With Heritage Day coming up this month – the 24th September, to be exact, we thought it would only be fitting to take some time out and appreciate what makes our country so special. From culture, landscape, cuisine and history – this is what makes us proudly South African.
Welcome to the land of what seems like infinite sunshine! Head to the sunny east coast and enjoy:
- A mutton bunny chow
- A hike in the world-famous Drakensberg Mountains – a UNESCO heritage site
- Take your photo beside the face of Madiba at the Nelson Mandela Capture site near Howick
- Meander along Durban’s Golden Mile boulevard and take a dip in the warm east coast waters
Cape Town is South Africa’s very own international city, host to world-class landmarks and the seventh natural wonder of world – Table Mountain.
- Right at the tip of Africa you will find several historic sites such as the Castle, Robben Island, The Bo-Kaap and District Six.
- The Fossil Museum at Velddrif is a fascinating place to discover.
- The Cedarberg Mountains are filled with thousands of examples of San Rock Art.
- Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are some of the world’s best wine producing regions.
This part of the country is haven for outdoor lovers, adventurers and history buffs alike. The majority of South Africa’s prized Garden Route is also found in the Eastern Cape, drawing thousands of international tourists and locals year after year. Make sure to swing by:
- The Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha, Qunu and Mvezo – describing Mandela’s long walk to freedom.
- The Addo Elephant National Park – a sanctuary for over 600 African elephant and numerous game.
- Storms River Mouth for the world’s highest bungee jump.
- The Tsitsikamma National Park for forest exploration, white water rafting and tree zip lining.
North West and Mpumalanga
You can’t go much further back in time to discover our African heritage than the landmarks found in the North West province and Mpumalanga. Known as ‘God’s Country’ these provinces hold pride of place as some of the most significant in the country. Ensure you visit:
- The Sterkfontein Caves in Maropeng which form part of the Cradle of Humankind and house over 500 Hominid fossils.
- Visit the Kruger National Park for a look at the remains of the legendary Magnificent Seven at Letaba Camp.
- Drive the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga and discover the sheer, untouched beauty of this province.
- Take the cable car at Hartbeespoort Dam and marvel at the beauty of the ancient Magaliesberg Mountains.