Perched on the banks of an estuary teaming with marine life and surrounded by the indigenous forests of the Outeniqua Mountains, this beautiful town has a lot to offer. Your local guide at Knysna Lagoon should share fascinating tales about the Lagoon, the early shipping industry and oyster cultivation. Several outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling and abseiling to sampling are some of the finest experience in Knysna. All in all, Knysna is a bustling happening spot with much to offer.
2: Topless Bus Tours
What better way to see Cape Town than relaxing aboard a topless bus touring the city and surrounds? Two routes are available, the short city Red Route & the longer Blue Route. Buy a day pass & hop on & hop off as many times as you want.
The caves are one of South Africa's 10 most visited tourist attractions. The two largest chambers spread over an easy kilometre of spell binding beauty. Marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites.
4: Climb Table Mountain (Cape Town)
Famous flat topped Table Mountain offers glorious views across the Cape peninsula and the city below. But you have to work for them because it's not a walk in the park. The lazy but equally rewarding way is to take the cable car.
5: Explore the Winelands
More than a dozen wine routes tempt you with wine tastings and excellent cuisine in the wine estate restaurants. The views are splendid, with rolling hills and gorgeous old Cape Dutch mansions.
Mossel Bay is South Africa's historical gem. For the culturally minded, there is the Maritime Museum, Cultural Museum, the Shell Museum, the Aquarium, and the Ethno-Botanical garden. Visit Hough's Herbal garden in Excellent Brak plus the many art galleries in this small town. Take a drive to the original mission village of Friemersheim in the Outeniqua hills and revisit the South Africa of the ancient times.
Dubbed the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn is a great place to visit especially if its raining everywhere else on the Garden Route. Visitors are guaranteed sight of several ostriches in just this one location.
8: Plettenberg Bay
Nestled along the Garden Route about 210 km from Port Elizabeth and 600 km from Cape Town, Plettenberg Bay is a sports paradise and boasts fabulous trails for hikers, mountain bikers, horse riders and canoeists. The highlight of the area is definitely the rivers, beaches and the bay with its ideal conditions for all facets of watersports, including sailing in the safe waters of the Bay, superb rock and surf fishing and scuba diving spots.
9: Tsitsikamma National Park
The Garden Route tours climax with adventure safaris into magnificent Tsitsikamma National Park. The Park stretches 50 miles along the coast and into the ocean. It comprises two sections: indigenous rain forest and a coastal strip. The rain forest is lush, green, thick and exotic.
10: Sun City
One of South Africas top holiday resorts, Sun City has enough of everything for almost everyone. From golfing, game watching, gambling and a wide variety of sports it is hard to find something not to do in Sun City. The city is also famous of the Palace of the Lost City, which is a rebuilt palace based on a legend it was the royal residence of an ancient civilisation of South Africa, but was destroyed by an earthquake.
11: Port Elizabeth
Located on the shores of the Indian Ocean between Cape Town and Durban, this beautiful city is sited on the shores of Algoa Bay. With plenty of sunshine, moderate year round temperatures, clean sandy beaches and a warm Indian Ocean, it is no wonder, water sports are amongst the biggest attractions for this city. Also enjoy scenic nature trails and wildlife experiences in and around the city.
12: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
This park is formed of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, and is the first of is kind in Africa. This huge beautiful park is filled with large populations of birds, reptiles, rodents, small mammals and antelopes. The park is ideal for predator watching and for the seasonal movement of large herbivores such as blue wildebeest, springbok, eland and red hartebeest.
13: The Blyde River Canyon
If there was ever a place where its sheer natural beauty would astound you, there it has to be here. The spectacular views on offer have names like Gods Window and Wonder View would make any holiday pictures like a master piece. There are a variety of plant and animal life to be found here, be sure to look out for the numerous beautiful waterfalls, doubt if you can miss them.
A truly modern city with African, European and Asian influences, and like New York, this city never sleeps. While the city might be a business center, it is also a wonderful holiday spot, with all year round mild weather, lovely beaches; it makes good use of its multicultural identity to provide a variety of interesting views to the first time visitors. Be sure to also visit the theatres, art galleries, shopping centres and museums.
15: Kruger National Park
One of the best national parks in the world, Kruger is located in the north-east corner of South Africa on the border with Mozambique. Home to a variety of fauna and flora, this park is certain to delight the most adventurous of travelers.
16: Cape Town
Probably one of the most beautiful places in the world. From the imposing Table Mountain (A World Heritage site) to the faultless beaches, and the hospitality of the people, enough cannot be said how good a holiday destination this is, has to be experienced to be believed. Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, has now been turned into a tourist attraction; your trip would not be complete without visiting here.