Things to do in South Africa

101 UNIQUE things to do in South Africa

I’ve created a list of unique things to do in South Africa to help you plan your itinerary!

So you want to visit South Africa? From breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife to rich, deep-seated culture and exhilarating nightlife, there’s so much to do and see in South Africa, it’s almost impossible to fit it all in.

First things first, when planning a trip to South Africa, you need to decide what do you want to do in South Africa?

Do you want to see wildlife, meet locals, and learn about the history, do you want to do cultural tours or explore the off beath path of South Africa? Do you want to go to touristy places or where the locals vacation?

Another important factor is your budget. Are you Backpacking in SA? Only staying in luxurious resorts and lodges or are you doing a bit of both and traveling on a budget?

Thirdly, how will you get around in SA? Our public transport system isn’t that great when you get out of the big cities so will you be driving or traveling around with a tour bus.

Note to reader: This was a long 10,000-word post which I have since turned into separate posts to improve readability.

Read if it’s your first time visiting South Africa

South Africa Travel Tips

Things to do in South Africa – by Province


Is Johannesburg safe for tourists
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In most cases, visitors arrive at Johannesburg International Airport located in the smallest and most crowded province in the country is Gauteng – which translates to “The City of Gold”.

While in Gauteng you have to visit Pretoria (now known as Tshwane), this city boasts the second-largest concentration of foreign embassies in the world after Washington, DC.


Things to do in Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga which means “Place where the sun rises” is home to 6.5% of South Africans, incredible landscapes, and wildlife.

Bordered by Mozambique and Swaziland in the east, and Gauteng in the west, it’s the second-largest citrus-producing area in the country and is responsible for one-third of the country’s export in oranges.

Mpumalanga is an essential destination for any visitor and you should add the province to your things to do in South Africa list!

North West

Lesedi Cultural Villahe
source: South African Tourism (WikiMedia)

The North West province is home to some of the finest game reserves, cultural sights, archaeological treasures as well as entertainment resorts in the country!


Known for its diversity, beauty, and the grand river that flows through it, Limpopo is the northernmost province in SA.

Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN)


KZN is known for its beaches, mountains, and savannah populated by big game, KZN is also home to the largest Indian community outside of India.

There are many unique things to do in South Africa including exploring this multi-cultural destination flanked by the warm Indian Ocean and soaring peaks.

Free State

The Free State province lies in the heart of SA near the landlocked Kingdom of Lesotho.

Its located between the north Vaal River and the south Orange River, the region is one of flat, rolling grasslands and crop fields, rising up to beautiful northeastern sandstone mountains.

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Western Cape

things to do in South Africa

Western Cape is the province bordering the Indian and Atlantic oceans.

It’s known for the port city of Cape Town, wine farms, the iconic Table Mountain National Park and Robben Island he infamous prison that once housed Nelson Mandela and is now a living museum.

Eastern Cape

Things to do in Eastern Cape

One of the province’s greatest traits is that it is home to all seven of South Africa’s biomes – grassland, savanna, succulent karoo, Nama karoo, forest, fynbos, desert, and thicket.

Northern Cape

Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest yet least populated province!

Travel Insurance for South Africa

Use travel insurance while visiting South Africa so you are covered for theft and medical expenses. There are a lot of adventurous activities to do in South Africa, and it’s best to have peace of mind while hiking and exploring.





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15 thoughts on “101 UNIQUE things to do in South Africa”

  1. This is a wonderful information, it’s really inspired me. Thank you so much.

  2. Great post, thanks for sharing! I spent a month roadtripping across South Africa, starting in Soweto and ending in Cape Town. It was a really incredible experience and I felt like even after a month there was still soooo much more to see. I especially loved the Eastern Cape. Your list definitely made me want to go back!!

  3. Niry Krakanova

    Nature looks so amazing in South Africa, that inland beach at the Valley of the Waves looks so interesting.

  4. South Africa is my number one dream destination, I can’t wait to visit here one day. I’m especially excited about the penguins at Boulder Beach. I smile so big every time I see pictures from there, they are so darn cute!

  5. Adventuring with Shannon

    Wow this is awesome! I am planning a trip to Africa next summer and this will definitely help me out.

  6. Freedom Chasers

    My wife’s from SA and is trying to convince me to travel there. Your article is going to be quite useful when we go

  7. I might be biased because it’s where I’m from but the Southern African Region is my favorite. The West has great food too

  8. Just One Passport

    Africa is Gorgeous! I have it on my bucketlist so I can do a safari. But there’s is SO much more to do. And so much history!

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