What to See when Visiting South Africa

Whether you go on vacation for beautiful beaches, or vibrant nightlife, hiking or relaxing, in South Africa, you will find everything you could want from a vacation destination. South Africa is a country full of vibrant culture and stunning wildlife. Its moderate climate means that it is a great destination year-round, but travel experts suggest going in May before popular tourist places get too crowded. It is also recommended that you rent a car to be able to take full advantage of all that South Africa has to offer.

 

Natural Beauty:

South Africa is known for its landscape that encompasses savannahs, mountains, and beaches. One of the most recognizable features of South Africa is Table Mountain in Cape Town, a mountain that towers above the city. Tourists can choose to hike up to the top, which will take you about one day, or ride a cable car that will take five minutes. On either side of Table Mountain are Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head which give the city its distinct skyline. Rivers are vital to the South African economy by providing irrigation for agriculture. Rivers, such as the Orange River on South Africa’s border with Namibia also provide activities for adventurers. River rafting companies cater trips for paddlers of all experience levels, and the opportunity to go into the middle of nature is an experience that visitors will remember forever.

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Wildlife:

One of the chief reasons that visitors go to South Africa is to see the Big 5: Leopard, Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, and Rhinoceros. South Africa has many game reserves and national parks for tourists to visit to see these animals up close. Named South Africa’s first national park in 1926, Kruger National Park encompasses more than 7,500 square miles. Apart from the Big 5, the park is home to nearly 150 species of animal. There are 21 rest camps within the park for visitors, as well as options for catered accommodation. In Cape Town, visitors can go to see the more than 3000 penguins at Boulders Beach, site of one of the largest penguin colonies in the world. From the beach, it is also possible to see dolphins and whales swimming in the distance.

 

Cruising in South Africa gives you a front row seat to hippos and crocodiles that frequent South Africa’s rivers. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can rent kayaks to paddle along the predominantly serene waters and scout the wildlife at eye-level.

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World Class Food and Vibrant Nightlife:

South African vineyards trace back more than three hundred years. There are several routes that travel through the heart of South African wine country. Visitors can stop at the vineyards learn about the industry.  The big cities in South Africa such as Cape Town and Johannesburg offer exciting nightlife for tourists. Whether you are looking for theater, fine dining, or live music, you will find something that suits your tastes in South Africa.

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No matter where you go, South Africa will surprise you with its friendly people, natural beauty, and adventurous spirit.