5 Stunning Lesser Known Travel Destinations in South Africa

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The Cradle of Humankind and Other Lesser Known Travel Destinations in South Africa
The Cradle of Human Kind
The Cradle of Humankind is one of many incredible travel destinations in South Africa which are set amidst vast expanses of open land. Whether you are a fan of the ocean or a mountain lover, at home in quaint towns or find solace complete isolation, South Africa is where you will find your ideal holiday without packing your passport.

The Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng

The Cradle of Humankind is the famous home of Mrs Ples, who was found in this 53 000 hectare valley in 1947. The remains date back 2.5 million years and can be viewed along with other fossils at Maropeng.

More than Maropeng, the Cradle of Humankind is brimming with attractions of all kinds. There are the Wonder and the Sterkfontein caves to explore, along with the old Kromdraai Gold Mine. Hot air balloon safaris and even traditional game drives will give you the perfect opportunity to see some of the surrounds.


Isimangaliso Wetland Park, Kwazulu Natal

Isimangaliso Wetland Park, Kwazulu NatalIf it’s the coast you are after, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site is an incredibly diverse ecosystem. The park spans 332 000 hectares and 220km of impeccable coastline to include Sodwana, Kosi Bay, Lake St Lucia, Lake Sibaya and False Bay among others.

Deep sea fishing and scuba diving are not the only activities this area has to offer, you can also enjoy a bit of whale watching, kayaking, game viewing, horse riding and bird watching.

Pilgrims Rest, Mpumalanga

If quaint towns appeal to you, Pilgrims Rest is a winner. Beautifully backward, Pilgrims Rest may not have an ATM, but the towns antique styling has been perfectly preserved as to retain its authentic little town appeal.

The surrounding area is filled with some of the best sights in the country. God’s Window, the Pinnacle, Bourkes Luck Potholes and Lisbon Falls, just to skim the surface.

Augrabies Falls, Northern Cape

Often overshadowed by the Victoria Falls in neighbouring Zimbabwe, Augrabies Falls is the second largest falls in Africa. In one of the most isolated parts of our country, this 56m high waterfall is tucked in an 18km long gorge. Augrabies Falls display a beauty unique to South Africa.

Some Other Nearby Attractions Include: Augrabies Falls, Moon RockAugrabies Falls, Northern Cape

  • Moon Rock - for its magnificent view of the park
  • Swart Rante - for its distinct view of the contrasting landscapes
  • Oranjekom & Ararat – viewpoints from which you can ogle the gorge and the wildlife 

Sani Pass, Kwazulu Natal

Another World Heritage Site, Sani Pass sits on the western edge of Kwazulu Natal, peaking at 2874m above sea level. Famous for being the only vehicle route over the Drakensberg escarpment leading into Lesotho, the Sani Pass is also the perfect setting for some mountain biking, quad biking and 4x4 adventures. If mountains are your thing, Sani Pass takes the cake!

Now that you are more familiar with the Cradle of Humankind and some of the lesser known travel destinations in South Africa, best you get packing.

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