As a South African, now living abroad, I am incredibly surprised at just how few people identify with the country as a choice holiday destination. I do believe South Africa is one of the best holiday destinations in the world and has tremendous value for your buck.
Therefore, I am authoring this article for all my friends abroad, and for all South Africans. I hope to inspire not only those abroad but also South Africans, to explore this beautiful African country.
Let’s get going! These are my reasons why you should explore South Africa. Combined with plenty of fabulous and uniquely South African experiences, it sure is a country worth visiting.
I don’t believe it when people say money is not important. Have you ever heard the super-rich say it’s not important? No, because without it, one can’t enjoy the pleasures of life. So, with all that said and done, I can safely say that in South Africa you will get value for your Euro or US Dollar. That is, to mention just a few. In February 2021 one British Pound Sterling (GBP) could buy you just over 20 South African Rand (ZAR). Nothing to sneeze at!
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South Africa is the only place in the world where two Nobel Prize winners lived in the very same street. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu lived in Vilakazi Street in Soweto, Johannesburg. The Tutu House is not open to the public. However, the famous Nelson Mandela house is open to the public and a trip to Vilakazi Street is an absolute must. In short, this is also where you can buy quality African souvenirs and get to taste African cuisines. For example, Phutu pap, makwanda, or tincondza (chicken feet), and boerewors (sausage).
May to October is the most suitable for wildlife safaris in the northern part of South Africa. With less rainfall in this period, it is easier to spot the Big Five. It is believed that the Big Five got the group name because they were the most difficult to hunt. Namely, lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, and elephant.
There are more than 700 camping sites in or near popular parks or reserves!
That said, the ultimate must be the Kruger Park camping experience. Leave Johannesburg’s city lights behind you to sleep under the stars after a day’s game viewing. It is one of those experiences that stays with you for life. Not to mention the chats and laughter around the campfire. Find out about more amazing camping experiences…