With the winter chill hot on the heels of summer, we thought it might be a good idea to continue with our series on the top destinations to visit in this beautiful country of ours. Being huddled up in a state of hibernation is so passé, it’s time to put on a warm jacket and do some exploring.
6. Cango Caves
Only 30km outside of Oudtshoorn, which is a popular spot for the Ostrich enthusiasts of the Klein Karoo, the Cango Caves are a 20-million year old network of hidden chambers that play host to some of the most impressive stalagmites the world has ever seen. Perhaps the most popular stalagmite formation in these caves is the gargantuan, 150 000-year-old Cleopatra’s Needle, which towers over cave-dwellers at a remarkable 9 metres.
7. Sun City
If a stellar, 5-star holiday experience is what you are after, look no further than Sun City, the world-famous entertainment complex located around 2 hours outside of Johannesburg. In between Reno-style gambling at the Casino, and gloriously ostentatious entertainment at the Sun City Superbowl, and summer splashing in the Valley of the Waves, visitors can enjoy spectacular game viewing in the nearby Pilanesberg. Hotel options include the luxurious Palace of the Lost City, the gorgeous 4-star Sun City Hotel, or the quirky and comfortable Cabanas.
8. Victoria Street Market
Tourists and locals alike should take the opportunity to experience the heady mix of fragrant oriental spices and afro-chic curios and wares at this bustling Durban flea market. Built in 1980, Victoria Street Market was intended to replace the turn-of-the-century market that met a fiery end in 1973. With close to 200 stalls, this market is the perfect spot to indulge in some serious retail therapy. This is the best spot for well-priced saris, spices, incense, herbs, fresh produce, sea food, and artisan products.
9. Kirstenbosch Gardens
For over a century, locals and tourists alike have been flocking to Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town for leisurely strolls, afternoon picnics, or tantalizing treats at the tea garden. In 2014, as part of the Garden’s centenary, a 130m-long canopy boardwalk was constructed. Visitors who meander along the “Boomslang”, as the boardwalk has been lovingly dubbed, can enjoy a remarkable tree-top view not only of the National Botanical Gardens but of Cape Town’s cityscape as well.
10. Spier Wine Farm
Established in the 17th century, Spier in Stellenbosch is one of the oldest wine farms in the country. This remarkable 4-star hotel and winery is the perfect spot to sip on a full-bodied vintage whilst soaking in the gorgeous mountain view. If you happen to be in the mood for a lazy picnic on the banks of the Eerste Rivier, pop in to Spier’s deli and build your own picnic basket from their wide assortment of delectable dishes.