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Top 5 things to do in South Africa in December

Finish the year in style: top five things to do in December in South Africa

Bo-Kaap: an intoxicating blend of Dutch and Islamic influences (South Africa Tourism)

1. Feel the rhythm 

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, Western Cape

An intoxicating blend of Dutch and Muslim influence, Bo-Kaap is one of the most vibrant suburbs of Cape Town. Spend a morning exploring the Cape Dutch and Edwardian streets, then seek shade in a quiet café.

2. Have a prehistoric picnic

Modjadji Cycad Reserve, Limpopo

High up in the Lobedu Mountains live the hardy Cycads, some of the world’s oldest plants. They’re in seed this month, so grab a picnic spot and enjoy the view.

3. Look to the stars

Sutherland, Western Cape

Thanks to its clear, unpolluted skies, Sutherland is a Mecca for astronomers the world over. Take a tour of the Observatory and the imposing SALT (Southern African Large Telescope), or just spend the night counting stars from the comfort of a bivouac.

4. Take a stroll with the elephants 

Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape

AENP was established in 1931 as a sanctuary for just 11 elephants, but its star residents now total over 450. Get up close on walking safaris and game drives.

5. Find your own Christmas grotto

Grotto Beach, Western Cape

If you’re sick of December drizzle, Grotto Beach is the perfect place to spend Christmas Day – and any other day for that matter! Swap turkey for a beach-side braai (barbecue) and soak up the sunshine.

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