Here are the top 10 most popular destinations in South Africa when Love Island ends

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Searches for South Africa are up 88 percent since the country’s most popular reality show, Love Island, returned to TV screens.

The sun may be setting on this year’s islander experiences in South Africa, but for those looking to book a trip to the southern hemisphere of their own, leading booking platform GetYourGuide has revealed the top 10 most popular places and activities to visit, based on booking dates from its website.

From whale watching in Gansbaai to a sunrise hike at Lion’s Head in Cape Town, there’s something for everyone.

Here’s what you need to know about the best experiences in South Africa.

Top 10 most popular travel destinations in South Africa

1. Cape Town

This city is famous for all the right reasons. Surrounded by nature and beautiful beaches, it is home to one of the new seven wonders of the world, Lion’s Head. Why not hike early in the morning and enjoy the panoramic views of Cape Town as the sun rises over Table Mountain?

Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest city and the departure point for boats that travel to Robben Island, the infamous prison that once held Nelson Mandela and is now a museum.

2. Hartbeesport

Hartbeespoort is just a 45 minute drive from Johannesburg and 35 minutes from Pretoria.

A wonderful way to spend an afternoon is on an unforgettable safari, spotting Africa’s most famous predators such as hyenas and leopards, as well as free-roaming antelope.

3. Johannesburg

South Africa’s largest city is a vibrant center full of cultural must-dos.

From exploring the music scene in Johannesburg to immersing yourself in the city’s rich history, there’s plenty to do.

Johannesburg is South Africa’s most diverse, progressive and dynamic city, the country’s best showcase for activism and optimism.

4. Durban

Why not take a road trip to Durban and zigzag across the Sani Pass? You will enjoy spectacular views of the Drakensberg.

The Indian and colonial influences in this South African beach town are unmistakable and the mix of cultures and architecture makes Durban unique in South Africa.

5. Port Elizabeth

Located on the Indian Ocean, Port Elizabeth offers scenic beaches and breathtaking views. So what better way than to take a relaxing cruise along the majestic Sundays River from the water.

The marine life in the bay is also sensational, with plenty of dolphins and whales to be seen year-round.

6. Plettenberg Bay

The caves of Plettenberg Bay are a journey through time, lined with ancient artefacts from the Middle Stone Age.

This rocky peninsula is perfect for those after an adventure. Swap bikinis for wetsuits and learn how to climb, swim and rappel over waterfalls and through gorges.

7. Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape, a subtropical coast of South Africa, experiences rising temperatures in summer but sees snowfall in winter.

From lush tropical forests to uninhabited expanses of desert, and from laid-back hammock time to adrenaline-pumping adventures, the Eastern Cape offers a wide range of topography and experiences.

Despite the changing seasons, it is home to the Addo Elephant National Park, which is not only home to elephants but also to all of the Big 5.

8. Knysna

Separated by about 300 meters of water, the Knysna Heads form the headlands of two peninsulas that enclose and form the mouth of the Knysna River.

Recreate an islander’s romantic date by sailing the Indian Ocean, glass of bubbly in hand, discovering the crystal clear waters and panoramic views of the Knysna Heads.

9. Mossel Bay

Located at the west end of a scenic stretch of coast known as the Garden Route, Mossel Bay is a popular tourist destination known for its natural beauty and beaches

Into the nature? Visit Botlierskop Private Game Reserve where you can get up close and personal with rhino, lion, giraffe, buffalo and more.

10. Gansbai

This hidden gem is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of beautiful orcas, humpback and false killer whales, and adorable African penguins.

What was once a sleepy fishing village of a few hundred residents has blossomed into a thriving tourist hotspot, attracting thousands of visitors from around the world.

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