Table Mountain in Capetown, South Africa
Table Mountain in Capetown, South Africa (Image: Wikipedia)


It's no surprise that South Africa is one of the top destinations in the world. It's for good reason. Experiences are to be had in South Africa that can be experienced few other places. Much of this is thanks to the miles of bush that brings in travelers from around the world to see some of the world's most rare wildlife. However, there's more to South Africa than just safaris. We've put together a few things you can do when you visit South Africa that are not safari related.

Table Mountain: Table Mountain is one of the most famous and recognizable landmarks in South Africa. It's the perfect day trip from Cape Town. While you can take beautiful pictures of Table Mountain from Cape Town, we recommend spending the day to either climb it or take the aerial cableway to the top. From the top of Table Mountain, visitors have beautiful views of the ocean and Cape Town.

Cape Winelands: South Africa has quickly climbed the ladder recently as a top destination for wine enthusiasts, with the Cape Winelands leading the way. While visitors can do a day trip from Cape Town, we recommend giving yourself a full weekend to enjoy all the accommodations, vineyards, and restaurants the region has to offer. Meet winemakers, learn about the winemaking process, and enjoy all the food and wine you could imagine.

The Garden Route: You may not be as familiar with South Africa's Garden Route. The Garden Route is a serene stretch of coastline that takes travelers along the ocean and between rolling hills. Golfing, bird watching, and hiking are a few of the popular activities along the route. The Garden Route makes for a great afternoon drive.

Whale Watching: With so many great overland things to do in South Africa, the water activities often get overlooked. While visitors can see rare animals on a safari in South Africa, they can also see rare animals while boating on South Africa's waters. In actuality, South Africa is one of the top whale watching destinations in the world. This time of year is one of the best times for whale watching.

Shark Cage Diving: Shark cage diving is for the true adventure junkie. This isn't for the faint of heart. This also isn't just a harmless shark, but great white sharks. While you remain in a cage for the duration of the experience, that doesn't mean it won't have your adrenaline pumping. Shark cage diving off the South Africa coast gives new meaning to the term “up close and personal”.

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