10 Reasons to Visit South Africa

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Visiting Cape Town was always on my to-do list, however I never thought that the rest of the country would be as interesting as it turned out to be. I briefly visited Johannesburg in 2010 because of my flight disruption I didn’t enjoy it that much. When I finally managed to come to Cape Town in 2012 as a result of my love affair 😉 and I fell in love with the place at the first sight!

Over the few months I spent living in South Africa I managed to visit various towns on a Garden Route as well as the capital. I also survived a safari and discovered the daily life of Cape Town.

Whether you are interested in backpacking, extreme sports, luxurious safaris or simply delicious food, South Africa is definitely a place you should visit…

Here are some reasons to visit South Africa:

1. Wildlife

When in Africa you cannot miss interacting with wildlife, which is why in my opinion a visit to Kruger National Park is a must! The park, over 20,000km² (2/3 part of the Netherlands!), offers various private and group safari tours. If you’re lucky you can spot the Big Five, if you’re not then at least you’d find yourself surrounded by warthogs aka Pumba from the Lion King, giraffes and elephants. If you’re not into safaris you can meet friendly penguins on the beach or spot some whales.

When visiting Kruger it would be a shame to miss out on all the other great things South Africa has to offer, so it’s worth look at multi centre packages which allow you to combine a safari and other attractions of the country!

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2. Extreme sportsblancdenoir

One would say that South Africa is the adventure capital of the world and I could definitely agree with that statement. I’ve managed to do things like shark cage diving, ostrich riding, bungee jumping, and cave exploration.

3. Wine

South Africa is famous for its wine, which in my opinion is the best wine in the world (sorry France!). There are plenty of wineries to visit all over the country with different types of wine and lots of tasting sessions.

4. Food

South Africa offers a huge variety when it comes to food. Its cuisine has some of the tastiest exotic meats in the world, cooked on traditional braai aka barbecue.seafood

5. History of apartheid

When visiting South Africa it’s impossible not to mention Nelson Mandela’s struggle for freedom. Various museums around Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria can easily educate tourists about apartheid. I highly recommend a trip to Robben Island prison where you can be guided by one of the ex-prisoners.

6. Weather

The weather in South Africa is genuinely great: hot during the European winter, warm over the summer – South African winter. Who wouldn’t like it?
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7. Budget friendly place with luxurious options

South Africa is cheap. You can afford to travel around if you’re on a budget, however if you’d like to treat yourself with some luxurious accommodation, food and methods of traveling, South Africa also gives you that option.

8. Beaches

There are plenty of beaches in South Africa, with Cape Town still holding the title for the best beaches in the country. Cape Town offers some fashionable beaches like Camps Bay, youthful beaches like Clifton, or even beaches with penguins like Boulders Beach.

9. People

In South Africa it’s easy to get around, find a place to stay, have a great meal, or simply connect with friendly locals.

 

One of the countries I really want to revisit is South Africa. This is why! #southafrica #capetown #africa

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10. Easiness of traveling

South Africa offers great infrastructure that allows visitors to travel easily. Thanks to great highways and plenty of car rental agencies it’s easy to organize self-driven holidays. If you’re only backpacking you can simply take a regular bus line or sign up for organized tours or bus trips.

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13 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Mar 24, 2014 / 9:12 am

    the crime outweighs all of those

    • Anonymous
      Apr 1, 2014 / 6:03 pm

      An-one-anus asshole…why dont you put your name down here first before spewing ur White neo nazi vomit??? You talk so much shite in one paragraph you make Hitler look like a fookin genius…are u somewhere int eh ‘white’ paradise of Oz, the asshole end of the world in NZ or the frozen wastes of Kakanada??? Anyway, stay just there where u are fookin ma se bloed poes…en praat jou snot met jou hond, fokken klkierkop kont!!
      SA is the best and safest country int he word, with the nicest people…look at me…anyone who has been in SA longer than an hour realize that immediately…unless u are inbred…

  2. Anonymous
    Mar 24, 2014 / 9:23 am

    There’s a reason that anyone who can lives behind large walls with barb wire…
    In addition to having the most amounts of rapes per average, SA also boasts a high number of carjackings, murders, HIV infections, post-aparthied violence, and many more. It may be nice for a tourist, but take it from someone who left South Africa because of crime, it is fucked up. As a resident you almost always live in fear of the high crime rate.

    • Mar 24, 2014 / 9:41 am

      I disagree… you can say this about pretty much ANY country in the world…

    • Ed Oliver
      Mar 25, 2014 / 5:05 pm

      Bollocks!

    • Ed Oliver
      Mar 25, 2014 / 5:06 pm

      Actually SA and specially CT is awesome!

    • Apr 1, 2014 / 6:16 pm

      99,99% of SA people do NOT live behind high walls…my family do not and we have never had any problems…How many times you been raped dude? I heard in NZ 1 out of every 3 dudes been raped…tsk tsk…so where u now? Sounds like u in a bad space, you obviously hate yourself…I guess it is not easy to love a neo nazi huh!!
      Maybe u can go try and live in Russia…they also hate the bleddy blecks over there…toe toe…gatroer broer…en gaan praat jou naai in jou eie gat…fokken ma naaier!!

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