South Africa; a Land of extraordinary beauty, culture, traditions, wildlife, landscape and people

South Africa Travel Blog

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Don at Cape Point

Africa has for centuries been feared by many travelers, explorers and adventures because little was known about her. But in recent years, Africa has become the destination of choice for many young and older American travelers who seek adventure, beauty, and understanding exotic cultures. Many still think Africa is one country, it is amazing when talking to Americans, they tend to ask me how we say 'hello' in African. It is hard not to laugh inwardly at the ignorance while understanding their need for knowledge. The land that has for years been called the 'ends of the earth' is actually the second largest continent in the world and comprises fourty seven (47) countries. No one language is spoken all over Africa, there are millions of languages all based on countries and cultures.

If you have watched the movie "Blood Diamonds" you will realize that South Africa has its sad history tied to it's greatness.

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
  For years, South Africa was recognized for violations of human rights (Apartheid), travelers on the other hand talked of the country in relation to Safaris or minerals including diamonds, gold, uranium etc. South Africa happens to be the only part of Africa that can be classified as a first world. But for apartheid, the country would have competed favorably on world markets. Unfortunately the history of South Africa is a sad one. That bring me to another movie, have you watched "Shaka Zulu"? If not, I highly recommend it as part of a history and cultural education for South Africa. The land of South Africa is one of exraordinary beauty, it's culture, traditions, wildlife, marine world, Heritage sites to mention but a few.

Wildlife Safaris and National Parks in South Africa:

A large number of national parks exist in South Africa, providing game viewing, hiking and the most exciting private game safaris.

Don on top of Table Mountain
Kruger National Park is the world famous game park, other parks include the Limpopo, Mpumalanga which is actually the gate way into Kruger, Pilansberg and Madikwe national reserves. In the northern Cape region there are three parks which have no Malaria, they include the Augrabies Falls, Tswalu Dersert reserve and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. In the Western Cape region you fiind the Karoo and Bontebok, tow of the most famous parks in the region. On Route 62, the Garden route there are three malaria free parks namely, Plattenberg Bay, Albertinia and Oudtshoorn.

Cultural Heritages:

Given the diverse and rich culture of South Africa, it is no wonder that UNESCO's world Heritage committee recognized 8 sites as World Heritages. Robben Island being the most world renown, the Cradle of Human kind, ukhahlamba Drankensberg National park, the spectacular Mapungubwe landscape, Cape Coral region, Vredefort Dome, Richtersveld Cultural landscape and the isimangaliso wetland Park. Other sites of interest include the Red and white Lighthouse in Cape Agulhas, the Nama People, the Zulu People, Soweto township and many other important historical sites which include ancestral graves, indigenous music and dance.

South African Beaches:

South Africa runs what is known as the blue flag, part of an environmentally friendly sound system. The Blue Flag status lets both visitors and locals know that they are using clean beaches and have nothing to worry about while having fun. The most famous of these beaches in Western Cape include Gordon's bay a picturesque costal town at the foot of the Hottentots Holland mountain, Hermanus, Victoria Bay, and Arniston. In Eastern Cape you have the main surfing hotspots in Port Elizabeth and East London. The beaches in the KwaZulu Natal region are perhps the best because they have good weather year round.

The most cosmopolitan city in the world is in South Africa: Durban. The sophistication of this city is captivating, making it a magnet for tourists as well as immigrants to South Africa. Being the third largest city in the country, it offers hotspots for businesses, families, teenagers and people from all walks of life.

PS:  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

Africancrab says:
Thanks RJ, you will love South Africa once to make the journey there. Hope you do and feel free to read and ask questions, I will be glad to oblige you.
Posted on: Nov 23, 2011
RJ82 says:
congrats on the feature HArriet! ill be sure to read the rest of these for my future trip to SA!
Posted on: Nov 22, 2011
Africancrab says:
Wow! a feature for me. I'm very thankful and inspired more than ever to share my travel experiences. Thank you Travbuddies for the congratulations, much appreciated.
Posted on: Nov 22, 2011
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Don at Cape Point
Don at Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Don on top of Table Mountain
Don on top of Table Mountain
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