South Africa is the most southern territory of the African continent.
It is a multiethnic society which found its peace after many years of terror and internal conflicts.
Today, the modern South Africa knows what tolerance means. The country has 11 official languages, English included, that prove the times are changing.
A visit to South Africa has to be a long one. It will take you several days just to enjoy the attractions of Cape Town, the capital of the country. Visit Table Mountain with hiking paths and cable cars to take you to the top. It has gorgeous beaches, an aquarium in two oceans and a penguin colony. It also has a busy harbour, an island with a museum dedicated to Nelson Mandela (Robben Island was once a prison), and a 17th Century Dutch castle. Add too, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, fancy residential districts and modern business centres.
Once known only for apartheid and Nelson Mandela, South Africa has become a sophisticated and touristic country. It is rich in natural beauty and attracts people from all over the world. Take for example Kruger National Park where you can spot all Big Five game species: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and Cape buffalo.
A strange feeling of arriving at the end of the world is waiting for you at the Cape of Good Hope. It isn’t the last point of the African continent (Cape Agulhas is, also in South Africa) or the most southern point of the world, but it can certainly give you that feeling. It is one of the most famous places in the world and in the history of civilisation. The Cape of Good Hope is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a very special place for walking. Visit the lighthouse for a spectacular view.
The best advice for people going to South Africa is “have courage and explore”. The food, the wine and the vineyards (Boland is the best known wine producing area), cultural events, traditions of so many ethnic groups – everything deserves your attention. South Africa has inspiring landscapes which will open your soul and eyes. Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park (Mountain of the Dragon is the meaning of the African name and Battlement of Spears is the meaning of the Zulu name) is a place that is sure to inspire. Don’t forget your camera and bring wide angle lenses.
South Africa is quickly developing into a desirable holiday destination. It is an adventure packed and yet luxury destination, something very special to experience.
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