There’s no African country that has received as much worldwide attention than the Rainbow nation – South Africa. It’s one country on the black continent you’d say that it’s blessed with almost everything, sometimes I feel like remarking that when God was creating the earth, he gifted South Africa with two full hands! The country is so much blessed with astonishing natural beauty sustained by the pleasantly mild climate, the impressive beaches, national parks, ultra-modern infrastructure, the smiley people and a rich history!
Unlike the rest of Africa where bad weather takes a huge toll on its inhabitants, South Africa enjoys a variety of unique climatic seasons comparable to those experienced in Europe and much of North America. Strategically located between two huge oceans – Indian and Atlantic, South Africa enjoys pleasantly warm and temperate weather conditions as fondly described by Brand SA. There’s plenty of sunshine and clear blue skies to let you relax and adventure without any hustle but you’d be surprised that in SA they have summer Christmas – an alluring reason to go there, huh?
South Africa is blessed with an abundance of great wildlife that abounds in its trademark landscape – the bushveld and savanna which are characterized by vast expanses of acacia trees and perennial grasslands. Among these, you’ll find huge elephants, buffaloes, wildebeest, zebra, lions, rhinos, cheetahs, leopards, wildebeest, zebras and so much more. To see them, you’d have to either visit the famous Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and other smaller game reserves scattered around the country. South Africa is also one of the best places to adventure marine life such as whale watching trips in Port Elizabeth to watch the blue whales and dolphins that can measure up to 33 meters long.
For those who love hiking in challenging but fascinating landscapes, South Africa should be the right place to go. It’s where you’ll find the rising and imposing mountainous ranges of Drakensberg, Tsitsikamma, Roggeveld Mountains – where temperatures can get as get as low as -15ºC, and the magnificent Table mountains. That’s not all, you’ll also find one of the largest canyons in the world – Blyde River Canyon, the Valley of Desolation that rises about 120m from the valley floor, the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve well-known for its astounding nature trails, spectacular ocean bays like the Hout Bay, False Bay, Table Bay and Saldanha Bay. There’s even more, Boulders beach where you’ll find African Penguins, then the Cape Point which is the continent’s most southerly point and is famous for its exciting scenery marked by towering cliffs and fascinating history.
Best for historical adventures
We all know that a lot of inspiring historical moments portrayed through historical sites, museums, and monuments happened in this land. The events that happened within those sites have greatly shaped the rainbow nation and with impacts felt beyond its borders. Nelson Mandera famously known for his hard stance against the apartheid regime was imprisoned for 27 years at a remote Robben Island prison which is now a popular tourist attraction, others you shouldn’t miss are the unspoilt Battlefields Route, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, Iziko South African Museum which is the oldest and Hector Pieterson Museum. Other important historical sites can be found here. You won’t even dare miss the Dinosaur Fossils in Clarens, the Cradle of Human Kind with its pre-historic fossils, the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape a UNESCO World Heritage Site was home to the first indigenous tribe in the land, the Castle of Good Hope built in 1666, etc.
And lastly, everything is modern!
South Africa is truly the epitome and torch bearer of the modern and developed Africa. It has the most powerful economy that thrives on the mining industry and agriculture. Its cities boast of world-class facilities, from 5-star hotels to luxury living apartments, sports amenities, impressive and faster transport means, magnificent skyscrapers, luxury holiday ship cruises, great restaurants, public spaces and an incredible nighttime skyline typical to its megacities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Pretoria. These cities are some of the most diversified on the continent because people from all walks of life decided to call them home but this wouldn’t have been possible without the hearted generosity of its warm friendly nationals.
You won’t blame me for loving the rainbow nation this much. Am certain that you too might have got interested in going there, so I don’t even blame you at all because everything about South Africa is really marvelous and it’d be unfair for anyone to die before enjoying all this frenzy. Am really planning my trip there, it should be a two-week-long adventure, would it even be enough given the other countless attractions that I didn’t mention here? I don’t think so. Doesn’t matter, I have to go to South Africa, no matter what!!