Biggest Attractions in SA
Most people in South Africa are familiar with sites and attractions in their own cities and frequently travel to them for recreational purposes. However, since a high percentage of the population has never travelled outside of their own cities, let alone their province, a lot of people are not aware of what exactly the country has to offer. Since there are many more attractions than can be fit into a single article, the following descriptions will talk about three of the biggest and most popular attractions the major cities have to offer.
Situated a short 8km from the centre of Johannesburg, Gold Reef City is one of the most successful entertainment complexes in the country, sporting entertainment value for every member of the family. From fun rollercoasters and thrill-rides for the kids, along with fascinating historical tours through the replicated mining town situated on the grounds and the abandoned gold mine that the park was constructed on top of, and even a casino, theater shows and restaurants for the adults.
Table Mountain, Cape Town’s most prominent feature (being visible from virtually anywhere in the city) has been an attraction to tourists and locals alike since long before the Anglo-Boer War, when it was suggested that a railway could be built to reach the top without having to walk the dangerous paths. This idea was given up in favor of a cable car system that was first used in October 1929. The cable car up to the peak of the mountain allows visitors to see as much of the expansive city below as possible while being immersed in the rich fauna and flora that is indigenous to the mountain. Restaurants and viewing decks are set out on the top of the mountain for those wanting to relax and enjoy the view.
Phezulu Safari Park is an exciting tourism venue, situated in Botha’s Hill, only 35 km’s from central Durban. At Phezulu village, the world famous Gasa clan has over the last 30 years, allowed visitors to the area the opportunity to savour the taste and feel the rhythm of Africa. Visitors are taken into traditional beehive shaped thatched huts, where the various artifacts, beliefs and rituals are explained, giving tourists (both local and foreign) an insight into the fascinating Zulu culture. The Zulu dancing show is impressive, with the dancers in their traditional garb, showing off their skills with grace, agility and humour.
Phezulu also offers a Crocodile and Snake Park where guests will have the opportunity to learn interesting facts about crocodiles and snakes, as well as meet Junior the 102-year-old Nile crocodile and have a hands-on experience with Cleo, a 3.2m long Burmese python that weighs in at 42 kilograms.
Each of the major cities mentioned (along with many more) are easily accessible from virtually any part of South Africa via the Greyhound Luxury Liner service. For more information, visit the Greyhound SA website, and make sure to ‘Like’ the Greyhound SA Facebook page for information on special offers and promotions
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