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10 South African Destinations That Teenagers Will Love

South Africa is full of adventures for teenagers thanks to its wide range of natural wonders. These destinations offer thrilling moments as well as unrivaled experiences for even the most hard to please teenagers in your group.

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1. Kruger National Park

Take a guided night drive that highlights nocturnal animals in the park. Spotlights are used for lighting during the journey. Some camps also offer daybreak excursions that focus on possible predators in the area.

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2. Two Oceans Aquarium

This Cape Town attraction offers diving adventures that give anyone the chance to meet sharks as well as other predators. Exhibits and special events draw attention to certain species and their place in the ecosystem.

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3. Johannesburg Zoo

The popular zoo has tours that include camping and bonfires. Guests also get a behind the scenes look at the animals currently residing on zoo grounds.

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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

4. Plettenberg Bay

This bay is home to boat tours that focus on whales and dolphins. Guests to the area can also experience zipline tours that covers the canopy of Tsitsikamma forest.

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5. Plett Puzzle Park

This unique park features a 3D maze as well as nature walk full of puzzles. It’s a great activity that families can complete together or alone as part of a competition.

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Snorkeling (Francesco Antunes/Flickr)

6. Kosi Bay

This beautiful South African nature reserve features a wide range of activities. Snorkeling is a popular choice that will give any teenager a lesson about reefs as well as fish. Keep in mind that hippos and crocodiles also call the area home.

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African “Jackass” Penguins at Boulders Beach, Cape Town

7. Boulders Beach

Enjoy a relaxing day at this South African destination. A penguin colony calls the beach home and can regularly be seen in the area. Guests are welcome to watch the colony but are discouraged from disturbing any penguins.

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8. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

A five-minute ride takes guests to the top of table mountain. Along the way, teenagers can take in exhilarating views of their surroundings. Once at the top, a cafe offers a quiet lunch or guests can enjoy a thrilling rappel off the mountain top.

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9. uShaka Marine World

Water rides and wildlife encounters are just some of the activities that this South African destination offers guests. A full Wet and Wild theme park is on site with thrilling slides and large pools. Snorkeling adventures also offer a new way to encounter underwater habitats.

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Gold Reef City “Tower of Terror” (Wikimedia Commons)

10. Gold Reef City

This popular theme park features a wide range of thrill rides including the Tower of Terror and Golden Loop. Water rides like Raging River Rapids offer their own adventures for teenagers and families.