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TOP 10 DESTINATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Posted on Wednesday, 05th Nov 2014

South Africa is home to a melange of cultures, languages, plants, animals and natural geographical beauty. With all the options, who better to tell you where to venture in South Africa than the thousands who have been before and rated their favourite destinations on TripAdvisor. The top ten destinations in South Africa according to this online community are:

10. Durban
The tropical coastal waters and year-round good weather make Durban a popular holiday destination. Beachfront hotels afford travellers amazing sea vistas and a quick ride in a rickshaw can take you to uShaka Marine World where you can ride water-slides, view the dolphin show and experience sharks and exotic fish in one of the shipwreck-themed aquariums.

9. Pretoria
Known as the Jacaranda City, Pretoria is steeped in cultural and historical significance, which is evident by the wealth of museums, art galleries and derelict forts-turned-national-monuments. Although it may be known as the quiet sister city of Johannesburg there are still plenty of activities to keep you busy.

8. Stellenbosch
Commonly referred to as “Stellies”, this town is encircled with a natural magnificence. Home to 145 wineries and a host of art galleries and coffee shops, the metropolitan lifestyle is not lost on this particular town. Those looking for a dose of the local nightlife should visit during the university holidays as you will be spoilt for choice whether you are looking for some live music or some simple fine dining.

7. Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Bay or “Plett” is a seaside wonderland and beachgoers paradise. Great panoramic views and golden beaches attract people from all around the Western Cape. Whether you choose to enjoy a horseback ride through the Plettenberg Bay Nature Reserve, a visit to MonkeyLand or a boating voyage to witness whales and dolphins playing amongst the waves, you can easily immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Plettenberg Bay.

6. Hermanus
Famous for its outstanding land and boat-based whale-watching, this charming fishing village is a scenic extravaganza. Although there is an historic train station, the founders of the town decided not to lay tracks to prevent commercialisation. Hermanus hosts an annual festival to celebrate the return of the whales during mating season (October), the town even has a whale crier that sounds a kelp horn when whales are visible in the bay.

5. Paarl
The Mediterranean-esque climate and fertile soil of Paarl have provided the perfect conditions to establish the largest town in the Cape Winelands. The countryside beauty paired with well-maintained Cape Dutch and Victorian style architecture will transport you back to a simpler time. The Spice Route Farm has a lot to offer for the whole family from Beer tasting over Chocolate and Wine to a variety of Restaurants, there is also Butterfly World and the Fairview Wine and Cheese Estate.

4. Johannesburg
“Joburg” is a modern cosmopolitan experience. This economic metropolis vaunts a spectacle of vibrant nightlife and couture shopping. If you are in the mood for some entertainment you can head over to Montecasino for gourmet dining, live shows, gambling and some evening cocktails to round off the night.

3. Franschhoek
The elevated mountainscapes and expansive vineyards provide a stark contrast for the backdrop of this quaint little holiday town. Meaning “French Corner”, it is no surprise that Franschhoek is known as the food and wine capital of the country. With spa treatments, beer, wine and chocolate tasting in abundance, you may want to get active exploring some of the local hiking trails, cycling through the vineyards or taking a walk along a local winelands golf course to burn off those extra calories.

2. Knysna 
Located along the picturesque Garden Route, the glistening waters of the ocean, rivers and lagoon will put you straight into the holiday mindset. The Knysna Waterfront is a bustling marina offering premier sailing and shopping facilities. Accessible only by ferry, the Knysna Heads, which guard the entrance of the lagoon, offer an eco-experience unlike any you may have seen before.

1. Cape Town
Situated on the southern tip of the African continent, “The Mother City” is a cultural melting pot. As diverse in society as it is in flora and fauna, Cape Town boasts several ecosystems completely unique to Table Mountain and the surrounding areas. From the old Cape Town Castle and Robben Island to the Noon-day Gun on Signal Hill, there is plenty to acquaint yourself with in this exciting city.

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