Every country in the world seeks to offer tourists something unique. South Africa has so much to offer and this is what makes it a place very often revisited. In South Africa, there is simply not enough time to take in every experience. Very often it is only once a tourist is on the plane home that they realise there was something amazing that they missed! Among the unique things to do in South Africa are some hidden gems. Here are 5 things you can only do in South Africa!
South Africa has some of the best golf courses in the world and golf is a very lucrative tourism niche for the country. However, there is a golf experience that is so unique, it adds an adrenalin rush to gentlemen’s game. The Legend Golf and Safari Resort in Limpopo is home to the highest and longest par 3 hole in the world. Yes, the so-called 19th hole sits 400 metres up, on top of a mountain where golfers are taken by helicopter to a tee off with a very impressive view.
Another top reason why people come to visit South Africa is for its beaches and oceans. However, South Africa is also the home of one of the best man-made, inland beaches in the world. The world’s only artificial beach can be found not far from Johannesburg at Sun City. The uniqueness of the “Lost City” creates a wonderful family fun environment where you can tan in the sun nearly all year round and even learn to surf.
Rooibos tea is available in almost every supermarket in the world today. However, what many people do not know is that this herbal tea only grows in a very limited geographical location, in the Cederberg region of the Western Cape. The tea has been a popular beverage since the 18th century and the only place you can drink this tea where it’s harvested is in South Africa. In and around the Cederberg you can not only enjoy a cuppa tea but a variety of drinks and foods infused and made from the famous Rooibos plant.
For many people having a bath under the trees in a forest is something only seen in dreams. What if we were to tell you that South Africa can make this dream come true? Away with the Fairies is a unique guest hostel located in the Amathole Mountains in the Eastern Cape. There is a unique bath experience that can be booked in a tub filled with hot water heated by a log fire in the forest. The view from the bathtub is amazing and for 30 minutes you can wallow in the warm water and drift away under an African sky.
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We visit De Hoop Nature Reserve - a World Heritage Site offering world class land-based whale viewing, just 3 hours from Cape Town. This is also one of the best places to discover rare and endangered mammals and fynbos, is a bird watchers paradise and is home to more than 85 species of game.
The oceans around Cape Town are heavily polluted with a variety of chemicals and pharmaceuticals that are now being found in the flesh of fish being caught. Fish found in waters off Kalk Bay have been found to contain everything from antibiotics and pain killers to cleaning chemicals and other toxic substances with at least 15 different chemical compounds being found in alarming numbers.
It is always good news to hear about declining levels of poaching of any kind. For decades the Niassa Reserve in Mozambique was one of the top spots for illegal elephant ivory poaching. We are elated to report the good news that this once “ivory factory” has not seen a single elephant killed since 2018.
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