Six reasons to visit South Africa

With the South African Rand at an all time low, now has never been a better time to visit this majestic country. South Africa is a land rich in natural beauty and diversity and offers something for everyone, no matter which province you visit – from wildlife enthusiasts to sun worshippers to foodies and wine connoisseurs.

History and Culture

Although a relatively new country, South Africa has much to offer in terms of history and culture. If you’re interested in history, visit the many museums (such as the Bo-Kaap museum in Cape Town), take a trip to Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years or visit the battle sites of the Anglo-Boer and Anglo-Zulu wars in KwaZulu Natal. For the culture buffs, book a show at the theatre,  go to a music concert or visit an art gallery. South Africans love going to outdoor music concerts (well, they are blessed with mostly good weather afterall.). In Cape Town you can go to ones at Kirstenbosch and in Durban the Durban Botanical Gardens has outdoors concerts by the lake. Take a picnic!

Nelson Mandela's prison cell on Robben Island

Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island

Magnificent beaches

South Africa’s coastline stretches for over 2,500 km. That’s a lot of beaches. The Indian Ocean runs all the way from KwaZulu Natal to the Cape and then the Cape also has the Atlantic Ocean, so expect some beaches to have pretty chilly water. If you’re in the Cape, be sure to visit Cape Agulhas, which is the southern-most tip of Africa and is where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Be sure to visit Boulders Beach if you’re in Cape Town and see the penguins.

Penguins at Boulders Beach in Cape Town

Penguins at Boulders Beach in Cape Town

Majestic mountains

Cape Town’s Table Mountain is, of course, iconic but South Africa has many more beautiful mountains. The Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal is a fantastic place to stay, hike, fish and relax. Another truly breathtaking mountain range in KwaZulu Natal is the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Then there’s the Swartberg range in the Western Cape. In fact, here’s a list.

Award-winning wine

Although many old world wine connoisseurs may turn their noses up at South African wine, the numerous Gold awards prove that when it comes to wine, South Africa is most definitely on the map.  Pay a visit to the winelands of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, which are about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Or, if you’re really pressed for time visit Cape Town’s Groot Constantia – the oldest vineyard in South Africa, dating back to the 1600s.

Chocolate and wine tasting at Laborie in Paarl

Chocolate and wine tasting at Laborie in Paarl

Rich marine life

From Dolphins in KwaZulu Natal to penguins, seals and whales in the Cape, South Africa’s marine life is second to none. There are also diving spots, aquariums and uShaka Marine World in Durban.

Safari

A trip to South Africa would not be complete without going on a safari. From luxurious tented safari camps in the Kruger National Park to private game reserves with rooms by a waterhole, you are truly spoilt for choice.

So…have you booked your flight yet?

Here’s why Cape Town is the jewel in South Africa’s crown.

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