This is a country of contrasts. On the deep southern coastline you will find small sleepy villages, with the eastern shore offering warm waters and pristine beaches, and the west providing near exact conditions, but with heavier swells and colder waters. The east coast is widely known for its scenery, and has been aptly dubbed ‘The Garden Route’. Following this long stretch of road brings you through movie-like locations with giant overhanging trees, open mountain ranges strewn with fynbos, and prime spots for whale watching and game viewing.
The high octave bustle and lights of Cape Town’s city centre is forever watched over by Table Mountain. One of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, it is a sight worth beholding. Even though it lies so far south, it can be seen as the heart of the country.
Stellenbosch and Franschhoek on the other hand can be thought of as full bodied, just like their internationally sought after wines. The tranquility in these areas is unmatchable. Plump grapevines and plum trees stretch out towards the horizon. There are 5-star accommodations and wine estates such as ‘La Residence’, with acres of vineyards and open roaming space, world class spas and gourmet restaurants. And we have barely left Cape Town.
Further north up the gorgeous countryside lies the all too well known ‘Sun City’. With outdoor safari adventures and water sports, indoor shopping, spas and restaurants, it is a jam packed miniature version of the entire country with splendor galore. The gauteng province is home to the city of Johannesburg. This city has an extremely rich history, and with the nickname ‘City of Gold’, it’s not hard to see why. The world’s deepest gold mine lies just outside the city, currently at just over 3.9 kilometers into the earth. This area has made South Africa one of the leaders in gold
mining. After the crumbling of the country’s Apartheid era, the people have come together to build a better future for everyone. A perfect example of this is Jo’burg itself. The mix of colours, sights and smells in the city shows you small pieces of a variety of cultures. Crawling over the border between South Africa and Mozambique, lies the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves. This is the home of the big five, and hundreds of other species of wildlife and birds. Private game reserves in the park such as ‘Sabi Sands’ offer the best tours to viewing these majestic animals up close and personal. The park itself is the perfect example of the real African experience mixed with first class facilities that blend into the natural landscape.
South Africa might be at the very bottom of the continent, but it is certainly a central attraction.