Have you ever thought of visiting South Africa for your next vacation or getaway? Let’s take a closer look at the Top 10 reasons to visit South Africa.
Are you ready to experience a diverse multicultural country filled with exciting adventures & activities for everyone?
From the sunny white-sand beaches to icy ski slopes. The experience of a lifetime awaits you, from wildlife to relaxing at a 5-star resort.
Top 10 reasons to visit South Africa, prepare yourself and add it to your bucket list of “must do’s”. Don’t worry, the rumors of wild animals walking in the streets among people are only rumors, or are they now? Enough with the funny business let me get down to the “travel business”.
“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy”
– by Ernest Hemingway
1) The Big 5 / Wildlife
Number one on our top 10 reasons to visit has to be the “BIG 5”, the ultimate wildlife experience. Nineteen National Parks can be found throughout the whole of South Africa with numerous private game reserves as well.
Full list of National Parks in South Africa – SANParks official website.
Activities for all age groups, ranging from guided game drives (safaris) to “do it yourself safaris”. Viewing wildlife from a 4×4 or safariing on a mountain bike trail or hiking trail, safari by horse or elephant back. The variety is endless, your choice.
The Big 5 is made up of five of the most dangerous animals in Africa. Lion, Elephant, Rhinoceros, Buffalo and the Leopard are the mighty beasts that make up the Big 5.
River safaris, camping in the wild or getting up close and personal with these beautiful creatures awaits you. Every National Park or privately owned game reserve has a unique approach to entertaining guests. Make the most of your experience of South Africa by adding this to your list.
“You cannot leave Africa, ” Africa said, “It is always with you, there inside your head. Our rivers run in currents in the swirl of your thumbprints; Our drumbeats counting out your pulse; Our coastline, the silhouette of your soul”.
– by Bridge Dore
2) Famous Wines & Wine Routes
Do you like wine? Do you have a favorite? South Africa ranking as the 9th largest wine-producing country in the world, stats provided by the Paris-based International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) in April 2019.
Home to some of the finest wines in the world combined with some of the most scenic routes South Africa has to offer. Vineyards scattered across the country you will need a vacation just for this one. My personal opinion, the finest wine routes can be found near the city of Cape Town (the mother city).
For the nonwine lovers, there are two brandy routes to choose from just to take it up a notch. Either way, the timeless scenic beauty will be worth the travel experience.
I’m not a wine drinker or a specialist in the field, just from what I have seen wine or no wine it is always a memorable journey. For more info and latest rankings on South Africa’s top wines I re recommend you visit Top wineSA.
“The simplest definition of a great bottle of wine is when you feel sad because the bottle is empty.”
– by Tony Margiotta
3) Cape Town
Cape Town is known as the Mother City.
The Western Cape Province is the fastest growing and most developed region in South Africa when it comes to tourism and the industry according to the SA Government Gazette.
Therefore the Mother City finds herself at number three of the top 10 reasons to visit South Africa. After living in various parts of the Western Cape, still, today when visiting I find myself lost with all the region has to offer. One vacation will not be enough to explore everything the Mother City has to offer. You will most definitely leave with an appetite for more adventure and exploring.
Knowing that Cape Town and surrounds are filled with tourist attractions, adventurous activities, history and scenery. Activities like taking a fairy to Robin Island or making your way up to table Table Mountain via rotating cable cart or an adventurous hiking trail. Breathtaking scenic views and white sand beaches await you.
With many more activities like shark cage diving, skydiving, two oceans aquarium and the topless bus tours to mention a few. Be sure to take a look at the official tourism page of Cape Town.
“This is a pretty and singular town; it lies at the foot of an enormous wall (the Table Mountain), which reaches into the clouds, and makes a most imposing barrier. Cape Town is a great inn, on the great highway to the east.”
– by Charles Darwin in a letter to his sister, Catherine, 1836
4) Climate & Weather
Weather can be your best friend or worst enemy when on your vacation, especially the weather that is not in your favor. With three main climates, ranging from Mediterranean, Subtropical and even a Desert like climate depending on where in South Africa you are. The weather throughout the year is mainly in favor of outdoor activities.
No matter what time of the year it is there will always be an activity to suit the season. You can look forward to warm sunny summers and mild to cold winters, there will be plenty of memorable adventures no matter the weather.
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered”.
– by Nelson Mandela
What better way to spend a beautiful sunny summer day next to the ocean sunbathing the day away? Offering 46 blue flag beaches along the versatile coastline. Blue Flag Beaches in South Africa are determined by the highest standard of clean coastline as well as the most breathtaking ocean and scenic views.
South Africa has 2,798km (1,739mi) of shoreline filled with various beaches ranging from the white sand and Blue Flag Beaches to more rocky coastal regions. Make sure when you visit South Africa that you get to see either a sunrise or sunset over the ocean.
From a historical point, the South African coastline is the graveyard of many great vessels such as the São Bento, SS Waratah and Grosvenor, many other great vessels have paid the price of the dangerous rocky coastline in their voyage to discovery.
“We live in a world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
– by Jawaharial Nehru
Do you enjoy tasting new foods when traveling or on vacation? Out of all the top 10 reasons to visit South Africa this one is my favorite, no matter where I travel to I enjoy good food. South Africans love their food, maybe not as much as the Italians or French, but I reckon they would be able to give them a good run for their money.
With the various different cultures in the country, you will surely find a dish to please your every taste bud. From the famous braai to Potjiekos and mouth-watering desserts like milk tart or malva pudding and many other unique foods to choose from.
“Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.”
– by Anthony Bourdain
7) Geographical Locations
Do you appreciate nature’s beauty, the mysteries, and captivating landscapes? Then this is for you, in the image above you will find the Drakensberg Mountains. This 243,000-hectare mountain with peaks as high as 3482 meters above sea level has more than 600 examples of San rock paintings.
If you enjoy the great outdoors then there is plenty to do whether you want to connect with nature or just escape the everyday rush. No matter what terrain you seek you will find it here.
Adventurous activities are endless, hike up table mountain or swing across a gorge. Take on the white water rapids or abseil down a cliff, make the best of these diverse landscapes.
Situated near Barkly East you will find the Tiffindell Ski Resort, voted number 19 in the world by CNN for “world’s best ski run’s”. If you are visiting South Africa in winter (June, July & August) then this would be the perfect time to visit the ski resort as it is only operational in season.
These are two of many scenic geographical locations for a full list of locations visit SouthAfrica.net.
“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”
– by David McCullough Jr.
8) Accommodation to Outdoor Lifestyle
Is it all about the scenery, tranquility or comfort when it comes to accommodation while on vacation? I believe it varies from person to person, whatever you need when it comes to accommodation you will most probably find it here.
Ranging from 1 – 5 Star Hotels and Lodges to backpacker accommodation, South Africans take pride in offering both affordable and luxury accommodation. If it is a sea view you’re looking for or to get lost in the wilderness, waking up to wild animals outside your bedroom window is possible.
If it is a unique experience you are after then it is waiting for you, make memories with those who matter. A country that will forever be a part of you once you have visited, a magical. You’ll be coming back for more of its hospitality and beauty.
There is no better way to experience the outdoor lifestyle than in South Africa, sit around a burning bush-veld wood fire while being festive. Listening to stories from locals or lose yourself in the magical beauty of the flames as your thoughts drift.
“South Africa never leaves one indifferent. Its history, its population, its landscapes and cultures – all speak to the visitor, to the student, to the friend of Africa.”
– by Tariq Ramadan
9) Cultural Diversity
Would you like to speak more languages, how many official languages are there in your country? Known for its cultural and ethnic diversity, South Africa has 11 official languages. There are many other languages that do not receive official status and are quickly disappearing.
One of these languages, that of the Khoi San people quickly fading away. This is a tribal language and is still spoken today but only by a tiny group of people. Have you ever watched the movie “The gods must be crazy”? Well, that is the language I am referring to. It is a comedy about Bushmen, you will have a good laugh.
Cultural museums and heritage sites all over the country landmarked for them, in memory of their culture or ethnicity. With a rich history from settles to the Khoi San, come and discover the history of South Africa and its people.
“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.”
– by Anais Nin
Affordability; with currencies such as the USD, EUR & GBP it would be very affordable to travel to South Africa with exchange rate anywhere between R14.00 – R20.00 to the currencies mentioned. It is like getting a thousand or two thousand fold return on your initial travel budget.
South Africa would be a dream trip, this is the ultimate reason to make you consider South Africa as your next travel destination.
This is defiantly a good reason to travel for less, you will get so much in return and create countless memories, go ahead and add it to your bucket list. I believe that by now you will be convinced as to why South Africa should be your next adventure travel destination.
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“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”
– by Ray Bradbury
Taking the top 10 reasons to visit South Africa with so many great experiences. Discover new destinations affordably and once you have visited this beautiful country you will never look at it the same. You will be forever captured by this magical experience. The many timeless experiences it offers to both the local and international travelers.
Now I leave it to you and your decision making. Decide where you will be going next, make every adventure a memorable one.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article. If you do decide to visit South Africa let me know. If you have already and looking to do it again I would love to hear all about it.