South Africa, probably the only country that offers everything a traveler seeks, from beautiful seas to astonishing mountains, pristine landscapes and heavenly cuisines. Most of the world’s species are found in this country including venomous snakes like Black Mamba or biggest land mammal on the planet clever Meerkats and cute African Penguins. The infamous-for-poverty country has many positive sides too and those sides attract people from across the world. We will make you familiarize with Africa while telling you where you should visit experience the desired adventure.
1. Cape Town: One of the most breathtaking cities in the world surrounded by nature at every step. One could say the city sits in the laps of the mountain. Crowned as the world’s most visited city, Capetown is famous for its multicultural environment, mouth watering ethnic cuisine and wine. There are mountains to trek to and seas to dive in, pristine white sandy beaches to be laid at and pure air to breathe in. Sailing is another activity that woos tourists, well, who wouldn’t like to sail in deep blue ocean and watch the see from another point.
Table Mountains: Not to forget the iconic Table flat top table mountain which offers two-hour trekking trip to the peak and once atop there’s UNESCO protected Botanical Garden one must. What’s the point of making the trip if you miss out on something worth seeing? And yeah those with low on stamina can take the cable car to the peak.
2. Durban: Renowned for ‘Golden Mile’ and array of beaches where surfing lovers come flocking into the shark-free zone to have a thrilling moment or two, Durban is a place with Indian and African influences and it has witnessed colonial ruling period. Rest ashore, get a tan and see the vast horizon meeting the sea. Nearby pubs and restaurants cooking delicacies are enough to calm your hunger. Go and check the Marine World Aquarium, see Dolphins in action, dine while the Sharks will have your heart throbbing. Animal lovers can head to iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal, not far from Durban, safari tours and kayaking are a few activities that the area features for its more than 526 species of Birds as well as rhino, lion, leopards turtles and a pure natural habitat to live in, not like permanently living.
3. The Drakensberg: How about a place with nature and nature only with jagged mountains, lush green landscapes and squirting waterfalls? That’s what the Drakensberg aka Dragon Mountains is all about. The place is also South Africa’s highest summit wrapped in splendid. Take a trekking trip, camp on the grounds catch fishes and feast and watch historical monuments spread nearby. In the vicinity lies Royal Natal National Park with valleys full thick forest and many hundreds of flower and plants species, whether you visit during winters when it’s cloaked in white or in summers when pristine and clear water gushes down the mountains, Drakensberg is any time visit spot.
4. Garden Route: A scenic area stretched to 125 miles, from western cape to Eastern Cape, is probably among the most beautiful coastal region in the world. Famous for driving routes cruising through, lagoons, coastal towns and all encased in mesmerizing greens, Beware, the awe-inspiring scene may leave you hypnotized. The Garden Route asks to visit Garden Route National Park comprising stunning gorges and dense forests and diverse wildlife. The region said to be housing over 300 varieties of birds as well as the coastal area where seals and dolphins can be seen. What else would one need on vacation?
5. The Winelands: Wine is something to be fond of and South Africa doesn’t disappoint in that department either. The Winelands are located around northeast of African capital Cape Town, rushing through green valleys to the fields where the process of wine making starts. Boland Basin where maximum numbers of wineries are located produces some of the best award-winning wines. Get a taste of them at the ground zero, drifting through the wine routes explore the wine country and bring a bottle of wine or two as a memento.
6. Hermanus: If you got a thing for Cetacea then this place is for you and yeah Cetacea is a whale. Every year these humongous sea mammals migrate to breed during that time they come as close as one can see. The coastal cliff has several telescopes installed that a tourist can use to whale watch. The spot itself is a mesmerizing place with crystal blue sea surrounded by gigantic basalt mountains. Do not forget to visit the whale museum for some history and information on these sea mammals. The reason someone takes a vacation is not only to visit a foreign land but to also gain a peace of mind away from the commotion, the perfect beaches would do just that. Lie down and let the sun work up your body, giving it a tan and some Vitamin D.
7. Kruger National Park: Spread around 2 million hectares, this park falls on the list of oldest reserves and is one of the most famous sanctuaries for wildlife with its large number of flora and fauna and dense categories of animals. You should be easily able to access the Kruger as it only takes 3-4 hours of drive from Johannesberg. History lovers will find archaeological sites and ancient paintings along with the living specimen of ferocious lions, rhino, buffalo and largest land mammals. Walk through the reserve in a safari trip or fly above in hot air balloons or go for 4×4 safari drive and witness the intensity in close encounters with the ‘Big Five.’ The park also organizes romantic park safari for the those wanting spend their time with loved ones in wild. See the bond between animals and whatever you do, respect the wild. You should
8. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: Also known as Kalahari Transfrontier Park, the reserve shelters some of the most exotic animals like Gemsbok (not antelope), Springbok, CLionsh, lions etc. The red sands combined with deep skies give the Kalahari a contrast making it ideal for photography. When names such as Springbok and Cheetah strikes, also strikes the scene NGC kept telecasting where a Cheetah tries to catch a tiny springbok, hardly anyone would have missed that footage. A four wheel safari is recommended to explore the park further.
9. Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve: It’s the place for God’s window. Not real god but the sight is so majestic. It could easily be titled as most scenic place and panoramic route in the whole South Africa. You wouldn’t believe what your eyes would see. Beautiful gorges, and gushing waterfalls and the rivers alongside rock formation, all bundled to one place. The highest point for the God’s window reaches around 700m and if the weather is clear the day you take the trip, you might even get to see Kruger National Park from atop. There’s nothing much to do apart from sightseeing, river rafting and a tad bit of boating.
10. Addo Elephant National Park: Africa is also known for its elephants, the biggest ones and this park holds a lot of them. One of the biggest parks in South Africa, Addo is famous for the rich population of elephants, Antelope, Ostriches as well as Hyenas and Lions are the member of the sanctuary, all living in harmony. Have a safari trip or guided walk into the park and return famished and tired. Dive on the food prepared from locally produced ingredients at one of the restaurants.
South Africa is the closest call to nature with research tracing roots of mankind across the globe to this land only. Also, this is the only country in the world with three capitals i.e Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein, all for different reasons. The country is rich in resources too with 40% of world’s gold coming out from here. So much gold and yet so much poverty, Guess Colonials. While you at SA, savor South African cuisine and its cultural diversity.
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