The Diversity of Life in South Africa
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In South Africa, you could spend a lifetime delving into its deep-rooted culture, learning about its complex history, and seeking out its iconic wildlife. Each region is distinct from the others, and with every exploration you will find more to discover for next time.
For a full South African experience, be sure to add these experiences to your itinerary.
Take a Safari
Safari, in Swahili, means journey. To you, it will mean that and so much more in South Africa. Many of these creatures are unique to the continent, making a safari an important part of your quest to get to know Africa.
In their natural habitats, you’ll seek out the quintessential African Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants, and Cape buffalo. You may discover some new species you’ve never seen before, like the bat-eared fox or a wildebeest. Some of these wildlife reserves, such as Kruger National Park, host hotels on the outskirts of their lands. Imagine spending the night with the wonders of African nature right outside you window.
Uncover History in Johannesburg
When you visit Johannesburg, delve into South Africa’s complex history of the apartheid and the liberation movement.
Visit the Apartheid Museum to learn about the oppressive policies of racial segregation that affected the country during the 20th century. The museum commemorates the rise and fall of the apartheid on an emotional journey through the story of the state-sanctioned discrimination against indigenous African people.
For a different point of view, reflect on the history of the South African liberation movement at Liliesleaf in the Sandton region of Johannesburg. The museum is located at the former centre of the liberation movement, and is the site of the 1962 police raid that led to Nelson Mandela’s 27-year sentence as a political prisoner. In the bustling shopping centre of Sandton, you can also see the nearly 20-foot-tall statue honoring Mandela.
Experience the Energy of Cape Town
Nicknamed “the Mother City,” Cape Town is the oldest in South Africa. But even with its long history, Cape Town has a young and energetic population – half of whom are under 25 years old. There are no shortages of modern art, entertainment, and dining experiences.
Visit the Moorish Malay Quarter of Cape Town, which is rich with multicultural history and decorated with its distinct pastel-coloured avenues. Robben Island, a short ferry ride away, is the site of a former prison with a museum, commemorating the site where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Cape Town is also home to the iconic Table Mountain, where a thrilling cable car ride to the top will reveal unspoiled views of the harbourside city.
Explore the Stellenbosch Wine Region
Make your way through the famous wine region of South Africa: Stellenbosch, a picturesque town with sprawling vineyards and mountain scenery. Stellenbosch is part of the larger Cape Winelands, a famous region of vineyards that produces over 1 billion litres of wine each year.
The history of South African wines date back to the mid-17th century. Stellenbosch wines are known for being bright and acidic, due to the ocean breeze that sweeps the vineyards. Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir are some of the most loved varietals.
From safaris to cities, South Africa is teeming with rich culture, untamed nature, and deep history. How will you experience it?
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