35 Can't Miss Things to Do, See, Eat & Drink in South Africa

At Kiva HQ we are passionate about travel, as are many Kiva lenders. We decided to crowd-source our best travel advice, starting with South Africa. For anyone who has visited South Africa this list will bring back some happy memories, and if you've never been this list might have you booking a ticket soon. Enjoy and please add your own recommendations in the comments!

To See:
1. Relive history and reflect on Nelson Mandela's legacy at Robben Island
2. Revel in the Kirstenbosch Gardens (called heaven on Earth and the most beautiful sight in the entire world by some of our staff!)

Kirstenbosch Gardens (Photo by Flickr user Mike Cilliers)

3. Visit the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg
4. Visit the Cradle of Humankind

Cradle of Humankind (Photo by Flickr user Martin Heigan)

5. Visit Gandhi's home in Durban
6. Set your sights on Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of South Africa
7. Enjoy the view at Rust en Vrede winery in Stellenbosch

Rust en Vrede winery (Photo by Flickr user Paul Weingartz)

8. Visit Vredefort Crater/Dome, the largest verified impact crater on Earth
9. Watch the sunset from the top of Johannesburg's famous mine dumps
10. Visit Nelson Mandela’s home in Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela's house (Photo by Flickr user James Cridland)

To Do:
11. Hike or ride horses up to Lesotho, the highest country in the world, in Drakensberg
12. Get up close and personal with elephants, lions, giraffes, and more at Addo Elephant Park

Addo Elephant Park (Photo by Flickr user Brian Snelson)

13. Hike up Lion's Head in Cape Town and enjoy sundowners and a night time dance party with locals on a full moon night
14. Spot wildlife on a safari in Kruger National Park
15. Whale watch, or if you're feeling adventerous cage dive with the sharks, at Hermanus
16. Hike Table Mountain in Cape Town

Table Mountain (Photo by Flickr user Dietmar Temps)

17. Scuba dive on the eastern coast to see ragged tooth sharks
18. Drive & hike to the end of the Cape of Good Hope
19. Penguin watch in Simon's Town or go swimming with them at Boulders Beach

Penguins in Simon's Town (Photo by Flickr user Bertrand Dupperin)

20. Enjoy a night out on Long Street in Cape Town
21. Listen to jazz at Kitcheners in Johannesburg
22. Take the Baz Bus to go from hostel to hostel along the Garden Route and Wild Coast
23. Bungee jump off the highest bungee bridge in the world at Bloukrans Bridge in the Western Cape
24. Learn to surf and see the famous colorful buildings at Muizenberg Beach

Muizenberg Beach (Photo by Flickr user slack12)

25. Discover the artsy side of Capt Town at the Old Biscuit Mill Mall on Saturdays
26. Volunteer with one of the orphanages in need of short-term volunteers
27. Find the best deals for souvenirs in Green Square Market in Cape Town
28. Sun bathe in Camps Bay with a view of the 12 apostles, Cape Town

Camps Bay (Photo by Flickr user Graeme Churchard)

Eat & Drink:
29. Have a meal in Soweto
30. Get a big tub of meat at Mzoli's in the Cape Town township of Gugulethu (especially try ostrich)
31. Eat a bunny chow in Durban!

Bunny chow (Photo by Flickr user Shubert Ciencia)

32. Try to reserve the best meal of your life at the Test Kitchen in Cape Town
33. Admire the colorful houses of the Bo Kaap neighborhood, the historical center of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town, and stop by for coffee at Haas collective

Bo Kaap (Photo by Flickr user Gioele Moretti)

34. Walk around the markets in Hout Bay and have some fish & chips
35. Drink a Castle Lager, a Hansa Marzen Gold and enjoy delicious cider (maybe not all at once)

About the author

Talea Miller

Talea is excited to combine her love for powerful storytelling and her digital strategy experience. She comes to Kiva from the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she managed digital strategy for the foundation's consumer-focused PSA campaigns. Prior to that she was a reporter and producer at the PBS NewsHour for five years. At the NewsHour she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the developing world as part of the program's global health unit, covering a wide range of stories including the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, doctor shortages in Tanzania and the mistreatment of the mentally ill in Indonesia. In addition to being a news junkie, Talea enjoys photography, hiking and attempting to paint. She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Journalism and is originally from Maryland. So she also knows a lot about horses.