There are multiple reasons to visit South Africa and high on the list would be the mountains in South Africa. Of course you’ll also need to make time for its national parks, wildlife reserves, coastal stretches, sparkling rivers and lush forests.
Do what are the top mountains in South Africa worth visiting? We share our favourite four here.
1. Table Mountain
South Africa’s most iconic mountain range provides a stunning backdrop to the mother city and its glamorous beaches. Take a five minute cable car ride to the top for spectacular views out over the city and Atlantic Ocean. The range is a protected site within the Table Mountain National Park and home to 2,000 species of indigenous fynbos, a mystical Alfomontane forest and a variety of birds and animal species.
The highest mountain range in South Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Drakensberg stretches over 1,000 kilometres from the Eastern Cape in the south to Mpumalanga in the north. It is well known for great walks and hikes through cliffs, mountain peaks with criss-crossing rivers and streams supporting a variety of endemic flora and fauna.
This is among the oldest mountain ranges in the world and predicted to be 100 times older than Mount Everest. Stretching some 120 kilometres, this range is popular with hikers, rock climbers and day trippers wanting to visit the protected site, its perennial waterfalls and sparkling pools not to mention sheer quartzite cliffs and deep gullies.
Nestled in a wilderness area just three hours from Cape Town, Cederberg is known for its dramatic sandstone formations and ancient San rock art. This is an area rich is flora and fauna, forming part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and covered in mountain fynbos. Popular for hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing and 4×4 driving.