South Africa is a nation of endless attractions and it does have very developed gambling industry. If you are a cultural traveler, major cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town have a variety of historical sites, galleries, and museums with unique architectural features. For the discerning foodies, it’s hard to resist the tempting of the wineries and restaurants in the Western Cape. South Africa is also a region of unspoiled nature with a diverse fauna and flora system.

With that in mind, here are top 5 activities – not just gambling that you should try on your first trip to South Africa.

1. Visit Kruger National Park

For most people, visiting an African safari is perhaps one of the main reasons why they travel to South Africa. The oldest, largest, and most famous natural preserve area in the country is the Kruger National Park, where you can see a variety of indigenous species such as buffalos, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and lions. What’s more, there are many accommodation forms to choose, from luxury lodges to self-catering. Walking safaris, horseback safaris, and night drives are also possible. Keep in mind that Kruger’s popularity often means that this national park is often crowded.

2. Enjoy Cape Town from the Table Mountain

This flat-topped Table mountain is just 3500 feet above the Cape Town, but it might be a great place to have a breathtaking scene of this beautiful city. In fact, it is tall enough that the cloud covers typically sit just below the crest, which provides a strip of white wisps that you will never forget. If you are an energetic tourist, consider hiking to the top. Otherwise, it is easy to go for the cableway and get an idyllic ride.

3. Travel on the Blue Train

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Image: “Blue Train (South Africa) – Dining table” by Simon Pielow | Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

As one of the most luxurious train trips all over the globe, the Blue Train can give you a shuttle between Johannesburg and Cape Town in extreme speed and comfort. Its en suite rooms, in plush velvet and burled woods, are only the beginning. Sitting by the window and seeing the beautiful landscape, you can feel free to request anything with the personal, ranging from a Cuban cigar to a glass of Vodka.

4. Play casino in the Sun City Resort

Also known as the Kingdom of Pleasure in Africa, Sun City Resort is an incredible luxury resort and casino that is situated about 125 miles or 200 kilometers from Johannesburg. This complex has 4 hotels, 2 championship golf courses, an atmospheric cultural village, and nearly 7000 crocodiles in a sanctuary.

If you want to bet you luck, there are also two casinos inside the resort with more than 40 table games and hundreds of slot machines. Indeed, this is the epitome of gaming entertainment in the whole country. More importantly, you should know that South Africa is well-known for online casinos, meaning that you can continue to gamble and earn your money even after returning one. Here is the list of online casinos in South Africa.

5. Take perfect shots of iconic artworks in Soweto

Soweto is a typically sprawling yet significant area in Johannesburg due to its cultural heritage. It is the birthplace of the great political leader – Nelson Mandela, who was the first black head of state in South Africa. Here you can find his bricked home since the childhood, which is preserved as a national museum. Also, you can enjoy other cultural aspects in this district, including music, art, and architecture.

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