South Africa is known mostly for its spectacular beaches, mesmerizing wildlife and Nelson Mandela. Even if you go only to Cape Town, you will find several mountains, safaris and a coastline that never seems to end. It is one of the most spending travel destinations in the world and is very inexpensive as well. Dabbing into the culture is quite an experience but you will be feeling good, even if you simply enjoy the wildlife here.
Here are some of our favorite things to do in South Africa
Go to the Kruger National Park
This national park is one of the most famous in the continent and provides you 2 million hectares of natural life that is filled with exotic flora and fauna. The park features 500 bird species and over a hundred-mammal species include zebra, hippo, buffalo, rhino, cheetah, leopard, lion and the mighty African elephant. If you are fond of more exciting safaris, you can visit the Umfolozi National Park, Addo National Park, Pilanesberg National Park and the St. Lucia Wetlands.
It is deeply saddening to witness the history of Apartheid in South Africa. During the times, the government made separate townships to contain people in Soweto. You can go here and see the harsh realities of the long-gone Apartheid in action. You can also go to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in jail for raising his voice against the discriminatory policies. Johannesburg museums are also full of the era. We strongly believe that no one should be discriminated against. You must visit these places to find a humbling realization that the world is connected and there is no place for hatred in this world.
Sleep in Gandhi’s house
South Africa is full of history. Another great figure of the 20th century, Mahatma Gandhi started his early years of protest while practicing law here. He lived in Hermann Kallenbach’s designed house here. This house was the home for Gandhi between 1908 and 1909. It is situated in Johannesburg and has now been restored for visitors.
You can come here for day trip as well as overnight stays. The seven rooms of this home are now available for people. You can come here and learn everything about Gandhi’s movement of passive resistance against the British Empire and why he is revered in this young nation, apart from his home country of India.
Visit the vineries
You never thought about vineries when we mentioned South Africa, or did you? This country is the biggest exporter of wine in the world and has some of the freshest, crispiest and most delicious wines in the world. To come here and taste the wine fresh among the lush mountains is the most fantastic way to end your tour. You will find vineries all over the country, but Cape Town is often the most accessible.
Surfing and soaking up the sun on the beach is also popular in this country, thanks to its large and diverse coastline. Don’t forget to spare a day only for beach hopping when here.