Tourist Attractions of the Eastern Cape
Tourist Attractions of South Africa
South Africa is a vast and extremely fascinating country that packs a powerful tourist punch. Few countries can match it for variety and diversity in attractions, activities and cultural groups. From art and history to food and wine, wildlife and nature, nightlife, shopping and even places of worship – there is so much on offer to attract, entice and entertain.
The Western Cape with its mountains and oceans offers scenery that has inspired thousands of descriptions. It has great beaches, World Heritage sites, romantic winelands and museums that celebrate a rich cultural heritage. You can’t talk about a trip to Cape Town without discussing the fabulous cuisine and shopping options that draw tourists time and time again.
Gauteng’s brash exterior belies its depth, uncovered at numerous cultural and historical attractions. Places like Constitution Hill, the Apartheid Museum and Soweto feature alongside chi-chi restaurants, funky galleries, shopping malls and fascinating visits to the Cradle of Humankind, where all our stories began.
In Mpumalanga you’ll find a host of nature-related attractions, arts and crafts outlets, country towns, cultural villages and stupendous scenery along the well-known Panorama route. Of course one of the major attractions is the world-famous Kruger National Park.
Limpopo shares this wildlife sanctuary - the size of a small country - and has many of its own nature reserves. It also boasts the fascinating Mapungubwe, where once an ancient kingdom developed a field of influence that spread beyond the continent. Intriguing groups such as the Venda and the Balobedu still practise culturally-rich traditions in the far north of this region.
The North West is all about Sun City, and the Pilanesberg and Madikwe Game Reserves, but don’t forget the mampoer farms and the idiosyncrasies of the Marico, the cultural mélange at Lesedi on the shores of the Hartebeespoort Dam or the little town of Taung where the famous skull of the same name was discovered. From the Margaret Roberts Herbal Farm (De Wildt) to Sol Plaaitje’s house in Mafikeng, there’s much to explore.
Immense skies and enormous spaces characterise the Northern Cape, along with attractions such as the Big Hole in Kimberley, the Loeriesfontein Windmill Museum and the myths and legends as taught by the ancient San. The Augrabies Falls National Park, the Ais/Ais Richtersveld National Park and the Riemvasmaak community all offer interesting experiences and insights.
KwaZulu-Natal has its own brand of uniqueness when it comes to tourist attractions. Here you can visit a Hare Krishna temple in Durban, pay your respects at the Battlefields in the Midlands, come face to face with Zulu culture and celebrate some of the finest beaches along the Indian Ocean coastline. Sunny year-round, the province has great places to shop, eat, and discover.
The Eastern Cape is a place of rich heritage and struggle sites. Here historic monuments find their place alongside fun aquariums and beachside establishments. Malaria-free game sanctuaries and numerous nature reserves thrill adventure-seekers and nature-lovers.
Small towns and homegrown hospitality are the distinctive attributes of the Free State. Visit the Basotho Cultural Village on the way to the spectacular Golden Gate National Park, visit the Choet Visser Rugby Museum in Bloemfontein or the Fertility Caves (outside Clarens). Make your way to the fun galleries of Clarens, feast visually on the sandstone sights of Ficksburg and drink in the fascinating history of the provincial capital, Bloemfontein.
Wherever you go around the country, you’re bound to find a fun attraction, a moving museum, a great place to enjoy the local vibes. Enjoy surfing the Nightjar site for the best attractions on offer in each of the provinces.
Articles & Blogs
Snow in the Eastern Cape5:09pm 15 Oct
The cold weather has brought snow to the Eastern Cape mountains. Tiffindell Ski Resort saw a snowfall of 30cm on the morning of Tuesday 10 October and continued snowfall resulted in South Africa’s only ski resort being isolated for a few days. South Africa’s High 5 passes were closed; Carlisleshoek, Volunteershoek and Naude’s Nek passes were closed and Ben McDhui mountain pass was closed. Conditions were expected to improve with South Africa’s High 5 Passes reopening by the weekend so now’s the ideal time to head up to Tiffindell to see the fresh snow, build snowmen and have some snow fun...
Treetop Canopy Tour6:30am 20 Feb
Treetop canopy tour in the Tsitsikamma
There are certain things in life you have to do at least once. Or in my case, I only have the guts to do it once. Although as safe as sleeping in your own bed, I have asked myself a few times “what type of a mother allows her children to do this…” before gliding to the next tree!
The Stewarts rewarded themselves with a Canopy Tour in the Tsitsikamma a while ago. What an amazing experience! Of course putting on the safety gear makes you feel very adventurous and extreme, but all in all, safety is number one, and the team...
Port St Francis6:30am 23 Jan
Port St Francis Chokka Boats
Port St Francis is one of a few privately owned working harbours in South Africa, and also home to a diversity of restaurants, retail outlets, commercial offices, conference facilities, a visitors centre, as well as residential property and self catering accommodation.
A large fleet of squid, hake and pilchard vessels works from Port St Francis. Sitting at one of the restaurants, visitors can watch the crew offload blocks of frozen chokka (calamari), netted pilchards and see how they re-ice the hake vessels.
The launching of boats, loading and...