How much have you actually traveled in your own country? For many South Africans, there are areas of the Rainbow Nation that they have never even considered visiting, but South Africa has more to offer than the three major cities and Kruger National Park. Here is a list of some off the beaten path locations and hidden gems that will show you just how incredible and diverse South Africa really is!

1) Tsitsikamma

From the lush forests to the stunning beaches, Tsitsikamma is a magical part of South Africa that will have you itching to get out of your car and explore. There’s no shortage of activities to do here; from hiking to ziplining and even kayaking! This is a must for any adventure-seeking traveller. Southern Africa 360 Offers amazing holiday packages that visit this area and allows guests the opportunity to experience the magic of Tsitsikamma!

2) The Northern Cape

Often overlooked by tourists (unfairly so) the Northern Cape boasts many incredible locations for visitors such as Namaqua National Park and the beautiful Kalahari Desert. This region is also home to the Khoi San people, who were the first people to inhabit South Africa. We offer a great 6 Day Northern Cape – Kalahari Explorer that will take you on a journey through this unique and vast part of South Africa.

3) Drakensberg Mountains

When people think of mountains and South Africa, usually they think of Table Mountain, but on the other side of the country lies the enormous Drakensberg Mountains Range. With many beautiful hiking trails and stunning views, it is a nature lover’s dream destination! If you want to explore this incredible mountain range, why not join one of our  Drakensberg Day Trips? You will be able to go on a hike through history and view Bushman cave paintings that have been there since before the birth of South Africa.

4) Magaliesberg (Hot Air Ballooning)

Experience something completely different when you join a hot air balloon tour through the Magaliesberg area. You will be treated to stunning views of the area’s natural landscapes and, depending on the time of your trip, a beautiful sunrise.

5) Cango Caves

This sprawling cave system near Oudtshoorn is a natural marvel! Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. This is a must for travellers looking for a different experience on their South African holiday. On a guided day tour to Oudtshoorn you will get to explore the vast network of cavers all while learning about how they were formed and their place in local legends!

6)  Addo Elephant Park

South Africa has no shortage of wildlife reserves for safari enthusiasts and Addo Elephant Park is one of the country’s very best. With over 600 elephants, the park has one of the largest populations around. Not only that, but guests will have the opportunity to see the highly endangered black rhino!

There are so many unique and interesting places to visit in South Africa if you know where to look. If you would like to see a much longer list, check out Jen Reviews’ 100 Best Things to do in South Africa and perhaps discover locations you’ve never even heard of.

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