Usually, when people plan their travel itinerary, they select European destinations to explore the charm of the place and Asian countries to experience the culture. However, most travelers fail to realize that this southern-most tip of the African continent gives them the best of both the worlds. South Africa has a unique experience in store for globetrotters and explorers alike. Here are top five reasons why you must pack your bags and take the next flight to this diverse, beautiful country.
Non-vegetarians rejoice! South Africa is a paradise for authentic meat lovers. Although, there are a few options for vegetarians, majority of meals come with the inclusion of meat, most of which is Beef. The locals have their own style of hosting barbecue nights. Popularly known as 'Braai', the meat is cooked over an open flame, which results in some of the best cooked meat one will ever have the privilege of eating.
What makes South African cuisine stand apart is the various spices and veggies that they use while preparing delectable dishes. 'Chakalaka', a vegetable relish, usually spicy, is traditionally served with bread or curries. Another specialty is 'Pap', made from ground maize, is their substitute for rice. One must also try 'Biltong', a type of salty dried, cured meat which originated in South Africa.
The food available in Cape Town is highly influenced by European and Malay cuisines, while the cuisines you find in Durban has a touch of Indian flavors to them.
If you're not a fan of local food, worry not! This country takes pride in the array of restaurants, which boasts of a variety of cuisines - ranging from European, Oriental-Asian to Japanese food.
South Africa is one place where you're bound to have a great time at pubs/bars that offer good music and great drinks. This country is blessed with great weather throughout the year, thus making it a haven for fantastic local wineries and beer breweries. However, one can visit any waterhole to sample the best of alochol, that this country has to offer. Moreover, the drinks are cheap, so the bill won't burn a hole in your pocket.
Apart from food and drinks, South Africa also boasts of an abundant wildlife. Green forests, game parks and private reserves are spread across the country. One can choose to visit a place that excites them the most and enjoy a day or two of camping there. There are a number of Safari rides that one could opt for. Once you do and if you're lucky then you'll get to spot the 'Elusive Big 5' (Leopard, Lion, African Elephant, Water Buffalo and Rhinoceros) in the jungles.
Much has been talked about the rampant crime that takes place in the country. However, going by personal experiences, the locals in South Africa are the most heartwarming people that you'd ever come across. Each and every person greets you with a warm smile, asks about your day and expresses genuine interest in your travel plans. Some locals even share interesting stories from the past that echoes touching sentiments of this great country. The people of South Africa add a distinct touch to the place and after interacting with them, you're bound to leave with fond memories.
Just when you think you've seen the most beautiful sight in South Africa, you'll stumble upon an even prettier view that will take your breath away. South Africa defines beauty in every possible way. One will get to witness the myriad shades of the sky at dawn - pink, orange, purple and blue - all at the same time. May it be the gorgeous view of Cape Town from Table Mountain, Chapman's Peak Drive, the rolling green hills, acres of winery in the pretty town of Stellenbosch or the white sandy beaches of Durban - you've got it all in South Africa. Sounds magical, right? Pack your bags this instant. Visit South Africa and experience what falling in love actually means.
Beaches, wildlife, people, sunshine, value for money and a whole lot more. South Africa is your game for life. When are you going to visit?
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