Top 5 Most Visited Tourist Attractions in South Africa


South Africa, our beautiful country at the most southern tip of Africa, is a land of not only diverse people but also in what it has to offer. From the city-explorer to the nature lover, South Africa has something for everyone. Below is a list of five popular tourist attractions in South Africa. Although this country’s intrigue is by no means limited to these five attractions, they are certainly the most popular.

V&A Waterfront

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is considered the most popular and most-visited tourist attraction in Africa and is situated in the still-working harbour in Cape Town. You may ask, “What makes the Waterfront so special?” You mean aside from it being a hub of activity for shopping, food, marine life and music? Well, here visitors can engage in many activities such as exploring the Two Oceans Aquarium, flying above Cape Town in a Helicopter, enjoying relaxing Canal and Habour Cruises, taking a spin on The Cape Wheel and so much more! The V&A Waterfront is dynamic and bursting with activity — no time spent here will be lost!

Kruger National Park

Spanning the two provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, the Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserve in Africa — the largest in Africa being the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania — and home to an array of wildlife including the Big 5! Game drives, walking safaris, bird watching, sun downers in the bush and luxury bush lodges: these are just a few adventures that await exploration in the Kruger. Enjoy a safari getaway and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature.

The Apartheid Museum

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

- Nelson Mandela

Situated in Johannesburg, the museum tells the story of the rise and fall of Apartheid within South Africa. Many visitors come to South Africa not just for the fun and excitement the country offers, but also to experience and understand our history. At the museum visitors can browse through a series of 22 exhibitions that takes visitors on a dramatic and emotional journey of how Apartheid came to be, experience what it was like, and how it was eventually overthrown.

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Image: Tsogo Sun Gold Reef City

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Image: Apartheid Museum

Garden Route

Ah, the widely favoured Garden Route – a 200-kilometer stretch of adventure and beauty. This route extends from the Tsitsikamma Forest to the coastal city of Mossel Bay. With Knysna situated perfectly between the beginning and end of the route, it is the perfect place to stay and use as base as it is central to many of the activities along the Garden Route. For the adrenaline junkie, there are options such as bungee jumping at the Bloukrans Bridge (the world's highest commercial bridge bungy at 216 metres), ziplining, paragliding and blackwater tubing. For the more restful nature lover, the drive in itself is an adventure as views of thick forests, coastal towns and lagoons line the popular driving route.

Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands is a picturesque area known for being the largest wine-making region in South Africa, where majestic mountains act as a striking backdrop to a myriad of vineyards, historic towns, and Cape Dutch homesteads. This area is filled with wine estates that have been in the wine-making business dating back for centuries and who have truly become masters of their craft. Not only does the Winelands specialize in phenomenal wines, but a large amount of some of the best restaurants have also been established here. Take a few days to roam about this breath-taking area and uncover all that the Winelands has to offer from mouth-watering food and wine to fun activities and gorgeous luxury accommodation!