include walking through wheat fields, vineyards, olive groves and many more, all of which remain present around the year.
De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape
One of the biggest natural reserves Cape Nature manages, De Hoop is a favourite among cyclists, hikers, bird and whale watchers. This area of the reserve is 34000 hectares and it is 3 hours away from Cape Town, in the Overberg. With the best hiking trails in the area, you can enjoy coastally and mountain walking, the remarkable views and, of course, and watch out for whales.
Sterkfontein Caves, Gauteng
The Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of Humankind has one of the richest hominid relic spots in the world. What’s more, it is the place that has the lengthiest paleo-anthropological dig in the world. It was first discovered when excavations began in 1935. You can take a guided tour of the caves and journey deep under the earth to the place where the remains of some of our oldest hominids were discovered. Don’t forget to explore the exhibit above ground that displays famous fossils.
Langebaan Lagoon, Western Cape
Around 120 km from Cape Town on the west coast lies Langebaan. The Langebaan Lagoon is a large salt-water lagoon and considered an important wetland globally. It is the key tourist attraction for visitors and locals alike. Soft white sands and azure waters offer excellent opportunities to swim and indulge in water sports like kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding. You can fly a kite, windsurf or sail in a yacht.
The other places you must visit are the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, KZN and the Tankwa National Park when in South Africa. Start packing a bag today and connect with Kesari Tours to get the best deals for South Africa.