Although South Africa has many popular tourist hotspots that you can explore for your vacation, it is also rich in less popular natural wonders, stunning beach destinations that are going to make your holiday memorable if you want fewer tourist attractions to explore. Some of the hidden gems in South Africa are listed below.
Top five hidden gems in South Africa
Go sightseeing at Paternoster and the Cape Columbine Lighthouse
This is situated outside of Paternoster on the west coast of South Africa and it was erected in 1936 on a range of boulders which is called Castle Rock and this lighthouse is still used as a beacon of light to vessels that sail through this rough waters. The highlight of this lighthouse is that you can book for accommodation here and you can then go visit the fisherman village that is nearby.
Hike up Kgaswane Mountain Reserve (North West)
If you are the adventure freak and you long for a scenic hike, this reserve should be on your bucket list. You will enjoy your hike here as you climb the peak and grassy vleis while you will also get to see sable antelope which is breeding herd found in this region. If you are lucky you are going to see the black-eyed jackal, caracal, and leopard on your hike. The best way to explore this stunning mountain reserve is to go on a day hike.
Visit Groendal Nature Reserve (Eastern Cape)
This is the third-largest conservation area in South Africa with vast ravines, streams, and rugged terrain. This is a perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and the highlight of the reserve is that you will get to see a diversity of bird species like African Fish Eagle, martial eagle, steppe buzzard, blue crane, secretary bird, and so on. The reserves also house a herd of rare mountain zebra.
Explore Drakensberg Amphitheatre, KZN
This is a towering mountain range and it is unbelievable that it is not a tourist hotspot. You will be mesmerized by the landscape when you stand at the base of this rock. The best way to enjoy this cliff is to go on a hiking adventure to the peak and you will be rewarded by a majestic Tugela Falls which is at the peak.
Visit Langebaan Lagoon, Western Cape
This is just about an hour and a half drive to the north of Cape Town and it is one of the places that you must not miss while in Cape Town. You will fall in love with the stunning white sand beaches, beautiful rock formations, and the best part is that you can go swimming in the shallow end. During the flowering season, it is crowded as people are attracted to the scenic views of the flower. You will enjoy your time at the serene little beaches along the lagoon and it is a great spot for water sports like kayaking.
The attractions here are kind of expensive and it is best to book ahead online as this is going to save you money and will help you to avoid the crowds. If you are coming with kids, you should visit the Two Oceans Aquarium which they will really love and adore you for this decision and you are going to get the scenic views of the city from the Table Mountain if you are a sucker for Instagram worthy pictures.
There is a severe water problem in many parts of South Africa and the locals use water very sparingly and you should also do this, you can also take along a small hand sanitizer with you to clean your hands.
Make sure you wear less jewelry and expensive clothes and also take along with you little cash that you will be needing. You should also be cautious of your surroundings especially when you are in neighborhoods with a bad reputation.
Weather at night
South Africa has a cold night during June and July and you should try to take with you flannel pajamas and socks for sleeping to keep you warm because many hotels do not have central heat and with poor insulation.
South Africa has wide arrays of safari options that you can choose from and you will need to take malaria tablets before you arrive at some parks like Kruger National Park. You can go in the morning or afternoon safaris and it can be quite cold in open jeep while on safari and you should try to bring along many warm clothes. You can also check the website of the park you are going to see what you will be needing. an additional tip about the safaris in South Africa is that you can pre-order Wild card gives you one year’s unlimited entry to 80+ National Parks, Reserves and Resorts around Southern Africa, depending on the type of cluster you choose – check this page for more information.
You should try to go around the city by metered taxis or Uber cars. If you stay in a hotel, you can order a taxi and there won’t be a problem with pricing and if you opt for a taxi without a meter, you should ensure you agree to set the price before you enter the car.