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Travel to South African… Oh Yes!

Why You Should Travel to South Africa

Ok, I must say that you should travel to South Africa. It is definitely on my list of countries I want to travel to. South Africa is home to a diverse population, beautiful wildlife and breathtaking scenery. If you are looking for a desert safari and wildlife, South Africa is the ultimate go-to place. You have facilities for wild, adventurous tours, watching elephants, lions, zebras and giraffes in their natural habitat; interacting with the locals and getting a taste of fine cuisine unlike what other tourist attractions can offer.

Here’s how I think I would recommend someone to plan a trip to South Africa:

Blyde River Canyon South Africa

Blyde River Canyon South Africa

The Blyde River Canyon is a significant natural feature of South Africa, located in Mpumalanga, and forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. It is 25 kilometres in length and is, on average, around 750 metres deep. Photo by Lukas Kaffer (Super.lukas)

The Canyon is home to one of the largest glaciers in the world and has lush greenery. You can come here for sight-seeing, hiking, watching wildlife or climbing activities. There’s a reason why the name Blyde itself implies “happy river.” Come and see for yourself.

The Natural Reserve is well-known for God’s Window. You also get to see the most exotic bird species and Kadishi Tufa waterfall, which happens to be the second largest waterfall in the world. It is because of its spell-binding scenery that the Blyde Canyon is also a preferred destination for weddings, conferences and vacations.

You can see the place stretch for miles. Whether you plan to drive through it or go for an adventure, Blyde Canyon makes for a worthy stop. Also, expect amazing photographs.

Kruger National Park of South Africa

A safari through the Kruger National Park offers you a glimpse of the famous Big 5 – elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos. There is a stunning view of rock formations and historical archaeological sites.

The park is a hot favorite for camping, hot air balloon rides and safaris through the lush grasslands and forests.

You have facilities for accommodation; lodging in opulent tents from which you can enjoy outstanding cuisine.

The educational and entertainment opportunities also make it a worthy, lifetime tour for kids.

Table Mountain in South Africa

Table Mountain South Africa

Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. Photographed by Leo za1.

The Table Mountain is popular for the Lion’s head, Devil’s Peak, hiking trails and panoramic views. You have opportunities to discover wildlife in its natural habitat that is not found anywhere else in the world, for instance, the ghost frog.

It is also a well-suiting destination if you’re planning a posh wedding. It is a good way of spending time when you need to get away from every day, monotonous cosmopolitan life and just be out there is natural surroundings. Enjoy breathtaking views of the sunset against the backdrop of the glacier. Whether you want to go for mountain biking, rock-climbing or a drive, you are in for an amazing experience. You won’t regret it.

Cape Town South Africa
Cape Town South Africa

Cape Town is a coastal city in South Africa. It is the second-most populous urban area in South Africa after Johannesburg. It is also the capital and primate city of the Western Cape province. Photographed by Andrew Massyn.

Cape Town offers you a glimpse into the culture and heritage of South Africa with fine, international cuisine, shopping venues, museums, art, music and exotic beaches. You truly learn the essence of Nelson Mandela’s struggle against apartheid. Here’s where you can take a drive to the Table Mountain or enjoy ample opportunities for fine dining, seeing historic landmarks, relaxation and learning about Africa’s history. I personally can’t wait to do several types of fishing once I get there. I have done a lot of research on fishing South Africa and there are many different amazing fishing opportunities down there. Check out some of the links I shared below.

Wineries in South Africa

South Africa has quite a wonderful selection of wineries to choose from. The first wines were produced back in 1659. The heart of South Africa’s wine production is just 45 minutes outside of Cape Town. There is the Rust en Vrede vineyards of Stellenbosch, which has been specializing in producing only red wine with the focus on Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot since 1977. Rust en Vrede also has an award winning very high end restaurant offering a four, six, and six course with wine pairing.  The menu comes with an optional wine pairing highlighting how the combination of food and wine not only compliment but even uplift one another.

Breweries in South Africa

I read a surprising article from the website CraftBru that discussed that when they first published their South African craft breweries list at the start of 2013, it numbered in the 30s. Most noteworthy it is now featuring 215 artisanal beer breweries, cider houses and contract-brewed brands. That is astounding. I recommend checking out their list of craft breweries in South Africa. It is very thorough!

When you land in South Africa, there is a lot that you can do to make your vacation memorable. South Africa has come a long way since the collapse of apartheid and today it truly shows that.  Truly a fascinating place!

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