South Africa is fast becoming the place to be for adventurers. Especially adventurers who just aren’t ready to handle the real deal yet. Not to say South Africa is for softies, it’s just more civilized and stuff like that.

There’s so much to do in South Africa that one needs several visits just to scratch the surface of the things you can do there. We’ve had the pleasure of visiting South Africa on 6 or even 7 separate occasions and we’re still in need of more time to spend in the African country!

Because choosing places to go and things to do is very difficult, we rounded up some things to do in South Africa. In this post we’re especially talking about things to do in the East of the country near Johannesburg. Here we go!

Kruger National Park

Kruger park is probably one of the most known nature reserves in South Africa and also the biggest. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa, and extends 360 kilometres from north to south. Kruger National Park is home of roughly 147 species, amongst them are the Big Five (elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo).

Enjoy a starfilled sky

South Africa is a big country with only a few big cities. Because of that, there’s not that much air pollution. So you’re able to see lots of stars, which lots of Europeans and American visitors aren’t used to. It’s truly beautiful!

Hoetspruit Endangered Species Centre

Hoetspruit Endangered Species Centre, or shortened HESC, is a centre for endangered animals. It focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animal species. Cheetah Conservation is one of their core disciplines. HESC even houses a few of the super rare King Cheetahs! They are living proof that people can make a difference to the long-term survival of the planet and its animal inhabitants. A visit to their centre is inspiring and fun!

Bela Bela/ Warmbath

Warmbath, or Bela Bela as the locals are calling it these days, is a hot spring resort. It’s filled with swimming pools, slides and massage facilities. It’s around 100 km away from Johannesburg (a 1 hour drive), so we would totally spend our last day(s) there before heading home again.

Eat biltong

Last but not least. Eat biltong! Biltong is a kind of dried meat that melts in your mouth. Whenever we go to South Africa, we make sure to buy it.

Photo credits: African Travel Desk, Frederico Beccari, HESC, Bela Bela, Footfetepress.