Part 4 of 30 Reasons – this is where our list ends. However, our list is not the only reason South Africa is one of the best holiday destinations in the world! Have a look…
Camping is not every person’s cup of tea, so luckily there is glamping… which I particularly love. There are some comforts and luxuries from home that I dearly miss on a camping trip. Furthermore, if I can combine glamping and a game safari, I am super happy.
I share my recommendations, but of course, the country has plenty of options.
Suggested Read: Best glamping sites in the Western Cape.
Are getting tired of waking up and not being at the beach?
With 27,000 km of dazzling coastlines of which 46 are Blue Flag beaches, there is no shortage of a summer holiday destination. You have well-known beaches such as Clifton, Camps Bay, Jeffrey’s Bay, and Plettenberg Bay. And then there are those hidden spots, not so well known and slightly away from the main cities. For instance Cape St Francis, Cape L’Agulhas, and Struisbaai. Incidentally, Struisbaai’s 14 km coastline is the longest, uninterrupted white sand beach in the Southern Hemisphere.
Very few things beat the sound of the ocean. And although you hear nothing when you close your sliding door, it’s the best sound when you open the door in the mornings.
This is the best hotel in Cape Town for getting the view of the majestic Table Mountain to your left, and Robben Island to your right. In addition to that, it’s the best hotel setting in Cape Town for the most perfect sunsets ever. In fact, you’ll be rushing back to your room not to miss the sunset.
Put a glass of bubbly in your hand, and add a friend or two and you’ll create memories that will stay with you forever.
Sunset at Lagoon Beach Hotel, Milnerton, Cape Town, South Africa, © TravelAndHome
Discover the country’s awe-inspiring and diverse landscapes, scenic views, and abundance of flora and fauna by foot.
The country has more than 270 hiking trails safe to do with a tour guide. It is not recommended to go hiking on your own.
Cape Town alone has 20+ hiking trails with breathtaking views.
Probably the most well-known and finest in the world amongst skilled hikers is the very challenging Otter Trail, within the Tsitsikamma National Park. It lies on the southern coast.
South Africa has a wide range of 4×4 off-road adventures across the country. Explore its spectacular countryside, or drive in the majestic mountains of Stellenbosch on a wine safari.
Another popular combination is a 4×4 adventure combined with camping in the Richtersveld (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
The country’s been producing wine for over 350 years. For the best of the country’s wines head on to the Western Cape, home to over 300 vineyards.
Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is unique to South Africa. It’s a deep red wine “high in tannins with smoky dark fruit flavors accented by earthy bramble characteristics.”
No less than 38 South African wines claimed ‘Gold’ (95+ on the 100-point scale) at the 2019 International Wine and Spirit Competition.
Southern regions get their rainfall mostly during winter, while northern regions have a dry winter and scattered showers during the summer. Conversely, depending on the altitude and the surrounding oceans, breathtaking landscapes await in coastal subtropical regions, snow-topped mountains, hot deserts, and humid highlands.
To the north, the Gauteng climate is of the world’s best climates. Despite it being a summer rainfall region, its summer days are warm and wind free. Winter is crisp, clear, and dry. To the south, Cape Town’s summer is windier but less rainy.
South Africa’s climate makes it undoubtedly the best vacation destination all year round. Durban in KwaZulu-Natal is known to have over 300 days of sun in one year.
Cape Town, also known as the Mother City of South Africa, won the international Best City 2019 Telegraph Travel Award for the seventh year running.
The Western Cape was voted Golf Destination of the Year in 2017, Africa and Gulf States (IAGTO – International Association of Golf Tour Operators).
At the Heart of Cape Town Museum, you will meander in the same rooms where the first heart was transplanted in the world (1967).
“Few people realize that South Africa is one of the best places in the world to learn to surf. Waves are reliable and charismatic. Its eastern shores that fringe the Indian Ocean are empty and warm. One-on-one surf lessons are more affordable than group sessions in Cornwall.” – Resource: The Telegraph
Jeffrey’s Bay, the country’s most popular surfing beach, may have smaller waves but it is super scenic. The water is an enjoyable temperature being a blend from the Atlantic and Indian oceans. It is also home to the Billabong Pro surfing competition, held in July each year.
Dungeons Beach is the most extreme big wave surf spot in the country for those thrill-seekers. Not only is it known as one of the world’s biggest wave beaches with unpredictable waves up to 40 feet and higher, but it’s also known for icy waters and sharks. You can only reach it by a 15-minute boat ride from Hout Bay Harbour.
The country has eleven official languages, and so it is rich in cultural diversity. Have you heard about The Rainbow Nation? Just like a rainbow with many different colors, the country has different tribes. Subsequently, each has its indigenous culture and tradition. A visit to Lesedi Cultural Village is a unique showcase of the African environment.
At the Cradle of Humankind, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll find out about the fossils found here over two million years ago.
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