Top 5 Holiday Destinations in SA



Written by: Thabiso Machaka

With the festive season only a heartbeat away, one may wonder where to spend their days during this time. Look no further because South Africa has variety for a perfect vacation with partner, family or friends. Having over 200 attractions to visit in and around the country, South Africa composes of incredible features that happen to be every traveler’s dream.

From the amazing weather climate, rich historic culture, prestigious buildings, fascinating wildlife, dazzling scenery and exotic beaches. With many varieties to select from, SA remains an adventure that every traveler longs for in a holiday. Below are the 5 best attractions to visit in South Africa for a perfect gateway:

1. Sun City Resort (North West)
Often referred to as the African’s Kingdom of Pleasure. Sun City is a luxurious casino and resort situated in the heart of North West Province. A family friendly resort and maintaining the international standard, Sun City has four hotels, two international standard 18- hole golf course, two water theme park offering slides and rides with lapping turquoise waves and the other for action -packed water sports.
A family friendly resort where children can be kept busy with activities relevant to their age groups while parents enjoy their free time from kids getting pampered with body massages and tantalizing food, shopping and trying their luck in the glamorous casino. Activities for kids including supervised playgrounds, gaming arcade and professional babysitting services.

2. Blyde River Canyon (Mpumalanga)
The Blyde River is notorious for its remarkable natural attractions. Believed to be the third largest canyon in the world, the Blyde river is one of South Africa’s remarkable geological features offering spectacular views of escarpment, hiking, glistening rivers, swimming, rock pools, and much more. It is indeed the best place to explore outdoors in the boat and get in touch with the universe while feeding your eyes off with stunning views and a rich variety of plants and wildlife at no expense.

3. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (Cape Town)
Victoria and Alfred waterfront is a popular beauty spot situated in South Africa’s oldest harbour. Attracting over 23 million visitors annually and has over 450 retail outlets convenient for both local and international visitors from fashion, entertainment, specialty shops, pubs and restaurants. Developed for both residential and commercial real estate, the area is rich with prestigious buildings and great attractions including the legendary Clock Tower, Chavonnes Battery, the South African Maritime Museum and the coastal Seal Landing.

4. Ferguson’s 5th floor, Illovo (Johannesburg)
The most beautiful, classy, upscale and modern designed restaurant with a corporate feel situated in Sandton offers an escape from the busy business district of Johannesburg. The place is suitable for some leisure on the rooftop for a great view of the sunrise and sunset while feeding on some scrumptious meals and closing on some deals with your business partners. Well, this is exclusive for forever working people even on vacations.

5. Durban’s Golden Mile (Kwa- Zulu Natal)
The legendary tourist magnet with long beaches, luring swimmers and surfers. The façade looks like Miami with tall buildings, hotels, shops, restaurants and flashy pubs and bars. Beside the scenery beach, the attractions include uShaka Marine world, a wonderland of ultimate fun of sea world with dolphins, seal, penguin, sharks and many more.