Thursday, 19 December 2019 11:01 AM
South Africa is steeped in rich history. And, thanks to the myriad of cultures that make up the Rainbow nation (and perfect destination!), there’s always something new to discover and explore. At kulula.com, we’re passionate about bringing our fans the lekker in local, so fuel your wanderlust with our round-up of hidden gems for the foodie, adventurer, beach bum, culture enthusiast and history buff.
Atlantis Dunes - Cape Town, Western Cape
Enjoy the exhilarating sport of sandboarding or tackling desertlike terrain in your 4x4? Look no further than the Atlantis Dunes! This adventure haven is perfect for families, couples and groups. All you need is a permit to access the area and some refreshments to keep you going throughout the day. If you’re new to the dune experience, you can book a guided day tour which includes a hired sandboard or quad bike, refreshments and training. These pearly white dunes could make a great addition to your Cape Town holiday itinerary as they are only a 50-minute drive north of Cape Town.
House of Curries - Durban, Kwazulu Natal
If you prefer to delve into our diverse heritage with an authentic culinary experience, then try out House of Curries on Florida Road. A popular local favourite in Durban since 1999, this restaurant is known for its relaxed atmosphere and delicious curries, making it the perfect hang-out spot for a weekend of sports on the big screen or an after-work dinner on the deck. Other delectable items on the menu include the mini bunnies which are offered with a variety of curry fillings and chip chows - french fries covered in curry. But, their signature dish is the chip and cheese roti, which weighs more than a full loaf of bread!
Cango Caves - Klein Karoo, Western Cape
The Cango Caves is one of the seven wonders of Southern Africa. Opened to the public in the 19th century, it is South Africa’s oldest tourist attraction and Africa’s biggest show cave system, stretching over 4 km. This archaeological landmark is fast becoming a Garden-Route favourite because of its large stalagmite formations dating back to the Early Stone Age. Visitors with high fitness levels can opt for the caves’ 90-minute adventure tour which involves climbing steep rock formations and crawling through narrow tunnels. Make a holiday out of this experience by exploring accommodation options in and around the area. The site is located just 29 km from Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo and is an 80-minute drive from the George airport.
Coffee Bay- Wild Coast, Eastern Cape
Coffee Bay is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The small village is located along the Eastern Cape Wild Coast, a long stretch of coastline best known for its secluded beaches, rustic charm and laid-back atmosphere. Coffee Bay beach overlooks the famous hole-in-the-wall, an impressive natural landmark distinguished by a giant cavity in an island mountain. If you’re looking for a picture-perfect backdrop to an epic coastal adventure - this is it! With a variety of accommodation options to choose from in and around the area, you can include Coffee Bay as a stop-over en route to Durban or East London.
Grotto beach - Hermanus, Western Cape
This beautiful beach along the Hermanus coastline is famous for its Blue Flag status, which means you can enjoy a superior beach experience equipped with great facilities, pristine white sands and safe, clean and crystal-clear waters. The Grotto is a whale-watching hotspot between July and December but also serves as the perfect location for a fun-filled family day in the summer. Home to some of South Africa’s best-loved wines and world-class culinary experiences, Hermanus has so much to offer any holidaymaker. Make the most of your time at this holiday town by booking overnight accommodation if you’re coming from Cape Town.
Maropeng (Cradle of Human Kind) - Magaliesburg, Gauteng
Maropeng, the gateway to the Cradle of Humankind, takes you back to prehistoric times to recount the story of human evolution in spectacular fashion. This archaeological landmark was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site for its fossil excavations which have led to ground-breaking discoveries of early man. The fun and informative tours attract visitors from all walks of life, making it ideal for a family outing. You can opt for a self-guided, interactive tour around the or venture into the famous Sterkfontein Caves to view the excavation site where fossils dating back to three million years, were discovered.Situated in Magaliesburg, just an hour away from Pretoria and Johannesburg, this highly-recommended attraction can be explored over a weekend or slotted into your business travel itinerary.
Nelson Mandela Capture Site - Howick, Kwazulu Natal
Madiba’s story is a journey across the country, and situated near the small town of Howick, is the Nelson Mandela Capture Site. The global icon was arrested at this significant landmark and served most of his 27-year prison sentence on Robben Island. The site is best known for the extraordinary 10-meter-high Madiba monument made up of 50 steel columns to create an optical illusion effect when viewing it at a distance. While there, view an exhibition of Mandela’s life and take home some memorabilia from the Truth Store. This hidden gem can be incorporated as part of a tour to the Midlands Meander and is a 90-minute drive north of King Shaka International Airport.