The Ultimate Top 10 bucket list of the most iconic Scenic Spots in SA

2015-07-21 21:00
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Cape Town - South Africa is filled to the brim with awe-inspiring natural wonders of beauty. In Cape Town, for example (like in many other cities and towns in SA), you don't even have to leave your house to see and experience the beauty Mother Nature brags with.

Whether it's the beauty of two of the world's oceans flowing together on the southernmost tip of the African continent, whether it's a massive river falling right into the sea with a splendid waterfall, or whether it's flowers blooming in a semi-desert area in spring - South Africa wins our hearts every day and season with her natural, scenic beauty.

In order to experience the diverse beauty in South Africa, you need to travel. The rugged, mountainous beauty of the Western Cape, for example, is vastly different to the tropical East Coast or the wide open Great Karoo. 

In no particular order, here are Traveller24's Ultimate Top 10 Scenic Spots in South Africa. Have you seen all of them?

1. Daisies in spring in Namaqualand

What makes this natural wonder in South Africa special is the fact that the fields of flowers are a temporary sight. From August to October annually millions of daisies sprout up from literally nothing in the Northern Cape.

#Nieuwoudtville in the #NorthernCape is the #bulbcapital of the world. #namaqualand #namaqualanddaisies #springflowers

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2. Harties Cableway on the Magaliesberg mountain range

The Aerial Cableway at Hartbeespoort offers visitors panoramic views of the beautiful Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounding areas. The Magaliesberg mountain range, one of the oldest in the world, has been declared a world biosphere reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

READ: SA gets two new biosphere reserves

#hartiescableway

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3. Table Mountain Cableway in Cape Town 

There must be a reason for this Cape Town tourist attraction being one of the most popular in South Africa for both local and international visitors. The view going up an internationally recognized natural world wonders is enough to bring tears to your eyes... but wait until you're standing atop the glorious Table Mountain - looking as far as the eye can see over the icy Atlantic ocean - and you'll truly know the meaning of 'natural wonder'. 




4. God’s Window 

There's a reason this lookout is compared to the view God must have from above.  On a clear day it is possible to see over the Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains on the border with Mozambique. Sheer cliffs plunge over 700 metres to the lowveld and opens a vista into the lowveld expanse and escarpment forests. 




5. Waterfall Bluff

Waterfall Bluff range of steep cliffs in Eastern Cape, near Cathedral Rock, where a multitude of waterfalls converge, falling directly into the Indian Ocean.

#waterfallbluff

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6. Oribi Gorge 

Oribi Gorge is a sandstone canyon in southern KwaZulu-Natal, cut by the Mzimkulwana river. Erosion by these rivers that form the gorge have carved out nearly 30km of kloofs and crags, which are now covered with a tropical forest. The Oribi Gorge also has the iconic Leopard Rock, which was mentioned by Traveller24 as one of the coolest places in South Africa to take a picture. 

READ: 20+ of the most epic places in southern Africa to take a picture

The world is yours to explore?? #beautiful #content #oribigorge

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7. Augrabies Waterfall

Few sights are as awesome or a sound as deafening as water thundering down the 56m Augrabies Waterfall in the Northern Cape when the Orange River pours over these cliffs in full flood.

READ: Orange River: Just go with the flow




8. Bourke’s Luck Potholes 

Sustained kolks in the Treur River's plunge pools have eroded a number of giant's kettles, which can be viewed from the crags above. The pedestrian bridges that connect the various lookout points over the potholes and the gorge downstream is something no photograph can prepare you for.




9. Kirstenbosch’s Boomslang 

It no wonder this new addition to the already breathtaking Kirstenbosch Gardens has been voted as the most beautiful object in South Africa. The boomslang is a raised walkway through the garden's arboretum, looking out over the iconic Table Mountain and down on the old trees growing in the garden. 

READ: Kirstenbosch Boomslang voted most beautiful object in SA

Kirstenbosch walk today

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10. Cape Agulhas
 

A massive old lighthouse marks the southernmost tip of the African continent where two of the world's oceans flow into one. The lighthouse was the third lighthouse to be built in South Africa, and the second-oldest still operating in the country - the oldest of course being the Green Point Lighthouse in Cape Town.

READ: Heading South - Dawdle, explore, breathe

Southernmost tip or Africa #capeagulhas #l'aghulas

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