If you’ve lived in South Africa your whole life you probably think you know your country pretty well. But how much of it have you actually seen? Sure, you’ve done Table Mountain once or twice and maybe you’ve been to the Kruger National Park, but what else? There are so many underrated or overlooked landmarks to be seen. The next time you’re planning a road trip or heading out of town add these spots to your to-do list:
The Women’s Jail at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg
Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill is worth a visit, specifically to see the old Women’s Jail. Here you will find artwork by prolific struggle hero Fatima Meer painted by her while she was in solitary confinement in the 1970s. The art gives you a unique insight into life in the Women’s Jail back then, and were actually smuggled out of the jail by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
The Big Hole, Kimberley
If your road trip allows it stop by in Kimberley to see the famous Big Hole. Did you know the whole thing was dug using only manpower and handheld tools? It’s really impressive to look at (from the safety of the bridge they built especially) and there’s a museum about diamonds there too. Also you get to make your Instagram caption ‘Groot Gat‘, which is both accurate and funny.
Tsitsikamma, Garden Route
If you’re the kind of person who’s always wished they could have the super power of flight then you need to check out the Tsitsikamma rain forest. Here you can take a canopy tour, which is where you get to zipline through a beautiful forest wearing nothing but a harness and a helmet. It’s as close to flying as you’ll ever get.
Featherbed Nature Reserve, Knysna
There’s something magical and mysterious about a place that can only be reached by ferry. Hop on a ferry from Knysna and you’ll be lead to this beautiful and untouched South African Heritage Site. Featherbed has a beach, is populated by indigenous flora and fauna and the ancient caves there are pretty breath taking.
The Amphitheatre, Drakensburg
No shade to Table Mountain but the mountain range in the Drakensburg is one of the best ones out there. Even if you’re not an avid hiker the climb to the top of the Amphitheatre is something every South African should try to do. Don’t let the two chain ladders you’ll have to climb put you off. They’re scary, but in an exhilarating way.
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