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Top 5 things to do in South Africa in October

Don't miss these top five things to do in South Africa, this month

The Drakensberg Mountains are dotted with original San rock are (South Africa Tourism)

1.  Discover hidden treasures

Drakensberg Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal

The Drakensberg range is dotted with original San rock art – over 22,000 paintings in recent counts. Clear spring conditions are perfect for tackling the web of hiking routes, and for hunting out your own masterpieces.

2. Explore Cederberg

Cederberg Mountains, Western Cape 

October brings clear skies and warm days – perfect for hiking. Keep a keen eye out for baboons, caracals  and rheboks among the craggy sandstone formations.

3. Get around on two wheels 

The Langkloof, Eastern Cape

Sandwiched between the Tsitsikamma and Kouga mountains, the Langkloof is a deep, lush valley. Spring conditions are excellent for cycling – and, if starting from the west, the gradient is almost entirely in your favour.

4. Get steamy   

Outeniqua Choo Tjoe, Western Cape

The Outeniqua steam train is a charming way to see the impressive coastline between George and Mossel Bay. Forest fires often disrupt services in the summer, but trains run smoothly in spring.

5. Breathe in the blossoms

Pretoria, Gauteng Province

Every spring Pretoria’s streets are dusted with the lilac blooms of jacaranda trees. Life runs slowly here, so adjust your pace and take in the city’s leafy terraced gardens and the glorious Burgers Park.

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