Top Tourist Attractions in South Africa

From the wild landscapes of the Eastern Cape to Gauteng’s modern cities, from the unspoiled beaches of the Western Cape to the haunting semi-desert plains of the Northern Cape and the majestic mountains of KwaZulu-Natal, the tourist attractions in South Africa are endlessly captivating. The most popular holiday destinations in South Africa have it all: friendly people, excellent infrastructure, and a wealth of unique cultural experiences that are unmatched anywhere else in the world.

You can encounter the Big 5 on safari, eat at a top awarded restaurant, and toast the sunset on the beach, all top-rated tourist attractions in South Africa.

Within the vast spread of land between the cold Atlantic and warm Indian Ocean, South Africa’s favourable climate makes it perfect for a visit any time of the year. And because it enjoys the lion’s share of Africa’s famous sunshine, the range of outdoor tourist attractions in South Africa will see you abseiling down breathtaking ravines in Limpopo, horse riding along endless beaches in the Eastern Cape, or gliding over the savannah in a hot air balloon in South Africa's adventurous North West Province.

The cultural tourist attractions in South Africa are as rewarding as its geographical diversity. The country’s political history is easily accessible in well-curated museums and landmark monuments, while you can explore South Africa’s ancient tribes and archaeological treasures at several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

With properties in eight of South Africa's nine provinces, Sun International will ensure that your visit to South Africa is not only comfortable, but rich in experiences, too.  If you’re looking for exciting holiday destinations in South Africa, Sun International has you covered. Whether you want to experience South Africa in luxury or do an extended family holiday in comfortable self-catering accommodation, our properties are positioned within easy reach of the activities and tourist attractions in South Africa.

Discover the best holiday destinations in South Africa with Sun International.

Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape offers up inviting swimming beaches and an unspoiled natural wilderness. Visit family-friendly Port Elizabeth for historical tours and beachside fun, or the Wild Coast for a huge selection of outdoor adventures.

Boardwalk | Wild Coast Sun


Free State

For a journey into wartime history, head straight to the Free State. Explore the architectural and cultural treasures of Bloemfontein as well as its surrounding battlefield monuments.

Windmill Casino



Dive straight into the hustle and bustle of fast-paced Gauteng, South Africa’s economic capital. Enjoy power lunches and dance floors, take a township tour through Soweto or visit historical and political landmarks at Constitution Hill and the Apartheid Museum. 

Carnival City | The Maslow | Time Square



Switch your business wear for beachwear and soak up all-year-round sun along the KwaZulu-Natal coast. Head to Durban to experience a melting pot of Zulu, Indian and Colonial influences, or explore the province’s interior to discover historical and cultural attractions.




While Limpopo is famous for both its baobabs and wildlife encounters, it’s also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mapungubwe. Explore Limpopo to discover untouched bushveld, ancient civilizations, and unique Polokwane history.

Meropa Casino


Northern Cape

Discover the soulful semi-arid landscapes of the Northern Cape and its unique diamond mining history at the province’s capital, Kimberley. 

Flamingo Casino


North West

Unleash your adventurous spirit in South Africa’s North West Province. Enjoy Big 5 Safaris, hot air balloon rides, caving, abseiling and water sports, all conveniently accessible from the North West’s main attraction: Sun City Resort.

Sun City Resort


Western Cape

Explore the Western Cape to discover landmark attractions like Table Mountain and Robben Island, award-winning wine estates, world-famous cuisine, breathtaking natural scenery, and a myriad of things to do in Cape Town, South Africa’s most popular holiday destination.

The Table Bay | Grandwest | Golden Valley