My South Africa Bucketlist

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So, what is South Africa actually like? How did I find my first South African encounter? What were the highlights, lowlights, and things I would love to do again?


I’ve just completed a whirlwind 12 days in South Africa as a guest of the SA tourism board, to experience as much as I can in a short space of time for such a vast country. Before beginning the trip I was made aware that this trip would tick off as many things as possible from my South Africa Bucketlist – here’s the result:


My South Africa Bucketlist


  • Go on Safari

It should go without saying that a safari is an iconic experience for all travellers visiting South Africa. Prior to my visit I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect in comparison to African safaris, but as it turns out South Africa has some of the best safaris on offer. Many (if not most) safaris can almost guarantee a Big 5 encounter, granted you will need to stay for 2-4 nights to increase your chances. On my safari at Mala Mala game reserve I saw the big 5 within the first 24 hours of being at the camp.

  • Taste world-class wine

The Cape Winelands are where you can go not only taste fine wines, but also indulge in a little luxury whilst you are there. With luxury hotel accommodation plentiful, it’s hard to feel like a few nights is enough to discover the charming towns in this region. Personal favourites include Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

  • Walk in the footsteps of a Freedom Fighter

Nelson Mandela’s enduring legacy will forever live on, but no place more so than Soweto. It is here where Nelson’s family home resides on Vilakazi street, and it is also here where a spectacular part of world history took place when Hector Pieterson was shot on 16 June, 1976. With so much relevant history to be explored just a short drive from Johannesburg, the township of Soweto is a must visit in South Africa.

  • Eat African cuisine

It wouldn’t be a South African bucketlist without some food to be checked off the list. Before my trip to South Africa I was very skeptical as to how I would find the cuisine, especially being an 8 year vegetarian. As it turns out, I sampled some of the best food I have tasted in my 2 week trip to South Africa! Be sure to ask the locals where they would recommend for specialties – don’t miss a good bunny chow in Durban!

  • Stand atop one of the world’s most iconic mountains

Table Cape would have to offer visitors one of the best birds eye views of a city you can find anywhere in the world. You can choose to take one of the many treks up the mountain (be prepared for a 2-3 hour hike), or pay the $30 for a return ticket on the cable car. Be sure to check the weather in advance as the car does not operate or stops running during the day whenever weather does not permit.


Next time I’d like to add:


There are of course still many things I would like to see and do in South Africa on my next visit here (scheduled for June 2014). Here’s my ongoing bucketlist for future trips to South Africa…


  • Go hot air ballooning
  • Bungee of the highest bridge bungee in the world
  • Dive with Great White Sharks
  • Meet the locals
  • Go on safari, again!

south africa safari


World of Wanderlust visited South Africa as a guest of the South African Tourism Board, however my opinion is as always, my own.

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    March 3, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Still falling in love with Africa – this is high on my bucket list, and I hope I’ll go there next year!! So fingers crossed:)

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    February 23, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    oh so much more to South-Africa than the “tourist” activities…for sure connect with the people, and if you can avoid the high-end 5* safari camps…travel the small towns, go camping, do a 4×4 tourm, visit the wildlife conservatories…have a braai !!!!!! (South-African bbq)…there really is such a variety, and it doesn’t have to be all super luxurious or expensive to be a real African adventure.

    Suzanne Styles
    June 1, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Having spent the better part of 5 years travelling through Southern Africa and also having done many 2 or 3 week safaris in Kenya and Tanzania I can tell you that South Africa, Botswana and Namibia have some of the best parks and facilities. Mala Mala is one of the best!

    May 18, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Great bucket list!! I haven’t visited yet but I want to now after reading about your trip! I am glad you had fun in South Africa and hope you manage to complete the things you would like when you return!! :)x

    May 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Love the bucket list and you certainly packed a huge amount into 12 days.

    This local would love to meet you on your return trip!

    Hope you are feeling all better!