Instagram-worthy places to visit in SA

2 Feb 2017

Sundays River, Durban’s waves, and Namaqua and its flowers – we just can’t seem to get enough of these insta-worthy pics to share with our followers, fans, friends and co-workers. From our beautiful beaches to our much-loved mountain drive, these destinations continue to be favourite places for that perfect shot, or once-in-a-lifetime selfie. If this doesn’t get your feet itchy to travel your country, then nothing will. Safe travels and happy snapping!

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Dune boarding in Sundays River, Eastern Cape

On a three-hour sandboarding adventure, you get the chance to ride some of the biggest dunes in the Eastern Cape. Whatever the occasion, sandboarding in Sundays River is fun, exhilarating and a great family activity. Sundays River Adventure

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Surfing along the Durban coastline, KwaZulu-Natal

Durban, or Surf City, has The Golden Mile of perfect beaches tucked between a series of piers. With more than 320 sunny days per year, Durban is a swimmer’s paradise and the perfect spot for body boarding, surfing, sun-bathing and enjoying outdoor living. If you don’t have a surfboard, you can hire one at any of holiday spots and surf shops along the coast. 

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Tubing in the Storms River, Eastern Cape

This is the ultimate adventure experience that derives its name from the colour of the Storms River water. Tubing, a unique aqua adventure, delivers a whole heap of fun, and is the ultimate way to explore the exquisite scenes of Tsitsikamma. The excursion on one-man inflatable river tubes takes place on the Storms River in the Plaatbos Nature Reserve and Tsitsikamma National Park. This untouched river adventure is one of fun-filled hours of paddling, swimming, exquisite and unique nature scenes and optional rock and tube jumps up to 8m high.

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Visit the penguins at Boulders Beach, Western Cape

At Boulders Beach, just outside Cape Town, you can get to know our most famous (and arguably our cutest) birds – the penguin. Boulders Beach remains the only place in the world where one can get up close to African penguins. Penguin viewing is made easier by boardwalks that lead visitors across the beaches as well as to an information centre, which is managed by SANParks.

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Drive along the prettiest coast, Chapman’s Peak, Western Cape

Chapman’s Peak Drive in Cape Town, which takes motorists on a 9km winding route from Hout Bay to Noordhoek, is widely regarded as one of the most scenic stretches of road anywhere in the world. Take a drive and see what all the fuss is about. Fondly known as “Chappies” to Cape Town residents, Chapman’s Peak Drive also forms part of the route for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour and the Two Oceans Marathon.

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Visit the Mandela Capture site, KwaZulu-Natal, for a culture boost

Until relatively recently, the Mandela Capture Site was just a small bricked area with a plaque. But on the 50th anniversary of this event in 2012, an impressive steel sculpture and visitor centre was unveiled to give full recognition to the significance of this spot. From a distance, the 50 steel poles of varying heights simply look like a random collection of poles, but as you approach to within 35m of the sculpture, they merge to form an image of Mandela’s face.

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Fall in love with the Panorama Route and this view of the Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga.

Breathtaking views, plunging waterfalls, eagles flying above you and a rich history, quite literally, as it includes the gold rush years, are the kinds of things you better get used to when you visit the Panorama Route. Incorporating the third largest canyon in the world and impressive lush scenery, Blyde River Canyon Reserve offers visitors a remarkable experience.

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Flower power of Namaqua, Northern Cape

Picture an arid, semi-desert landscape with mountains, roads, rocks and shrubs. Now picture the transformation of this landscape in the succulent Karoo as it is completely changed by a blanket of beautiful flowers. Well, when spring arrives in the Namaqua National Park, that’s exactly what happens.