QVC Travel Bucket List

Here are some of our top South African attractions that should be on anyone’s Travel Bucket List:


Kruger National Park

Arguably one of the most famous game reserves on the planet, this one is a definite must if you have not yet been to the Kruger National Park. The park spans over nearly 2 million hectares and is home to an immense amount of animal, bird and plant life. Here you’ll find the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo), the Little Five (buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant lion and rhino beetle) and the birding Big Six (ground hornbill, kori bustard, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, pel’s fishing owl and saddle-bill stork)
DID YOU KNOW? The Kruger National Park spans across 19 600 square kilometres – that is just a little smaller than Belguim!
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Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

The game reserve is one of Africa’s oldest game reserves and plays a key role in the protection of the extinct white rhino. This area historically formed part of the Zulu kingdom as royal hunting grounds but was declared as a protected wildlife park in 1895. You will also find several signs of Stone Age settlements throughout the park.
DID YOU KNOW? Hluhluwe-Imfolozi park is home to the whole world’s white rhino ancestral bloodline?
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iSimangaliso Wetland Park

This UNESCO Site should almost be at the top of your bucket list. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a long and narrow reserve, stretching from the Msunduzi River up the northern reaches of KwaZulu-Natal. Lake St. Lucia, in the south of the park, is the largest estuarine lake in Southern Africa and is host to over 2180 species of flowering plants and 400 bird species, not to mention the flourishing crocodile and hippo population. In the north of the park lies Lake Sibaya, the largest freshwater lake in South Africa.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park is also one of the top spots to watch the migrating whales each year.
DID YOU KNOW? iSimangaliso Wetland Park is South Africa’s largest protected wetland.
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Blyde River Canyon

When talking about world renowned canyons, you think of the US’s Grand Canyon, but the Blyde River Canyon in Mmpumalanga is the 3rd biggest in the world and, contrary to its 2 bigger rivals, the only one with lush greenery. The wide variety of wild life that live in and around the Blyde River include numerous antelope species, like klipspringer, mountain reedbuck, waterbuck, blue wildebeest and kudu, to mention a few. The Blyde River should also be a top bucket list item for avid birders. The steep cliffs and lush vegetation offers birds like the Pel’s fishing owl, the rare blue swallow and the endangered Cape vulture a safe haven.
DID YOU KNOW? The Blyde River Canyon’s geological history started millions of years ago when the ancient super continent of Gondwana began to break apart which formed the Drakensberg escarpment.
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Sudwala Caves

The Sudwala Cave system stretches over 30km in length of which only 600m is accessible to the public. The caves and passages were formed by water slowly trickling through cracks. Over time (millions of years) the Sudwala Caves developed into a magnificent system of passages and chambers showcasing enormous stalactites, stalagmites and flow stone formations. The most popular chamber, named the PR Owen Hall, also known as the aphitheatre, regularly hosts musical performances due to its remarkable accoustics.
DID YOU KNOW? The Sudwala caves is the oldest dolomite cave in the world. Some of the cave formations in the Sudwala Caves predates our continent! These formations began around 180 million years ago when our planet still consisted of two super continents…
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Adam’s Calendar

Known as the African Stonehenge, this series of stones, found on a plateau just above Kaapsche Hoop, is believed to be the oldest man-made structure on earth – out dating Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza. Adam’s Calendar is part of the the Blue Swallow National Heritage Site and can only be seen on guided trips.
DID YOU KNOW? Although Adam’s Calendar is probably by far the oldest, this structure is only one amongst thousands (if not more) of ancient stone ruins scattered throughout the mountains of South Africa
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Khoi and San Rock Art Sites, Western Cape

Southern African arguably boasts the richest legacy of Rock Art worldwide; the Western Cape in particular. You will find various Khoi and San Rock Art sites located in the mountainous areas of the Koue Bokkeveld to the Cederberg surrounds, some of them as old as 8000 years.
DID YOU KNOW? The Rock Art depicts scenes from the Khoi and San people’s daily life, hunting, wild life, rituals and spiritual beliefs, giving us a snapshot of what these ancient tribes experienced thousands of years ago.
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