Located in the southern-most part of, South Africa boasts of a multi-ethnic society and dramatic landscapes. Steeped in a tumultuous and heart wrenching history, this country offers a sense of hope and promise that is constantly transforming. It is blessed with rich wildlife and has the best safari destinations where you can witness the Big Five (leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant and rhino). South Africa’s picturesque wonders and thrilling adventures are truly one of their kind.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit South Africa is during the summer months from November to March when you can take advantage of the pleasant sunny weather, lovely beaches and outdoor adventures. Winter season lasts from June to August is an ideal season to visit Northern Cape’s amazing national parks and seeing the black-maned lions with Kalahari Bushmen. If you love hiking, spring and autumn are the suitable seasons to get a taste of limitless adventure.
How to get there
The OR Tambo International Airport and Lanseria International Airport
serves as the primary airport connecting Johannesburg and Pretoria. Other international airports in the country include Cape Town, King Shaka, Nelspruit, Pilansberg and Polokwane. The airports provide consistent air connectivity to and from major cities of the world. Top international airlines like Air India
, Jet Airways, Vistara, Etihad Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways
and Emirates fly from major Indian cities to the selected cities of South Africa.
Places to stay
There are plenty of places to stay in South Africa that are located near reserves and national parks. Options ranging from luxury to low budget hotels are available including boutique hotels, regular stays and hostels. If you want an experience of raw safari camps and lodges, Namibia is the best place where you can soak in the breathtaking scenery. Mozambique offers classy colonial era hotels with beaches and tropical scenery. Unique homestays set in gorgeous natural surroundings can be found in Botswana.
Kruger National Park
is one the must-see places here. It is a famous safari park that offers the chance to visit the “Big Five.” Some archaeological sites and bushman paintings can also be found here. Cape Town is a city that is worth visiting and is surrounded by nature nestled between mountains and sea. The majestic dragon mountains of Drakensberg, the country’s highest peaks, is home to Royal Natal National Park and Giant‘s Castle Game Reserve. Hot air balloons rides is the best bet to admire the beauty of this place. If you want a dose of coastal beaches, head to the country’s southeast coast, the Garden Route. The place is dotted with charming coastal towns, coastal cliffs and lakes.
Shopping in South Africa
The country offers unforgettable experiences when it comes to shopping. The Cape Quarter is one of the trendiest places that houses South Africa inspired art galleries and stores. The Gateway Theatre of Shopping offers incredible choices of local stores and boutiques. If you want to splurge on big fashion brands, Canal Walk Shopping Centre will give you options like Puma, Mango and many more.
South African cuisine is a fusion of many cultural influences. Their Dutch, Malay, Indian and French influence is often reflected on their cooking style. The cuisine also varies according to the different subcultures that are indigenous to Africa for centuries. Green leafy vegetables and meat are important ingredients in their food. Chakalaka and Pap are on every South African’s dinner table. Chakalaka is a vegetable dish made up of tomatoes, onions, carrots and beans. Pap is similar to porridge made from corn starch and served together with salads, stews and breads. Bunny Chow is a famous street food in Durban which is served in hollowed bread and stuffed with spicy curry. Their cuisine also comprises desserts like Melktert which is similar to English custard tart and their sticky baked sponge pudding is called Malva pudding.
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