Adventure backpacking in South Africa has become a popular form of tourism for the country due largely to the wide variety of exciting activities than can be enjoyed throughout the country. More and more of our readers report having experienced fantastic service at the Ashanti Lodge Backpackers Cape Town which has an extremely efficient travel centre.
Some of the top tourist attractions in South Africa
There are many International destinations, like Machu Picchu, the Great Barrier Reef or the Grand Canyon just to name a few. All of these International places would be great to visit, but why travel so far when there are plenty of awesome locations in South Africa that offer fun, excitement and adventure.
Here are some top tourist attractions in South Africa.
Table Mountain National Park
The park extends from Signal hill and takes you all the way to Cape Point. Table Mountain is the majestic centre piece that is famous all over the world. There are plenty of activities and things to do, so there is no excuse to sit at home or in your hotel room.
Activities include: Hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving, surfing, rock climbing, para-gliding and more. You have access to pristine beaches, rich forests, surrounding mountains and a rich diversity of plant life.
The most well-known activity is the Cable car up Table Mountain. Once on top, enjoy the spectacular views of the 12 Apostles, the V&A waterfront, Cape Flats and you can even see Robben Island off in the distance.
There are plenty of things to do and finding accommodation is not going to be a problem as there are an abundance of choices.
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is found in the North Eastern part of southern Africa. Visitors to the park can enjoy a true African experience. They get to see the Big 5, lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos.
There is plenty to do, for a unique experience go on an elephant back safari or try a hot air balloon adventure. The park provides the best safari Lodge accommodation in the Kruger National Park, where you can stay in luxury and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Other activities include horse riding and playing a round of golf. The ladies can also enjoy a much needed spa day back at the Lodge.
The Drakensberg in Kwazulu-Natal
This beautiful place is of course a World Heritage site. The Drakensberg is an awe-inspiring range of mountains forming the border between Natal and Lesotho. From museums, reserves, zip lining, wild life tours, balloon rides and the list goes on for exciting things to do. There are so many activities that you will have to travel back again and again.
The Drakensberg offers everything from luxury spa resort accommodation to camping and caravanning sites.
A scenic, 300 kilometre area that extends from Mossel Bay all the way to the Storms River found in the Eastern Cape. A few towns you will pass through include; Knysna, George and Plettenberg Bay. www.gardenroute.co.za. Ashanti Cape Town Backpackers Travel centre has a huge variety of Garden route trips on offer to its clients. Many of these are available at far better prices than available elsewhere.
This island in Table Bay is where former President Nelson Mandela was held prisoner, before the abolishment of apartheid. The island is a few kilometres from the island so travel and accommodation is easy to arrange.
Durban: The Golden Mile
The Golden Mile is a famous and crowd pleasing stretch of beachfront that is one of the main tourist attractions in Durban. There are a number of restaurants and night clubs to visit along the beachfront. Hundreds of Bed & Breakfasts, Hotels and self-catering accommodation is available in Durban.
Other activities you could enjoy:
Mini-town model of Durban
Visit many of the traditional vendors in the area
Play and swim at the various beaches
uShaka Marine World is a must see, featuring a water park and aquarium.
Sun City is a holiday and resort destination that can be found along the border of the Pilanesberg national Park. Sun City offers a wide variety of accommodation facilities to suite all tastes, from 5-star luxury to something more affordable.
There are plenty of restaurants and things to do.
Music concerts galore
Enjoy the water park: Valley of the Waves. Sun, beach and waves, bliss.
Take on a round of golf, best in the world courses.
Plenty of fun kids entertainment and activities
I must also mention plenty of shops to visit and roam around in.