9 Reasons to Visit South Africa
When you think of South Africa, you will likely think of the wildlife, and while you certainly won’t be disappointed, this is far from all the country has to offer. From cosmopolitan cities, diverse cultures and communities, backpacking and thrill-seeking through the wild, exquisite wine and delicious dining experiences at luxury safari lodges, this vibrant country has something for every kind of traveler. It’s also a great destination in terms of weather all year round. Here are 9 reasons why you should plan a visit to South Africa for your next holiday.
- Incredible Wildlife
South Africa is home to over 300 species of mammals and 850 species of bird. The Kruger National Park is a particular highlight, which is over half the size of the Netherlands in itself. You can book private or group safari tours, where you can try and spot some of the country’s most famous animals, including lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo, as well as plenty of warthogs. If you go to the Cape Town beaches, you can see wild penguins, and if you head out to sea, you may also be able to spot some whales.
- Exciting Adventure
South Africa offers travelers just about every adrenaline-fueled adventure there is, and then some, including bungee jumping, paragliding, skydiving, kite surfing, abseiling, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, deep-sea fishing, surfing, scuba diving, skiing, caving, ostrich riding and even shark cage diving.
- World-Class Wine
Wine is one of South Africa’s most famous exports, with many claiming it to be the best in the world. It is also home to one of the oldest wine regions, Constantia, having been founded in 1685. Why not take advantage of your time in South Africa and visit some of the wineries which offer tasting sessions?
- Delicious and Exotic Food
South Africa is incredibly varied and exciting when it comes to food, including exotic meats, you’ll struggle to find anywhere else. South African food has been influenced by the indigenous population, as well as the French, Malaysians Dutch, Indians and Malaysians.
- Interesting and Unique History
South Africa is a place associated with apartheid and Nelson Mandela’s role as an anti-apartheid revolutionary, philanthropist and President of South Africa (1994-99). There are many museums in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, which take visitors into the history of apartheid.
- Warm and Reliable Weather
Sun-worshippers will not be disappointed. South Africa is hot during our UK winter, but during their winter (our summer), it is still much warmer than we in the UK are used to.
- Accommodation to Suit Every Budget
There are South Africa holiday packages to suit every budget. If you’re looking for luxury, there are plenty of options to suit you with terrific accommodation and food, but travelers on a budget will also find it easy to get by.
- Fantastic Beaches
South Africa has some fantastic beaches, but Cape Town is where you’ll find the best, such as Camps Bay, Clifton, Glen Beach, Muizenberg Llandudno or the famous Boulders Beach with its very own penguins.
- Easy to Travel Around
Traveling around South Africa is easy to do thanks to the quality highways, so renting a car for a self-driven road trip is a very popular way to get around. There is also a reliable bus service or organized tours, which will take you from place to place.