There aren’t as many countries with a landscape quite as diverse as South Africa. The country is split into 9 provinces, with each province offering an experience quite unique from the rest. Getting through them all is a commendable travel goal. From beautiful beaches and canyons, to arid deserts and caves, there’s something for everyone in this rainbow nation. So let’s look at what you can expect from each province. In upcoming posts, we’ll dive into each province in more detail.
While this province is popular because it is home to South Africa’s two largest cities, it is actually the smallest of the 9 provinces in South Africa. Gauteng is home to Johannesburg and Pretoria, but also offers travellers more than just city experiences. From shopping to the amazing nightlife, there are township experiences, museums and wildlife excursions. Some of the top destinations include Sandton, Soweto, Maropeng and Magaliesburg.
This province borders with Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique, and has become a popular shopping destination with these countries because of this. However, Limpopo has a beautiful landscape and offers numerous outdoors and wildlife excursions. There are national parks and world heritage sites to visit, as well as caves and hot springs.
Known for its numerous historical sites, is home to popular vacation spots like the town of Clarens and the Golden Gate National Park. It is also the gateway to Limpopo, where travellers go skiing in the winter months.
Sun City is the first resort that comes to mind when the North-West is mentioned. It is, however, also home to Pilanesburg Game Reserve.It’s a popular holiday destination, but is also home to some important mines.
Thinking desert? Think Northern Cape. This is South Africa’s largest province, and it hosts everything from beaches, parks and deserts. The Big Hole in Kimberly can be found here. You can also look out for the Augrabies Falls and the sand dunes of the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, which South Africa shares with Botswana.
Home to the Eastern region of the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Wild coast. The Eastern Cape has some of South Africa’s most breathtaking beaches. The famous “Hole in the wall” has its home here.
If for nothing else, KZN is known for the vibrant culture of the Zulu people. There is a lot to experience in this province, from the warm waters of the Durban beaches, to the breathtaking views on the Drakensburg mountains. The Midlands also offers great scenery and historical monuments.
Certainly, the most popular of them all. Home to Cape Town, the most beautiful city in the world. There are numerous gems like Knysna, the Wilderness and Plett, just waiting to be explored. Whilst the beaches are the most advertised element, there is so much more to experience in this province. From the Winelands to the scenic Garden Route, as well as the Karoo, which is a semi-desert area.
Arguably the most scenic of all 9 provinces in South Africa. Mpumalanga has such beautiful landscapes, you wouldn’t be blamed for not coming back with a single picture because you were taking it all in. From the Blyde River Canyon, to the numerous waterfalls; the Bourke potholes and the Kruger National Park. It’s a breathtakingly-beautiful place, with a lot of small towns just waiting to be discovered.
Which of these provinces have you visited?