South Africa is widely considered to be a country that cannot be missed. With such a wonderful array of wildlife, delicious local delicacies to be sampled and stunning scenery: there is something in South Africa for everyone. The key to having an unforgettable time there is having that insider knowledge. This way you will know what you simply cannot miss! Here are a few pointers to help you experience South Africa like a local:
The beauty of Cape Town simply cannot be missed. Lying underneath Table Mountain, Cape Town is named the Mother City by locals. And once you’ve experienced it, you can understand why! There is a plethora of activities to keep you entertained. Whether you want to climb Table Mountain at sunset and take in the breath-taking views, visit the 7,000 indigenous plant species at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, or just spend the day walking around the city, immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of the city. If you’re more interested in giving your credit card a good workout there are plenty of retail options in the city too. From the quirky fashion stores on Long Street to wandering the side streets full of smaller shops, there’s plenty here to keep you out of mischief!
Fun free time activities:
Wherever you are in the country, there is bound to be a wide variety of activities to keep you entertained when you want to wind down. If you’re interested in sports, there are a number of sporting venues dotted all over the country that will allow you to catch a rugby match or two. If you’re more inclined to want to stay entertained from your home, however, there is also the option of Springbok Casino, South Africa’s online casino that celebrates all things South African.
Kruger National Park:
If you’re an animal lover, this is one of the best places in the world to view wildlife. Located in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in North Eastern South Africa, Kruger National Park is over 19,000 square kilometres, and is home to (among others) lions, elephants, Cape buffalos, African leopards, and White / Black rhinoceros. There is a wide range of accommodation facilities available in the park depending on your budget. Camping in the park is especially popular with tourists as it is inexpensive and easy to arrange.
Located just off of the coast of Cape Town, Robben Island is the home of the prison Nelson Mandela was held captive for 18 years. It stopped being a functioning prison in 1996 and the island is now home to the Robben Island Museum, as well as a colony of penguins! It is worth a visit to learn more about South Africa’s fascinating and troubled history.