Top Reasons to Visit South Africa

Post-Apartheid South Africa has gone through many historic changes within the last 20 years. One of the many compelling evidence of such historic changes is the commemoration of the country’s first non-racial elections held in 1994. This election brought Mr. Nelson Mandela of the African National Congress to power as

South Africa’s first black president. With a thriving economy, wonderful people, and amazing tourist attractions, now is a perfect time to visit South Africa. We have compiled the following list to highlight some of the many things to do while visiting South Africa.

Beautiful Cape Town

Cape Town is a breathtaking city that has previously been voted the world’s best city by Telegraph Travel readers. You cannot visit South Africa without experiencing Cape Town. Its scenic mountain range quickly drops into a magnificent sea, and its unspoiled white sand beaches are stunning.

Nelson Mandela’s Former Home

You can stay in Nelson Mandela’s former private residence which is open to the public. The home is a luxury vacation retreat located in the Shambala Private Game Reserve.  It is situated approximately 160 miles north of Johannesburg, another must see city.

Amazing Wines

The country boasts more than 200 wine cellars within a couple of hours’ drive of Cape Town, and four main wine regions; including Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Wellington. You will be able to visit art galleries, sip wine with friends, and sample tasty local dishes at very impressive Cape Dutch estates.

Eight World Heritage Sites

South Africa boasts eight World Heritage Sites; Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, Robben Island, the Richtersveld desert, Mapungubwe, the Cape Floristic Region, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Vredefort Dome and the “Cradle of Humankind”, notorious for its distinctive treasure of hominid fossils.

Luxury Train Trips

South Africa offers the best and most impressive luxury train trips in the world. The luxurious Blue Train route covers the 994 miles between Cape Town and Pretoria in 27 hours, with one stop in each direction. You will experience the stylish old town of Matjiesfontein in the Karoo on the northbound journey, and the historic diamond-mining town of Kimberley on the way back. The fare includes meals and drinks, and the train also offers a wide variety of South African wines.

Unbelievable Landscapes

There are some amazing and must see landscapes including the Valley of Desolation. The Valley of Desolation in the Eastern Cape, is a geological wonder and a national monument located within the Camdeboo National Park. It is a unique Karoo landscape and ecosystem that surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinet that creates a fertile place in the heart of the very dry Karoo.

Pristine Beaches

South Africa is known for its immaculate beaches, particularly in Plettenberg Bay, in the Western Cape, along the renowned Garden Route.

Great Safaris & Whale Watching

For the outdoors and wildlife enthusiasts, South Africa offers opportunities for memorable wildlife encounters.  You can even enjoy whale watching from walking trails, restaurants, and even from your hotel room.

Whether you visit, Cape Town, Johannesburg, or any other destination is South Africa, you will certainly have a great vacation. South Africans of course drive on the left hand side, so you just need to always keep that in mind whether driving or crossing busy streets.

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