We’ve deviated from the format for the first time here because, well there are just too many awesome places to see and experience in SA. So, this week we’re giving you a Top 6 and it isn’t really a ‘top’ per se because the range of activities and places we looked at were just too broad. So, based on some feedback from our users, some research and some inter-office banter, we give you this selection of six exciting, interesting, beautiful or adventurous places in SA that we think you should always take your tourist friends.
1. Moses Mabhida Stadium
For many Durbanites, Moses Mabhida Stadium is the landmark they feel most proud of. It’s magnificent design and monolithic structure have forever altered the skyline of the city and never fail to leave people impressed. Durban watched as the neglected stadium precinct was transformed into a beautiful and vibrant hub for the World Cup and today, it remains a reminder of that magical time when so many people fell in love with Durban and her people.
2. The Roma Revolving Restaurant
Earlier this week we reviewed this historic gem and we were reminded that it is one of only 31 revolving restaurants in the world. Not many visitors will have experienced the sensation of slowly turning while enjoying their meal and an epic view of the whole city. The Skybar on the roof alone is worth the visit. It’s a magical place to experience the city at night and watch as the ships steer in and out of the massive harbour.
3. Table Mountain
Yes, it’s an obvious choice and most probably one of the reasons that they are visiting Cape Town in the first place, but there’s a reason why it was recently voted one of the 7 natural wonders of the world! There are so many different ways to experience Table Mountain too. As a climber or walker, you can get up close and personal with her slopes. For the less adventurous you can hop on the cable car and ride right up, then dine with friends in one of the most unique settings in the world.
4. Groot Constantia
As a visitor to the Cape, a winery has to be a top priority on your to-do list and this is one of the oldest wine farms in the country – not to mention a renowned historical monument and one of the finest examples of Cape Dutch architecture in existence. The name Constantia is linked to some of SA’s most famous wines and they continue to produce superior quality wines that are distributed all over the globe.
5. The Apartheid Museum
It may not be the happiest place for a visitor to go to, but they’ll certainly learn a lot about the culture of the people of South Africa from this place. Haunting and fascinating, it stands as a bricks and mortar reminder that South Africans are willing to acknowledge the past rather than hide it away. As time passes the importance of this museum will only grow, with younger generations needing to be reminded of the mistakes of the past.
6. Chaf Pozi
No trip to Soweto or Jozi should be complete without a weekend visit to Chef Pozi. At the base of the now disused cooling towers of the Orlando power station, it’s one of the most unique places you could ever drink a beer. Pick you chisa nyama from the in-house butcher before you send it off to be braaied, then share your meal African-style with your mates. All the while, the music from some of the city’s hottest house DJ’s will be pumping and people will be spontaneously dancing to the rhythms. If you hear screams, its because people are leaping off the massive towers above you on the bungee swing!