South Africa will capture your imagination. Not only does it have amazing wildlife and breathtaking scenery but it’s also rich with culture, history and gastronomic delights.
Here are five things you must do on a trip to this colourful nation.
1. GAME DRIVE
Let’s face it, coming to South Africa and doing a game drive just go hand in hand. There is no shortage of places to do one. Do a bit of research before booking because game drives can vary so much from place to place. The best bet is choosing a lodge in a private game reserve as drivers can go off-road and are experienced, ensuring you get the best possible sightings.
Whether you are out in the bush, in the heart of the city or at by the seaside, nothing is more spectacular than a South African sunset. Well, maybe a South African sunset with a glass of wine or gin and tonic. Sundowners have long been an integral South African tradition, one not to be missed during your visit.
3. FOOD AND WINE
A vegetarian will struggle in the meat eater’s paradise of South Africa. From meaty braai’s to eating local game, there is an abundance of meat. The local cuisine in South Africa is unique, and with the wine regions throughout the country, a complementing glass of vino is easy to find.
Make sure you try the biltong (a dried meat ranging from plain to various spiced flavours). When it comes to red wine, Pinotage is a blend unique to South Afria.
4. A SOUTH AFRICAN STORY
South Africa has a deep history and rich culture which can be explored in the many museums and cultural centres. Learning about the country’s struggles, culture and traditions will open your eyes and give you an insight into how the rainbow nation came to be what it is today. Pick a tour with an experienced guide.
5. MEET THE LOCALS
From the locals in Soweto to the Zulu’s in Kwazulu-Natal, the local South African people are welcoming and willing to share their part of the world. It is one thing to see the sights in a country, but it adds depth to mingle with those people who live there every day. A tour of Soweto Township can be enhanced by a visit to an orphanage. Make sure you don’t go empty-handed, as colouring pencils, paper and even some simple bubble blowers will give an enriching experience that will touch your heart.