At the mention of Africa, the first thing that comes to mind for many is South Africa. It is one of the most sought-after destinations of the Dark Continent.
South Africa is in the southernmost region of Africa. The neighboring countries include Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho.
South Africa has a rich and diverse cultural history. In fact, there are 11 official languages in South Africa. Because of its multi-ethnicity, South Africa is nicknamed the “Rainbow Nation”. Furthermore, around 80% of the population in South Africa is black. There are also a few tribes living in South Africa. One of the most famous is the Zulu tribe.
South Africa encompasses the most diverse landscape of the Dark Continent. The South African countryside ranges from mountains, forests, deserts, grasslands, to savannahs.
If you are wondering about where to go for the ultimate trip of a lifetime, then you should consider South Africa for a safari vacation. The rainbow nation offers a broad spectrum of activities, such as wildlife sightings, outdoor adventures, as well as an unforgettable culinary experience. Who said that you can’t have it all!
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in Africa. The Park spreads over 7,000 square miles. The Kruger National Park is well-renowned for its game drives and offers the ultimate safari experience.
The Kruger National Park harbors a broad diversity of wildlife. There are over 500 bird species, 147 types of mammals, and over 100 reptile species roaming freely throughout the park. The Park is the perfect destination to gaze at the Big Five animals. The Kruger Park was originally founded to protect the endangered white rhinoceros. As a result, the Kruger National Park has the largest population in the world of white rhinoceros.
Sabi Sands Game Reserve
The Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve borders the Kruger National Park.
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve offers a unique experience to tourists. You will be staying in luxurious accommodations. Many view the safari lodges of the Sabi Sands as the best ones in South Africa.
Game drives are the primary activity offered to the visitors of the Sabi Sands. You are more likely to catch a glimpse of the elusive leopard in the Sabi Sands than in the Kruger National Park.
The Sabi Sands is privately owned. Thus, the game drive vehicles are allowed to go off-road and follow the wildlife into the bushes. Moreover, you can go on night drives and observe the wildlife from another perspective.
Scenic Views Adventures
Cape Town is known by many as the “Mother City in South Africa.” It is among the most popular destinations in South Africa. Cape Town has a lot to offer to its visitors! There are many famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest building in South Africa.
Another popular attraction to add to your itinerary is Robben Island, located off the coast of Cape Town. Robben Island gained notoriety during the Apartheid years because of its prison. Many political prisoners were held captive on the Island. The most famous one was the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. Also, keep your eyes peeled to spot a famous inhabitant of the Island, the African penguins!
Cape Town is the home to an iconic landmark, Table Mountain. This is a flat-topped mountain and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. To reach the top of Table Mountain, two options are available to tourists:
- Cable Car: This allows you to reach the top of Table Mountain without breaking a sweat! Enjoy the picturesque scenery along the way.
- Hiking: Many hiking trails are available. The most popular trail crosses through the Platteklip Gorge. The trail encompasses a unique fynbos vegetation, forests, and a few waterfalls. If you don’t want to wander for hours, hire a mountain guide to reach the summit quickly.
South Africa is well renowned for its gourmet cuisine and its excellent wine. The Cape Winelands region is located just outside Cape Town. This is the perfect holiday destination for all the wine lovers out there. The Cape Winelands region harbors the best wine routes in South Africa.
Here are 3 of the most popular within the region:
- Franschhoek: Founded by French Huguenots in 1688. This wine route harbors more than 40 wine producers. So why not go on a wine tasting safari! The Franschhoek district also offers excellent gourmet cuisine.
- Stellenbosch: There are more than 200 wine producers along this route. Stellenbosch is the wine capital of South Africa. The Stellenbosch American Express Wine Route is the oldest and therefore the most famous.
- Paarl: The Paarl wine route encloses about 70 wine producers. The size of the wineries ranges from large wine companies to family-owned estates. The Paarl region produces many excellent wines such as the Shiraz, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon and the Chenin Blanc.
The Garden Route stretches between Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth. The Route follows the southeastern coastline of South Africa.
Embark on the Garden Route for a self-drive safari adventure. This scenic route is the ideal safari experience for the travelers who like to be in charge.
Garden Route traverses different picturesque landscape such as beaches, forests, lakes, and lagoons. A self-drive safari along the Garden Route allow you to combine various activities. You can spend some time at the beach, go on game drives or experience the South African gourmet cuisine! The Garden Route adventure caters to all types of travelers since it offers endless possibilities.
The Garden Route showcases all the highlights of the South African experience!
The Rainbow Nation Awaits You!
South Africa is one of the few African countries that is malaria-free. So the rainbow nation is the destination of choice for a family holiday. Especially if you don’t want your kids to take anti-malaria medications.
Cape Town offers fabulous landmarks to visit. Whereas the Kruger National Park is the place to go for game drives. Lastly, you must include in your itinerary the Cape Winelands region. Even though you are not a wine connoisseur, sample some of the best South African wines!
There is so much to see and do that only one vacation stay won’t be enough to explore the Rainbow Nation fully!
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