Places to visit in South Africa

South Africa is a beautiful place to visit, but people think of it as a safari destination. However, there is much more to see than the big five on a safari. Here are just a couple of ideas for those looking for more culture than wildlife.

Immerse yourself in Zulu culture at Shakaland, a reconstructed Zulu village. Shakaland offers an authentic experience of Zulu, like where you can dance, consult a witch doctor or sample homemade beer. There is even the option to stay overnight in one of the luxury beehive huts.

You can even explore the evolution of man at the Maropeng visitor centre and explore the excavation caves beneath. South Africa has seen the unearthing of three distant relatives of humankind, with one, Homo Naledi, still to be slotted into the evolutionary chain.

Take a ride on the Blue Train, a five-star hotel on wheels, if you want to sit back and take it easy for a few days. The train travels between Pretoria and Cape Town and takes three days / two nights.