Safari, exotic animals, Zulus, football, rugby, extreme sports, incredible beaches, parks, hotels and restaurants of the highest quality, some of the best wines in the world and a history overwhelming. These are just some of the ingredients that have transformed a country until recently associated with aperthaidul and street violence in one of the most coveted tourist destinations of the world. And since the onset of the 2010 World Cup around the corner, we offer 10 reasons to visit this African country, during which parties will remain between watching sport king …
The area considered a veritable heaven for thousands of years, hunters and gatherers for South African Kruger National Park has become today one of the largest and most famous nature reserves in the world. With an area of 18,989 square kilometers, the park has a length of 360 kilometers from north to south and 64 kilometers from east to west. A huge and exciting stretch where tourists can witness the spectacle full of wildlife. In fact, one of the most popular clips ever posted on YouTube, Battle at Kruger , was recorded even in this national park.
No more than 6 ecosystems are found throughout the reserve, where they can be found 1982 species of plants, 517 species of birds, 147 species of mammals (including the 5 Giant of Africa: lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo African ) and 114 species of reptiles, including alligators 3000. Also to be found Kruger and 350 wild dogs African species which exist on the territory of South Africa less than 400 copies. Park owns a huge “family” of elephants, about 12,000 copies, and this despite the fact that reservation can not sustain than 8,000 such mammals.
Kruger National Park is also one of the most popular tourist destinations of South Africa, is equipped with 21 camps and 15 cottages for safari enthusiasts.
largest baobab in the world
South African natives believed that baobab offended Creator, therefore, he planted the tree upside down. If you’ve seen a baobab, especially in winter, when its branches like some huge roots ascend to heaven, you will understand, certainly, that ancient African saying. Baobab is a solitary tree, with a gigantic trunk that can live perfectly adapted to the African environment for thousands of years. The tree we will talk about today is in Modjadjiskloof small town in the north and is one of the main tourist attractions of the municipality Limpopo. Its age exceeds 6000 years, making it even older than the Egyptian pyramids. Just imagine that when his first leaf emergence, Sahara desert was not far from today’s huge.
The trunk or the interior was cleaned in 1993, one of the very old baobab feature being to remain empty on the inside, without this affecting their existence. There was little surprise them rangers when they found traces of ancient prehistoric people who had found shelter in the giant baobab trunk. Today, in the vast auditorium of the tree was a bar with a capacity of 60 seats. Do you find it more? Then you have to say that the current baobab circumference is 47 meters, that at a height of 22 meters. And what is even more spectacular is that the venerable tree blooms still regularly every spring and is home to several tens birds, including two pairs of owls.
Located in Mpumalanga province in eastern South Africa, Südwind caves are considered the oldest caves in the world, with an age exceeding 240 million years. Moreover, the rocks that make up the walls of caves dating from the Precambrian, was formed 3.8 billion years ago. The caves were used as shelter since the dawn of mankind, and because of this constant source of fresh air that exists in these underground rooms. In modern times, Südwind caves were rediscovered in the nineteenth century by Somquba, son of King Sobhuza I (1780-1839), when he seeks refuge in a military brother, Mswati II.
Becoming a major tourist attraction in South African caves Südwind currently hosting concerts and offers tourists a journey of 5:00 through some of the rarest and most beautiful creations of nature, including the famous crystal chamber, made of aragonite crystals .
Palm trees; golden sand; huge waves, ideal for surfing; or lagoons with calm waters in which to spend time with family; five-star hotels; luxury apartments and one of the largest and richest ports of the world, all in a warm climate all year round, specific Indian Ocean … these are the ingredients that made the Durban beaches one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa South.
Locals call and Miami Beach beaches of Africa, and those who were fortunate enough to see them can tell you that not exaggerating at all.
Do not expect to find Robben Island beaches, prehistoric sites or, at least, a sample of the ancient history of South African natives. You will not find any of them. In fact, Robben Island, with an area of only 5 square kilometers, it seems, rather, a place forsaken, desolate and dominated by huge and famous political prison where they were imprisoned the fiercest opponents of Dutch colonialism. This is, in fact, tourist attraction of the island. It must be said that here on Robben Island, among other famous prisoners brought even the Dutch colonies in Indonesia, was jailed for decades best color former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela .
Another point of interest offered by Robben Island (Seal Island, in Dutch) is, as its name says, the colony of seals and penguins existence here. The reality is that once a thriving colony of these animals, Robben Island was devastated by European colonists after they released several families of rabbits to provide a potential food source sailors who had failed here, a practice highly harmful to the environment, but often used in past centuries by navigators. In just a few years, the rabbits were able to exterminate seals and penguins on the island, only control authorities in decades managed to reduce their number and allow early penguins reoccupy their island in 1983.
Robben Island is a real cemetery of Dutch and British vessels in ages past. Dozens of shipwrecks, of which the best known is the Dutch sunk with a treasure estimated at tens of millions of pounds gold, lying on the bottom of the Indian Ocean with no chance of being recovered. The Reason? Extremely strong currents and huge waves that make impossible any attempt permanent immersion.
It is considered one of the great natural wonders of the world and at the same time, it is the third largest canyon of the Earth after the Grand Canyon Fish River Canyon in the US and Namibia. It is, however, only canyon “green” of the planet. Trips included in the negotiated package travel or onsite can wear through a veritable paradise, home to thousands of species of plants, fish, birds, mammals and reptiles, many of which are endangered in the world.
60 kilometers of wildlife, waterfalls, unique geological formations, almost 40 kilometers of caves and caverns, all spiced with expeditions organized by the authorities, quests where you can try your luck at fishing, where you can choose to climb the highest top of the canyon, Mariepskop (1944 meters), where you can adventure trips including cycling, and in which you can see in their environment, naturally, some of the largest crocodiles and hippos from the Black continent.
Garden Route, one of the most spectacular images of the South African nature is a sample of what you can offer a trip to the southern African country. Formed at the crossing of the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua Mountains Tsitsikamma, Garden Route is, undoubtedly, a proof is beauty created by nature.
Indigenous forests, swamps and areas of low vegetation are one of the favorite destinations of safari enthusiasts. Why? Imagine that only in this area there are 10 nature reserves, each containing a different ecosystem, ranging from the sea, which abounds in seals, dolphins and coral, and to those located in the heart of the mountains.
Unique natural mixed Garden Route can be visited in organized safaris. If you arrive, but here, do not hesitate to book a place in the last steam train in Africa functional. Experience lived aboard it may be the ingredient that will make your holiday unforgettable.
Bordered on one side by the ocean and, on the other hand, the spectacular Table Mountains, Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope and once appointed, is today one of the largest and most spectacular cities of South Africa. Tourists choose this destination first, you must know that Cape Town is probably the most famous restaurants in the world, at least in terms of cuisine based on seafood and some of the most famous shops in the world.
Beaches, one of the main attractions of South Africa can fit successfully in any standards that wants a perfect beaches. And the locals offer you the full range of entertainment on who one could imagine. From sea voyages on board yachts, sail and fishing boats, fishing, tracking and photographing whales, surfing, snorkelling or scuba-diving … and that just to name the most popular summer activities. And if you want to be fancy, you can swim in the place where they meet the Atlantic waters of the Indian Ocean, place listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Obviously, being so close to the mountain, only takes a few minutes to be properly equipped, cable car to climb and explore some of the most beautiful mountains in Africa. Panorama that you are offering is, without exaggeration, one dream.
Cape Town owns one of the most famous nature reserves in Africa, famous for extremely rare flowers and exotic hosting you. And if you want to try the famous South African wines, French or Italian rivals the great restaurants in the world, you just need to visit the vineyards located near the city.
Those who visit for the first time Johannesburg would probably expect an urban jungle. It would be amazed to see when the aircraft is above the city, just a huge forest that stretches as the eye can see;because, yes, Johannesburg is the most “green” city in the world, with over 600 parks and the largest urban forest in the world. Once on the ground, but you wake up in one of the most populated and industrialized African cities. It is curious that, when the first settlers founded the city, there were no trees in Johannesburg. Only the discovery of gold in the area and huge demand for wood construction has led locals to plant a huge number of eucalyptus, oak or other hardwood trees, mining structures needed. Then the growing population of the city chose adorn their houses with trees surrounding land in increasingly exotic. From there until the green jewel today was not only a step.
South Africans quickly understood the benefits of tourism and have invested heavily in promoting the strengths of this country. The largest zoo in South Africa was arranged in Johannesburg, one of the few places where white Siberian tiger and lions were able to breed successfully. 54 acres, home to more than 2,000 exotic animals of more than 360 species, receiving hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world. With more than what was zoo since its opening in 1904, when only animals were a lion, a baboon, a leopard, a giraffe, antelope, a golden eagle and a pair of porcupines.
Johannesburg is also the place where enthusiasts and bungee jumping, paragliding, ballooning, skydiving aircraft or meet each year. Along with famous schools of this city African aviation, extreme sports enthusiasts can enjoy bungee-jumping from tall towers 100 meters or a famous abandoned stone quarry, Henley-on-Klip, 24 meters deep. It is perhaps the town that has adapted best wishes also the passionate sports. Perhaps not incidentally, Johannesburg is called extreme sports capital.
It is certainly the best place full of tradition all over South Africa. Although Zulu culture influence is pervasive in this African country, you will not find anywhere better offering to the Zulu nation that was great. It’s the same time, and one of the ideal places for bird-watching safari, activities that you can enjoy the view over 650 species of rare birds and the Five Giant of Africa: lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo African .
A trip to the land Zulus can provide face to face with one of the truly fascinating cultures of the world. The lucky ones may even assist local weddings and enjoy the proverbial hospitality Zulus. Zululand is, at the same time, a model of civilization and the perfect blend of old traditions with modern influences.
A tour through this land of dream takes you to Melnouth, birthplace of King Shaka , the founder of the nation that bears his name, as well as the few graves assigned to the same leader.Also, the biggest attraction is the natural park Hluhluwe Imfolozi-oldest nature reserve in Africa and one of the most spectacular of the Black Continent. And, as if that were not enough, you can visit the Richard Bay, a coastal city whose beaches have become famous worldwide.