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Top 5 things to do in South Africa in May

Wanderlust's top five things to do in South Africa, in May

Get lost in the woods: Knysna forests (South Africa Tourism)

1. Get lost in the forest

Knysna Forests, Western Cape

The legendary wild Knysna elephants are close to extinction, but the forests are still home to countless louries, vervet monkeys and blue duiker. Take the 9km Arboretum Trail through Diepwalle Forest to spy Big Tree, a huge 600-year-old yellowwood.

2. Enjoy a local tipple

Calitzdorp Port Festival, Western Cape

The port capital of South Africa opens up its cellars to the public, hosting tasting sessions and impromptu parties over the first weekend in May.


3. Cast a line

Rhodes, Eastern Cape

Rhodes’ secluded riverside spots and mountain streams are not only sparklingly fresh, but also hopping with rainbow and brown trout – perfect for fly fishing.

4. Poke around the Port

Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Take a trip back to the 1800s in Port Elizabeth’s remarkably well-preserved historic centre. Stroll along the  quaint Victorian Donkin Street, climb to the top of Fort Frederick and explore the cavernous City Hall.

5. Wander the Western Cape

Boesmanskloof Traverse, Western Cape

A 14km tramp through the Riviersonderend Mountains will take you from the waterfalls of Greyton to the rustic hamlet of McGregor. The mountain views are impressive, and the trail is relatively easy-going.

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