... The world in one country
Traveling in South Africa will feel the breath of a land full of life, enraptures the view in front of endless savannahs or lush mountain landscapes; hearing is enchanted to hear the voices of the animals or the tribal music; the feel is surprised in front of millennial rock paintings or touching the lush spring blooms; smell of the salt air of the oceans is imprinted or odor of savannas dawn; It falls in love with the taste fruity wines or the conviviality of the famous "braai's" (barbecue) evening; and in the evening nothing more wonderful for the mind that sleep under the blanket of stars shining in the Milky Way.
South Africa is a rainbow of life, culture and nature, a land proud of herself where ancestral cultures coexist with modern metropolis and cheerful and romantic small towns, where desert lands are interspersed with colorful landscapes, where animal life is punctuated a rate almost divine.
Travelling in South Africa also means retrace the fundamental humanity: wild land inhabited Omo Erectus, was populated by Bushmen and Khoikhoi about 10,000 years ago; was reached in 1486 by the explorer Bartolomeu Dias who first passed the Cape of Good Hope, before being colonized by the Dutch in 1652 founded what would become Cape Town. It was unfortunately the scene of wars, injustices and struggles, but then finally that unforgettable 11 February 1990, when Madiba (Nelson Mandela) is freed from the prison of Robben Island, marking the beginning of a new era full of hope, opportunity and dreams achieve.
The south Africa is a country that remains in the heart, like a radiant rainbow, as the jovial smile of its hospitable inhabitants, like the mighty roar of the lions, as his fiery sunsets and as the magical silence that evening falls on the savannah when all ' horizon sprout bright stars of the Southern Cross.
Located on the far southern tip of Africa, South Africa, with an area of 1,233,404 sq km. and about 3,000 km of coastline, is a truly amazing destination: rightly called "the world in one country", always welcoming with 11 official languages and nine spectacular provinces each to discover for its natural and cultural features. For nature lovers, there are many national parks is that the many private reserves: the Kruger National Park, in the north-east, covers an area of about 2 million hectares is the most famous park in the world for 'impressive variety of flora and fauna that it hosts. Born in recent years, there are the Parks Malaria-free, including the Addo Elephant National Park sanctuary of more than 450 elephants, the Reserve Madikwe the border with Botswana or the Pilanesberg Park near Johannesburg, that sleep suitable for families with children. Do not miss the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the park between South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, which in addition to hosting a wide variety of animal species is characterized by its red hills and semi-desert areas and the Augrabies Falls National Park to admire the famous waterfalls .
If you want to sea why not visit the coastal areas by traveling along the famous Garden Route which links Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, and stopping to dive with great white sharks; Hermanus or to admire, between June and November, the passage of the whales with their calves or Cape Agulhas, right extreme point of Africa where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic Ocean. Garden Route is a must stop on a farm in Oudtshoorn ostrich farm, a visit to the caves Ganco Caves and a visit to its most famous towns of Knysna and Plettengerg Bay and gaze at the Tsitsikamma Forest. Famous are also the Sunshine Coast of the Indian Ocean, a paradise for surfers and the long coast of the province of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape where you can see the incredible spectacle of the passage of sardines between May and July.
The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal, home to the now rare white rhinos and the nearby estuary of Lake St. Lucia, you can make boat safaris.
To spend, in South Africa, the most relaxing day you could visit the Namaqualand along the Atlantic coast, which in September / October is transformed into a colorful, lush garden with spring flowering; or the Karoo with its caves famous for the ancient cave paintings; or the renowned area of the vineyards near Cape Town, where between quaint towns and scented hills you can stop in one of the many wineries to taste the local wine.
In Mpumalanga are several waterfalls, the famous Blyde River Canyon, the third in the world, the curious natural cavities Bourke's Luck Potholes, breathtaking viewpoints and the town of Pilgrim's Rest, reconstruction of the village at the time of the gold rush of prospectors .
You should not leave South Africa without seeing Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, situated at the foot of Table Mountain. In the days in Cape Town can not miss a walk on one of the many beaches, including the lovely Camps Bay, a trip to the natural reserve of the Cape of Good Hope, a visit to Robben Island, playing with the penguins in Simon's Town and of course shopping at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Best time to visit South Africa
- South Africa lies in the Southern Hemisphere, therefore the seasons are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere.
- December and January are the main summer holiday months.
- In May and June, autumn brings warm days and cool nights.
- Autumn and spring are the best seasons for hiking.
- From the beginning of July to the end of September, you can expect cold conditions in most of the country and rain in the Western Cape.
Why go to South Africa
- For the incredible wildlife. In South Africa there are 17 national parks and a large number of state and private reserves where you can see lions, gazelles, zebras and hippos in their natural habitat. The Kruger Park is the most famous and the largest in the country
- For surfing. South Africa is one of the most loved by surfers. You can choose between the waves of Jeffreys Bay or tan in one of the seaside resorts on the coast of Natal, beautiful natural landscapes, where you can swim all year round
- For making trips across the continent, varied and impressive. From Cape Town, overlooking the Atlantic, with its dramatic cliffs, you will soon reach the end of Africa: the legendary Cape of Good Hope, voiced by Magellan and beaten by the winds and the sea
- To discover one of the new destinations of wine tourism. South African wines are very good and in fact are going up to the headlines as fine wines and respectable
- For diamonds, which can be purchased by spending considerably less than in the rest of the World.
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