South Africa's Top Ten Attractions Photo Gallery

 
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Cape Town and Cape Peninsula
Cape Town, known as the Mother City, is the logical starting point for exploring South Africa. Get an amazing view of the city and the Cape Peninsula, including Cape point, from the top of Table Mountain. Back in Cape Town, hang out seaside, browse local shops, and partake in the city's great food and wine scene.  
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The Winelands
South Africa is gaining increased respect for its stellar wines. Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape, gets most of the vino love, but you really can't go wrong with any of the vineyards along the Cape wine routes. For something off the beaten wine path, try the town of Keimoes in the Northern Cape.  
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Garden Route
Road Trip! Rent a car and drive the Garden Route, the N2 stretch that runs from Heidelberg in the southern Cape to Storms River Village on the Eastern Cape border. Coastline eye-candy is a plenty, but it's the artist communities, first-rate chefs, and lush forests that make this a must-see.  
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Johannesburg
South Africa's 'City of Gold' never met a party it didn't like. If you're looking for an upbeat, bustling city vibe, Jo'burg is the place for you. The city has had a somewhat turbulent past, which you can understand better by taking a freedom tour. Nature buffs should visit the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden at Kloofendal, home to the only pair of nesting black eagles in Johannesburg.  
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Kruger National Park
World-renowned Kruger National Park sprawls over more than 6 million acres and boasts 16 ecosystems. It's home to more than 500 bird species and 147 mammal species, plus more than 2,000 species of plants. Safari is the name of the game here, and spotting the Big Five (Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, and Cape Buffalo) is the prize.  
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Durban
With warm weather all year, fun surfing and lounging beaches, and lodging from quaint B&Bs to world-class hotels, it's no wonder that Durban is South Africa's most popular domestic holiday city. Where there are locals, you can be sure that you're in a great vacation spot. Kids will especially love the water park and other fun activities at uShaka Marine World.  
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Robben Island
A visit to Cape Town is not complete without a boat trip out to the former prison at Robben Island. It was here that Nelson Mandela and other leaders in the struggle against racial oppression were jailed and developed their vision for a post-apartheid South Africa. UNESCO called this site a tribute to the 'triumph of the human spirit' when it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. The ferry ride takes a half hour each way, and tours are generally led by former political prisoners, who draw a vivid picture of life in incarceration.  
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Soweto
In the 1950s in Johannesburg, thousands of black South Africans were forcibly removed from their homes and 'relocated' (to put it nicely) to Soweto. Two decades later, in June 1976, police opened fire on a peaceful student demonstration here and sparked a nationwide riot. Besides taking in these famous Freedom Struggle sites, you can also enjoy local shebeens (taverns), relax in one of many music venues, and eat at a shisanyama roadside barbeque. If you're adventurous, try a smiley (boiled sheep's head); it's considered a local delicacy.  
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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
When you're ready for a break from the sites and sounds of the city, head to Mpumalanga province and the Blyde River Canyon. Here you'll find breathtaking natural beauty in the area's quirky geologic formations. Stretch your legs on the hiking trails, or take it all in on a scenic drive. The reserve is not too far from Kruger National Park, so you could combine the two for a several-day trip in Mpumalanga.  
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Wild Coast
The Wild Coast, on South Africa's Eastern Cape, is the perfect place for a quiet beach escape. Spot dolphins as they cruise by in the ocean. Or get active on the area's horseback and hiking trails. As the name implies, the coast is relatively underdeveloped. But there are still cozy hotels, golf courses, and even gambling to be had.  
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