South Africa is a land that abounds in culture, history, and diversity. The country itself is roughly the size of Spain and France combined and its stunning scenery, varied cultures, and abundant wildlife draw millions of visitors each year. While everything in South Africa is well worth seeing, unless you live there your time in this wonderful country is limited. There are some things however, that no one should miss if they ever have a chance to visit the Dark Continent.
Kruger National Park
No trip to Africa would be complete without a Safari and Kruger National Park is one of the country’s top Safari destinations. Not only is it the continent’s largest game reserve, but it is home to more mammal species than any other African reserve. Visitors regularly see not only the Big 5 (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo), but giraffes, cheetahs, and more.
Situated within Table Mountain National Park, Table Mountain rises above Cape Town and is among South Africa’s most impressive landmarks. Ascending the mountain is a thrilling experience and allows visitors a panoramic view of not only Cape Town, but the surrounding countryside. Getting to the top can be accomplished via cable car, but many tourists choose to take the two hour hike to the top.
The Cape Winelands
Surrounded by sleepy villages, majestic mountains, and bountiful orchards, the fertile valleys of South Africa’s Cape Winelands offer visitors some of the country’s lushest scenery. Visitors often choose to follow the Cape’s Wine Routes where they find some of the finest wine makers in the country. The ports, sherries, brandies, and subtle reds and whites of the Cape are famous around the globe for their unique, delicate flavors.
Cage Diving in Gansbaai
Located 2 hours from Cape Town, you can cage dive with Great White Sharks year ‘round in Gansbaai. While this isn’t something for the faint of heart, cage diving is definitely something you’ll talk about for the rest of your life. The waters surrounding Gansbaai’s Dyer Island are aptly known as Shark Alley because of their impressive populations of Great White Sharks. Drawn by a Cape Fur Seal Colony that numbers around 60,000, thrill seekers come from around theworld to cage dive with the Great Whites.
Located in the Northern Drakensberg, the Amphitheatre is among the most impressive of all the cliff faces on Earth. It is more than 3 miles long and rises to a height of approximately 4,000 feet along the entire length. The second tallest waterfall in theworld, Tugela Falls, plunges more than 3,000 feet from the cliff tops in a spectacular show. There are numerous hiking trails that will take visitors to the top of the cliffs where they enjoy what is reputed to be among the world’s most beautiful views.
South Africa has many more attractions than those listed here and once you visit this vast, exotic land, you will understand why it is among the most visited countries on Earth.