Along with the wildlife and beaches, it is South Africa’s culture and heritage that have enamoured tourists over the years. There are many terrific sites in the country appealing to visitors with their historical significance; take a look at a few of them.
Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
Built in the 17th century, Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. One of the finest examples of the 17th century Dutch East India Company architecture, it was declared a historical monument in 1936. Photography and art exhibitions are hosted here often.
Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
Dorp Street is considered by many the most beautiful spot in Stellenbosch. About an hour from Cape Town, this street houses many period buildings capturing the attention of visitors with their distinctive architecture. The street was originally known as “the wagon road to the Cape” and it has accumulated a variety of architectural styles, from Cape Dutch to Victorian, over the years.
The Big Hole, Kimberley
The largest manmade hole in the world, 215-metre deep, the Big Hole is an open-pit and underground mine in Kimberley. It was a featureless, flat-topped hill 150 years ago, and turned into a site of the world’s biggest diamond rush after the first diamonds were discovered here.
Pinnacle Point Caves, Mossel Bay
A place where you can have the incredible experience of standing at the Point of Human Origins, Pinnacle Point Caves is a major attraction in South Africa. It is a small promontory situated to the immediate south of Mossel Bay, where some of the planet’s very first inhabitants lived. The breathtaking beauty and the heights and depths of the large caves here are a treat to explore. Travellers can take a formal tour of the caves. The surroundings offer many exciting experiences and endless photography opportunities.
Church Street, Tulbagh
One of the most historic streets in South Africa, Church Street is a beautiful place to discover in Tulbagh town. The street is around 300 years old and astonishes with its Dutch gables, thatched roofs and wandering peacocks. Home to one of the largest Cape-Dutch, Victorian and Edwardian provincial heritage sites, it is a quiet place and is best explored on foot. An Earthquake Museum adds to the appeal of the place.