Sitting off the coast of Cape Town is Robben Island – an island historically used as a jail. Most famously, Robben Island held Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners who opposed the apartheid. Today the island is open to visitors. Visitors can go on guided tours of the prison complex including Mandela’s cell and explore earlier sites from the 17th-century.
The Cape Winelands are famous for their excellent grapes, which thrive due to the microclimates created by the surrounding mountain ranges. All kinds of vineyard experiences can be enjoyed here from private guided tours to cycling excursions around the major wine estates. One fun way to see the region is to hop on the Franschhoek Wine Tram.
Kruger National Park and the neighbouring Sabi Sands Game Reserve are spread out across more than 7,500 square miles and are home to hundreds of species. With numerous luxury lodges, you can spend several days here enjoying guided safaris or driving around at your own pace trying to spot the big five or marvelling at the untouched wilderness.
Cape Town’s most celebrated landmark is more than a scenic backdrop to this dazzling city. Hike or take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain. At the top, admire the indigenous flora and fauna on display. You can also go rock climbing, caving and mountain biking, or stand and admire the unbelievable views from up high.
If you’re planning a family holiday and seeking a kid-friendly day trip, head to the Gold Reef City amusement park in Johannesburg. Here you can enjoy an assortment of roller coasters and rides or take an underground tour where you’ll learn about the Johannesburg gold rush. With restaurants, shops, and museums, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained.