If South Africa is not yet on your holiday bucket list, it should be. While destinations such as the Maldives and Bora Bora are places many people dream about, South Africa has so much to offer visitors and holidaymakers. From the pristine beaches of leisurely Cape Town or venturing out on a wildlife safari through the incredible Kruger National Park, you can experience it all in South Africa.
Let’s now take a look at just some of the reasons why you should visit South Africa for your next summer vacation and what makes this country so memorable.
The Best Way To Discover South Africa
Tailor-made luxury holidays are one of the best ways to make the most of your trip. Rather than trying to organise your own adventure or booking a package holiday, enlist the services of a travel company that tailors a holiday package to meet your requirements and expectations. Luxury group holidays are the perfect way to explore and experience new locations and cultures. This will ensure you have a personalised itinerary that allows you to see everything you want to see in the time that you have.
Perfect Seaside Destinations
Two of the most popular seaside destinations people choose to visit in South Africa are Cape Town and Durban and both have plenty to offer visitors.
Cape Town is located on the southwestern tip of South Africa and this postcard city is overshadowed by the impressive Table Mountain. This imposing natural feature is one of the things that makes Cape Town so unique. To truly experience the splendour and scope of the city, you can take a cable car to the top of the mountain and drink in the view from up high. Nearby Robben Island, which is now a museum and tourist hotspot, is home to the notorious prison where Nelson Mandela was held for many years.
Durban is one of the country’s major cities and is a very popular surfing destination. You might even spot a breaching humpback whale and, while mostly found on the cape, occasionally a great white shark can be spotted off the coast of Durban as they migrate. Aside from fantastic beaches, swimming and surfing, Durban is well-renowned for its exotic food scene. It’s a multicultural city and there is a very strong Afro-Indian influence when it comes to the city’s food culture.
Both Cape Town and Durban are just two seaside destinations you can visit in South Africa. Port Elizabeth is also another popular tourist hub.
Everyone knows that the African continent is famous for its incredible array of local wildlife. If you dream of experiencing a wildlife safari, then South Africa is one of the best countries to get up close and personal with the continent’s unique fauna.
Located in northeastern South Africa is the world-famous Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in all of Africa. The park is home to what is commonly referred to as the “Big 5”:
While these five iconic local beasts might be the major drawcard, the wildlife reserve is home to hundreds of different animals and birds.
Tropical rainforests, rugged bush plains and picturesque mountainous regions all make up the topography of Kruger National Park and booking in for a wildlife safari in this region will truly be the experience of a lifetime.
You can also opt for a wildlife adventure on a private game reserve. Your luxury accommodation is immersed in the heart of the reserve, where the local wildlife literally wanders past your windows.
Much of Africa’s iconic wildlife lives in South Africa, so it’s the perfect destination to embark on a wildlife safari.
A Food and Wine Lover’s Paradise
Both ocean and outback adventures are two of the biggest drawcards for tourists to visit South Africa but the country is also home to some of the best food and wine on the continent. The country boasts many vineyards and produces award-winning wine and craft beer; particularly in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The Winelands is a vast stretch of countryside near Cape Town that produces some of the best wine on the continent. Many of the wine estates also have their own restaurants, where visitors can experience the region’s unique farm-to-fork dining and food tours.
No matter where you visit in the country, you’ll be greeted with an eclectic smorgasbord of food options, which offer a blend of local flavours and international influences. Wash your meal down with a glass of local wine or beer, or kick back and enjoy a mug of some of the world’s tastiest coffee.
South Africa is a postcard travel destination that should be on every traveller’s bucket list. Because there is so much to see and experience and so much diversity, it’s the ultimate location for tailor-made holiday packages.
Whether your vision is a seaside destination or soaking up the excitement and atmosphere of a wildlife reserve, you can experience it all when you plan an adventure in South Africa.
Author Bio: Rhodri Andrews
Rhodri Andrews is the Head of Content at SevenTravel, a luxury travel company based in Mayfair, London, that specialises in once-in-a-lifetime experiences. SevenTravel is all about the kind of travel that forges deeper connections with the countries you visit, encouraging you to linger for longer with trips that last ten or more days. Rhodri manages all of SevenTravel’s content, bringing to life the countries, regions and unique tailor-made experiences its clients will discover as well as all the useful information SevenTravel clients need to know before they head off on a luxury holiday of a lifetime. He crafts content for all SevenTravel’s luxury holiday destinations, whether it’s the Arabian charm of Oman to the Amazon jungle of Peru and everything in between. Through his natural curiosity and passion for travel, he also brings SevenTravel’s one-of-a-kind experiences to life, from trekking through the Patagonian wilderness to exploring Morocco’s souks and medinas. Whether you’re a couple, honeymooners or a family embarking on an exciting luxury holiday, the experiences are crafted to suit your personal preferences.