Many destinations around the globe are fantastic for adventure, but South Africa might be the best of them all. Some people regard it as the adventure capital of the world.
With more than 130 adventures to choose from, there’s something for everyone — from mountain walks to shark cage-diving. In addition, the natural beauty and world-class facilities for visitors cannot be beat in this exotic locale. If you want to make the most of your next trip, here are the top three reasons you should choose South Africa.
Reason #1: It’s the “Rainbow Nation”
The term “Rainbow Nation” was coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and intended to describe post-apartheid South Africa following the country’s first full democratic election in 1994. The term reflects the unity of multi-culturalism in the current society and the coming together of many different races, tribes, creeds, and philosophies.
For a truly diverse experience and an adventure among a multitude of cultures, South Africa is the place. It’s an anthropologist’s dream and traveler’s delight. Covering an area of 1.3 million kilometers, South Africa is home to 50 million people who speak 11 different languages, and all are official languages protected by the Constitution.
Reason #2: It’s affordable, yet luxurious
In a tough economy where wages are stalled and prices continue to rise, even adventurers and world travelers must think in terms of prudent spending. So if you want a real thrill of a vacation at a fraction of the price, South Africa should be at the top of your list. There, you can afford luxury in your accommodations and still have spending money for shopping and other delicious treats.
Food is a big component of the affordable South African experience; it’s a great way to learn about the heart of the country. South Africa boasts exquisitely fresh meats, fruits, vegetables, wines, and seafood.
The dishes include a local type of kebab, curried mince, crayfish, seasoned dried meats, and “potjiekos”: a casserole cooked for hours in a three-legged iron pot. Also, be sure to try some of the traditional African and Afro-fusion dishes at very reasonable prices in authentic local cookeries.
Local South African beers, Cape wines, brandies, and liquors are also an indulgence for the visitor and known the world over for their quality.
Reason #3: Nature, wildlife, and safari tours
South Africa’s scenic wonders are legendary. From Table Mountain to God’s Window, the mountains, forests, coasts, and deserts will astound and enrapture you.
The coastline extends along nearly 2,800 kilometers. The famed Kruger Park alone has 336 tree species, 49 fish, 34 amphibian, 114 reptile, 507 bird, and 147 mammal species for you to behold. Taking a safari to see the amazing array of plants and animals is an absolute must for those who hold the spirit of adventure in their hearts and possess a strongly curious mind attracted to natural wonders.