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SA’s top attractions, Cape Town spots top the list

South Africa holds some of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. Here is a list of the most visited spots in the country.

22-11-23 17:15
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Explore the enchanting landscapes and cultural treasures of South Africa as we embark on a captivating journey through its top attractions.

From the vibrant V&A Waterfront to the majestic heights of Table Mountain, each destination promises a unique blend of natural wonders and historical significance.

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Here is a list of South Africa’s top attractions. Cape Town spots have topped the list, according to First car rental.

1. V&A Waterfront, Western Cape

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, in the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest working harbor, charms as South Africa’s top tourist destination, attracting 24 million visitors a year.

This 123-hectare space features homes, businesses, hotels, shops, restaurants, and landmarks, such as Table Mountain and Zeitz MOCAA.

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2. Table Mountain National Park, Western Cape

Table Mountain, a famous site, lures about 4 million visitors annually. Covering 22,000 hectares, the park includes sections with highlights like Cape Point, Boulders Penguin Colony, and diverse wildlife.

3. Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park, spanning 360km, attracts nearly 2 million visitors each year as one of the world’s largest parks since 1898.

Showcasing 336 trees, 507 birds, and the renowned Big Five, it features attractions like the Letaba Elephant Museum and the Jock of the Bushveld Route.

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4. uShaka Marine World, Durban

Durban’s 16-hectare uShaka Marine World sees 1.5 million visitors a year, offering premier attractions like the Southern Hemisphere’s largest aquarium and Wet ‘n Wild waterpark.

Exciting features include the Chimp and Zee Rope Adventure, Dangerous Creatures, and Sea Animal Encounters Island.

5. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Nestled at Table Mountain’s base, Kirstenbosch attracts over a million visitors annually. Established in 1913, this 528-hectare garden features indigenous plants and the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway.


6. Cape of Good Hope

Part of Table Mountain National Park, the iconic Cape of Good Hope greets a million guests annually. Renowned for diverse wildlife, flora, and two-day hiking trails the Park is a ‘must-visit’ near Cape Town.

7. Drakensberg Mountains

The UNESCO-recognized Drakensberg mountain range captivates 620,000 visitors a year. Renowned for Tugela Falls, Sani Pass, and the Amphitheatre, it’s a haven for nature lovers and thrill-seekers.

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8. Blyde River Canyon

As the world’s third-largest canyon, the Blyde River Canyon enchants almost 600,000 visitors annually. Located on the Greater Drakensberg escarpment, it showcases visual wonders like Lisbon Falls and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

9. Robben Island

Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sees 375,000 yearly visitors. Off Cape Town’s coast, it’s historically significant as a former political prison, now offering multimedia tours.