Natural Wonders of South Africa: See Them All!

We humans have made some amazing landmarks, but it’s hard to beat nature sometimes! South Africa boasts some gorgeous natural wonders, making it perfect for post camp travel!

Kirstenbosch Gardens

This botanical wonderland was the first place in the world to be setup to preserve the indigenous flora of the country. Some of the 7000 plants can’t be found anywhere else on the planet! Try a concoction of different smells at the Fragrance Garden, learn to use less water whilst gardening and marvel at the magnificent baobab tree whilst exploring these exciting gardens.

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Cape of Good Hope

Named for its history as the symbol of hope to British sailors heading to India, this is the most south-western point of the African content. Climbing up to the highest point might get you feeling a little out of breath, but it’s the view that’s truly breathtaking. Simply looking out across the cape feels like standing on the edge of the world!

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Table Mountain

If you’re up for a bigger climbing challenge, why not try this rather strange mountainscape? At the top, it looks as if the peak has just been cut straight off, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’ll be an easy climb. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a mountaineer. Get to the top by cable car and enjoy the view over both the Gardens, the Cape and the rest of Cape Peninsula.

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Big Hole

Unsurprisingly, with this natural wonder, you get exactly what it says on the tin. ‘Big’ is a bit of an understatement though, as this huge basin spans 1.6 kilometres and is a whopping 215 metres deep. What may come as a surprise is that it is actually entirely man-made. It came about as a result of mining 2700 kilograms of diamonds from under a flat topped hill, creating the giant crater!

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Cradle of Humankind

Interested in history or biology? Don’t miss the chance to see this font of knowledge about human evolution. Here they discovered an ancient but almost perfectly preserved human skull, learned how these historic people lived and how they kept pets just like us! Enjoy one of the fascinating tours around the caves to learn more about our ancestors.

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Boulder’s Penguins

Unlike the other natural wonders on this list, this isn’t an amazing point in the landscape of South Africa – but instead is huge gathering of adorable African Penguins! Being used to tourists, birds don’t mind you coming up close, therefore making it the perfect photo opportunity for anyone who ever fancied themselves as the next National Geographic photographer. Not one to be missed!

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