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Written by Viola Gruger

Dec 1st, 2018
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What really captivates your senses when you're in South Africa is the country's diverse offerings for its visitors. There's something fascinating in every corner of this country, from adventurous terrains and scenic landscapes to the sandy beaches and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Undoubtedly, it is among the African continent's prominent safari destinations and allows you to witness the most ferocious wild animals in action. A majority of the South African population are of the Sub-Saharan ancestry and the remaining are the British, Asians, and refugees from other African countries like Somalia and Zimbabwe. While getting around in this country, you’ll get to explore its fantastic features.

 

Natural Beauty

Some of the most beautiful landscapes of the African continent await you during your holidays to south africa. As soon as you leave the boundaries of its cities, you'll see the magnificent mountains, attractive coasts, and other gifts of nature. You can visit the Blyde River Canyon Reserve located in Mpumalanga and some popular vantage points, such as God's Window to enjoy excellent views of the natural surroundings. The province of KwaZulu-Natal is also a place full of amazing scenic beauty. Upon visiting the Overberg region, you'll be charmed by the vast canola fields in this part of the world.

 

Majestic Cities

Each of the nine provinces of South Africa has its own capital city. The largest city in the country is Johannesburg, located in the Gauteng Province. It is rich in history and grew considerably from the mid-20th century with the help of its manufacturing and mining industries. The city did go through its dark ages during Apartheid, which saw some violent protests and widespread unrest. However, today it has left its troubled past behind with the abandonment of Apartheid. The beautiful coastal city of Cape Town can also be explored for its natural and historic attractions. Other interesting cities worth visiting are Pretoria and Bloemfontein.

 

Amazing Wildlife

South Africa has varied habitats that have helped in nurturing different species of wild animals. They include the major predators, the gentle mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. All of them can be seen moving around in their natural environs where they live a life of freedom. You can go on wildlife safaris during your time spent in the country to witness the 'Big 5', which is a term used for the group of five major wild animals. They are the African elephants, cape buffaloes, lions, black rhinos, and leopards. Watching these animals closely would certainly be among your once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

 

 

Cultural Heritage

The rich cultural traditions of this country have survived over the years owing to the significant number of people living in rural areas. Zulu, Basotho, Swazi, and other major ethnic groups have retained their customs in the form of various arts and crafts. You can visit any of the cultural villages located at certain places in the country, such as Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, to get some interesting insights into the way of life, rituals, and customs of the South African ethnic groups.

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