Three Most Beautiful South African Places

South Africa likes to market itself as the world in one country. Perhaps it is, although I could be just a little biased as I live here. I have three of the most beautiful South African places to share. I am not putting them in any particular order. I am writing spontaneously as I think back to some of the best places I have seen.

Most Beautiful South African Places to See While You Can

My memory goes back a way for I am a baby boomer born just after World War 2. Much has changed of course, and this has not always been on the side of nature. The places I have chosen are pretty much as they were fifty years ago, and for all I know for millions and millions of years before then. Shall we begin our journey? Shall we step inside a virtual time machine?

Coffee Bay, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Not much has changed or ever will at least for a while, since a sailing ship with a cargo of coffee beans foundered here who knows when. There is talk of a highway coming that will pass not far away from Coffee Bay. Visit the golden coves and steep green hillsides while you can. Make friends with local Xhosa people. Bring everything you need to be self-sufficient including a 4×4 with diff lock.

Beautiful South African Places : Coffee Bay
Coffee Bay: John Rawlinson BY CC BY 2.0

Valley of Desolation, Camdeboo National Park

Nature has been building the dolerite columns and vertical cliffs stand guard over the Valley of Desolation in the Eastern Cape since time began. Access is by car from either Grahamstown or Graaf-Reinet on tarred roads. Entrance fees are modest on cross rates. Once you enter and park your car rental, you are free to roam.

Beautiful South African Places: Valley of Desolation
Valley of Desolation: Michael Clarke BY CC BY-SA 2.0

The Kloofs of the Magaliesberg Low Mountain Chain

We call out ravines ‘kloofs’. Don’t ask me why. Possibly, it refers to nature cleaving the earth apart with primeval force. This place of extraordinary beauty in the Pilansberg National Park is just fifty kilometres from the sprawling capital city of Pretoria. Despite this, it is possible to climb many of the low mountains without seeing a single other person. We have many more most beautiful South African places to share. You will find affordable hotel prices on the cross rates.

Beautiful South African Places: The Kloofs of the Magaliesberg Low Mountain Chain
The Kloofs of the Magaliesberg Low Mountain Chain: Tracy Robb BY CC BY-SA 3.0

About Richard Farrell

Richard FarrellI tripped over a shrinking bank balance and fell into the writing gig unintentionally. This was after I escaped the corporate world and searched in vain for ways to become rich on the internet by doing nothing. Despite the fact that writing is no recipe for wealth, I rather enjoy it. I will deny I am obsessed with it when I have the time.My base is Umtentweni in South Africa on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast (30.7167° S, 30.4667° E). I work from home where I ponder on the future of the planet, and what lies beyond in the great hereafter. Sometimes I step out of my computer into the silent riverine forests, and empty golden beaches for which the area is renowned.

Other posts by the Author

9 Responses

  1. Tswaing Crater Trail North of Pretoria - Go4Travel Blog

    […] half the length of a football pitch slammed into the ground some forty kilometres north of where South Africa’s administrative capital now stands. It released the same amount of energy as America’s first […]

    Reply
  2. Ostrich Capital of the World: Outdtshoorn - Go4Travel Blog

    […] is in the dry and dusty Klein Karoo region of South Africa, which is best described as a vast and unforgiving landscape. Fortunes were made with indigenous […]

    Reply
  3. Isandlwana Battlefields, South Africa - Go4Travel Blog

    […] is 1879. A British expeditionary force has landed in Durban, South Africa and marched into Zulu territory in an unprovoked attack. It is so confident of its superior power […]

    Reply
  4. Clifton Beaches Cape Town - Go4Travel Blog

    […] of the Table Mountain chain towards the homes of the exclusively wealthy. You have entered South Africa’s most exclusive, most expensive […]

    Reply
  5. Mpumalanga Waterfalls South Africa - Go4Travel Blog

    […] rises’ in the native tongue. Here are high mountains, mighty forests, and exposed cliffs where South Africa’s gold rush began. This is where the inland plateau plummets down a mighty escarpment, and over […]

    Reply
  6. Cape Town to Cape Point Drive - Go4Travel Blog

    […] best way to get a true feel for the unparalleled beauty of South Africa is to step outside of the major cities and explore the more natural and rural parts of the country […]

    Reply
  7. South African Boerewors: How to Cook - Go4Travel Blog

    […] was not for turning after he made his mind. His 19th century ancestors lived on isolated farms in South Africa, where they produced the food they ate, the clothes they wore and the organic medicine they found […]

    Reply
  8. Hiking The Otter Trail South Africa - Go 4 Travel Blog

    […] Otter Trail South Africa stretches for 42 kilometres / 26 miles along South Africa’s Garden Route coastline renowned for open beaches lapping level farmland that leads to a craggy […]

    Reply
  9. Robben Island: A Bitter Sweet Place - Go 4 Travel Blog

    […] and his government-in-exile arrived to serve a life sentence and begin to remake the history South Africa is renowned for now. They must have felt unbelievably lonely with Cape Town a scant 10 kilometres / […]

    Reply

Leave a Reply