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50 Reasons to visit South Africa atleast ONCE

South Africa is a land of contrasts. A rainbow nation very much like it’s flag that is home to a melting pot of cultures.Each part of this beautiful country is filled with such diverse landscape and things to do.

South Africa should be on everyone’s #BucketList to visit at least once in your lifetime. Having lived abroad for almost a decade I returned home to South Africa and saw my home through the eyes of a tourist. I saw things I took for granted and was wow’ed by the beautiful country I get to call my home.Many are concerned about Solo Travel in South Africa but like everywhere in the world one needs to be cautious check out the useful guide to Solo Travel in South Africa.

16  Interesting Facts about South Africa :

  1. South Africa is the second largest exporter of fruit in the World
  2. South Africa has the longest wine route in the world.
  3. South Africa is rated 3rd in the world in supplying safe, drinkable tap water.
  4. Walt Disney serves South African wine exclusively in its 73 acre Animal Lodge in USA.
  5. South Africa is the only country in the world to voluntarily abandon its nuclear weapons program.
  6. South Africa is the world’s largest producer of Macadamia nuts.
  7. SA is home to the worlds smallest succulent plant and the largest (Baobab Tree).
  8. We have the only street in the world to house 2 Nobel Peace prize winners is in Soweto, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have houses on Vilakazi Street in Soweto
  9.  SA has the third highest level of biodiversity in the world.
  10.  SA has deserts , mountains, escarpments ,plateaus,grasslands, bush, wetlands and subtropical forests.
  11. The Karoo region is home to some of the best fossils of early dinosaurs.
  12. The oldest remains of modern humans were found in Klasies River Cave in the Eastern Cape.They are well over 100,000 years old
  13. Kruger National Park supports the greatest variety of wildlife species in the African continent.
  14. Dr Christiaan Barnard performed the 1ST human heart transplant in the world in 1967.
  15. 3 of the 5 fastest land animals live in SA.
  16. General Motors SA is the only place outside the USA to build the Hummer H3.

Have I caught your attention yet ? Well if YES or NO then read on ….

During the month of September it was declared #TourismMonth here in South Africa. People were encouraged to be local tourists and explore locally. Been a blogger means I interact with several bloggers from around the world on a regular basis. All these bloggers have South Africa on their #BucketList or have been here already BUT want to come back.Travelling to South Africa can be done on a budget.

50 Reasons to visit South Africa :

1. A friendly country – South Africans are friendly people by nature and are very welcoming and entertaining.South Africans will find any excuse to celebrate so be prepared to meet their extended family and friends.With locals speaking 11 different languages and English been one of the official languages there is no language barrier.
2. Eat a bunny chow  South Africa is known to have some of the most amazing culinary delights. DO NOT be put off by the name it is in fact an Indian dish that the immigrants from India invented in South Africa. It is basically a quarter or half a loaf of unsliced bread with the soft centre scooped out and filled with a delicious vegetable or lamb curry and topped with the sift bread. The bunny chow is hugely popular in Durban which is known as the home of The Bunny Chow.

3. Wineries of Cape Town are popular about local and international tourists. From Stellenbosch to Robertson you will find wineries with unique tasting experience. South African wines are of an extremely high quality and are exported worldwide. During my #ExploreWC trip I got to experience the Stellenbosch and Robertson areas. It is no surprise that the wineries are often wedding venues as well.

4.Table Mountain situated within a national park is a symbolic and well-known sight of Cape Town. With breathtaking views from the top of Robben Island and the rest of Cape Town a trip up the mountain is worth it. There is a cableway which offers passengers a 360 degree view to the top and for the adventure seekers there are several hiking trails.Looking for Unique things to do in Cape Town is not difficult to do as the city is filled with all sorts to keep you busy.

5. Robben Island was home to political  prisoners during the apartheid era in South Africa. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which thousands of visitors visit annually. Nelson Mandela a much beloved world icon was imprisoned here along with several other stalwarts who fought against the system. The only way to get to the island is by a boat or a private helicopter. A tour of the island includes the quarry mines where the prisoners worked and the prison cells. The tour guides are all ex prisoners of the island.

6. Nelson Mandela Capture Site situated just outside Howick in Kwazulu Natal is the spot where Nelson Mandela was captured and arrested in 1962. This moment is historically important in the struggle against apartheid. This site is home to an internationally recognisable sculpture. The sculpture is made up of 50 steel columns between 6 to 9.5 metres in height along a 30 metre length. To be able to see Madiba’s face visitors need to walk along a path that represents “The Long Walk to Freedom” where the laser cut steel columns gradually come together and focus on a point.

7. Isimangeliso which means “miracle and wonder” is exactly that with a rich biodiversity  and boasts more species than the Kruger National Park. Found here in their largest concentrations in South Africa are Hippopotamus , Sea Turtles , Elephants , Humpback whales and over 521 bird species.
This wetland park became South Africa’s 1st World Heritage Site in December 1999. It gained recognition for its magnificent beauty and unique global value. The wetland is made up of 3 lakes , 8 interlinking ecosystems and a 700 year old fishing tradition.

8. Game Viewing can be done in literally every province of South Africa. There are numerous game parks and lodges to choose from.

9. Vredefort Dome found 120km in the South West of Johannesburg , is a representative part of a larger meteorite impact structure dating back 2023 million years ago. It is the oldest astrobleme yet found on Earth. The dome is evidence of the greatest known single energy release event which has catastrophic global effect according to scientists. This has provided evidence of the Earth’s geological history and is vitally important in understanding the evolution of the planet.

10. Durban the warmest city all year round is a popular place for local tourists and was recently named
Often compared to Miami Beach , Durban’s beach have a vibrant atmosphere with a constant buzz of activity.

11. Midlands Meander is located between Drakensberg and Durban. It is a popular tourist route filled with art galleries and museums. The Meander is South Africa’s first and finest arts and crafts tourism route and has been a rural haven for creative souls since 1800s.
Offering 130 destinations along this beautiful and very scenic route on is spoilt for choice from food to accommodation and homemade food products. Added to the charm of this route are Albert Falls , Midmar Dam  and Tala Game Reserve. For the adrenalin junkies Karkloof Canopy Tours offer a range of activities to keep you happy.

12. Soweto an abbreviation for Southwestern Townships is a tourist hotspot. The history of the area was a housing location for black labourers.
Homes were made of corrugated iron and many were shacks built from building scraps. Soweto is the birthplace of the struggle for democracy. Today Soweto is no longer what it was but instead large home and businesses can be found here. There are guided tours which allow visitors to see and experience life in a township. Nelson Mandela and his wife lived in Soweto before he was imprisoned and his home is now a museum.
The Soweto Cooling towers have been abandoned for years and until a few years ago been turned into an adventure site with Bungee jumping  and painting balling

13. Amarula Lapa is a promtional tasting and tourist centre in Limpopo. Amarula Cream is made from the fruit of the Marula tree known as the Elephant tree. This liqueurs has become a popular choice world wide and is easily spotted by it beautiful bottles with elephants on the label.
14. UNESCO World Heritage Sites- South Africa is home to  sites. Each site so different and unique in various parts of the country.There are 7 sites in South Africa.

15. The Garden Route is one of the most beautiful road trips ever. The route is approximately 200km and runs through some very scenic places in South Africa, which stretches along the Indian Ocean from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape To Storms River in the Eastern Cape.
Some highlights along the way include :

  • Tsitsikamma National Park with a magnificent suspension bridge.
  • Bloukrans Bungee which is the World’s Highest commercial bungee jump.
  • Wilderness is a small lush green area which is home to Wilderness National Park.

16. Drakensberg in the Kwa Zulu Natal province is known for its beautiful mountains. There are a variety of hotels in the area allowing one to be able to soak up the best of the Berg.  There are several hiking and horse riding trails for one to explore. Several caves contain paintings from the San people who lived in the area over a period of 4000 years.
The Berg is the highest mountain range in South Africa.Drakensberg comes from the Dutch influence in South Africa and translated means “dragon’s mountains”. The Amphitheatre is one of the geographical features of this area and is regarded as on of the most impressive cliff faces on earth.

17. World’s Smallest Desert yes it is true and it is Red in Colour. Found 170km from Durban , in the small town of Port Edward lies a miniature hills and valleys of naked red soil. Barely 200m across the site is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation.
The locals have a theory about the Red Desert ,legend has it that a Zulu Tribe assembled in that area in the 19th century with cattle they had stolen. The cattle were stolen from a Pondo Tribe and the land became overgrazed and over time wind eroded and stripped the layer of soil. And this is the Legend of the Red Desert.
18. Shakaland is the home of  King Shaka who was king of the Zulu Kingdom in KwaZulu Natal. On the site of where the popular documentary on King Shaka was made is the Shakaland Hotel. The hotel gives you a true traditional Zulu Experience from the dancing ,drumming, beer making and bead making. The rooms are all in the forms of thatched roof huts giving the feeling of living in a Zulu Village. Day trips are also a popular choice.

19. Temple of Understanding situated in the heart of Chatsworth in Durban is this beautiful temple. This temple is the largest Hare Krishna Temple in  Africa. The eye-catching striking domes house a Hindu Temple on the top and below a vegetarian eatery. Anyone can visit the temple and only have to remove your shoes when entering. There is a sense of peace and serenity one feels as soon as you enter.

20. Durban’s Golden Mile is often compared to Miami Beach , Durban’s beach have a vibrant atmosphere with a constant buzz of activity.

With fantastic weather all year round, there is a definite beach culture in this city. During the weekends the Golden Mile is filled with health fanatics going for a cycle or run along the beautiful beach. The beaches are also home to amazing sand sculptors who will personalize a message for you for a small price. Along the mile one will find vendors selling touristy trinkets as well as a Durban favourite Masala Pineapple which is basically a slice of pineapple on a skewer drenched in a chilli powder trust me it is divine.

21. Try out a freak milkshake ! Be prepared for a sugar rush as you taste concoctions made up into almost wicked milkshakes using everything from the chocolate and sweet store.

22. Go on a Rickshaw ride- A colourful part of the Golden Mile in Durban . Here you will find African men decked put with elaborate head dresses and dressed traditionally. The carts they pull are equally and colourful as the strong men pulling them. The Rickshaws are wooden structures with wheels which carry passengers. So there is no carbon foot print from this mode of transport. These were brought to Durban in 1893 by a British man and were used to transport the ladies and gentlemen locally. Now only a handful of these remain on the beachfront. It is truly worth the experience and the small amount of money to pay for it.
23. Cape Town Food Scene is something very unique and different.From goyrmet food to food trucks and fusion food you can find it all here. The influences of the Malays mean the curries are not too hot but rather fragrant and often fruit is cooked with meat. No visit to Cape Town is complete without eating certain things :

  • Koeksuster which is a doughnut with coconut and syrup drizzled over.
  • Fish and Chips
  • A vienna parcel also known as a poor man’s meal. Vienna’s are mixed fried potato chips and a variety of sauces are added before it is rolled up as a parcel and sold.
  • A Gatsby is a bread roll filled up with chips ,salad ,sauces,cheeses and a variety of meats.

24. Gold Reef City takes visitors back in time to the days of the Gold Rush. A theme park and historic exhibits are found within the city. There are also reproduction of buildings from that time era. A fun day out for the whole family.
25. Visit Buddhist retreat in Ixopo which is very popular for people of all faiths. This retreat was voted by CNN in 2014, as one of the World’s 10 Best Meditation retreat.
Nestled in a very calming and tranquil part of the KZN Midlands ,this retreat offers a variety of weekend courses and is well known for the delightful  vegetarian food they serve.
26. Eat a foot long Johnny’s Roti – situated on the hub of a busy road Johnnys is known by every one. With their cheap meals and late hours of trading it is popular among students and party animals wanting a cheap but filling meal. A foot long roti roll is exactly that a foot long wrap of cheese and a bean curry. 3 people can eat this and be full.
27. Sun City , the vision turned reality of an entertainment property with a casino in the middle of nowhere. Wait minute that sounds like Las Vegas. Sol Kerzner is the mastermind behind this popular spot which even boasts a man-made beach with waves and a water theme park.  Known as Africa’s playground  this property contains 4 hotels ,2 world-class golf courses , 2 casinos and a South African themed cultural village . A perfect holiday for the whole family. The property is home the Palace of the Lost City and this place is indeed magical.
28. Food – South Africa is a foodie heaven with influences from the British , Dutch , African , Malay and Indian cookery that has made it a melting pot of deliciousness. Every part of South Africa has its own regional specialities. Fresh produce is of an exceptionally high quality and is exported to various parts of the globe.

29. Braai the national way of entertainment in every South African home. Often referred to as a BBQ in other parts of the world is a wide selection of fish ,game meat ,karoo lamb and some of the best steaks ever. And no we do not do hamburgers but instead to boerewors. Side dishes include braai broodjies and roasted corn on the cob. A spit braai is also another popular way of entertaining where a whole lamb is rotated over a grill for several hours and tenderly nursed with a basting sauce.

30. Visit SAB breweries. South African breweries is a local brewery. Daily tours are offered which include a guided tour of the brewery in action and a sample tasting session of the local brews.

31. Shishya nyama township experience – The township experience is becoming more popular with not only tourists but locals wishing to experience what happens in a township. Shishya Nyama roughly translated is the Zulu word for a braai. With this experience comes the township vibes with the locals listening to local music,sometimes live music and drinking locally brewed beer. Mzoli’s in Cape Town and Max’s Lifestyle in Durban are 2 very popular places to try out.

32. Oudtshoorn is the largest town in the Little Karoo is known for producing Ostrich feathers. There are Ostrich farms where one can visit and even eat some Ostrich meat and stand on an Ostrich Egg.
Besides Ostriches , the area is famous for the impressive Cango Caves. Guided tours take you into the chambers of the caves to see the impressive stalagmites and stalactites.
33. Cape Town listed on literally every travel list out there as a place to visit before you die, is literally breathtaking.

A popular holiday spot for local and international tourists throughout the year. The city is home to many beautiful sites and sounds and a must visit.

34. An African Spa Experience with Mangwanani. This brand is a South African company who train local women from the townships in the skills of spa treatments. Mangwanani gives you a truly African experience as the products used are locally made and there an atmosphere of entering an African Village. Branches can be found in all major cities in South Africa.

35. Grahamstown Arts and Culture Festival happens each year between June and July when the little University town becomes a hub of creativity.
Situated between Port Elizabeth and East London, this historic town was once a battlefield between the locals and the settlers. Also called the City of Saints due to the large number of churches , 40 to be accurate in one area.
36. Durban July happens the 1st Saturday of July. It is a prestigious and glamorous horse racing event which brings hordes of people to Durban in their finery. Very much the “Ascot of Africa”
37. Value for money that is what all tourists say when they visit South Africa. There are a variety of packages to suit all budgets. And in the European summer it is Winter here but no snow and lots of sunshine. Winter in South Africa means discounted hotel deals as it is not peak season

38. Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa. It is larger in size than Israel.The Kruger now forms part of the Transfontier Park ,which is a peace park which links it to parks in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The reason behind this is animal migration. Found within this park are the Big 5 , Little 5 and the Birding Big 6 .
The Kruger is a self drive destination with overnight and day tours available. Other options include foot safaris,  game drives and bush walks. There is also luxury accommodation within the park.

39. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens another beautiful spot in Cape Town that is a World Heritage Site. This Botanic garden is the 1st garden in the world to be given this status. There are over 7000 species of flora here including rare and threatened species. With an extensive collection of Fynbos and beautifully sculptured gardens you should add Kirstenbosch to your list.

40. Sani Pass is situated between Kwa Zulu Natal and Lesotho. This pass is 4X4 terrain  and tours can be arranged if you don’t have a 4X4 . The pass is also home to the Highest Pub in Africa. Sani Pass is often a winter wonderland and offers majestic sweeping views of the mountains.
41. Babylonstren based in the Franschoek Valley is the oldest Cape Dutch Farm. It is a working wine and fruit farm. Babylonstren is a unique country getaway and has a Spa , accommodation , restaurant and greenhouse on the land. It is no surprise that this venue is also a wedding venue.
42. Luxury Train Travel on the Blue Train and Rovos Rail. Both these services offer luxurious cabins with gourmet food in elaborate dining cars.

43. Halaal Friendly , for several travellers of the Muslim faith this is an important factor when picking a holiday destination. South Africa is home to a large population of muslims. This means that getting Halaal Food is not a problem as well as finding places of worship.
44. Adventures for adrenalin Junkies galore in every part of South Africa. From Bungee Jumping to Skydiving to Shark Cage diving there is something for everything. From time to time there is a “meal in the sky ” which is literally a huge crane that picks up an open table which you sit around all strapped in while you have a bite.
45. Family friendly – there are loads of activities suitable for children in South Africa. Restaurants even have children play areas so the kids can be occupied while you are out for a meal.
46. Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein caves have provided vast amounts of scientific information on the evolution of the human being over 3.5 million years ago. The area defines the origin and evolution of humanity. Evidence has been found in these sites depicting how man lived , fed himself and his way of life.
47. Whale watching can be done in the popular town of Hermanus. There is a yearly festival.
48. Beaches – South Africa is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Surfers love the waves in SA and there are several surf events annually. There are 41 beaches that have Blue Flag Status.

49. Big Hole in Kimberly is found in the Northern Cape which was once the world’s Diamond Capital
The hole is the size of 8 football fields and is the world’s largest man-made hole. Between 1871 and 1914 , 14.5 million carats of diamonds were excavated from this mine. These days the mine is filled with water. There is a viewing platform for visitors to have a peak into the depth of the mine.
50. God’s Window – situated in the province of Mpumalanga . This site offers the most panoramic views of canyons , rock formation and waterfalls all in between lush green vegetation. Close by are a number of popular attractions including Mac Mac Falls.

South Africa has several different types of accommodations to suit all budgets.From 5 star hotels ,airbnb and some pretty cool hostels.Check out this cool itinerary https://www.ourescapeclause.com/2-weeks-in-south-africa-itinerary
I could go on with 50 more reasons but I am sure these will tempt you to add South Africa to your #BucketList. Which are you most keen to see / experience/ taste ?
Be Inspired !

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149 thoughts on “50 Reasons to visit South Africa atleast ONCE

  1. Holy spatula!! EPically extensive post veru wow. So much detail and good vibes. hahhaha bunny chow is a highlight yes.
    I really didn’t know alot about SA after all lol.
    I mean i only knew facts 8 12 & 14.

  2. I was actually quite eager to read this post since the time I saw it on Instagram. South Africa is a place I am looking forward to explore soon 🙂

  3. I visited Johannesburg and Capetown in July- August and lived there for 45 days. It was one epic trip and I lived mu South African dream. I could absolutely relate with the above post. I am glad I could do a lot mentioned above but yet there is so much to do. I would love to go back again.

  4. Phenomenal list! Pinning. My friend taught for a year in South Africa and I have wanted to visit ever since. I have to admit since I haven’t been able to yet I have taken first person virtual tours of the area, especially Capetown which was breathtaking in HD, I can’t imagine how gorgeous it must be in person.

  5. havent been there but have a few friends and family who are there, so hopefully i will someday. and am glad you made this post to inspire others too.

  6. Hi Verushka! I have visited Africa in general but not South Africa yet. Didn’t know that Macademia comes from there. Do you know if there many outdoor/adventure activities organized?

  7. The only country in the world to voluntarily abandon its nuclear weapons program?! I didn’t know that – that alone makes me wanna go! Next to all the other yummy and exciting recommendations haha. Amazing post Verushka, great work!

  8. South Africa. What is the first thing that pops to my mind? First it is Nelson Mandela. But I am not going to SA just because Nelson is South African. No disrespect. (*smile*) So what could possibly make me want to visit South Africa? From where I am, it takes I think nearly 2 days to reach your country after stopovers here and there, plus someone once told me plane fare is more than two or three thousand US dollars.
    So… what is it that truly fascinates me, might make me spends thousands of dollars, and do what or see what? I KNOW! SHARK DIVING! 🙂 Seriously, I would love to be in a cage and let them great whites ram the cage.

  9. Wow, this is a valuable article! I can honestly say that I don’t need 50 more reasons to visit South Africa, this list you made filled with reasons to go there, got me to put it on my bucket list. I’m amazed of how much I don’t know! 🙂 Durban’s beach for example – I must visit. And the food in South Africa looks to be in my taste. The freak milkshake also got my sweet tooth’s interest 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to put this list together.

  10. Wow. I got interested in Africa when I watched the show blended because the view was great, the activities seems amazing. Then I saw your post, I wish I could fast forward to the time when I’ll visit soon. Your pictures are amazing, the food looks great too and the beaches look enticing. Thank you for sharing this, it makes me want to go to South Africa right now. 😀

  11. South Africa is a country that I already wanted to visit. This list of facts is so interesting. I like those kind of list as it makes you learn interesting fact and see things from a different perspective. There is just so much to do in South Africa, between enjoying the beach and the sun, visiting the city, monuments and places. Doing safari and going all around everything. I have two friends from South Africa and met a few others. It’s true that South African are kind and welcoming

  12. Such a detailed list I cannot even decide which one would be my priority! So many historical, geographical, culinary traits could put South Africa at the top of anyone’s wish list. Thanks for such a thorough article, it was a very interesting read!

  13. This was SUCH an informative post that I can’t wait to share with my readers! You had me at “longest wine route in the world” can’t wait to visit and indulge!

  14. OMG!!! I have always dreamt of visiting Africa!! 🙁 See, I think 90% of people who are getting married dreams of going to Paris for their honeymoon, but me? I dream of going to Africa, seeing Cape Town and its beautiful sceneries, Kruger National park, and so many more. I hope one day I can visit! 🙁

  15. I know it’s hard for me to get a visa since I am from a third world country. The 50 reasons you have shared are really interesting. On the other hand, I love to take photos and I could see that it’s the best country for taking adventure themed shots!

  16. Man, I need to do SA again. It was our first trip outside Asia and it was a honeymoon so we wanted it easy, no planning etc, especially cuz we got rejected to NZ. I wasn’t in the mood to plan. So we just stayed at sun city…no where else.
    This really makes me want to visit again…someday.

  17. South Africa get’s so little exposure in our part of the world, in terms of advertising. There sure were good reasons (a lot!) why SA should get a fair share of tourists, I hope you guys succeed in bringing in tourists.

  18. Even before I came across your post, my mind is set that I will visit South Africa someday! 🙂 I am specifically wanting to visit cape town and and the sheldrick foundation! I want to visit the elephant orphanage so bad 🙂 I admire their dedication in saving elephants and fighting for them.

  19. 50 Reasons to Visit South Africa? I didn’t need more than one, but now I have an entire encyclopedia to share with my husband to convince him to visit! I’ve wanted to visit SA forever, but reading about all the amazing food in Cape Town and the wine trails and all the other interesting little tidbits makes me want to go NOW. Thanks for sharing this, you’ve definitely made an impression on me!

  20. This was quite a long list and I enjoyed reading every single one of it! 🙂 I’ve always wanted to visit South Africa, though. It has long been underrated, but if I were to go there, I’m sure I’ll love it 🙂 And oooh, the FOOD! Plus, lots and lots of interesting activities to try! You bet I’ll try to achieve more than one in this list!

  21. I’m overwhelmed after reading this post! although, South Africa is really been one on my list to visit, but this post, topped all the reasons why I should be more making my list as South Africa on the top! Amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  22. Incredible 50 reasons! SA Tourism should give you an award for this promotion. 🙂 Very well presented.
    I am keen to see the National Parks and watch Ostriches… not eat them though. 🙂

  23. Wow, who knew that South Africa has so many amazing things to offer to its tourists. I am a wine lover and I didn’t really experienced South African Wine as it’s not that common in my country. I would love to come and do a wine tour on the longest wine route in the world. It sounds so lush!

  24. Wildlife and safari are the main reason we would want to explore the mysterious land of Africa. Kruger National Park and the table mountain is something we would not want to miss along with the UNESCO sites.

  25. What an awesome read! SA has been on the top (1 or 2) for the past few years. My best friend is currently in Johannesburg doing some volunteering projects in the region. Cape Town has been a place where Ive wanted to live for such a long time. Actually planning to finally make it out there by the end of 2017!

  26. I visited South Africa last year to volunteer and I absolutely loved it. I managed to visit a few places but I’d love to go back and see more of the country, especially Cape Town and Kruger national park. I’ve got even more places I’d like to visit there after reading your post! One day…

  27. Wow! I’ve just learnt a lot about South Africa! Did not need so many reasons to go there, I was convinced just reading the firs ones! Thank you for the very useful information

  28. So many fun things to do! Love the level of details in your post, you must have done a lot of research. very interesting to know that South Africa is the 3rd in the world in supplying safe, drinkable tap water. Would love to visit the Kruger national park and check out Durban.

  29. Such a great detailed list! I’d be interested in the spa session! I’m curious as to how different it’d be compared to a regular spa.

  30. My hubby went to Cape Town for work last year for 2 months and really enjoyed it! South Africa is on my bucket list and hopes to visit there soon in my life!

  31. If someone will invite me for a branding trip to South Africa, then I wouldn’t think twice to take a time off, and pack my bags 🙂 Hard to say no with 50 reasons!

  32. Initially I did not know about the interesting facts South Africa. But after reading your article I get a lot of things about South Africa. I’m also curious about the Karoo region, whether dinosaur fossils found there a complete whole body?

  33. Honestly, you had me at fruit and Macadamia nuts. All the other facts about South Africa are amazing, and I already wanted to visit. But hey, lots of fruit and Macadamia nuts is what I really want 😀

  34. This is a super detailed list of all the best reasons to visit South Africa. One of the guys I work with is from South Africa and he is always mentioning the fresh fruits and delicious foods. I certainly do have some favourites but would love to try them straight off the tree! Thanks for sharing – super informative!

  35. South Africa is one of the places I really want to travel to! Reading these 50 facts are even rushing my will to go there! Your post is definitely very instructive, thanks! I’d love to try South African food, it must be a very nice blend of different cultures!

  36. I’ve always felt very intrigued by South Africa. Its history, mix of cultures and of course the wonderful wildlife make it a very attractive destination that I hope I can visit someday!
    Thanks for this very interesting post; the food looks amazing by the way! 🙂

  37. You don’t have to convince me to head over there! I have wanted to get there for ages! Table Mountain, safaris, Durban, wineries, they all appeal and get me wanting to travel everyday. I had no idea that the first human transplant took place there in 1967! That was very interesting!

  38. You’re absolutely right about 50 not being enough reasons. I love South Africa! I have family there that I was able to visit for the first time and I went all around the country (7 of the 9 provinces). Next time I go back I would love to do 3 things: actually hike up to the top of table mountain, hike the Berg, and visit Durban.

  39. I have been dying to get out there, especially to see the wine world. Some of their wines are the best I have ever had! It is on my list for sure – thank you for sharing so many more reasons! xx Shannon

  40. From culture to adventure to nature and wildlife…. There seems to be so much here… My friend has been calling me for some time now…. Time to heed to that invite…. South Africa beckons.. Thanks to u

  41. Already I’ve listened so much about the beauty and wildlife of South Africa but was unaware of the fact relevant to wines. Glad to know about lot more similarities with India like rickshaw pulling, The Bunny Chow and in variation of climate. Incredible!!

  42. Wow, those are 50 great reasons to visit SA. Food is the first thing that would attract me . Have heard so much about the food in South Africa.Wonderful list to inspire people to visit your country 🙂

  43. This is one of the most comprehensive list for reasons to visit South Africa a dream destination for any traveler irrespective of what one is looking for South Africa has something for everybody and then some more…

  44. I absolutely love South Africa. Was lucky enough to live there for two years. I had the best-deconstructed prawn samosa in Durban. It is nice to return home after travel with a new found appreciation for your country.

  45. Wow such a comprehensive list and a good one as well! I learned so much and would definitely consider a trip to South Africa. I have been to Nairobi and Kilimanjaro but Johannesburg and Cape Town are on my wish list. Thanks for the wonderful compilation. I am book-marking for sure.

  46. Wow . . . that’s one hell of a list, great work! I am lucky enough to have visited Kruger and briefly J’berg, however, I’m keen to get back soon as I really want to travel The Garden Route and visit some of the fantastic vineyards. Thanks for sharing and happy travels!

  47. I’m glad to know the 16 facts about South Africa… #32 and #50, How I wish to stand on ostrich egg, but won’t it break? 🙂 And no wonder it is being called God’s window, a great panorama is waiting to be viewed from that window. Thanks for this post about South Africa..

  48. To be honest, even 5 points on this list are a reason good enough for me to book the first flight out! I mean, how can I not be tempted by the longest wine route in the world or Capetown? Great list that covers a lot of fun trivia. I hope to visit this fascinating country soon!

  49. I’ve wanted to visit South Africa since I learned about Kruger National Park, but I didn’t realize just how much more this country had to offer! And I can actually have the true possibility of crossing ‘cross a desert’ off my bucket list now. Haha.

  50. Awesome post, thanks so much! Definitely keen on travelling to South Africa soon so will have to bookmark this one and return to it in the future! I’m sure you’ve convinced many people 🙂 Amanda and Daniel (www.lavidaviva.com)

  51. I am working with a travel website and our main products are tours and safari packages generally in Africa, but I’ve been seeing a lot of customers going for South Africa and the destinations you listed above, we’ve been receiving a huge demand on those. So I got excited reading your blog and this definitely made me want to visit South Africa soon. Who knows, we might even go there for a business trip (crossed fingers)

    1. Wow that is great I do share a lot of content on my blog/Fb page /IG related to South Africa so feel free to share.Yay do come visit maybe I could visit you too so I can promote SA

  52. I need to visit here soon! I’ve stayed in Zambia for almost 2 years but never got anywhere near South Africa. Planning a trip to Capetown. 🙂

  53. Gosh, I love your posts about SA! It definitely is on my bucket list too but you make me wanna go right now. I find anything about Africa fascinating so really enjoying your blogs!

  54. Oh my goodness! South Africa is totally totally on my bucket list. I would love to visit this amazing place one day. It looks incredibly beautiful and your 50 reasons totally has convinced me!

  55. Wow, I’ve always wanted to visit SA but this post settles it! I’d love to experience the nature, the food, go whale watching etc. Sounds like such an amazing and diverse country.

  56. I’ve always wanted to go to South Africa but now I really want to! I love the idea of a tourist month for locals. How fun! Great article thanks for sharing.

  57. Thank you for sharing this, Verushka! I’ve never been to South Africa before, but it sounds like an amazing place to visit (which such a wide variety of experiences!) The way you explained the bunny chow actually made my mouth water (it sounds so yum!) The beaches sound amazing too (and they look so beautiful in your photo!) I’ll definitely need to visit South Africa – I’m adding it to my bucket list 🙂

  58. South Africa is definitely on my bucket list. I am just waiting until I have enough time so that I can see everything I want to. It would be a shame to travel so far for a short time.

  59. South Africa has been on my list for a while now and this definitely convinced me even more! The longest wine route in the world?? That alone is enough to make me hop on a plane!

  60. I love South Africa! My parents lived there before I was born and I went with them a few years ago. Kruger Park and Cape Town are just beautiful, I can’t wait to go back one day.

  61. Super super informative. The wineries, nature, biodiversity, wild life, beaches, ocean and beautiful vibrant cities was what I had in mind before, now I ass some more to my ”to do ” list when will finally visit South Africa, great post!

  62. Thanks for your very good article- you have all the great spots to visit, but not much about the Drakensberg, where I grew up. For me, pictures of those mountains take me back to when I was a boy living within easy reach of places like Cathedral Peak or the Amphitheatre in the Royal Natal National Park. Yes, I would recommend any reader follows your list as they will enjoy the activities to make their visit to South Africa a memorable one.
    From far away beautiful Scotland.

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  64. Such a comprehensive list! Thanks for this info. I think SA just got added to out itinerary when we get down to that part of the world. Awesome post.

  65. This is lovely. I still have an ache in my heart from how much I miss South Africa and can’t wait to return! Definitely one of our best trips yet!

  66. South Africa is such a special place. That’s why we went on our honeymoon! I’m still waiting on a good flight deal to go back. Thanks for all of the info!

  67. You had me at “longest wine trail in the world”! But in all seriousness, South Africa has been a place we’ve been itching to travel to for years! Can’t wait to make it happen (hopefully someday soon!). Thanks for all the fun facts and tips.

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