South Africa’s landscapes are as diverse as her people. From miles of coastline to semi-arid deserts, majestic mountains to incredible national parks, here are 20 photos that will make you want explore South Africa ASAP.
Cape Point, Cape Town
The most south-western tip of Africa juts out into the azure Atlantic Ocean.
Table Mountain, Cape Town
The iconic flat-topped Table Mountain provides a magnificent backdrop to the city below.
Boulders Beach, Cape Town
Cute African penguins bask in the sunshine on Boulders Beach.
Namaqualand National Park, Northern Cape
Carpets of wildflowers as far as the eye can see…
Tsitsikamma Forest, Western Cape
This enchanting Afromontane forest on the Garden Route is a sight to behold.
Cango Caves, Western Cape
The 20 million year old Cango cave system consists of a series of hidden chambers cut deep into a limestone rock layer.
Hole in the Wall, Coffee Bay, Eastern Cape
According to Xhosa folklore, this rocky archway is a gateway to the afterlife…
The Great Karoo, Northern Cape
Although a semi-desert area, an abundance of underground water makes sheep farming possible.
A herd of Springbok, Northern Cape
The Springbok is the national animal of South Africa.
Quiver Tree Forest, Northern Cape
These unusual looking trees are part of the Aloe family and live for up to 400 years.
Richtersveld, Northern Cape
Seemingly devoid of life, this dry mountainous region is regarded as the only Arid Biodiversity Hotspot on the planet, with an astonishing variety of plant, bird and animal life.
Augrabies Falls, Northern Cape
The Khoi people called it ‘Aukoerebis’, meaning ‘place of great noise’, as the powerful flow of the Orange River thunders its way down the 184 foot (56 meter) waterfall.
Addo Elephant Park, Eastern Cape
More than 600 of these gentle giants roam the plains of the Addo Elephant Park.
The Amphitheater, Drakensberg Mountain Range, KwaZulu-Natal
The northern Drakensberg forms a spectacular natural amphitheater in the Royal Natal National Park.
Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga
The magnificent Blyde River Canyon is flanked by the ‘Three Rondavels’ to the right, named for their resemblance to bee-hive shaped African huts.
Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
Hearing the roar of a lion is an unforgettable experience…
Giant Baobab tree, Kruger National Park
The giant Baobab tree reaches heights of between 16 to 98 feet (5 to 30 meters).
Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Mpumalanga
This geological wonder is the result of centuries of water erosion where the Treur River meets the Blyde River.
Olifants River, Limpopo
One of many great rivers that snake its way across South Africa.
Berlin Falls, Mpumalanga
The Berlin Falls were named by German miners during the South African gold rush.
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