What Makes South Africa a Top Tourist Destination?
From its towns, cities, coastlines and cultures, South Africa is definitely a very diverse place to visit. But what makes it such a tourist hot-spot? For one, it has a range of unique and exciting activities that will make you want to book a flight as soon as possible. One of the main attractions is Table Mountain, a beautiful natural phenomenon that you definitely want to see at least once in your lifetime. Luckily you don’t just have to admire its beauty from afar, you can book a spot on a cable car up to the mountain and admire its diverse flora up close, or you could hike up with a guide. Either option is just as amazing. There’s also the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, a beautiful nature reserve with rare plant species, walking trails and mountain views. There’s Robben Island, also known as Seal Island, which you can enjoy as a day outing. There’s Augrabies Falls, a national park with a beautiful and absolutely massive waterfall, then there’s St. Lucia, a small town where you can enjoy game drives and Hippo boat cruises, it’s well known for the hippos that roam the street.
And then, of course, there’s the famous Kruger National Park, South Africa’s first national park which contains significant numbers of all the big five wildlife. There are so many more national parks and beautiful natural places to visit in South Africa.
Monuments and Museums
South Africa isn’t only known for its natural monuments, it also has a very interesting and extensive history, with many places to visit that showcase that. It’s more than likely you know who Nelson Mandela was, a great man who ended apartheid and became our president. To commemorate that South Africa has the Apartheid Museum, which tells the story of 20th Century South Africa and the now-defunct apartheid system. There’s the District Six Museum, another place that tells a story of the apartheid (definition), there’s also The Mandela House, a restored dwelling of the South African leader.
Our history is definitely not only Apartheid, so many historical monuments are open to visitors to learn, and see, all that was and is South Africa. There’s the Castle of Good Hope, an expansive and colonial 17th century castle that is now a provincial heritage site. There’s the Cango Caves, a historical network of caves with large mineral formations. There’s also the Voortrekker Monument which commemorates the Afrikaans settlers who arrived in 1830. There are so many more museums and historical sites that tell South Africa’s story and are amazing places to visit.
South Africa has a great urban lifestyle, and places that city lovers will never want to leave. One of the most popular international sites for tourists is the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, the mother city. Firstly, the Waterfront has a humongous mall that will delight shopping lovers from all over the world. To go with that are five-star restaurants and food markets that you will never want to leave. Not to mention all the activities, from historical walking tours, to boat rides, to the museums and a splendid aquarium of the area. There’s also always a show or two to enjoy, from comedy clubs to bands. Then theirs a smorgasbord of incredible accommodation, since you’ll most likely want to spend at least a week there!
In and Around South Africa
The V and A Waterfront isn’t the only place for activities, South Africa has so many. Being famous for its wine industry, the majority of its vineyards are located just outside of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek are just some that one should venture to. There are many vineyards and wineries to visit for lunch, tastings, and just overall amazing wine and magnificent views to enjoy. There’s Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, with more than 40 roller coasters and thrill rides, an interactive history of gold mining and a 4D Theater, it’s a place that you definitely don’t want to miss with the family. There’s Bloukrans Bridge, one of the country’s most famous site for bungee jumping. There are so many more fun sites and resorts that you need to visit, one of the most famous being Sun City. A beautiful resort with pools, water parks and multitude of restaurants and bars to choose from.
South African Languages
Lastly is South Africa’s culture. South Africa is very rich in, and well known for, it’s many diverse cultures. After all, it’s not known as ‘The Rainbow Nation’ for nothing. South Africa has 11 official languages and 8 other recognized languages, all of these coming from the natives and the colonizers. The original cultures are from the indigenous Khoikhoi and the San tribes, known for their beautiful cave paintings all around South Africa. The San, known as ‘Bushmen’, were extraordinary hunters and gatherers of the land. They were not all of the same culture, there were the Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Ndebele, Shangaan, and Venda, all of which are languages that are still spoken all around South Africa. It is a popular tourist attraction to see these unique cultures through their colorful and interesting way of life. Their culture is seen through their homes, dress, bead work, pottery, arts and crafts and cultural events in the rural areas. Not all the cultures in South Africa are indigenous, many that you see today were brought by settlers from overseas. The European Settlers brought with them the Dutch, French Huguenots, British, and German settlers. Dutch being the most influential of the lot. Dutch became the official European language, slowly transforming into the Afrikaans language that is taught in South African schools today.
South African Development
As South Africa developed, more labor was required and slaves from Madagascar, East Africa, East Indies, India, and China were brought in. The Indian slaves were used in the sugar industry in KwaZulu-Natal and is still home to the largest Indian population. Durban is where one can best experience the culture at the Indian Market. All the different cultures have all kept their languages and beliefs, making South Africa into the culture-diverse place it is today. Visit Chinatown in Johannesburg and Cape Malays in Cape Town to learn more about the different cultures that aren’t originally from South Africa.
After learning all of this it probably comes as no surprise that tourists love South Africa so much, and that you’ll probably love it too.
African Big 5
In Africa, the term African Big 5 refers to the African Lion, Leopard, Elephant,Rhino and Buffalo. The Term "Big 5 or African Big 5" was realized by Big game hunters and refers to the most difficult 5 animals to Hunt by Foot.
Full Day Safari Option
Ever imagined Lion's roaring, Elephants trumpeting or merely enjoying an African Sunrise. No matter which option a full or half day safari will undoubtedly change your perspective while out in the bush. This is true bush country, rolling hills as far as the eye can see. Hides the ideal place to just sit relax and enjoy the wonders of wildlife nearby. Gravel roads taking you deeper into the bush with unexpected encounters around each corner.
What is a Safari Park
A Safari Park is a area, parkland in which animals are kept and have the ability to roam freely. The area is open to visitors and may observe the wildlife all the while driving through the area, Hluhluwe Game Reserve is 96000 hectares in size and offers incredible sightings and scenery.