A sub-tropical climate, some of the best game viewing on the planet, incredible beaches, excellent diving opportunities and a unique culture are just some of the reasons people choose to holiday in South Africa. Here we’ve compiled our top 5 list of the best things to see and do while on holiday in South Africa.

Table Mountain

One of the newly listed Seven Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain reaches 1,085m and offers views to Robben Island and beyond. The Table Mountain Cable cars whisk visitors to the summit in five minutes and offer breathtaking 360 degree panoramic views. There’s also the opportunity to hike to the top of the mountain, taking in some of the 1,500 varieties of plant life along the way.

Kruger National Park

The largest game reserve in South Africa (it’s bigger than the country of Israel!) Kruger National Park has become synonymous with the Big Five; such are the number of frequent sightings of Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo within the park. However Kruger is also a haven for hundreds of different species of animal and plant life, boasting more species of mammal than any other African Game reserve, quite a feat when you consider the rich diversity of the country! Game drives are of course the most popular way to view the park; however there are also wilderness trails and foot safaris on offer. Accommodation at the Kruger National Park ranges from the very basic tented camps up to the luxury of private game lodges.

Robben Island Tour

Just 12km from Cape Town Robben Island, once known as “South Africa’s Alcatraz”, housed those deemed by South African leaders to be “Political Troublemakers” its most famous resident being Nelson Mandela. Nowadays Robben Island is a tourist attraction, with a 30 minute ferry from the waterfront connecting the island with the mainland. Described as a place of political pilgrimage guests can walk freely throughout the vast complex, view Nelson Mandela’s former cell and sample exhibits including pictures taken from cameras smuggled in by inmates. All tours are guided by fully trained tour guides, all of whom are ex-prisoners.

The Apartheid Museum

Take a chilling trip into South Africa’s dark past with a visit to one of the country’s most provocative museums. Charting the history of oppression, apartheid and the eventual rise towards democracy the museum uses film, audio and even live accounts to give visitors an insight into South African history. Whilst not traditionally at the top of everyone’s holiday to do list, the Apartheid Museum is a must see.

The Drakensberg Mountains

Situated in the KwaZuluNatal region of South Africa the Drakensberg Mountains stretch 600 miles along KwaZuluNatal’s western boundary and are an ideal location for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, quad biking, white water rafting and even bird watching – all in the surrounds of some of South Africa’s most stunning scenery. With just a handful of hotels ensuring the area doesn’t become too crowded the Mountains have a genuinely wilderness feel about them, The Five Star Cathedral Peak Hotel in particular is built to fit with the style of the local area, with thatched roofed rooms and an eco-friendly ethos throughout the resort.