South Africa is the nature’s ultimate playground, one blessed in abundance with scenic natural trails, rare species of bird and animal life, untouched grasslands and savannahs as well as an eclectic and interesting mix of culture and traditions. Since there’s a lot that can be done here, we list the top five things that you just can’t miss during your South Africa visit:
Meet the African Penguins
Only found on the coastlines of the Southern Africa, the African Penguins are a major attraction for tourists visiting this part of the world. To meet these cute, little creatures all you need to do is to head to the Boulders Beach near the Simon’s Town where an entire colony of these endangered penguins is found. Though the penguins are seen here all year long, the time of the year when they are seen in striking numbers is January, when they are moulting on the beach. These penguins are quite friendly and used to being around visitors, however, it is advisable not to get too close for their comfort.
Take a Safari
The wildlife safaris are the essence of South Africa, an occasion for visitors to see the glorious wilderness that surrounds this part of the world and is the natural habitat for a spectacular variety of animal life. When in South Africa, you wouldn’t want to miss the chance to spot the Big 5 – the African elephant, the African lion, the Cape buffalo, the African leopard and the black and white rhinos. The Kruger National Park is one of the most likely places to meet with these exotic animals as also for seeing the vegetation and large diversity of mammals and bird life that is found here.
Take a Train Ride
One of the best ways to enjoy and get acquainted with the abundant natural beauty that South Africa encompasses is through a train ride that takes you through the grasslands and savannas, rivers and valleys, quaint villages and major towns. Some of the most popular trains for a scenic journey through the country include The Blue Train, The Cape Town-to-Simonstown Metrorail, Cape Town to the Wine Country, Rovos Rail as well as Shosholoza Meyl.
Visit the Cango Caves
With Cango Caves, you have an actual chance of exploring something that is as old as the Stone Age. Believed to be at least 20 million years old, the Cango Caves form the largest cave system in South Africa. Tourists have the choice to opt for a ‘Standard Tour’ lasting an hour or an ‘Adventure Tour’ which takes visitors through small passages to see the limestone formations that the caves are popular for. Making way through narrow passageways (some just under 15 cm), you will get a definite adrenaline rush to be a part of something that has stayed since time immemorial.
Explore the Expansive Vineyards and Wineries
The vineyards and wineries in South Africa are one of the best in the world and are known for their stunning setting; some overlooking the mountains, other rivers, while other few inviting guests to the thatched cottages in the middle of nowhere for heart-filling wine-tasting sessions. Our recommendation on best places for tasting those rich, classic wines include Franschhoek Kitchen, Fyndraai Restaurant, Readers Restaurant, Basse Provence as well as Diemersfontein.