5 Reasons why you should visit sunny South Africa
Posted on 20th August 2019 at 11:30
This world-in-one country is the ideal destination for both corporate and leisure travel. Find out why...
A holiday in South Africa is a destination that always surprises, whether it be the incredible natural beauty, astonishing wildlife, or hundred-year-old winelands, this is one of the best family travel destinations in Africa.
1. Friendly faces
One thing is for sure, South Africans are some of the friendliest people in the world. A robust and rich cultural heritage makes this a vibrant mix of people, languages and history. Always willing to help, South Africans will not hesitate to assist where needed, and offer superb and warm hospitality.
South Africa has 11 official languages, although English is the language used in the tourism industry. You’re very likely to leave the country with an impressive list of unique phrases.
South Africans are affectionate and friendly hugs, a kiss on the cheek or a simple handshake goes a long way in establishing long-lasting relationships, whether in business or socially.
Conversations about sports, most notably cricket and rugby are a great way to break the ice with a new South African acquaintance. Be prepared to hear very passionate opinions on this topic.
2. The Big Five
Credit: Kwandwe Uplands Homestead
Who are the Big Five?
The gentle and intelligent African elephant
Ferocious and sociable lion
Large but incredibly powerful Cape buffalo
Secluded and powerful leopard
Endangered and reclusive rhino
Known as the Big Five, these unique African animals were so called due to the fact that they were the most difficult animals to hunt on foot. While hunting is very uncommon and highly frowned upon, you can see why their size, strength and speed would make them difficult targets.
The best place to see the Big Five up close is the Kruger National Park, located in the east of the country. This enormous area of land is home to a variety of private reserves and concessions (in addition to the national park), littered with the Big Five and many other noteworthy animals such as the cheetah, hippo and pangolin.
The Kruger National Park is a malaria area. Consult with your health care practitioner about your antimalarial options.
Madikwe Game Reserve and Pilanesberg Game Reserve outside of the Kruger National Park are perfect for a family safari as they are malaria-free and have all of the Big Five.
3. The Western Cape Garden Route
This picturesque stretch of land and coast is a road trip mecca. A 300 km stretch of coastline, unique forests, quaint towns and semi-desert showcases the best of South Africa’s changeable landscapes. Incredibly diverse in terms of flora and fauna, hiking is a popular activity here, as well as days spent exploring nature reserves and bird watching. The Garden Route is the perfect experience for families and couples.
Part of our travel service is vehicle rental, an inexpensive and easy process (provided that you have a valid driver’s license). The road conditions are excellent, making travel pleasant and exciting. For something a little more exhilarating, hire a motorcycle and traverse this corner of the country by bike.
During the month of June, the small holiday town of Knysna hosts the Knysna Oyster Festival. Sip champagne and slurp oysters on a boat cruise around the beautiful coast, spend time browsing craft stalls and tuck into some delicious cuisine.
For the adventurous, try bungee jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge, a death-defying plunge of 216 metres. Only for the brave.
You can find the ultimate Garden Route road trip guide here.
4. Cape Town
Needing little introduction as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, cosmopolitan Cape Town sits in the shade of the famous Table Mountain. There are so many fantastic activities to enjoy, with foodies being spoilt for choice when it comes to world-class, fine-dining food. Explore the surrounding winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, visit rolling wine estates, or simply relax on powder-white beaches.
We recommend taking a day trip on an open-topped bus around the city, a perfect way to soak up the sights and sounds of the city. We’ll arrange this for you.
Boulder’s Beach along the Cape Peninsula is home to a healthy population of African penguins and is a wonderful way to spend the day. If you’re travelling with children, this is a fun and family-friendly activity.
One should exercise caution in the city centre, which is affected by petty crime such as theft. Common sense rules here; be aware of your surroundings and don’t flash any cash or valuables. Contact us for some safety tips and information for visitors.
5. Inexpensive destination for foreigners
The favourable exchange rate and relatively weak Rand makes a holiday or corporate event in South Africa very affordable. Make the most of your time by including luxury accommodation options into your budget, which we’ll gladly tailor to meet your needs.
South Africa has so many wonderful experiences to enjoy that it can be tricky to plan a smooth trip. Contact us to make sure your trip meets your expectations.
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