The rainbow nation, South Africa is a traveller’s delight. Sharing its borders with Indian Ocean and South Atlantic Ocean, this beautiful country is packed with numerous majestic destinations and attractions. Go through the list and find out about the different South African lures.
Stretching for over 1,500 miles along the coast of Indian Ocean and South Atlantic Ocean, South Africa is blessed with some of the best beaches in the world. Offering the best of sun, sand and sea, these beaches are perfect spots to relax or enjoy a range of amazing water sports. Umhlanga, Camps Bay, Clifton 4th, Llandudno, Muizenberg, Lappiesbaai and Grotto are few of the most popular beaches in the country.
Home to the famous Big Five – elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino – South Africa has an extremely rich wildlife.
The Bushveld and Savannah regions of the country thrive with animal life. Addo Elephant National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park, iSimangaliso Wetlands Park and Mapungubwe National Park are some of the country’s most famous spots to admire the rich animal and bird life.
South Africa is teeming with a wide range of interesting attractions, much to the delight of the travellers here. Apartheid Museum, Cradle of Humankind, Two-Oceans Aquarium, Cango Caves, Castle of Good Hope, Voortrekker Monument, Union Building, District Six Museum and Constitution Hill are some of the top-rated attractions across South Africa. When it comes to treating families with fun time, theme parks such as Gold Reef City and Ratanga Junction could be the best bets.
South African cuisine is among the most diversified in the world, thanks to the myriad ethnicities that have flourished here and influenced the cooking techniques. Bobotie (spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping), Boerewors (sausages), Malva Pudding (sweet pudding consisting of apricot jam and cream sauce), Chakalaka (spicy dish of onions, tomatoes and often beans), Bunny Chow (hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry) and Melktert (milk tart) are among the must try dishes in the region. Along with the fancy restaurants in big cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg, the roadside eateries and food trucks are great spots to enjoy terrific local delicacies.
South Africa certainly knows how to party! This colourful country has a calendar full of exciting events and fun celebrations.
Cape Town Minstrel Carnival, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Knysna Oyster Festival, Oppikoppi Bushveld Festival, Royal Reed Dance, Arts Alive Festival and Jacaranda Festival are some of the top festivals where people can have a great time and at the same time enjoy the region’s cultural might.
Be it antiques, handicrafts, porcelain jewellery, leather items or wooden products, South Africa has it all and offers a terrific shopping experience to all. Bay Harbour Market, Rosebank Sunday Market, Bryanston Organic & Natural Market and Cowhouse Market are some of the country’s most popular spots to hit for a gratifying shopping trip. You can also visit the many malls of the country.
First produced in 1659 from fine French Muscadel grapes, South African wine has come a long way. Featuring over 6000 different types of wines and home to around 600 vineyards, wine produced in the country is among the best in the world. Stellenbosch is one of the largest wine producing cities in South Africa. You can surely opt for the wine tasting tours and events that are regularly held at various towns across the country.
South Africa is a country rich in culture and heritage. Mostly influenced by the native population, entertainment in the region includes folk dance, music, theatre shows and poetry. Heavy metal, afrobeat, benga, azonto, bongo flava, apala and Indlamu are among the traditional music and dance forms in the country.