There are few countries that can compare to South Africa when it comes to breath taking landscapes and amazing wildlife. The country boasts both natural beauty and diverse landscapes, from fields of wild flowers, to forests, mountains, sand dunes and crystal clear waters. In this article we will talk you through some of the best places to visit in South Africa.
Hout Bay is a popular seaside resort town that lies halfway in between Cape Town and Cape Point. If you are planning on hiring a car in Cape Town it will take you about twenty minutes to get to Hout Bay. There you will find beautiful forests and stunning white sandy beaches, perfect for sunbathing on. Hout Bay is one of the best places to go surfing, if you fancy catching a few waves. Be sure to explore the coastal suburbs and try out the local restaurants while you are in Hout Bay.
Cape Point is known for its dramatic scenery and fascinating history. The sheer cliffs that tower more than two hundred metres above sea were once a navigational landmark used by sailors. Cape Point is located in the southern section of the Table Mountain National Park. The lighthouse at Cape Point was built in 1859 and is still used today as the centralised monitoring point for all of the other lighthouses along the cost of South Africa.
Table Mountain is the best place to visit for spectacular views of Cape Town, Robben Island and the surrounding suburbs. If you enjoy a good walk, then why not spend the day hiking it? If you would rather get to the top of Table Mountain as quickly as possible, then a cable car will get you up there in just five minutes. Table Mountain is home to around fifteen hundred species of plants, making it a fascinating visit for horticulturists. If you are in need of a break after your hike then be sure to visit the self-service restaurant located at the mountains peak.
The beautiful Boulders Beach is located just outside of Cape Town. It is most famous for its community of African Penguins that reside on Foxy Beach. There is a small beach located close to the main penguin colony for the public to enjoy. Although the penguins’ beach is separate, they do tend to pop over and say hello every now and then and some may even join you for a swim. If you fancy having a little peek at the penguin colony, take a stroll along the boardwalk which has been purposely build around the dunes.
Blyde River Canyon
The Blyde River Canyon is the third deepest canyon in the world and one of the most beautiful places to visit in South Africa. Some of its most spectacular view points have names such as Panorama Route, God’s Window and Wonder View. There you will find fresh mountain scenery and stunning panoramic views over sheer drop cliffs. The entire canyon stretches over twenty kilometres.
South Africa is easily one of the most beautiful and remarkable countries in the world. It is definitely worth visiting if you are looking to travel to a location that provides both natural beauty and diversity. Whether you enjoy mountain hikes, forest walks or sunning yourself on white sandy beaches, you are sure to be more than satisfied with the beautiful landscapes South Africa has to offer. South Africa also has some great destinations for family holidays and a climate children will love.