6 Essential Activities in South Africa

Updated Friday, 26 May 2017

There are a few things that every tourist simply has to try if they want to have a real experience of South Africa. These are available across most of the provinces and define, to an extent, the African encounter. Of course, even if you only manage to leave the surrounds of your fabulous hotel in South Africa and squeeze a few of these into your vacation itinerary, they will be well worth the experience.

Safari Photography

The African Safari

South Africa is home to an astounding array of fauna and flora. The best way to appreciate the abundance and beauty is on an authentic safari. This usually includes a slow drive through the bushveld in an open 4 x 4 vehicle that allows uninterrupted views of the surrounds. In game parks, wild animals can be spotted from the vehicles. South Africa boasts the Big 5 – lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos. Many of the parks and reserves invite visitors to view all five of these (as well as a huge array of other animals) on a safari. Of course, safaris are not restricted to driving – bush walks and horse riding are also on offer at various reserves.


The coastline of South Africa extends for thousands of kilometres, and ranges from cold, rugged shores to incredibly pristine sandy swimming beaches. The waters of the Western Cape are chilly, while the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have the stunning warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Several beaches enjoy the international Blue Flag Status, which sets them apart for their beauty and safety. These beaches are also fabulous for surfers, swimming and watersports enthusiasts.

Sunset Beach


Tourists to South Africa that are die-hard shopping addicts are well rewarded. City streets are littered with arts and crafts, flea markets dot the town centres, and massive malls are brimming with an endless variety of retail outlets and speciality stores. Local and international brands are on offer, promising no shortage of choice and variety, even for seasoned shoppers with discerning taste. The major metropolises (like Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and so on), as well as those that are a little smaller, have stunning shopping centres that are sizeable and exciting, complete with entertainment facilities, salons, restaurants and coffee shops.

Township Tours

The townships are informal settlements, occupied by a massive proportion of the local population. These hubs have a culture, history and heritage of their own, and are fascinating for visitors to explore and discover. Formal township tours reveal the complex history of the various townships and introduce visitors to icons from that area. Usually, a township tour also enables the visitors to meet and interact with locals to get a real taste of local life and customs.

Hot Air Ballooning

Adrenalin Pumpers

South Africa has so many heart-stopping activities that it is a Mecca for adrenalin junkies. From bungee jumping and abseiling to fox-flying under bridges and shark cage diving with Great Whites, this country has the full spectrum of excitement.

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