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Things to do in South Africa

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in South Africa. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite South Africa attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in South Africa to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in South Africa.

  • 44 Stanley

    The complex, in Milpark, has the area’s best shopping, thanks to its many boutiques that showcase creative young talent. Be sure to check out the b... More
  • Africa Nova

      Modern African design is showcased beautifully at this high-end gallery, which fills its well-lit split-level space with an eclectic collection ... More
  • Allesverloren Wine Estate

  • Apartheid Museum

    The museum, south of the city center, is an invaluable primer on apartheid-era race divisions, as well as the 19th-century gold rush that brought p... More
  • Ardmore Ceramic Art Studio

  • Atlantic Beaches

    The water may be colder on the Atlantic side of the Cape peninsula, but the beaches are definitely hotter. An upmarket and well-toned crowd gathers... More
  • AVA Gallery

    This nonprofit multimedia gallery in historic quarters gives special attention to Western Cape artists. More
  • Baobab Tree Bar & Wine Cellar

    Having a cocktail in the hollow trunk of a huge 6,000-year-old baobab tree is a surreal and elemental experience. The cavity of the tree is cool—a ... More
  • Beaumont Wines

  • Bergwater Vineyards

    Surrounded by wide expanses and the desert-like terrain of the Great Karoo, Bergwater Vineyards has been open since 1999 and is the only vineyard i... More
  • Bobby Zur

    Years as agent: 12. Specialty: Southern Africa. Consultation fee: From $500. More
  • Boplaas Family Vineyards

    Visit the winery, established in 1880, for a tasting of ruby and tawny ports. More
  • Brewers & Union

    This beer bar–charcuterie opened in January 2009 by the people behind Vida e Caffé, a slick, mini-chain coffee bar with a zealous fan base. Brewers... More
  • Café Caprice

    Directly opposite Camps Bay Beach on a road with heavy foot traffic, Caprice is one of the most popular spots for sundowners on the Atlantic coast.... More
  • Canteen

    Snag a table in the tree-shaded central courtyard for the "Canteen breakfast," with eggs, lamb sausage, mushrooms, and tomatoes. More

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