South Africa is the southern most country in Africa with the Atlantic Ocean on the west side and the Indian Ocean on the eastern side. It is bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mozambique. Its capital cities are Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town but other main centers are Soweto, Johannesburg and Durban. One historical distinction the nation honors is that Table Mountain are the oldest mountains in the world. The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of only six in the world and the water is considered to be the third best in terms of safety for drinking.
Indeed, South Africa is a nation rich in natural resources, Nobel Prize Winners, mining such as platinum and gold, dinosaur fossils, human remains dating back close to two-hundred thousand years, ancient shipwrecks, and a meteor scar which again is the world’s oldest. Oddly enough, there is a completely independent and landlocked country called the Kingdom of Lesotho which is actually inside of the boundaries of South Africa. When you read about SA, many newspapers and magazines refer to it as a once in a lifetime adventure or a destination that needs to be on your bucket list.
So, let’s look at South Africa Vacations and five exciting reasons to visit South Africa.
#1 Big Five
The animals are referred to the big five because all of them are found in SA. Specially, they are rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, lions, elephants, and leopards, but there are plenty more as you might see zebras, aardvarks, giraffe, hippopotamus, wildebeest, cheetah, impala and ostrich. A safari is an exhilarating experience and because SA consists of deserts, wetlands, forest and flat lands, there will be an abundance of wildlife.
#2 Sardine Run
Now, this might seem like a odd event to go see, but the interesting part of the migration of the world’s sardines is that you are going to see a lot more marine life. Anything that eats sardine will be traveling close by. And there will be birds, as well, that dive to get the fish. The sardine run is so regular that it was first documented in 1853.
#3 Blue Train
This train is considered to be the epitome of luxury. It offers both Deluxe and Luxury suites and meals are served with proper crystal and silverware. There are two lounges … one with expensive cigars and the other provides high tea which will be quite sumptuous and posh. The suites, furnished with fine linens, are like hotel rooms, with televisions, desks, safes and telephones. Of course, being able to traverse the land while spectacular wide open views are easily witnessed will be the highlight of the journey.
#4 Atlantic Meets Indian
Cape Agulhas, also known as Cape of Needles, is the spot where the two oceans meet. Obviously, it is the most southern tip of Africa and is marked with two plaques, one for each ocean, as well as a large plaque encased in a stone landmark. You’ll also see a very old lighthouse there which was built in 1848. It now houses a museum and restaurant. The cape is an eerie place, as it is windy and desolate, causing many people to say that it is the end of the earth.
#5 Outdoor Sports
South Africa is a great place mountain biking, kayaking and hiking. Just to name a few, some of the bike trails that are well liked are the Giba Blue, Tokai Forest, Red Barn and Impala Ranch MTB Trails. Canoeing, rafting and kayaking is quite popular on the Orange River and if you would like to visit the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, the Palmiet River is beautiful.
The locals show us some of Khayelitsha, an area in Cape Town.