South Africa

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in South Africa

Apartheid Museum

This stirring museum pays tribute to South Africa’s fight for freedom under the apartheid regime, taking visitors on a heart-wrenching journey through photographs, eyewitness news accounts, documentary footage, artifacts, and text.

Northern Parkway & Gold Reef Rd., Johannesburg, http://www.southafrica.info/about/history/apartmuseum.htm
Tags: things to do | culture | history | museum

Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind at Sterkfontein is Gauteng’s most famous World Heritage Site. The caves in this region have produced nearly half of the world’s hominid fossil discoveries, linking the area to early mankind.

Along R400 off the R563 Hekpoort Rd. outside Johannesburg, 011-27-14-572-9000
Tags: family | things to do | culture | history | world heritage site | archeology

Garden Route

Drive through mountains, beaches, and forests on this stretch of coast between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Don’t miss the quaint town of Knysna, known for its artistic community, scenic beauty, and the famous rocky outcrops known as the Knysna Heads.

Knysna Tourism, 40 Main St., 011-27-44-382-5510, www.tourismknysna.co.za
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | road trips

Kruger National Park

Home to over 140 species of mammals, including the Big Five (lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo, and elephant), the park is well-equipped for guided safaris, though many travelers enjoy the self-drive option.

Phalaborwa Gate for access to the northern region; Orpen Gate for the central region, 011-27-12-428-9111, www.sanparks.org.za
Tags: family | things to do | tour | wildlife | adventure

Robben Island

A prison for South Africa’s most notorious political prisoners (including Nelson Mandela) until 1984, this island, 7 miles off the coast of Cape Town and accessible via ferry, is now one of the country’s biggest tourist attractions. Visitors are taken on tours by former political prisoners.

Nelson Mandela Gateway at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, 011-27-21-413-4200, www.robben-island.org.za
Tags: things to do | culture | history | tour

Soweto township tour

Enjoy the authentic vibes of South Africa’s most famous township (established during the apartheid regime as “homelands” or suburbs for non-whites), hometown of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, on an organized tour.

Jimmy's Face to Face Tours, 130 Main St., 011-27-11-331-6109, www.face2face.co.za
Tags: family | things to do | culture | history

Table Mountain

See why bustling Cape Town, a cosmopolitan city boasting fantastic hotels, restaurants, and beaches, is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world by taking an aerial cableway ride to the top of Table Mountain and gazing at the city through the rolling fog.

Tafelberg Rd., 011-27-21-424-8181, www.tablemountain.net
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | adventure

Whale-watching

Observe the 14-18-meter-long Southern Right Whales (distinguished by their V-shaped blow holes) off the small Western Cape town of Hermanus in Walker Bay from August through December.

Hermanus Whale Cruises, 011-27-82-369-8931, www.hermanus.co.za
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | wildlife

Wine Country

The winelands of Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch, some 45 minutes outside of Cape Town, are a fantastic option for wine-tasting sojourns. Many estates offer free tastings. Book a delicious lunch or dinner at the award-winning Haute Cabriere Cellar Restaurant.

Haute Cabriere Cellar Restaurant, Lamprecht (Mountain Pass) Rd, 011-27-21-876-2630, www.cabriere.co.za
Tags: things to do | outdoors | culinary | wine tasting

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