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Top 10 Reasons To Visit South Africa

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 or trying exciting activities like hiking, horse riding and game viewing. Is it lazy lunches in beautiful surroundings and days spent soaking up the sunshine on a sandy beach?

Welcome to South Africa - where you can have it all! Here are our top 10 reasons to visit this phenomenal country.

#1 BEACHES

Cape Town arguably has the best urban beaches from fashionable Camps Bay to Boulders Beach with its comical penguins. All the way along South Africa’s Garden Route and KwaZulu-Natal's Indian Ocean coastline you'll find long stretches of pristine white sand and lapped by waves that become more balmy the further north you go - there are even tropical coral reefs at Rocktail Bay.

#2 WILDLIFE

The Kruger Park is the most famous Big 5 desintation, but this country has a selection of superb game parks and private reserves. Try an exclusive South Africa safari in the world-renowned Sabi Sands; some family time in Madikwe Private Reserve; or combine game viewing with a beach vacation in the Eastern Cape Province. Our safari experts can combine South Africa's wildernss and seashore assets into a vacation tailored to your dreams.

Visiting South Africa - Cape Town's beautiful beaches are ideal for a summer holiday
Cape Town's Clifton neighbour boasts four picture-perfect beaches drenched in sunshine.
Visiting South Africa - sample some of the best cuisine & wines in the world
Cape Town is Africa's gastronomy capital.
Visiting South Africa - Excellent game viewing is the norm in all the Big 5 game reserves
Experience a thrilling Sabi Sands safari.

#3 FOOD & WINE

When you visit Cape Town we highly recommend spending time in the Cape Winelands, exploring the beautiful estates, sampling award-winning wines in cool cellars and on vine-covered patios, and sampling some of the world's best cuisine in its sumptuous restaurants. On the country's eastern seaboard, indulge in a gourmet getaway in the lush hills of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, fortifying yourself for a comfortable hike in 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 a massive playground. For a taste of  the great outdoors, hike to the top of Table Mountain; horse ride in the Drakensberg Mountains; cage-dive with great white sharks; watch whale in Hermanus; paraglide over Cape Town’s beaches; take a walking safari in the Kruger; cycle through the Cape Winelands; explore the forest canopy in the Garden Route... You need never spend a dull moment!

#5 PEOPLE

Visitors often comment on the fact that South Africans smile a lot... yes, we are a friendly bunch! We are used to visitors and happy to meet new people and passionately recommend our favourite place and things to do. We are a melting pot of many fascinating cultures forming one nation so you'll hear several distinct accents in our English, notice many different faces and taste a rich fusion of flavours in our cuisine. There are many reputable community outreach programmes too, if you want to make a difference to the less fortunate members of our society.

#6 SUNSHINE

Did you know that Durban, Ballito and the beaches of the KwaZulu-Natal Coast average over 300 days of sunshine a year? Enough said!

Visiting South Africa - fabulous hiking trails can be enjoyed all over, including Cape Town
Set off on hiking trails around Cape Town
Visiting South Africa - spend some time at a local orphanage and engage with the children & carers
Meet some locals: they're a friendly bunch

#7 FAMILY FRIENDLY

Your kids will love it! South Africa has plenty of child-friendly accommodation and loads of great options for a family holiday: Cape Town and the Garden Route are particularly popular for a beach break. For a family safari, I recommend the Pilanesberg, Madikwe or one of the Eastern Cape reserves – all malaria-free with superb game viewing.  For loud, unrestrained whoops of joy, try thrill-a-minute Sun City!

#8 HISTORY

How far back do you want to go? We have the 'Cradle of Humankind', where the 2.3-million year-old fossil nicknamed Mrs. Ples was found. For a taste of more recent history,  I highly recommend the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields where excellent guides bring to life the world of 1875, when bravery, victory and defeat played out in the bloody battles between British soldiers, Boer commandos and Zulu warriors. South Africa's remarkable modern history is perhaps best illustrated in a visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his incarceration alongside other political prisoners of the Apartheid Regime.

#9 VALUE FOR MONEY

In South Africa, it’s easy to find a cosy guesthouse or family-run lodge that offers that extra bit of holiday pampering plus great value for money. What’s more, eating out in South Africa is affordable, so you can generally enjoy a great meal and local vintage without the bitter aftertaste of an unreasonable bill.

#10 GOOD INFRASTRUCTURE

South Africa welcomes a steady flow of international airlines at airports around the country.  Our international airport were all upgraded when we hosted the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Also, once here, you’ll find a network of national highways roads criss-crossing big sky Karoo landscapes, winding through farmlands, nipping along coastlines and over magnificent mountain passes. South Africa is one of only two countries in Africa where we recommend a self-drive holiday – a fantastic option for independent travellers.

Visiting South Africa - the roads & infrastructure is excellent, making a self-drive holiday easy
South Africa is a great self-drive destination for independent travellers.
Visiting South Africa - many sites have immense cultural & historial significance, like the KZN Battlefields
Visit Kwa-Zulu Natal's haunting battlefields.
Visiting South Africa - From horse riding to abseling, there's plenty of activities to keep everyone busy
There's a vast list of ways to enjoy the great outdoors.

Planning a holiday in South Africa? Take a look at our favourite tours and safaris:

  • Best for a Big 5 Safari: Ultimate South African Safari - a magnificent fly-in Sabi Sands and Kalahari safari combined with a stay at Cape Town's best - the Cape Grace Hotel. If you are looking for a glamorous holiday, this is perfect!
  • Best for Self-drive: Best of the Garden Route Self-Drive - perfect for couples wanting a luxurious self-drive, or families looking to explore South Africa's beautiful coast and safari destinations.
  • Best Safari & Beach Combo: Sun City, Safari & Mauritius Explorer - an ideal family getaway in Africa - fabulous Sun City, malaria-free Madikwe and child-friendly Mauritius.
  • Best Food & Wine Holiday: Drakensberg Gourmet Delight - enjoy culinary delights and local fare as you meander through the majestic Drakensberg mountains - one of South Africa's most dramatically scenic regions.
  • Best for Adventure: The Great Cape Whale Watching Experience - make sure you come in season to enjoy the extraordinary marine life of South Africa's scenic south coast. Stay in comfortable, stylish guesthouses and add on a Big 5 safari for the ultimate wildlife experience.

 
Still haven't quite found what you're looking for? View more South Africa tours and safaris.



Written by Sandra Mallinson. Connect with her on Google+.

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