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Posted on: Friday, 2 August 2013

A to Z of South Africa (Part 2)

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M is for Mountains

M is for Mountains

Last week we brought you the first half of our South Africa A-Z series, because we Love South Africa so much and for so many reasons we thought we’d share some of them with you. So lets pick up from where we left off …

M – Mountains

The topography of South Africa is punctuated by mile upon sprawling mile of mountain ranges and their foothills. These line the coast and create wonderfully chilly plateaus in the interior. It comes as no surprise, then, that South Africa is extremely popular for mountain climbing, abseiling, and hiking.

N – Nudist Beaches

O is for Ocean Diving

O is for Ocean Diving

While no beaches in South Africa offer completely protected nudist bathing, there are two beaches – Sandy Beach in Cape Town and Umhlanga Lagoon near Durban – that do accept nudity amongst their bathers.

O – Ocean Diving

The ample marine life and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean make SCUBA diving and snorkelling absolute musts for tourists visiting the country.

P – Port Elizabeth

PE, the Friendly City, is an ever-growing coastal metro that combines the city vibe with breath-taking beaches. White sand and warm blue waters characterise its coastline. Port Elizabeth is a popular retreat for many of the South Africans that travel to the coast over the end-of-year holiday season.

R is for Responsible Tourism

R for Responsible Tourism

Q – Qunu

Although Qunu is just a small rural village in the Eastern Cape, it has earned acclaim for being the birth place of former-president, Nelson Mandela.

R – Responsible Tourism

Responsible tourism, also known as eco-tourism, is essential to preserving the beauty and abundance of South Africa. As a result, many of its tourist-oriented initiatives are aimed at education and positive initiatives.

S – Seasons

S is for Seasons

S is for Seasons

South Africa has gorgeous weather that offers the full spectrum of conditions. Summers are, generally, hot all through the country. KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga are humid, while the Northern, Western and Eastern capes are dry. Winters can be freezing in inland places, which are even known to experience snow. Coastal regions are more temperate during the winter seasons.

T – Table Mountain

This flat-topped mountain looms over the City Bowl of Cape Town an has become known all around the world as an icon of South African tourism.

U – Umhlanga

U is for Umhlanga

U is for Umhlanga

Umhlanga is a resort town in KwaZulu-Natal, just north of Durban. Its incredible beaches and peaceful ambience have earned it high regard for travellers from all over the world that are looking for scenic solitude and serenity.

V – V&A Waterfront

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is the shopping Mecca of choice for dedicated shopaholics, but also just a fabulous place for families and friends to spend the day shopping, eating, visiting the stalls and watching the working harbour against the backdrop of Table Mountain.

W – Whale Watching

W is for Whale Watching

W is for Whale Watching

Every year, between July and December, pods of Humpback and Southern Right whales visit the shores of South Africa. These often delight spectators with their playful antics and massive proportions.

X – !Xariep Dam

Also known as the Gariep Dam, this is the spot of choice for those that love scenic vistas and exciting watersports.

Y – Yachting

Explore the oceans in style on a private yacht or one that has been hired from a tourist service provider.

Z is for Zulu Battlefields

Z is for Zulu Battlefields

Z – Zulu Battlefields

KwaZulu-Natal is littered with the battlefields of yesteryear, which saw many a bloody encounter between the indigenous Zulu folk and the foreign settlers. The sense of history here is quite haunting.

What do you think? Plenty to do and see wouldn’t you say? Is there anything you think we’ve lfet out? We’d love to know so leave your comments in the comment box below …

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Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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