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Best places to visit in South Africa

[ 1 ] September 10, 2011 | Alison Adey

Looking for the best places to visit in South Africa? Whether you want to surf your way along the Garden Route, drive along the Wild Coast or go as far north as Sodwana Bay, we’ve come up with a list of must-see places.

1. Cape Town

Cape Town is an essential stop for all backpackers visiting South Africa. Hike up Table Mountain, visit the infamous prison on Robbin Island, go cage diving with Great White sharks or dance ’til dawn on Long Street. Whatever you fancy, Cape Town is sure to deliver.

View from the top of Table Mountain, South Africa - Pictures Table Moutain South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

View from the top of Table Mountain, South Africa

2. Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn is often overlooked by travellers as it’s slightly off the beaten track. However it’s easily accessible by car and the Baz Bus organises transfers from George. Watch meerkats wake up in the wild and explore the jaw-dropping Cango Caves.

3. Nature’s Valley

Get ready for breathtaking views, fabulous hiking trails and one of the prettiest hostels we’ve seen in South Africa. Trust us, this place is likely to capture your heart so get ready to extend your stay.

4. Victoria Bay

Victoria Bay is a heaven for nature lovers. Whether you want to hit the surf, try your hand at fishing or camp up on the clifftops, this little cove is well worth a visit.
Surfing in Victoria Bay, South Africa - Pictures of Victoria Bay, South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

Pictures of Victoria Bay, South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

5. Knysna

Think crashing waves, rugged cliffs and endless reams of blue sky. Hike up to The Heads, take a sunset boat cruise or stroll down to the harbour. If you’re lucky you might even see a whale!

6. Jeffreys Bay

If surfing’s your thing then you can’t miss Jeffreys Bay! The supertubes are legendary, the surf schools are intense and the atmosphere couldn’t get more laid back. Try and get there for the Billabong Surf Competition held every July.

7. Port Elizabeth

Okay, so there’s not a great deal to see here BUT it is where you can book cheap safaris to Scotchia Game Reserve and Addo Elephant Park.  Amazing.

Lioness and her cubs at Schotia safaris - Safaris in South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

Lioness and her cubs at Schotia safaris - Safaris in South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

8. Coffee Bay

The Wild Coast throws up all sorts of gems and Coffee Bay is one you can’t miss. Hike to the Hole in the Wall, grab a 2-hour surf lesson or enjoy sundowners on the cliffs. Need somewhere to stay? We have two words for you: Coffee Shack.

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Category: Africa, Cape Town, East London, Gansbaai, Jeffreys Bay, Mossel Bay, Nature's Valley, Oudtshoorn, Port Elizabeth, Safaris, Sodwana Bay, South Africa, St Lucia, Stormsriver, Victoria Bay

About Alison Adey: I was previously Channel Editor for IPC's Homes network (Housetohome.co.uk; Idealhomemagazine.co.uk; Livingetc.com and Homesandgardens.com) but I bid them a fond farewell in December 2010 to embark on this trip. I also worked for Nowmagazine.co.uk as a features writer for two years. View author profile.

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