Best Places to Visit in South Africa

South Africa is one of my favourite countries in the entire world! I liked it so much that I visited it twice in 6 months! Despite visiting South Africa twice, I would love to go back for more shark diving, to visit Cape Town, and to return to Tembe! Due to the distances, I highly recommend renting a car as we did if you are traveling on your own, i.e. not part of a tour.

Travel information and travel tips for South Africa
  • best places for travellers to visit in South Africa for adventures with wildlife and safaris

The Best Places to Visit in South Africa For Wildlife

The best places to visit in South Africa for wildlife sightings, that include the largest elephants on the planet, the largest white rhino population and 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

The Zulu: South Africa’s Largest Ethnic Group

The Zulu in South Africa are a fascinating people. They are the largest South African ethnic group who suffered under apartheid when they were considered to be third class citizens.

Durban: Lasting Impressions

Durban is a complex city full of paradoxes. Traditional healers work in the metropolis, while zen can be found in the waves near the business district.

  • hump back whale seen while whale watching in St. Lucia, South Africa

Whale Watching in St Lucia, South Africa

Humpback whale sightings are virtually guaranteed in St Lucia from June-November. It was one of the best whale watching trips I've ever been on!

  • Mother and baby elephants at Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa

Tembe Elephant Park: A TOP Travel Adventure

Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa was my top travel adventure of 2012! It's home to the tusker elephants, some of the largest elephants in all of Africa.

  • hippo tour in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa

Up Close with Hippos in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa

My hippo tour in iSimangaliso Wetland Park was one of the highlights of my trip to South Africa! Not only is it a UNESCO Site but it's also home to 800 hippos!

  • Samango monkey in iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Observing Endangered Samango Monkeys in iSimangaliso Wetland Park

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a UNESCO Site in South Africa. It is home to crocs and 800 Hippopotami and my favorite, the endangered Samango monkey.

  • Laurel Robbins shark diving with an Oceanic Black Tip in South Africa

Shark Diving in South Africa: No Cage Required

Shark diving in South Africa without a cage is not for the faint of heart. But it offers an incredible chance to first hand observe one of the most misunderstood creatures on the planet.

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Park: Game or Self-Drive?

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Park in South Africa boasts the Big 5. You're more likely to see them by doing a game drive instead of driving yourself.

  • Oceanic shark silhoutte seen in Protea Banks, South Africa

It’s a Plane…No Wait, It’s an Oceanic Shark

One of the attractions of diving in South Africa for me was the opportunity to dive with Oceanic sharks. From below these remarkable creatures remind me of an airplane.

Breakfast with the Warthogs at Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Warthogs make excellent breakfast companions as I learned at Hluhluwe Game Reserve. The experience gave me food for thought that lasted long past breakfast.

  • Umlilo Lodge in Saint Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland ParkSouth Africa

Umlilo Lodge in Saint Lucia, South Africa

Umlilo Lodge is the most peaceful guest house I've ever stayed in. Located in St Lucia in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, it's a nature lover's paradise.

  • hippos in iSimangaliso Wetland Park were part of my African adventure

My Wild South African and Swaziland Adventures

My African adventures were on the wild side. Exactly the way I wanted them. Hungry lions, circling sharks! Adventure at its finest!

  • live like a local durban wimdu

Live Like a Local in Durban

Live like a local by staying in private accommodation provided by Wimdu. Monkey visitors optional on some properties.

  • Giants Castle: Main Cave in the Drakensberg, South Africa has over 500 bushmen paintings.

Giants Castle: One of the Richest Rock Painting Sites in the World!

Giants Castle in the Drakensberg, S. Africa, is one of the richest rock painting sites in the world! Main Cave alone features over 500 bushmen paintings!

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Monkeys and Mountains: My EPIC Day in the Drakensberg

My epic day in the Drakensberg, S. Africa involved two of my favorite things: monkeys and mountains.

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South African Wildlife: Beyond the Big 5

South African wildlife is so much more than the "Big 5" with an abundance of species that are captivating in their own right. And yes, that includes monkeys!

  • Drakensberg amphitheatre, South Africa

Hiking in the Drakensberg Amphitheater

The Drakensberg Amphitheater is home to the highest peaks in southern Africa, a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers incredible hiking opportunities. And if you're really lucky, you may be joined for lunch by some primate companions.

  • Entrance to the Fertility caves in South Africa

An Off-beat Visit to a Fertility Cave in S. Africa

Can just visiting a fertility cave make you pregnant? As a newlywed I was curious to find out and in the process experienced one of my most off-beat adventures to date.

  • Practicing Zulu language in South Africa

Zulu Language: The Coolest Sounding Language I’ve Ever Heard

Zulu language is simply the coolest language I've ever heard. I love the clicking sounds, which sound easy to imitate, but as I discovered, not so much.

  • Lesotho, South Africa

Lesotho: A Land I Want to Explore

Lesotho is a land with dramatic landscapes that is completely encompassed by S. Africa. I've only glimpsed it and yet it intrigues me.

  • The Drakensberg, South Africa

Photos That Will Make You Want to Hike in the Drakensberg, S. Africa

The Drakensberg mountain range in S. Africa is one of the most beautiful places I have ever hiked. No wonder that it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Golden Gate National Park, South Africa

Golden Gate National Park: Hiking in the Golden Hour Is Not to Be Missed

Golden Gate National Park in S. Africa offers up golden sandstone cliffs, ample hiking opportunities and even zebras if you're lucky!

  • Zulu village, South Africa

Adventures in a Zulu Village, South Africa

Adventures in a Zulu Village = no electricity, paying a bride price of 11 cows, but also speaking 4 languages and being perfectly happy with what you've got.

  • Mother baboon and baby together in South Africa

Baboon Mother and Baby

Proof that even baby baboons have temper tantrums.