The 2010 World Cup showed the world a magnificent country of diverse landscapes, spectacular cities, and friendly people: South Africa. World renowned for Nelson Mandela, South Africa is an amazing destination to travel to.
From Cape Town to Kruger National Park, from warm oceans to sand dunes, South Africa has an amazing amount of activities to keep travellers busy. Get your sunscreen ready, organize travel insurance for South Africa, and go explore!
Things to do in Cape Town:
Cape Town is probably South Africa's most popular tourism destination. The World Design Capital of 2014, Cape Town is culturally, ethnically, and architecturally very diverse, and that’s not even talking about their massive national parks! The central business district and Waterfront are very popular, but to properly experience Cape Town you should also explore the many diverse neighborhoods.
You can choose from Llandudno or Clifton, which are the beaches of the rich and famous, to the busy surfing beach of Muizenberg. Muizenberg has several surf schools, so if you want to join the tribe of surfers this is the place. Before going in the water though, buy travel insurance for South Africa.
Cape Town is home to several national parks:
- Table Mountain is Cape Town's iconic flat top mountain, and you can choose to walk up or take the cable car (though not on windy days) for views of Cape Town and the surrounding bays.
- Cape Point National Park is where you will find the Cape of Good Hope. With a higher flower diversity in this small region than the entire island of Britain, this is truly a nature lover's dream.
Cape Town has probably some of the best restaurants of the country, if not of Africa as a whole. From Asian fusion to South African braai (barbeque), from molecular gastronomy to Sushi, you will find delicious food all over this city, you just have to be willing to look!
Outside of Cape Town are the famous wine areas of the country:
There are thousands of wineries, each with their own specialty and most of them also offering excellent restaurants.
Kruger National Park is another major draw card of South Africa for both tourists and locals. While everyone has seen documentaries on African wildlife, nothing can prepare you for seeing an actual lion, roaming freely. It is absolutely majestic!
Namaqualand and the Cederberg, close to Kruger, is where you will find the famous flower fields. Every year from August until September this area explodes into color. From hills covered in orange, to blue, red and purple valleys, words truly cannot do this site justice.
South Africa is unfortunately not one of the safest countries for travelling, so travel insurance for South Africa should be on your check list before you leave home. With a bit of common sense and vigilance, you can avoid most unwanted problems.
Otherwise, the Rainbow Nation is a place where everyone will smile at you, and most people are helpful and happy to connect with foreigners, so make sure to enjoy yourself!
For more information on South Africa, visit the South Africa Tourism Website.