South Africa is a land known and loved for so many things. Its wondrous wildlife, magnificent landscapes, fascinating flora, colourful people, melting pot of cultures and intriguing art makes this a destination with so much to offer that many find it almost impossible to leave.
There are millions of visitors that have experienced some of the magic of this country, not to mention the locals, who do not easily forget what a fabulous home they have. So, to get the most out of any South African experience, there are some activities and attractions that are just not negotiable.
Things You Have To Do in South Africa
Visiting Oudtshoorn in the Karoo will give you the best opportunity to ride one of these strong and powerful birds. This area is known for its many ostrich farms and products, and offers young and old the opportunity to feel the thrill of climbing on and enjoying a rather bumpy ride.
Many of the nature reserves and game parks allow their visitors to cuddle and play with lion or cheetah cubs. Of course, there are strict rules about hygiene to protect the health of these little predators. Being this ‘up close and personal’ with one of the world’s best hunters is a real privilege.
The South African barbecue, called a braai, is practically an institution in this country. Enjoy the smoky aromas of Karoo lamb or prime beef on the coals while relishing in the stunning scenery. Not all beaches allow one to braai, so it is important to check first to avoid disappointment.
South Africa is the home of a number of award-winning courses. These include Arabella, Pecanwood, Humewood, Fancourt and River Club. Stunning views make a round on these courses more than just a relaxing day on the fairways. They really are quite an experience.
No visit to this country is complete without having a safari in a beautiful park or reserve. See the fauna and flora for which SA is so loved, including the Big 5 – leopard, lion, buffalo, rhino and elephant. The Kruger National Park is the best known wildlife reserve in the country and one of the most acclaimed in the world. Others include Shamwari and Addo Elephant Park.
With all of these forests, mountains, valleys and coastlines, there is no shortage of hiking trails in South Africa. Some of the most famous trails and hiking areas include the Drakensberg Mountains, Table Mountain, the Otter Trail, Swartberg and the Wild Coast.
The Great White Shark is one of the most feared hunters and beautiful predators. There are a number of places along the South African coastline in which these and other impressive shark species can be seen from a new perspective – in a cage within their natural habitat. Gansbaai, Cape Town, Knysna and Jeffrey’s Bay are just some of the best places to go diving with these graceful marine predators.