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Posted on: Thursday, 4 October 2012

Things You Have To Do in South Africa

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Ride An Ostrich

Ride An Ostrich

South Africa is a land known and loved for so many things. Its wondrous wildlife, magnificent landscapes, fascinating flora, colourful people, melting pot of cultures and intriguing art makes this a destination with so much to offer that many find it almost impossible to leave. There are millions of visitors that have experienced some of the magic of this country, not to mention the locals, who do not easily forget what a fabulous home they have.

So, to get the most out of any South African experience, there are some activities and attractions that are just not negotiable.

Things You Have To Do in South Africa

Ride an ostrich

Visiting Oudtshoorn in the Karoo will give you the best opportunity to ride one of these strong and powerful birds. This area is known for its many ostrich farms and products, and offers young and old the opportunity to feel the thrill of climbing on and enjoying a rather bumpy ride.

Play With a Cheetah Cub

Play With a Cheetah Cub

Play with a cub

Many of the nature reserves and game parks allow their visitors to cuddle and play with lion or cheetah cubs. Of course, there are strict rules about hygiene to protect the health of these little predators. Being this ‘up close and personal’ with one of the world’s best hunters is a real privilege.

Braai on the beach

The South African barbecue, called a braai, is practically an institution in this country. Enjoy the smoky aromas of Karoo lamb or prime beef on the coals while relishing in the stunning scenery. Not all beaches allow one to braai, so it is important to check first to avoid disappointment.

Play A Round of Golf

Play A Round of Golf

Play golf at a top resort

South Africa is the home of a number of award-winning courses. These include Arabella, Pecanwood, Humewood, Fancourt and River Club. Stunning views make a round on these courses more than just a relaxing day on the fairways. They really are quite an experience.

Go on a safari

No visit to this country is complete without having a safari in a beautiful park or reserve. See the fauna and flora for which SA is so loved, including the Big 5 – leopard, lion, buffalo, rhino and elephant. The Kruger National Park is the best known wildlife reserve in the country and one of the most acclaimed in the world. Others include Shamwari and Addo Elephant Park.

Take A Hike

Take A Hike


With all of these forests, mountains, valleys and coastlines, there is no shortage of hiking trails in South Africa. Some of the most famous trails and hiking areas include the Drakensberg Mountains, Table Mountain, the Otter Trail, Swartberg and the Wild Coast.

Go shark cage diving

The Great White Shark is one of the most feared hunters and beautiful predators. There are a number of places along the South African coastline in which these and other impressive shark species can be seen from a new perspective – in a cage within their natural habitat. Gansbaai, Cape Town, Knysna and Jeffrey’s Bay are just some of the best places to go diving with these graceful marine predators.

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Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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1 comment about Things You Have To Do in South Africa
  1. October 4th, 2012 at 16:23
    Pieter van Zyl says:

    I feel very blessed to Stay in South Africa and enjoy every thing that comes my way,,,I travel a lot and seen great places