Cruise on still waters: Knysna Lagoon (South Africa Tourism)

Top 5 things to do in South Africa in September

1st September 2011

Five more top tips on what to do in South Africa in September

Hazel Plush

1. Cruise on still waters 

Knysna Lagoon, Western Cape

Anchors aweigh! The tranquil waters of Knysna Lagoon are perfect for a houseboat trip – and by heading out in September, you’ll beat the summer crowds.

2. Run for the train

The Great Train Race, Eastern Cape 

The Apple Express steam train regularly trundles from Port Elizabeth to Thornhill. However, if you’re feeling active, pitch yourself against it in September’s Great Train Race – and see if you can outrun it all the way.

3. Take a tipple

Bosman Weekend, Groot Marico, North West Province

Herman Charles Bosman’s short story Willem Prinsloo’s Peach Brandy celebrates the potency of Groot Marico’s Mampoer (peach brandy). His legacy – and love of a good drink – is now honoured in an annual literary festival.

4. Journey to the past

Sterkfontein Caves, Gauteng

When archeologists stumbled across 3.5 million-year-old pre-human remains, Sterkfontein Caves were dubbed ‘The Cradle of Humankind’.  The discovery is closely guarded, but it’s still possible to explore.

5. Join a royal celebration

The Royal Reed Dance, Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal

This four-day celebration is a rite of passage for the young maidens of KwaZulu-Natal. It is a royal event, but visitors are made welcome.

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