South Africa is an immensely diverse nation. Home to the great Nelson Mandela. Affectionately called the rainbow nation, because of the people’s ability to live with peace with people of different races after the immense segregation that happened for over 2 decades (known as apartheid). South Africa is blessed with picturesque garden towns to subtropical coasts. There are so many places to visit, which mean that travellers, who are wanting to see the best of south Africa, are very spoilt for choice.
This is probably where your plane will land. It’s known as the city of gold because of the gold rush that happened in the 1800s. Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa; from the frantic rush of the people, to tall sky scrapers that surround you downtown or in Sandton, you will not be blamed if it reminds you of the streets of New York.
You can visit the apartheid museum and learn about the hardships the people suffered, or you can visit Soweto specifically “Vilakazi street”, which is known as the only street in the world where 2 Nobel peace prize winners lived.
However, the lion park is probably one of the most amazing experiences. Your able to enter there enclosures and play with them. This is for all those adrenaline junkies.
The playground of the rich and famous, in 2014 Cape Town was named the 3rd most beautiful city in the world . Cape Town is also known to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
You can visit table mountain, either use the cable carts to get to the top, or you can hike up the mountain. No matter which you use I can assure you that view will be worth it.
There is also a 30 min boat ride to Robin island. This island houses the prison where the late Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Here you can visit his cell and learn more about apartheid.
Known as South Africa’s most diverse city. Visit the flea market in the Indian district or visit uShaka Marine World, which is home to one-off the largest aquariums in the world and named after the greatest Zulu warrior- King Shaka. Here you can swim with dolphins, or visit the beach, and if you feeling extra risky there is also a nude beach.
Pretoria is the capital of the Republic of South Africa, and is known as the ‘Jacaranda city’ because the amount of jacaranda trees that surround it.
Visit the botanical garden, or travel to freedom park and learn more about apartheid. Apartheid is etched into this country history forever and can never be forgotten, so exploring these sites will help you further understand South African culture.
Although, wherever you choose to go I’m sure you will have the most amazing time in South Africa.