17 Most Beautiful Places in South Africa To Visit Before You Die

A list of the Best Places To Visit In South Africa. These places are the most beautiful places in South Africa you need to visit before you die. We recently wrote an article on the Most Beautiful Places in the World – check it out!

South Africa is a country of lots of wonders. It is the Zulu Nation of the African Frontier and has become one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. It has a lot of different beautiful places that are worth visiting. These places are ideal destinations for tourists and are loved by both South Africans and foreign visitors. Today, we will cover 17 of the most beautiful places in South Africa.

Places To Visit In South Africa – 17 Most Beautiful Places in South Africa

17. Tshukudu Game Reserve

Most beautiful places in South Africa
Places To Visit In South Africa

One of the best places to visit in South Africa, the Tshukudu Game Reserve is comprised of a fascinating 5000 acres of land space, a bush lodge, which by the way, is a very romantic place built high atop a hill that overlooks the vast plains of the Tshukudu Game Reserve. [Also, Read: The Creepiest Abandoned Places on Earth (With Picture)]

16. Knysna

Most beautiful places in South Africa
Most beautiful places in South Africa

Knysna is a small South African town that is located on the Knysna lagoon, truly a remarkable place to visit in South Africa. People who live in this beautiful place seem to use more of boats than cars to get to where they want to go as they navigate the waterways. [Also, Read: 15 Most Isolated Places In The World]

There are also low lying mountains around this beautiful town which are a deep luscious green and the waters of the lagoon a clear turquoise making Knysna the perfect place to lounge and soak up the natural beauty.

15. God’s Window

Most beautiful places in South Africa
Most beautiful places in South Africa

One of the most Heavenly places on earth, having the most amazing view is the vantage point over South Africa’s Lowveld, God’s Window. This view from this point, if you’re standing and looking across South Africa on a cloudless day, would allow you to see clear across the landscape into Kruger National Park. [Also, Read: 17 Most Beautiful Female Celebrities in Africa]

14. Blyde River Canyon

Most beautiful places in South Africa
Most beautiful places in South Africa

The Blyde River Canyons is one of the largest canyons on earth, and in it, you’ll find a scenic river that passes red sandstone cliffs as it crosses the Lowveld. It is located in Mpumalanga. You can choose to take beautiful pictures of the river and cliffs from up high, or you can head on down to the river and take a boat tour. If you’re lucky, you may even find a hippopotamus or two. [Also read: 17 Most Expensive Celebrity Plastic Surgery]

13. Boulder Beach

Most beautiful places in South Africa
Most beautiful places in South Africa

This beach is an amazing sight to behold, truly a marvellous wonder and is home to over two thousand penguins. Its white sand and large scattered boulders make the beach to live up to its name. The beach is a destination for swim lovers during the summer. You do not want to miss out! [Also, Read: 12 Strange Lost Worlds on Earth]

12. Paarl

Most beautiful places in South Africa
Most beautiful places in South Africa


Dominated by large gardens and classic Cape Dutch houses, the Paarl is a small city in the western cape. The city is surrounded by fertile farmland mostly used for vineyards and olive farms. The result of this is the two known routes in the area, which are The Paarl Wine Route and the Cape Olive Route. The Vineyards are a great place for tourist destinations as there are many available accommodations for tourists and other visitors.

11. Waterfront, Cape Town

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Places To Visit In South Africa

Looking for an adventure you’d never forget? Then head out now to the Waterfront in Cape Town, it is really a wonderful place to be. Once there, you can choose to take scuba diving lessons in their kelp forest, visit the art market, which by the way, is filled with hundreds of stalls of African arts, or you can just sit down at a cafe near the harbour and just watch ships roll in.

10. Cape Point

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Cape Point boasts of some really spectacular view that will give you a jaw-dropping experience. The place is often mistaken by most people as the most Southern Point of Africa. But, however, it takes an easy hike to the point you can glance far below where the waves crash against the cliffs or look out at the edge of the world where the ocean dips below the horizon.

The waters at Cape Point are so crystal clear that you could see from the top of the cliffs directly through it down to the deep, as seals swim beneath the surface…Believe me, no trip to South Africa is ever complete without a road trip around Cape Point. [Also Read: 15 Skills that are Difficult to Learn but will Pay You For Life]

9. Hermanus

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Places To Visit In South Africa | Most beautiful places in South Africa

The coastline of Hermanus is simply extraordinary. I will advise you to grab a picnic and explore the beautiful coastal walking path. And if you want the best place to see whales and dolphins in South Africa, then the bay near Hermanus is your ideal destination. [Also read: 15 Famous Movie Stars that went Broke]

You could pay for boat-time and get close to these really huge and magnificent animals, or you could just watch them from ashore. Both experiences are very different but are unique in their own way, whichever you prefer.

8. Cape Agulhas

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Places To Visit In South Africa | Most beautiful places in South Africa


Now, this is one beautiful place that might catch your fancy, Cape Agulhas, the Southernmost Tip of Africa. Although, it is pretty far from every other landmark in South Africa and main tourist routes that it doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves.

Nonetheless, it still remains a beauty. One breathtaking scenery about this place is, standing at this point where two oceans collide would leave you feeling like you’ve reached the end of the world.

7. Drakensberg

Drakensberg
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Drakensberg mountain, another wonderful region in a bit off the beaten tourist path in South Africa. Also known as the Dragon Mountain, this incredible wonder of nature is +-200km mountain range, the highest mountain range in South Africa located between the kingdom of Lesotho and KwaZulu Natal province in South Africa, a few hours drive from Durban. Popular for its amazing vistas, countless waterfalls, mountains streams, rock pools, caves, and tranquil, the region is pretty much unexplored by human development.

6. Addo Elephant Park

Addo Elephant Park
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I know most people are scared of going on trips into the Safari for the fun experience because of the fear of Malaria. But, if you wish to do so, Addo Elephant Park is the best place to do so. It is the third largest National Park in South Africa, located in the Southern part of the country, close to Port Elizabeth and just a few hours drives from the Garden Route. It is the best place to see the majestic giants of nature, the Elephants, in their wild natural habitats. The park boasts of over 600 elephants and an exotic array of other wild animal species. You might even get lucky and spot the Big Five!

5. iSimangaliso Wetland Park

iSimangaliso Wetland Park
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The iSimangaliso Wetland Park has a whole lot more surprises to unveil than it looks at first sight. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is really not that popular amongst tourists in South Africa, but it is surely worth visiting. [Also, Read: 17 Most Polluted Cities in the World]

The park comprises of beautiful scenery, white-sand beaches, unique landscapes, snorkeling, diving, and lots of wildlife. Animals that can be seen at his here includes rhinos (which are currently at the brink of extinction), zebras, baboons, wildebeest, buffalos, and even elephants.

4. Johannesburg

Johannesburg
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Interesting to know that, the largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg, with a bustling population of over a million, started as a gold-mining settlement. The history of this wonderful city dates as far back as the 19th century. A lot can be learned from this beautiful metropolis and its long part to democracy. So, if you’re interested, then make sure you don’t miss Soweto Township, once home to some of the greatest legends of South Africa, like Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

3. Namaqua National Park and Namaqualand

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Places To Visit In South Africa


The Namaqua National Park and Namaqualand are the most isolated tourist’s attractions in South Africa, close to the Namibian Boarder. They are very far from all other tourist attractions in the country. They are more like the hidden treasures of South Africa, although you’ll hardly see it mentioned as one of the best places to visit in the country.

But even as far as they may be, you might want to be there in spring because that’s the best time to witness the dusty valleys transform into a magical wildflower wonderland. The entire area is covered in colorful flower carpet, attracting both local and international visitors alike.

2. Durban

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Durban is one of the most beautiful and also the best places to visit in South Africa. You can go the beach and stroll the Golden Mile, or visit Ushaka Marine World, Or you could just admire the Durban Botanic Gardens. [Also, Read: Top 17 Richest People in Africa: African Wealthiest Men & Women]

It is also a good destination to set off from, to embark on a day trip to the earlier mentioned iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and also the Drakensberg Mountains.

1. Plettenberg Bay

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Thanks to its gorgeous beaches, fun vibe and easy access to the nearby Tsitsikamma National Park and nature valley, Plattenberg is definitely one of the top must-see places in South Africa. It is one of the last stops along the Garden Route. Close to this incredible scenery is plenty of hiking trails(the most famous of them is the Tsitsikamma mountain trail, a fantastic 6-day hike). [Also, Read: 12 Most Healthiest Fruits & Benefit You Should Consider Having Everyday]

Plattenberg, like a few other places mentioned on our list, is excellent for wildlife admiration. There is a lot you can do here at Plettenberg Bay. But I think it’s best you find out about that yourself! Take a trip to Plettenberg Bay and get that breathtaking exciting you’ve long wished for.

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David Samuel is the Senior Writer for Porumba. He is a writer, Economist and loves research.

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