If you’re living in the Northern Hemisphere then we’re sure you’ve noticed the weather has been getting progressively colder over the last couple of weeks and now winter has officially arrived. It will now be many months until most of Europe is able to enjoy sunny, warm conditions again. For many, winter is their favourite season as it signals the start of the ski season in countries like Austria. On the other hand a large number of people will be looking for warmer places to escape to during the dark, cold winter months. These can include European destinations like The Canary Islands, but some people will prefer to look even further away. One option we would definitely recommend is South Africa which is definitely one of the best destinations in the world!
South Africa is an amazing place to visit at any time of the year, but right now it is an even more enticing destination for Europeans and others living in the Northern Hemisphere, as South Africa has now entered the summer months. This incredible country will now be experiencing it’s best weather with long, warm, sunny days making it the perfect time to visit for a whole host of awesome outdoor adventures, in addition to the many other amazing aspects of this beautiful country.
The Rainbow Nation
In South Africa you will find a highly varied and interesting mixture of cultural influences which have helped to contribute to the multicultural ‘Rainbow Nation’ that you will find today. This term was coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe post-apartheid South Africa, after the country’s fully democratic election. The term perfectly encapsulates the setting that you now find in South Africa which is truly one of the most diverse in the world with cultural influences from all over the world.
Although there are now very few descendants of the original inhabitants, the San Bushmen remaining, their rich heritage lives on through their amazing ancient rock art. After the San, a group of people named the Khoi arrived 2,000 years ago, bringing farming and a more complex social structure. From these two original groups of inhabitants of South Africa came the word Khoisan.
Following the Khoi came other migrant groups from across Sub Saharan Africa who morphed into the various tribal groups that exist today in present day South Africa such as the Sotho, Tswana, Xhosa and Zulu. Next came the Dutch in 1642, who brought slaves from the East Indies, then later the British. In the late 17th century, a small but influential group of French arrived who were escaping religious persecution in France. They became assimilated into the Dutch population. Later on, after the discovery of mineral wealth, there then followed people from almost every society on Earth. Chinese and Indian farmers came to settle in KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg as mining and sugar cane farming took off. While for nearly 350 years South African history has been through injustices and oppression, that all changed with the first democratic election on 27th April 1994.
Now all of these diverse groups have become part of the ‘Rainbow Nation’. Despite the troubles of the past, today you will find a diverse mixture of cultural traditions, languages, culinary styles, architecture and festivals that make South Africa one of the most fascinating and cosmopolitan places in the world to visit. For example, South Africa is a multilingual country with 11 official languages!
Incredible Historical Places of Interest
Strongly linked to the rich cultural mix that you will find in the ‘Rainbow Nation’ is a huge variety of incredible historical places of interest to visit. This stretches right back to the beginning of human history as a species! Regarded by many as the place in which all of humankind originated, you can take a visit to ‘The Cradle of Humankind’ which is one of the eight World Heritage sites in South Africa. It is located about 50km North-West of Johannesburg and produced some of the oldest fossils linked to humans, some dating back millions of years!
Another amazing site of historical importance is Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park in KwaZulu-Natal where you will be able to see ancient rock art of the San, the original inhabitants of what is now South Africa. Here you will find the largest concentrated group of painting in Africa south of the Sahara which were created by the San over a period of 4,000 years. As well as the history, it is also an amazingly beautiful place to visit due to impressive natural beauty of wide open green spaces and giant peaks and buttresses.
Throughout South Africa there are numerous fascinating museums and cultural villages to visit so you can learn more about how the indigenous and colonial inhabitants lived, and to find out how the various traditions, languages and customs are celebrated in modern day South Africa.
Some of the most Diverse Wildlife in the World
Of course the human culture and history in South Africa is amazingly interesting, but no trip to South Africa would be complete without making sure you see some of the stunning wildlife that exists there. If you are travelling from places like the UK where the wildest creatures you are likely to see are some birds or foxes, you are in for a treat when you explore South Africa.
The country was declared as one of the 17 megadiverse destinations in the world by Conservation International, because of its biologically rich diversity. There are around 300 species of mammals and 860 species of birds! This is a far cry from foxes, cows and pigs. Instead you can expect to find majestic animals including ‘The Big Five’: Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalos and Rhinos! There are also many other incredible animals such as Giraffe, Hippos, Zebra, Wildebeest, Cheetahs and Hyena. There are also more ‘cute’, smaller animals such as meerkats, bush babies and bat-eared foxes.
One of the best ways to experience all of the incredible wildlife that exists in South Africa is to go on a Safari Adventure where you will be driven out into the countryside to see these animals living in the wild. In these parks all of the main safari animals can be easily seen and include Kruger Park, the KwaZulu-Natal parks and Sabi Sand. In addition to the animals there is an abundance of beautiful plant life ranging from succulent Karoo through to fynbos and indigenous forests. If you are planning a holiday that is more wildlife focused, there are also a variety of excellent timeshare resorts you can stay at, out in the countryside.
Stunning Golf Courses
If you are looking for somewhere for an amazing golfing getaway, then South Africa should definitely be one of the places at the top of your lists. Now that it is summertime in South Africa, the weather is perfect, with warm sunny weather and gorgeous blue skies. This is combined with stunning backdrops of mountains, forests and oceans, making this no ordinary round of golf. In fact you can even choose to share your course with impala and giraffe if you really want a game on the wild side.
When you decide to take a golfing holiday in South Africa you can test your skills against traditional parkland courses, or instead take on the latest designs by top course builders. South African’s take golf very seriously, like many of their other sports like rugby and cricket, so expect some of the best playing conditions you’ve ever experienced. Many timeshare resorts in South Africa offer golfing on site or alternatively very nearby for your convenience.
Beautiful Award Winning Beaches
South Africa has a huge coastline and is home to some absolutely stunning beaches perfect for a wide range of activities. It is home to 41 Blue Flag status beaches, with 26 of these at the Western Cape and Cape Town, the Eastern Cape eight, and seven along the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The beaches in South Africa are beautiful at any time of year, but are especially great during summer time because they are perfect for sun-bathing, swimming and enjoying water sports such as surfing, kite-surfing or windsurfing. Fishing is also very popular either from the shoreline or by boat.
When you decide to take a holiday in South Africa, many amazing timeshare resorts are located along the coastline where you will find beautiful beaches only minutes away, perfect for basking in the South African sunshine! This is true whether you decide to stay in the larger cities such as Durban or Cape Town, or picturesque smaller towns like Mossel Bay and Knysna.
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Wonderful Wine Routes
South Africa has risen through the ranks of the world’s wine growing regions, to become known as one of the best. You can find delicious South African wines in shops across the globe, but when in South Africa you should definitely take a tour along one of the many wonderful wine routes that the country has to offer! Wine growing in South Africa has a rich heritage and the wine routes that you can take not only traces the 350-year old history of wine growing in the country, but also the development of South Africa into a fully-fledged democracy. You will not only about the amazing wine growing process, but also the incredible transformation that the country went through from oppression and segregation to hope and integration!
The bulk of the country’s wine production takes place within the Western Cape region of South Africa, so this is where you will find most of the wine routes, but you can find other routes throughout the country. Each has their own personality and are designed to showcase the region’s winemaking traditions and best wine’s. Although there are many official routes, when you explore South Africa you can make up your own route as you go along taking in other points of interest based on art, culture, wildlife and any of the other amazing features South Africa has to offer!
The wine-routes in South Africa are so celebrated because they are perfect for anyone whether you are a wine connoisseur, occasional wine drinker or teetotaller, because along the routes there are so many other things to enjoy such as amazing food, health and wellness, culture, wildlife, conservation and a host of family friendly activities.
South Africa, one of the Best Destinations in the World!
Overall South Africa really does have something for everyone, whether it is history and culture, animals and nature, beaches and relaxing, city-breaks and shopping, golf, food and drink or action and adventure. This has been just a small selection of some of the many reasons why we definitely consider South Africa as one of the best destinations in the world!
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