The five main tourist destinations of the cantons to visit
The travel-filled Easter period has reignited some people’s desire to get to know their country better.
Among the many tourist destinations in the surrounding area, establishments in the township have raised their hands to ensure that people have more options for this getaway trip. Township tourism has grown and technology has allowed these establishments to become even more accessible to travellers.
Although townships may have their struggles, they have come out of their shell in terms of tourism offerings, becoming friendlier and better at serving the travel market.
“Township tourism is no longer a portrait of poverty but a celebration of our nation’s transformation and development. South Africa offers world-class destinations and incredible cultural experiences, and a platform like ours has been created to showcase these special destinations,” said Tshepo Matlou, Marketing and Communications Manager at Online Booking Jurni .
He said travel is a good teacher, even for domestic travelers, people can learn a lot about their country by visiting different parts of their country.
Here are the top five tourist destinations in the townships of South Africa:
The annual festival is a celebration of African music, fashion, food and drink. It takes place in the small town of Phalaborwa towards the far north of the country.
World famous Vilakazi street
The street holds a unique place in the history books, not only locally but internationally, as it is the only street in the world to have housed two Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, whose old houses are now museums.
The street is usually a hive of activity with bustling restaurants including Sakhumzi and Makhelwani restaurants, as well as Vilakazi restaurant. This is the kind of atmosphere that every South African should feel at least once in their life!
Imbizo Busy Corner Shisanyama
Given the importance of braais in South African collective culture, this list wouldn’t be complete without the big cheese of local buy-and-braai restaurants, known as ‘shisanyamas’.
The restaurant in the bustling township of Ivory Park, which is next to Tembisa in the town of Ekurhuleni, is more than that. It’s also an urban landmark and cultural hotspot, attracting international and domestic visitors curious to know what it’s all about. It also offers some of the best braai and pap around.
Max’s lifestyle in Umlazi, Durban
Another nationally popular shisanyama is Max’s Lifestyle in Umlazi, Durban. The meaty restaurant is more of a host for high-end fashion and luxury cars, as well as bottles of expensive drinks.
For adrenaline junkies, Graskop Gorge in Mpumalanga, which is near Hazyview and Bushbuckridge, is the perfect getaway for a fix. The tourist attraction sits on the breathtaking green ecosystem of the scenic route and offers travelers the opportunity to experience the lift, the big swing and the zipline, among other outdoor activities.
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