Domestic tourism – Things to do in South Africa
Whether you want to travel to a different part of the country, or scout around your own city or town, there are a number of activities to do and places to visit around South Africa. Jessica Anne Wood has put together a list of places to visit around the country that will be fun for the whole family.
There are a number of things to do and places to see around Gauteng. For those interested in history, there is the Apartheid Museum, the Cradle of Humankind and the Voortrekker Monument. For those more interested in entertainment, there is Gold Reef City or Montecasino.
Ticket prices for the Voortrekker Monument vary from R15 for access to the restaurant, horses, gift shop, and Wall of Remembrance, to R300 for a guide tour.
At the Cradle of Humankind ticket price for Maropeng are R120 for adults and R65 for children aged four to 14, children under four get in free. Admission to the Sterkfontein Caves is R165 for adults and R97 for children. There are also student and pensioner fees.
The cost to get into the Apartheid Museum is R75 for adults, and R60 for pensioners, students and children.
Admission to the Gold Reef City Theme Park cost:
- *Thrill Rider – R 190 per person above 1.3m
- **Major Rider – R 145 per person above 1.3m
- ***Non Rider – R 110 per person above 1.3m
- R 120 per person under 1.3m
- R 160 per pensioner 60+ years (incl. thrill rides if physically safe)
- R 125 per pensioner 60+ years (incl. major rides if physically safe)
- R 160 per student, upon presentation of a valid student card
- R 485 family ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children under 1.3m)
- Children under 3 years are admitted free of charge
Montecasino offers a range of activities, from the casino, to games, restaurants, theatres and cinemas, to a bird park. Admission to the Bird Park ranges from R36 for children aged two to ten, pensioners R60 and older and hotel guests, to R64 for adults.
*A Thrill Rider ticket gives you access to all rides in the park
**A Major Rider ticket gives you access to no thrill rides, but all major rides and non-rider activities
***A Non Rider ticket has no access to Thrill or Major rides but can use the following facilities: farmyard, Science Exploratory, Train Museum and Bullion Coach, Heritage Houses, Crush Museum, gold panning and the fun train.
In the Western Cape you have a range of activities available to you. For wine connosoirs, there are numerous vineyards that offer wine tasting around the Western Cape. For those interested in seeing the sights, there is:
- Table Mountain – R240 return for adults and R115 return for children four to 17 years old).
- Signal Hill – (free) you only need to take a drive up.
- Robben Island – there are three tours daily at 9:00, 11:00 and 13:00. Tickets cost R300 per adult and R160 per child under 18.
- Boulders Beach Penguin Colony – R65 entry per adult and R35 per child.
- Cape Point – R65 per child for entry and R125 per adult.
If you just want to relax, there are various beaches to visit. There are many small towns offering unique views and experiences. For example, the Hermanus Whale Festival which takes place every year offers revellers the chance to see Southern Wright Whales migrate and the ability to enjoy fresh seafood at various restaurants and stands. This year the festival is running from 30 September to 2 October in 2016.
Limpopo offers natural beauty and sights to behold for those living or travelling to the region. There are a number of places to stay, many of which have been reviewed by TripAdvisor. In addition, there are nature reserves and animal parks to visit.
The Kruger National Park offers visitors the opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat. The latest figures available for the Kruger National Park for October 2015 are R66 for adults and R33 for children under 12 for a one day entry. There is a range of accommodation types available varying in price and luxury as well. (SAN Parks was contacted for updated fees but had not responded at the time of publication.)
The Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a home for abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife. It offers two tours a day starting from R60 for children aged seven to 12, to R130 for adults.
For those in the Eastern Cape, there are a number of places you can visit. These include Jeffreys Bay, Cape St Francis, St Francis Bay, and Coffee Bay. There is also the Tsitsikamma National Park which can be found along the Garden Route between the Eastern Cape and Western Cape. This offers people the opportunity to hike through the forest, enjoy the beautiful views of the ocean, and just have some fun in the great outdoors.
This area of South Africa offers sun, sand and surf. However, if the beach isn’t for you, there are a number of things you can do. There are numerous African markets and other art and craft markets around the province. There is also the Ushaka Marine World, which offers sights of a range of marine wildlife. Entry in the aquarium costs R165 per adult and R122 for children aged three to 12.
For those more into shopping, there is the Gateway Shopping Centre, which also offers cinemas, and a sports arena.
Enjoy natural beauty in this part of the country with a visit to the Mac Mac Falls. The Mac Mac Falls is 13 km from Sabie along the R532 road and has been declared a national monument. For those interest in animals, there is also Chimp Eden. Chimp Eden is a game reserve and sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees.
The Free State offers a number of historical sites to visit. There are a number of museums to visit, including the Baituna al-Talhami Museum, the Anglo-Boer War Museum, the National Museum in Bloemfontein, and the Oliewenhuis Art Museum.
For animal lovers, there is the Dell Cheetah Centre, which focuses on conservation through education, breeding and reintroduction. They offer tours through the centre, as well as the opportunity to enter the cheetah enclosures. For more information on bookings and costs, visit their website.
All prices accurate at time of publication, 30 March 2016.