Top 5 Natural Sites to Discover in South Africa

South Africa is full of natural wonders. In addition to its tourist attractions linked to its varied landscapes, the country benefits from incredible biodiversity. Discover South Africa’s treasures and natural sites!

As Africa’s second-largest economy after Nigeria, South Africa is equally rich in natural landscapes. Plains, mountains, savannahs, forests, and coastlines contribute to the Rainbow Nation’s diverse geography. Thanks to its many ecosystems, the country’s flora and fauna are also very varied, boasting whales and dolphins, antelopes and leopards, lions and rhinoceroses, as well as acacias and baobabs. South Africa is even considered one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet.

For your next trip abroad, here is a list of the best natural sites to discover in South Africa:

The Drakensberg, a mountain range in the heart of a national park


Located in eastern South Africa, the Drakensberg mountain range extends to Lesotho. Its highest peak is Thabana Ntlenyana, at 3,482 meters above sea level. These mountains, which change color beautifully according to the season, are home to various flora and fauna, a series of rivers that are both soothing and invigorating, as well as several archaeological remains.

This unspoiled national park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Put on your hiking boots and explore this beautiful site on foot!

Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of the African continent


Cape Agulhas is the southernmost point of the African continent. It also marks the transition from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean and is famous for its red and white lighthouse, the second oldest in the country (1849), classified as a national monument. Enjoy the panoramic view from the top of the lighthouse and watch the oceans meet! The ascent is well worth it.

If you want to extend your visit to the surrounding area, consider signing up for an organized tour in South Africa to benefit from the knowledge and anecdotes of passionate guides who will reveal all the secrets about the region!

Victoria Falls, a series of cascades


Located on the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls plunges down a 108-meter cliff along a long rift and continues its journey through a narrow canyon. Mother Nature’s show here is truly spectacular!

These cascading waterfalls are among the world’s largest. Come and admire these exceptional falls on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, not far from the town of Livingstone!

Observe African wildlife in Kruger


Less than a five-hour drive from Johannesburg, Kruger National Park is easily accessible and offers a great place to experience safari joys. With or without a guide, you can observe the exceptional African fauna that inhabits this natural site, which is less frequented than the famous Dinokeng reserve.

Zebras, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hyenas, and hippos – Kruger Park promises an unforgettable experience!

Whale watching in Hermanus


Hermanus, a port town and seaside resort in the Western Cape province on the country’s south coast, is renowned for its whale-watching site. Set sail from this charming little fishing port and embark on a journey to admire the most impressive marine mammals on the planet!

What natural sites would you like to visit in South Africa? Have you ever explored this country on a trip abroad? Share your experience as a traveler with us in the comments!

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Mohamed SAKHRI
Mohamed SAKHRI

I am Mohamed SAKHRI, the creator and editor-in-chief of this blog, 'Discover the World – The Blog for Curious Travelers.' Join me as we embark on a journey around the world, uncovering beautiful places, diverse cultures, and captivating stories. Additionally, we will delve into mysterious and, at times, even bizarre destinations.

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