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Top 5 things to do in South Africa in July

Slurp up a speciality: Wanderlust's top five things to do in South Africa in July

The great sardine run (South Africa Tourism)

1. Celebrate ‘Madiba’

Nelson Mandela Day

18 July is International Nelson Mandela Day, so mark the occasion by learning more about ‘Madiba’ himself. Take a trip to Robben Island, join a tour of his childhood home in Qunu, and visit the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha.

2. Slurp up a speciality

Knysna Oyster Festival, Western Cape

Every July the streets of Knysna are brought to life by the Oyster Festival, a ten-day celebration of the Western Cape’s finest catch – washed down with a glass (or three) of the local wineries’ finest.


3. Languish in the lake

Lake St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal

Humidity is at a low, rainfall is minimal – what better time to explore Lake St Lucia? Hire a bike, make your way out in a canoe, or just float off on a luxuriously sedentary fishing trip.

4. Have a flutter 

Sun City, North West Province

Sun City is a little piece of Las Vegas in SA, with casino hotels, elaborate stage shows and even a ‘roaring lagoon’ that swells with artificial waves. Fabulously decadent.

5. Pick a winner 

Vodacom Durban July , KwaZulu-Natal

The Durban July is South Africa’s answer to the Royal Ascot races, and one of South Africa’s premier sporting events. Get swept up in the nationwide excitement – can you pick the next big winner?

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