15 Best Places to Visit in South Africa

With more landscapes and terrain than just about another country on Earth, South Africa takes the lead when it comes to diversity.  As any country should that boasts hippo sightings on the Limpopo River and penguin sightings on the Cape.  An epic country at the tip of an epic continent, wildlife is likely your first draw.  But don’t forget about the entertainment, nightlife, dining, and coasts.  There are several incredible national parks and equally incredible national dishes (on a completely different scale!).  South Africa struggled for decades under apartheid, and the evidence of this can still be felt in places.  But the education and welcome you’ll receive will give you hope for the country’s future. Be sure to plan for a long trip, or at the least plan to return again and again, because you’ll need a lifetime to experience and appreciate this magnificent country. Let’s explore the best places to visit in South Africa!

1. Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

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Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

The capital of Free State and one of South Africa’s three national capitals, Bloemfontein is sometimes called “the city of the roses” thanks to the rose festival held here each year.  But it’s more than just beautiful to look at; the city has a plethora of cultural, historical, and natural attractions. For a start, try the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, the National Museum, the Free State National Botanical Garden, Vodacom Parkland the Anglo Boer War Museum.  For round two, try the digital planetarium, the music scene at die Mystic Boer, and then go fishing at Maselspoort. The lists are endless so plan to stay at least a couple days.

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15 Best Places to Visit in South Africa:

Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

  • Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa: flickr
  • Cape Town: travelnoire
  • Durban, South Africa: flysaa
  • Comaro Street, Johannesburg: flickr
  • Nahoon River, East London, South Africa: flickr
  • Pietermaritzburg: zulu
  • Kimberley, South Africa: flickr
  • Pretoria, South Africa: flickr
  • Port Elizabeth, South Africa: flickr
  • Soweto, South Africa: wikipedia
  • Knysna: flickr
  • Oudtshoorn, South Africa: flickr
  • Stellenbosch, South Africa: flickr
  • Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga, South Africa: flickr
  • Kruger National Park: flickr