I could go on and on about what makes South Africa so special—but I don’t think you came here to read a full-scale novel, so I’ll bring it down to six top reasons. Whether its random acts of kindness among South Africans or our globally influenced culinary scene, it seems I just can’t stop gleaming with pride over my home country. Here are just a few of many reasons why you should vacation in South Africa.
1. The warm & hospitality of people is unparalleled
I’ve been fortunate enough to travel around the world and meet a lot of beautiful souls. Having said that, there’s something special about the community feeling that we have in South Africa. In my years of living in my home country, I’ve witnessed countless acts of kindness and helpful acts between strangers. It’s all I’ve ever known South Africa to be, and I couldn’t be more proud. No matter who you are or where you’re from, this country welcomes you with open arms.
2. There’s something for everyone in South Africa
Adrenaline activities? Check. Sightseeing? Check. Sports, adventure, fine dining, and history? Check—we’ve got it all! Even the pickiest traveler can find something they enjoy in South Africa. Not only do we have diversity in our activities, but we have it on our land as well. You can have an authentic safari, visit our world-class beaches, and hike a mountain all in the same week. Cape Town tours can include anything that you’d like! How’s that for a people pleaser?
3. Our sights are unlike anything you’ve ever seen
From Table Mountain to Kruger National Park, it’s easy to see why South Africa draws thousands in tourism each year. Our country is filled with natural wonders, a true showcase of some of the most magnificent sights that Mother Nature has to offer. It’s hard to pick a favorite (nearly impossible, really) but Signal Hill, with its unmatched views of Cape Town, might be at the top of my list. The bird’s eye views are captivating, whether you’re age 5 or 75.
Not to mention, our safaris are one of the top reasons that travelers visit. Experiencing a safari is unlike anything else: coming face to face with nature and immersing yourself in the environment is unparalleled. In a world of crowded cityscapes and inescapable technology, one of my most cherished soul-calming activities is being at one with the South African bush. There’s something undeniably special about an African safari vacation—I’ll let you see for yourself.
4. South African culture is vibrant and diverse
South Africa is a melting pot of culture, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our population is made up of Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Tswana, Ndebele, Khoisan, Hindu, Muslim, and Afrikaner—coming together to create a uniquely South African culture by combining our values and influences.
5. There’s nothing like some home cooking
With aromatic spices and a cultural mélange of flavors, South African cuisine is as unique as our nation itself. While I’m partial to curries, there’s a broad range of dishes for every palate—even the picky ones. Not only are our flavors special, but our food quality stands out as well. You won’t find strip malls full of Big Macs and Whoppers, because the focus generally rests on high-quality, health-conscious ingredients. I’m not saying you can’t find some greasy indulgent fries if you have an incessant crave, but we tend to save it for more rare occasions!
6. We’re resilient and ever-changing to be better
Formerly, culture was used to divide, but nowadays it unites us more than anything. The Apartheid attempted to separate South Africa based on our racial differences—a terrible and tragic part of our history. While we can’t undo the damage, we have been able to grow significantly from it. My love for South Africa extends to our persistent efforts to change and evolve.