Strangest places in South Africa


So you’re going on a trip to the Cradle of Humankind or where ever. It gets a bit boring just travelling to Durban Beach or Cape Town. Let’s show you some of South Africa’s strangest places to spark some travel inspiration and help you regain your wanderlust.

  1. Eco Shrine, Hogsback – Eastern Cape

Visitors can lose themselves in an enigmatic landscape of paintings and sculptures overlooking the Hogsback Mountains and Tyume Valley. Diana Graham constructed the Eco-Shrine in 1995 and over the years it has become a major attraction in Hogsback. This unique attraction has won several awards.

  1. Big Pineapple, Bathhurst

I’ve got a pen… I’ve got an apple… This extraordinary pineapple stands at a height of 16.7m with three stories inside. The entire structure was constructed of fibreglass, steel and concrete. What’s inside this big pineapple? On the ground floor, guests can purchase various pineapple products and curious. On the first floor, tourists will be presented with tourist information and displays. On the second floor, visitors can watch a DVD presentation of the Eastern Cape pineapple industry.

  1. Spider Lady, Hanover

Even if you hate spiders, you’d still be compelled to visit this strange place in South Africa. Marie de Jager has transformed her home into a living museum of spiders. Don’t worry though, they’re all locked in secure cages. The Spider Crab is considered to be one of the most venomous spiders in her collection.

  1. Giant Flag Project, Graaff Reinet

This amazing project is a vision that’s still a work in progress. The Giant Flag Project aims to construct and grow a giant South African flag made out of coloured desert cacti and succulents and solar panels. Funding for this project relies on members of the public making donations by way of donating a plant. Read more about this fascinating project.

  1. Adam’s Calendar

There are whispers going around that Adam’s Calendar is the oldest man-made structure in the world. Locals often refer to this odd formation located in Mpumalanga as the “African Stonehenge”. Bet you’re wondering what this strange place is. Adam’s Calendar is a standing circle approximately 30 metres in diameter. It is said that this formation is about 75 000 years old.

  1. Seal Island, Cape Town

This isn’t so much a strange location as it is fascinating. We encourage visitors to Cape Town to take a cruise to Seal Island where the Cape fur seals are gathered on their little haven. Visitors should bring a pair of binoculars to take full advantage of the experience, especially since the island is also visited by sharks, dolphins and whales.

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