Most Scenic Destinations South Africa

South Africa, filled with mother nature’s beauty. Displaying some of the most breathtaking and scenic destinations in the world. This is the perfect holiday destination for the adventurous. Besides Table Mountain, there are many other natural wonders throughout the country that you should not miss out on.

Being a South African, born and raised, I hope to share with you some of the most beautiful destinations through my eyes. A compilation of the most scenic destination in South Africa. Let’s explore the most scenic destinations in South Africa together. The timeless beauty of some of the most scenic destinations in the world.

“Why is it you can never hope to describe the emotion Africa creates? You are lifted. Out of whatever pit, unbound from whatever tie, released from whatever fear. You are lifted and you see it all from above.”

– by Francesca Marciano.

God’s Window

Gods Window - GPS Coordinates
GPS Coordinates
S:  -25°2’3” E:  31°3’14” MAP.

Found on the Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalanga and forming part of the Panorama Route. This spectacular scenic splendor and in my opinion the most beautiful scenic view in the world. Just one glimpse of this wonder and you will know why it is called “God’s Window”. Looking over cliffs, waterfalls and the vast variety of landscapes you will feel as if you have found the edge of the world.


Hole In The Wall

Hole In The Wall - GPS Coordinates - Scenic Destinations in South Africa
GPS Coordinates
S: -32° 1′ 59.3688″ E: 29° 6′ 37.6092″ MAP.

Situated in Coffee Bay on the Wild Coast, you will find this beautiful landmark. The local Xhosa people refer to this as “the place of thunder”, or in the native tongue “izi Khaleni”. Coffee Bay and Hole in the Wall are surrounded by vast stretches of unspoiled coastline.

“Nothing but breathing the air of Africa, and actually walking through it, can communicate the indescribable sensations.”

– by William Burchell.

Bourke’s Luck Potholes

Bourke's Luck Potholes - Gpa Coordinates - scenic destinations in South Africa
GPS Coordinates
S: -24°40’0″ E: 30°49’0″ MAP.

A very popular geological tourist attraction, situated in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga. Formed by erosion, these bazar natural formations stretch for more than 700 meters. You can make use of the man-made walkways and bridges to take in the scenic splendor of these natural formations. The Bourke’s Luck Potholes mark the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon.


Valley of Desolation

Valley of Desolation - GPS Coordinates
GPS Coordinates
S: -32°16’60” E: 24°28’0″ MAP.

I remember spending hours waiting for a sunset at the Valley of Desolation. Just outside the town of Graaf Reinette in the Eastern Cape, lies yet another scenic and wonderous destination of South Africa. A force of beauty and nature, dolerite columns stand out 120 meters from the valley floor. Overlooking the Karoo with its diversity of fauna and flora, attracting varies species of birds.

“Africa – You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the Hand of God. You watch the slope lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. In Africa, in the midday heart, you can see blisters in the atmosphere. When you are in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world.”

– by Jodi Picoult.

Oribi Gorge

Oribi Gorge - GPS coordinates - Scenic destinations in south africa
GPS Coordinates
S: -30°42’56” E: 30°12’41” MAP.

Boasting with its spectacular scenic hiking trails, cliffs, forest, rapids, and ravines. Situated 21 km inland from Port Shepstone in Kwazulu-Natal. Having various hiking trails to choose from and great picnic spots along the river banks of the Umzimkhulu  River. A photographers paradise and an adrenaline junkies playground. Take on those white water rapids, scenic hike or just a relaxing getaway to the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve.


Sani Pass

Sani Pass - GPS Location
GPS Coordinates
S: -29°35’10.37″ E: 29°17’20.28″ MAP.

Found on the road between Underberg, Kwazulu-Natal and Mokhotlong, Lesotho. The narrow winding gravel road referred to as Sani Pass awaits. With spectacular scenic views for as far as the eye can see, the beauty of yet another scenic destination in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Taking a two to three-hour hike up Sani Pass to the Highest Pub in Africa, Sani Mountain Lodge for a drink.

“Give me the clear blue sky above my head, and the green turf beneath my feet, a winding road before me, and a three hours’ march to dinner – and then to thinking!”

– by Henry Hazlitt.

Augrabies Falls

Augrabies falls - gps coordinates
GPS Coordinates
S: -28°35’17.39″ E: 20°20’16.20″ MAP.

On the Orange River in the Augrabies National Park, you will find these breathtakingly beautiful falls. One of the most favorite tourist attractions in the Northern Cape approximately an hour and a half drive north from Upington. The region is well known for its dry and hot temperatures but is well worth the scenic beauty and experience.


Cape Point

Cape Point, scenic destinations in south africa
GPS Coordinates
S: -34.3567° E: 18.4968° MAP.

For those who were led to believe that Cape Point was the Southern Most Tip of Africa, I’m sorry to disappoint but it isn’t. But that still doesn’t take away the scenic beauty it boasts with. Situated in the Cape of Good Hope or City of Cape Town, you will find this spectacular viewpoint. With rugged rocks and cliffs as high as 200 meters it is yet another photographer’s dream come true. Looking out over the colder Atlantic ocean, to top it off, what about a climb to the top of a 1800s lighthouse.

“ The air you smell, the sights you see, the food you taste, the language you hear, and the feeling you get..nothing familiar. That is true freedom.” 

– by Anonymous

Table Mountain

Table Mountain at Night Nomad Feeling
GPS Coordinates
S: -33.9628° E: 18.4098° MAP.

The view of Table Mountain or the view from it over the Mother City is both equally beautiful. Iconic to the City of Cape Town lies this giant table shaped mountain with beautiful scenery in every direction. Looking out over the city at night after a hike up table mountain or a trip via the cable car. Or viewing table mountain from below at locations such as Blou Berg Strand.


Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront

V&A Waterfront Scenic destinations in South Africa
GPS Coordinates
S: -33.9036° E: 18.4205° MAP.

V&A Waterfront is found at Table Bay Harbour in Cape Town, the oldest working harbor in South Africa. Attracting more than 23 million visitors a year according to Wikipedia.org. Thus making it the most visited destination in South Africa. From luxury accommodation to world-class eateries, and not to mention a shopaholics dream come true with more than 450 retail outlets.

“South Africa never leaves one indifferent. Its history, its population, its landscapes and cultures – all speak to the visitor, to the student, to the friend of Africa.”

– by Tariq Ramadan.

Conclusion

Just a select few of my personal favorites of the most beautiful destinations in South Africa that you can’t miss. Every time I travel in South Africa I discover new beautiful destinations and the same ones that appear differently. Whatever you seek in this geographically diverse country the probability that you will find it is great.

More places to discover such as the Namaqualand Biome, Robin Island, The Red Sandstone Cliffs of the Cederberg and more. If you have been to South Africa and have a favorite then tell us all about it. Or if you are planning on visiting South Africa and have a destination in mind share it as well.

You may also like – Top 10 Reasons To Visit South Africa.

Every place on this earth has a beauty that not even a photo can capture, a sense of personal presence that can not be replaced. What are your most favorite scenic places in the world? With an ever-growing bucket list, I’m always open to new wonders of the world.

NOTE – Some of the images in this post have been obtained from various sources. The links of image sources are imbedded into the images and can be viewed by clicking on the images. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to follow Nomad Feeling via email and receive new articles straight to your inbox.


14 Replies to “The Most Scenic Destinations In South Africa”

  1. These photos are gorgeous! South Africa is on my bucket list of places to visit. One day I’ll travel there for sure. The Hole in the Wall is at the top of my list!

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