South Africa is a destination overflowing with warmth, vibrancy and colour. I was lucky enough to visit the rainbow nation recently, so I’ve picked out four things which you simply can’t leave without experiencing. From mountainous scenery and beautiful beaches to historic culture, you’re bound to find something you love as much as I did.
A visit to South Africa isn’t complete without a journey up to Table Mountain. Standing at a staggering 1,085 metres, its summit is host to beautiful and endangered plant species found on the rocky terrain. Enjoy stunning views over Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and Robben Island. You can also point out other landmarks such as the iconic Cape Town Stadium and trendy V&A Waterfront. Make sure you venture up on a clear day if you can, and for those who don’t fancy the ascent on foot, cable cars offer a fantastic 360 degree view of your surroundings.
‘Penguins’ and ‘Africa’ are two words which don’t initially seem to go hand in hand. However, if you journey down to Boulders Beach, you can enjoy the spectacle of hundreds of jackass penguins exploring sandy shores, perching on rocks and hatching their young. Now an endangered species, a small conservation fee goes towards efforts to save them from extinction. It’s amazing to see these animals in their natural habitat, and set on a backdrop of turquoise sea, this experience is extra special.
It’s hard to mention South Africa without discussing the apartheid movement and revolutionary figure, Nelson Mandela. With a short ferry journey to Robben Island, visitors can gain an insight into what life was like on a daily basis within the prison. A tour from an ex-prisoner provides a perspective like no other, and details a story of hope and Mandela’s unwavering spirit. A guided bus journey around the island completes the tour, which is truly an eye-opening part of South Africa’s history and culture.
Spier Wine Farm
If you’re looking for a touch of luxury during your time away, you can’t leave South Africa without sampling some of their world famous wine. The Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch hosts wine tasting sessions and provides picnics for any budget or taste. Spend a sunny afternoon in their leafy grounds, sipping your new favourite red or white. The estate also recycles 100% of its water and 80% of its waste, so you won’t even feel guilty about picking up a couple of bottles on your way out!
Take a look at our video below that'll give you a real taste of what the South African experience is all about.
Have you ever been to South Africa? Which places would you recommend that really made your experience memorable? I’d love to read your comments.