With soaring mountains, barren deserts, dense woodlands, modern cities and incredible wildlife, South Africa is one of the most interesting countries of the world.
Not surprisingly, millions of travellers fly to different parts of South Africa to unravel the many gems it holds. Take a look at some of the country’s most potent charms.
South Africa is home to over 230 different types of mammals, 175 endemic species of birds, and different reptiles and amphibians.
The African elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, black rhino and leopard are the major draws in the country when it comes to wildlife. While most safari tours operating daily offer small excursions, a few guided tours take you deep inside the forest and allow you to spot wild creatures in their natural habitat.
With the Indian Ocean on one side and Atlantic Ocean on another, South Africa, unsurprisingly, boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Hobie Beach, Bloubergstrand, Durban North Beach, Camps Bay, Margate and Cape Vidal are among the popular beaches here. Apart from sunbathing or enjoying some quiet time on the beach, you can explore the underwater marine world and enjoy adventure water sports such as surfing. Mossel and Sodwana Bay are among the famous snorkelling and diving sites. The beautiful landscape in the background is sure to impress you as well.
South African wine is easily among its most famous exports. Owing to the perfect soil type and moderate climatic conditions, the country produces some of the finest wines in the world. Sémillon, White Blends, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir are among the popular wines produced here. In fact, South Africa has produced over 100 different types of wines over a period of 10 years. Wine tasting events, festivals and wine making tutorials and tours to the nearby farms and vineyards are organised regularly.
Cuisine and Delicacies
Much influenced by the indigenous herbs and spices, food in this tropical country is a delight that must be enjoyed. Biltong & droewors (a traditional South African beef snack), boerewors (sausages), Mala Mogodu (tripe served as a stew with hot pap), Bobotie (spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping) and Tomato Bredie (South African stew made with mutton) are among the must try dishes here.
Known for its cultural diversity, South Africa is home to numerous ethnic and tribal groups. Preserving a major chunk of the country’s history and heritage, these groups offer visitors a glimpse into their customs and traditions. The Zulu tribe and the Xhosa community are among the oldest ethnic groups here. For the ones willing to learn more about the ancient culture and practices, village tours and guided trips are organised regularly.