Let’s take you into the heart of South Africa
MoAfrika Tours is a touring company with a difference. We don’t specialise in just taking our guests into the most famous reserves in South Africa, we also host our guests in those urban cities that have made South Africa famous! We know that our guests come to Africa in search of those incredible animal sightings often seen on the big screen, but we also know that animals are not the only reason they search for tours into one of the last continents to truly be wild. The cities of South Africa are unlike any you will come across in other nations.
On the outside they are splashed with the veneer of westernisation but beneath the surface lies the most incredible history rooted deep in Africa, a hold on cultures the people are passionate about.
South African Holiday Destinations
Tourist attractions in South Africa are sometimes best seen by booking a tour. For close on 2 decades, MoAfrika has been taking both local and international tourists to those attractions that are considered to be the best places to visit in South Africa. Our many years of travelling the country have allowed us to create the perfect tour packages!
South Africa. There is not another place like it on earth! For so many reasons, South Africa is one of the world’s very best destinations for tourists, even though we might be considered a third world nation. Despite political setbacks and a little lack of development here and there, South Africa still has plenty to offer.
Call it rustic appeal, or perhaps it is the intrigue that keeps bringing tourists back to our shores, South African holidays are undeniably a once in a lifetime experience. From Kruger Park safaris and other wildlife experiences to bustling city hubs and stunning, sometimes blissfully empty coastlines, South Africa is every tourist’s dream destination.
Where to go
The list is literally endless. And what’s really great about planning a trip to South Africa is that your itinerary can be set up to match your mood or your personality. Sounds farfetched but it’s true. Travelling during the offseason (particularly during the South African school terms and the winter months) could present you with a quieter experience. You could also opt to avoid the “hot” destinations, such as Cape Town and head inland to the Pilanesberg, where you can have a laidback safari.
But in order to plan where you will be going, you first need to know what is out there. South Africa is quite an affordable destination for overseas tourists, and with all of the modern day amenities, your holiday is going to be a relaxed one.
One thing to keep in mind when planning, is that each part of South Africa is very different from the next. Not only are we a culturally diverse nation, but it sometimes feels like each region of our nation is actually a part of a completely different country altogether. This is because our country has many different eco-systems, landscapes and people.
This is our list of places where you should go while here, but always keep in mind that with each place we mention, there are numerous other places surrounding it. For instance, say you go to Cape Town. Within Cape Town, there are hundreds of attractions, but journeying just outside of the city will present more than you bargained for. Think of it as micro-attractions within and around the main attraction. With this in mind, you won’t miss a thing!
Since we’re talking about Cape Town quite a bit, we might as well start this list with the Mother City. Cape Town is a brilliant place to visit, regardless of the time of year. It offers something all year round and the beauty of the city and its surrounds is undeniable. Not only will you find that there is a myriad of incredible beaches, which you will find difficult to tear away from during the summer, but there are many urban attractions including the V&A Waterfront and thousands of great places to eat.
And then there is Table Mountain, Boulders Beach (which is home to penguins) and just outside of the city, you’ll find acre upon acre of wine land country. You’ll never be bored here, but you might find it a bit overwhelming to plan your stay. If this is the case, have a look at the tour options we have available.
Sun City and the Pilanesberg
This is a two in one treat. You get to have the safari experience, alongside some city fun! South Africa is a great place to experience a safari, and while the Kruger Park safari is the most popular destination, it is by no means the only wildlife destination. Game parks offering wildlife safaris are dotted all over South Africa. And some of the best South African safari packages are based in the Pilanesberg.
Much like other places in South Africa, the Pilanesberg is full of history. But not the kind you might be thinking. This reserve is in a crater and has many geologically significant points. Aside from that, it is also home to all kinds of animals; predators and plains game alike. We highly recommend staying more than a day in the Pilanesberg and we have just the tour package for you!
And our Pilanesberg tour package happens to include a stop off at the fantasy world that is Sun City. For some tourists, Sun City is the ultimate resort destination. The resort is only 3 hours away from Johannesburg and provides plenty of entertainment including its own man-made beach! Whether you visit here after your stay in the Pilanesberg or if you choose to make Sun City your main holiday destination, you won’t be disappointed.
Kwa-Zulu Natal and Durban
Should you travel from Cape Town to the Pilanesberg and then head to Kwa-Zulu Natal, you will instantly notice that the landscape has made a dramatic change. Kwa-Zulu Natal could not be more different from the dry interior. This province is well known for its dramatic greenery as well as the intense humidity. The province has many safari destinations but it is best known for its beaches and for its historical landmarks. Many wars have taken place in this province and tourists can take tours of the battlegrounds while learning about the fights that have influenced South African history.
After exploring the province and visiting the battlegrounds and perhaps even enjoying a hike in the Drakensberg Mountains, taking a tour of Durban is a fantastic way to make sure that you have seen all that this part of the world has to offer.
Durban is a city filled with life and it is home to many different cultures. Much like Cape Town, there is plenty to do in and around the city, and a tour is the best way to get a genuine feeling for the city. Of all the incredible places to see in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban is the final jewel in the journey. And Durban is known as the “Playground” for a reason. Along with spending time on the beaches, you can also visit uShaka Marine World.
Kwa-Zulu Natal also gives tourists the opportunity to go on a real wildlife safari. The Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park is well-known for its white rhino conservation programme, and guests to the park will be in the perfect position to see these magnificent animals.
Province By Province: Other Must-See Places in South Africa
MoAfrika has specially created many tours in order to give tourists an unbelievable South African holiday. The great thing about booking a tour with a travel operator is that all of the admin and planning is taken care of, but it also adds a bit of diversity to your South African excursions. A tour with an experienced tour guide is far more interactive and exciting, as your guide is going to be well informed about where you are headed. They will be able to share all kinds of information about where you are going. Every province in the country is different and has attractions that are unique to the province.
South Africa has 9 provinces and here are the must-see places of each.
It is exceptionally difficult to decide on a single destination in this province. Many would say that this is South Africa’s tourism capital because it is home to the most popular areas of the Kruger National Park. While the Kruger extends into the Limpopo Province, most of the action happens in the southern areas of the Kruger.
For many tourists, the Kruger Park safari is the main reason why they venture to our country. Kruger Park safaris are as popular as ever. There is never a dull moment in the park and the only regret you might have is not spending more time here!
Limpopo is another of South Africa’s provinces that is home to countless safari destinations. The province is hot and dry; it is rugged and rustic. One of the best places to visit is up in the mountains, well away from the heat. We’ve already mentioned a safari destination, so instead of pointing out another one, we’re headed to the Magoebaskloof. In this area of the province, there are places to go fishing, places to enjoy a memorable meal and there are countless hiking trails. A self-drive is possibly the easier way to see the area in its entirety, however, if you should prefer not to drive yourself, there are tours available.
Away from the busy tourist areas, you will find plenty of enjoyment in the Midlands as well as at various stops along the Drakensberg Mountain Range. A hike in the Drakensberg will possibly give you a different perspective of the world around you. The pictures simply don’t do these mountains any justice. You can experience all seasons in one day when you are in the mountains, so knowing what to pack and having some knowledge of the trail is very important. You might want to consider booking a hiking tour instead of going solo.
North West Province
Even with all the faults our country has, one thing is certain: we are committed to conservation! Just about every province has some conservation effort going on, and just about every nature reserve has a conservation programme running.
The Lion Park is devoted to the conservation of lions, and guests to the park will see lions in a way that they would never have otherwise seen them. Here you will have a different kind of unforgettable safari.
Although it is South Africa’s most urban province, it is just that characteristic that makes Gauteng such a stunning place to visit. Taking a tour around Pretoria and Johannesburg is a must, as is paying a visit to all of the biggest landmarks, such as the Union Buildings. Both cities can be daunting to navigate if you haven’t been there before, so sometimes the best way to see everything is by touring with an operator.
A larger portion of the South African farming community is based here. So you can just imagine the flatlands filled with row upon row of maize plants. Even though the Free State might not seem like the most enticing destination, visiting Clarens makes it all worth it. Clarens is based in the foothills of the beautiful Maluti Mountains. This small town is perfect for hikers as well as for those looking for a romantic getaway.
Also home to a few safari reserves, the Northern Cape is known for its extremely hot, desert-like climate. The big attraction that you shouldn’t miss seeing is the Big Hole. What started out as a mine has become a tourist attraction, and while it is disputed whether or not the Hole is the biggest hole excavated by land, it is truly a sight to see!
Arguably South Africa’s wildest province, the Eastern Cape is not only home to secret beaches, but it is also home to the Wild Coast. Kilometre upon kilometre pristine yet, well, wild beaches, along with small tourist towns, dot the coastline, enticing visitors. You can also visit the Garden Route, which extends into the Western Cape.
With Cape Town and all of the surrounding wine lands, you are spoilt for choice when in this province. While here, be sure to tour around all the smaller towns. This province is filled with history, and you will find most of it in the small towns. This is also a different approach to touring the province.
Some of the best places to see in South Africa are off the beaten track. When you are planning a South African holiday, to check out self-driving options as well as tour operators. A combination of the two can provide you with a stunning excursion.