When it comes to lists such as this one, most people fail to understand that beyond the primary function of giving you something to enjoy while you’re away on holiday, there is a secondary function. That function is to paint a picture of the variety of activities on offer, the more varied the options, the higher the chances of enjoyment become if you try something and you don’t like it there’s always something to do. South Africa, like most destinations, has all the usual activities that you would expect when travelling in Africa, but what sets this country apart is not only the sheer number but uniqueness of the experience, from Safaris to snow. Yes, snow in sunny South Africa.
The continent of Africa is synonymous with wildlife, and South Africa is no exception. Not only does it have 20 National Parks including the world-renowned Kruger National Park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, but it is also home to a multitude of private wildlife reserves like Humala. These parks offer world-class safaris and a chance to view the Big 5 (Rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion). But what makes South Africa different from other nations is that it’s also home to the largest bird, mammal, reptile, fish and worm. Still, on the topic of record breakers, the fastest and tallest animals also call this place home.
If you take the time to stop and smell the roses, there is an entire kingdom at the tip of your nose available to dazzle you with an array of scents and colour. The Cape Floristic Region, for example, is famous for having an estimated 9500 number of different plant species, 70% of which grow nowhere else in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site isn’t a small area either, encompassing national parks, nature reserves, state forests and mountain catchment areas like the Table Mountain National Park, which is home to the country’s national flower, The King Protea.
The flight network published its annual ranking of the best beaches in the world and more importantly, the 50 best beaches in Africa in 2018. A panel of over 1200 Journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies with a speciality in the travel industry rated 3 of the country’s beaches as the best in the world in the City beaches category and 8, in the best beaches in Africa. Beating out every other nation which goes to show, when it comes to coastlines, South Africa is no slouch. From populated golden shores to untouched gems, South Africa has it all and a little bit of something for everyone.
The art of winemaking dates back to 1659 and since then, has made the production of wine in the republic the 9th largest wine producer in the world. Wine connoisseurs both local and international travel to the wine capital of South Africa, Stellenbosch, to enjoy its wine, with over 200 producers based in the area alone. This can be attributed to geology that lends itself for the production of both reds and whites. Franschhoek, located in the northeast of the Western Cape, is home to some of the best and unique gourmet dining experiences with the neighbouring towns of Paarl and Constantia are not far behind in terms of wine quality, production and taste.
South Africa is awash with activities to take part in that make for the best stories. From ostrich riding to bungee jumping, every facet of the country has something to do from the Big Hole in the west to Crocworld in the east. There are so many things to do; it surely is a place with everything even skiing, yes, skiing. One of, if not the smallest ski resorts in the world located within the Drakensberg Mountain ranges.
There’s more to this nation of friendly people than taking selfies with a giraffe. The sheer number of activities available to try make holidays not only more enjoyable but memorable as well.