South Africa is full of natural wonders. In addition to its tourist attractions linked to its varied landscapes, the country benefits from an incredible biodiversity. Discover the riches of South Africa and its natural sites!
Second African economic power after Nigeria, South Africa is just as rich in natural landscapes. Plains, mountains, savannahs, forests or coastlines , the geography of the Rainbow Nation benefits from a great diversity. Due to its many ecosystems , the country’s fauna and flora is also very varied. Whales and dolphins , antelopes and leopards , lions and rhinoceroses , acacias or baobabs , South Africa is even one of the countries with the greatest biodiversity on the planet.
Here is, for your next trip abroad , the list of the best natural sites to discover in South Africa .
- 1/ The Drakensberg, a mountain range in the heart of a national park
- 2/ Cape Agulhas, southern point of the African continent
- 3/ The Victoria Falls, series of waterfalls
- 4/ Observe African wildlife in Kruger
- 5/ Admire the whales in Hermanus
1/ The Drakensberg, a mountain range in the heart of a national park
Located in eastern South Africa, the Drakensberg mountain range extends into Lesotho . The highest peak culminates at 3,482 m above sea level (Thabana Ntlenyana). These mountains, which change color superbly according to the season, are home to a diverse fauna and flora , a series of rivers that are both soothing and invigorating, as well as several archaeological remains .
This preserved national park is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site . Put on your hiking boots and explore this beautiful site on foot!
2/ Cape Agulhas, southern point of the African continent
Cape Agulhas is said to be the southernmost point on the African continent. It is also the landmark marking the passage from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean , famous for its red and white lighthouse , the second oldest in the country (1849) and listed as a national monument . Take advantage, from the top of it, of the panoramic view of the tip of Africa and witness the crossing of the oceans! The ascent is worth the detour.
And if you want to extend your visit to the surrounding area, you can sign up for an organized tour in South Africa and benefit from the knowledge and anecdotes of passionate guides who will tell you all the secrets about the region !
3/ The Victoria Falls, series of waterfalls
Located on the Zambezi River , Victoria Falls tumbles down a 108-meter cliff following a long fault, then continues its course by seeping into a narrow canyon. As much to tell you that the spectacle of Mother Nature is successful!
These cascading waterfalls are said to be among the largest cataracts in the world . Come and admire these exceptional falls on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe , not far from the town of Livingstone !
4/ Observe African wildlife in Kruger
Less than 5 hours drive from Johannesburg , Kruger National Park is easily accessible and allows you to discover the joys of safari . With or without a guide, you can observe the exceptional African fauna that lives in the heart of this natural site less frequented than the famous Dinokeng reserve .
Zebras, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hyenas or hippos , Kruger Park has an unforgettable experience in store for you!
5/ Admire the whales in Hermanus
Hermanus is a port city and seaside resort located in the Western Cape province on the south coast of the country. The village erected by the sea is very popular for its whale watching site . Embark from this cute little fishing port and set off to admire the most impressive marine mammals on the planet!
And you, what natural sites would you like to visit in South Africa? Have you ever discovered this country during a trip abroad? Share your travel experience with us in the comments!