Africa Travel Articles
Top 10 Reasons To Visit South Africa
Author: Sandra Mallinson
Date: February 2013
What is your idea of an ideal holiday break? Maybe it's spending time with friends and family exploring new places. Perhaps it's meeting interesting people, trying exciting activities like hiking, horse riding and game viewing. Or is it just lazy lunches in beautiful surroundings and soaking up the sunshine on a sandy beach?
Welcome to a country where you can have it all - South Africa. Take a look at our top 10 reasons to visit this phenomenal country.
Cape Town definitely has the best selection of beaches from fashionable Camps Bay to Boulders Beach with its dinner-jacketed penguins. But all the way along South Africa’s Garden Route and KwaZulu-Natal's Indian Ocean coastline are long stretches of bright white sand with the water getting warmer the further north you go - there are even tropical coral reefs up at Rocktail Bay.
The Kruger Park is the place to go for the Big 5, right? Sure, but this country has so many great big 5 reserves. Try an exclusive South Africa safari in the world-renowned Sabi Sands; some family time in Madikwe Private Reserve; or a safari and beach holiday in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province – tell us what you want and we can suggest a safari to match your tastes and budget.
#3 Food & Wine
When you visit Cape Town we’d highly recommend a trip out to (or better still a few days in) the Cape Winelands: travel from farm to beautiful farm, sampling wines in cool cellars and on vine-covered patios, and don't forget to stop for lunch in one of the world’s top restaurants tucked away in the Franschhoek Valley. Or indulge in a gourmet getaway in the bottle-green hills of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, before easing any twinge of guilt with a hike into the foothills of the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains.
#4 Outdoor Activities
With plenty of sunshine, mountains, sea and rivers, South Africans tend to treat their country like one massive playground. Here is just a taste of what there is out there: hiking to the top of Table Mountain; horse riding in the Drakensberg Mountains; cage-diving with great white sharks; whale watching in Hermanus; paragliding over Cape Town’s beaches; walking safaris in Kruger; cycling through the Cape Winelands; forest canopy tours on the Garden Route ... it’s all there for the taking.
I’ve often heard visitors comment on the fact that South Africans smile a lot, and yes, we are a friendly bunch so take the time to meet new people and find out a bit about our many fascinating cultures. And if you’re going on a safari in the Kruger Park ask about getting involved in community outreach programmes
Did you know that Durban, Ballito and the beaches of the KwaZulu-Natal Coast average over 300 days of sunshine a year? Enough said!