Embarking on an adventure to South Africa can be one of the best decisions of your life. The continent of Africa has always been a place of mystique and adventure with a lot of unchartered territories waiting to be discovered and an undeniably inviting atmosphere. The reason South Africa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world is that it can almost accommodate everyone’s taste.
When you have the opportunity to visit a country like South Africa, which has an area of 1,200,000 square kilometers, then there is no way you can pass up on this once in a lifetime experience. Before you pack up your things and buy the plane tickets, it’s better to plan ahead because you can easily find yourself lost in this massive country, which isn’t a bad thing when you think about it. Ask yourself a few questions; are you there for the huge majestic landscapes? Do you want to sneak a few peeks at the wild animals in their natural habitat? Maybe you want to do every single activity there is and get to know as much as possible about the people and country, which is the right approach to get yourself ready to be blown away by the magic of South Africa.
Once you decide that you want to go on safari, Kruger National Park should be the first destination you check. Famous for its wildlife, this 19,500-square km park is almost as big as a small country. Leopards, lions, elephants, buffaloes, and rhinos are all famous residents of this park, in addition to a lot of different species of animals that inhabit this land. The animals aren’t the only majestic element in the park, this vast landscape is filled with calmness and tranquility. The acacia trees provide a mesmerizing backdrop to the beautiful landscape. More than one river crosses the savanna providing water to most of the animals and trees in the park. It’s very hard to resist going on this safari if you’re a fan of wild animals and jaw-dropping adventure.
Cape Town is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world with an arsenal of virtues that make visiting it an experience of a lifetime. Snow-capped mountains and cliffs that look they’re rising out of the ocean, valleys that extend from the mountains to vast forests, miles upon miles of golden sandy beaches, and countless Winelands and vineyards. If you feel like taking a dip with schools of dolphins riding the waves, you can pay a visit to Simon’s Town or Robben Island, in addition to actual penguin colonies that populate the area. A seasoned wine taster should never miss a round of the nectar of the gods provided by the vineyards in Paarl and Franschhoek; making wine has been the tradition of these lands for over 300 years.
It’s hard to mention the cultural hub, Cape Town, and leaving out the other South African pulsating heart, Johannesburg. This economic powerhouse is the most visited city in the whole country. It’s filled with facilities and amenities that can accommodate a huge number of visitors every year. Johannesburg is a transportation hub, making it a viable and strong start to your domestic trips in South Africa. Most of the flights of the country starts and ends here. It’s a good idea to do some research beforehand so you can figure out which airlines would work best for you. In general, you’ll want to keep FlySafair airline’s pink and blue planes as your domestic companion to help get you from one amazing place to another in South Africa. They have a good reputation in terms of service and punctuality and this will go a long way in making your experience go hassle free. Get yourself familiar with the history of South Africa by paying a visit to the Hector Pieters Memorial or the Apartheid Museum in the heart of Johannesburg.
You can tell a country is culturally-rich by the number of official languages spoken, and South Africa happens to have 11 of them. Global food influencers consider South Africa as their hub with its native cuisine that’s more diverse than most other cuisines. Expect to have the most delicious sausages of your life called boerewors, usually cooked at BBQs or food trucks. You can hardly go wrong with bobotie, a ground beef brewing with spices and topped with eggs, then baked to perfection; you’ll be able to find restaurants that make these dishes almost everywhere in the country.
South Africa isn’t just a tourist location for you to go and take a few pictures and call it a vacation, it’s more like an adventure than can change the way you view life and nature. There’s nothing more awe-striking than looking through your plane’s glass and seeing the heart of Africa from above 30,000 feet in the air.