The Strangest Tourist Attractions Found in South Africa

A typical trip to South Africa involves safaris and hiking adventures. Or, perhaps, you’d love to visit the bustling international market that is Cape Town. It’s important to note, however, that this country has much more to offer than just its amazing wildlife and markets. To be specific, it also has exotic cuisines and a diverse culture that you will surely enjoy. Plus, there are also some whimsically unusual attractions in this popular tourist destination. So, if you want to experience some unusual activities, you can visit the strangest tourist attractions in South Africa.

The Shoe House – Mpumalanga


Have you ever heard of the nursery rhyme about a little old lady living in a shoe? Well, the Shoe House made this nursery rhyme a reality. The best part is that you can stay in this adorable little shoe-shaped house and can enjoy its various attractions.

Aside from having a guesthouse, the Shoe House also has a cave, curio shop, small museum, and tea garden. All these features will surely make you feel like you’re living in a fictional world.

The Big Pineapple – Bathurst


One of the strangest tourist attractions in South Africa is the Big Pineapple. As its name implies, this place is, well, a huge artificial pineapple. Aside from that, it is also Bathurst’s most iconic monument.

At South Africa’s Big Pineapple, you will not only be amazed by the structure’s whimsical architecture. You can also learn the process of producing pineapples and buy some souvenirs and trinkets in its gift shop. So, if you’re curious about how to grow this tropical fruit, you can stop by this strange but fascinating tourist attraction. It makes for a great photo opp, as well!

Cat Statue – Aberdeen

The cat statue was built in honor of Petronella Lynz. She and her daughter were famous for being the “Cat-Women of Karoo” because they established an orphanage for stray cats. So, if you’re a cat lover, this tourist attraction should be included in your itinerary. Here, you will not only see a huge statue of a cat. There are also hundreds of cats living in this place that you will surely adore.

Owl House – Nieu-Bethesda


The last on this list of strangest tourist attractions in South Africa is the Owl House. Some people may think that this place is quite weird. Nevertheless, it is a visionary environment that has more than 300 statues of people, pyramids, camels, peacocks, and owls. So, if you want to see some beautiful artwork, you can visit this wonderful place.

All in all, these are some of the strangest tourists attractions in South Africa. As you can see, most of these places have some weird features. Even so, they are still great destinations because they can provide some insights into the diverse culture of South Africa.

Maria is a contributor who is passionate about health, fitness, travel, and beauty. During her free time, she tries to discover the beauty hidden in the chaos of today's fast-paced way of life. With a background in health and medicine, she hopes to inspire you to start living a fun, active, and adventurous lifestyle through her writing.

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