Africa, has long time, become home for so wild and native species of animal where natural predation symbiosys took its place in life cyrcle. It is a place where dry land combines with several magnetic landscape of the most beautiful panorama you can ever imagine. As you watch in TV how crocs catch its prey or female lion start to run for antellopes, in Africa it is trully happen.
South Africa is part of Africa large continent which has modernized and well known among people worldwide as residue of predatory ecosystem. Meanwhile, beside wildlife, cultural heritage and local blending become another level of tourism attraction. It may be different from prevalent understanding that Africa is only about lion and giraffe which also still available seen in South Africa’s nature reserve.
Having sunset in Kalahari desert is seemingly primary option for attraction and may give you adorably romantic ambience. While cultural heritage showed up as small town once was considered as second largest European settlement in colonized region.
Here bellow, I list you 12 of abundant interesting places while visiting South Africa.
1. Cape Winelands
Once Africa is considered to be one of driest place in the world, but in South Africa, there is a place called Cape Winelands which plants largest vineyard. Almost national production of wine comes from this place. This is where atmosphere and natural situation is favorable for grapevine.
Besides, there are also numerous exclusive restaurant due to its location as center of wine production. If you are wine lovers, then some such listed renowned wine as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir are primary product. It is also exclusive. In the morning, weather is fairly dry but fresh. You can also walking down the path through grapevine which is surrounded by mountainous landscape.
2. Addo Elephant National Park
Located in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, the Addo Elephant National Park is one of country’s larger natural reserve. It is famous as home for indigenous native African elephant with approximate number is 600s. As in wildlife, the elephants are living in harmony with other specieses such as ostriches, antelopes and warthogs.
Covering area 1600s km square, there are also African lions and hyenas who hunt their natural prey. Predation is natural circulating life cycle going down in this National Park and become most popular atraction visitor can see in original form.
3. Kgalagadi (Kalahari) Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape
Known as largest and most outstanding African desert, Kalahari is a sharing natural reserve belongs to Namibia, Bostwana, and South Africa. Founded in 1931 and covering approximately 38.000 km square, it is famous for its browny-red desert sand.
Located right at the center of three convocation coutries, Kalahari offers not only sandy desert, but also numerous amusing attraction. Due to its huge area, there are savanas, wildlife ecosystem, and also cottages. Most important thing you need to know is in Kalahari desert, you can stay at cottage before continuing the journey into the heart of the desert.
Such stunning typical tone of Africa presents as browny ambience of land, grass, and sky. Kalahari’s large area also allows you to enjoy sunset. And if the weather is good, means little a bit cloudy and thin rainy, you can see rainbow at horizon.
4. Stellenbosch, Western Cape
With at least 800 km square covered area, Stellenbosch is South Africa’s second largest European settlement. Dating back to 17 and 18th century when Africa land is colonized, European explorer came in the land and seek what they favored in. Due to its activity, they develop permanent resident which persist until today. And its permanent also large number, then European dwelling came to bigger area which now is nominated as one of outstanding district.
Stellenbosch is histrorical small town with persisting European cultural displayed in housing architecture and vineyard. Shops, churches, and plazas, also restaurants still maintain its original style construction since it was initially built in 18th century. Most of them are Dutch and Spanish look architecture decoration with outdoor bench and also coffee and tea house become prevalent meal option.
5. iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal
Defined as ‘miracle and wonder’ in local Zulu term. This area is covering world heritage area of large ecosystem including wetland, swampland, and savannas. It also supporting area where a homeland for various wildlife animals such as hippos, crocs, birds, leopards, and rhinos. While the most extraordinary view is a lake full of crocs and birds also hippos where foodchain system plays its role in savage mode of predation.
Besides, there is also coastline where you can scuba diving or snorkling with coral reefs as well as fishes. Tracing the edge of wetlands, you can have boat trip down the calm river along native wild crocs. Another spectacular display is plain land with watery area in which large number of birds herd fly directly at once resembles what you see in NatGeo documentation of wildlife.
Distinctly, you undergone such magnificent experience directly at the same spot as the movie taken.
6. Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga
In map, Blyde river canyon looks green despite it is situated not exactly in equatorial line, that’s the reason it is called as God’s Window. The canyon is located in Mpumalanga and become one of green canyon also Africa’s second largest and its location is close to Kruger National Park.
The canyon is lichen-covered rock formation that create such striking texture and be distinct from another canyon exist in dry region.
Eventhough located in Africa which considered as dry season continent, canyon in Blyde river just like magnificent valley as if it stands in tropical region. At the bottom of the cliff, there is Blyde river where you can do canoeing or travelling through it by small boat. Looking up canyon’s cliff right from the bottom of nature structure. In some spots, you can also see rainbow as water resource like waterfall is also present in one of cliffs going down to the river.
It is wildlife ecosystem where not many animal live, but has abundant amount of low level plants like lichenes, ferns, and many tropical-humid vegetal.
7. Cage Dive with Great White Sharks
Being caged in iron bar, get dip in the water, and having yourself a face to face meeting with great white shark is one of and most popular tourism attraction in Cape Town. You will directly see how great a white shark is, especially when they are seeking a large herd of fishes.
Whiteshark is famous of its worldwide reputation as great aquatic hunter and become ecosystem keeper. It is one of reasons why fishes population is always in stable condition and equal amount between prey and predator. However, diving with whiteshark is an attraction that trully regulated and operated by official vendors. There are some spots you can go for shark meeting such as Simon’s Town, Sea Island, Dyer Island, Mossel Bay, and Gansbaai.
Furthermore, for having yourself eligible to dip with whiteshark it requires lisenced and certified divers, considering encountering whiteshark is a dangerous conduct. Photographs of it, will be such unusual experience you cannot have it in another place.
8. Robben Island, Western Cape
Apartheid once become cultural spectre for years of injustice for people where segregation is based on skin color. It was dark side of history, and noted in best and monumental in Robben island. Located in Table Bay, Robben Island is nominated as world heritage historical site that reminding us how apartheid was something unacceptable conduct of equality as human being. Here, is monumental location where tourists are able to experience Nelson Mandela, a humanity hero, spent at least 18 years in prison along with other political inmate.
Something unique from this prison is its guide was ex-inmate at the same location. They usually share their experience and give detail depiction on how something was happened.
9. Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is one of wildlife nature reserve spots in South Africa where its location is sharing border with Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. Kruger has various population of animals and plants which you usually see on TV flora fauna documentation. Being considered as South Africa’s exotic wildlife ecosystem, visitors can see giraffes, lions, and elephants in their native home.
Predation is also occured here due to undergone natural lifecycle as it is a must happen to balance the ecosystem population supply. One interesting and may be considered as spectacular experience is travelling with caged vehicle, visiting female lion with her cubs that
pacing over main street. If you are lucky, there will be leopards or elephants approaching your caged vehicle, touching it and give you tense sensation.
Located in southern part of South Africa, Hermanus lay down on the location adjacent to Fernkloof nature reserve. With approximately 32.000 people inhabitant and covering area as large as 24 km square, here is coastline and greenbelt of Africa. But the most interesting thing is not on the land. There is a spectacular attraction where tourists can enjoy whale watching.
As whale is tend to solitaire marine mamals, they travel in small group. In Hermanus, here is the spot whale usually take break for a while before continuing their journey of annual miggration.
Their habit, that emerge on the surface ot the water, wagging their fin and make water splash, is unique experience you can frequently seen at the coast. However, Hermanus doesn’t give you beautiful coasline with shallow and gradually sloping landscape. You need to go a bit off shore to meet the whale.
11. The Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal
Drakensberg or Dragon Mountains are located in KwaZulu Natal. With hightest altitude is approximately measured by 3000 m above sea level, this mountains in Zulu language is also called as uKhahlamba. The Dragon Mountain is actually be part of Maloti-Drakensberg Nature Park, a region include inside the border of Lesotho. As a complex ecosystem consists of mountainous landscape, rivers, lake, and savannas, Drakensberg is home for rich diversity of wildlife habitat. In the summer sunlight breaching on the hillside of the mountain. Carving such magnificent scenery. Although in Africa which is considered as wild and dry area, river in Drakensberg give unblievably fresh atmosphere.
Meanwhile, it is not always dry and hot in Drakensberg. Since its mountainous topography, with Thabana Ntlenyana as highest peak, this is a place where weather tends to be relaxing. Perching on particular altitude, staring bellow, you can see such breathaking green valley. May be this is contrast as what people see how Africa looks like as dry area stereotype.
12. Durban’s Golden Mile, KwaZulu-Natal
Durban is a goldcoast in eastern part of South Africa. It is a metropolis city with magnificent modern architecture, one most developed areas in South Africa beside Cape Town and Johannesburg. In Durban, you may not see typical African culture here which means those that remain in traditional way. The more modern city in Durban makes everyone here feels like in Europe or America than in Africa. But actually, this is just another face of new Africa today.
Visiting Durban means approaching toward metropolitant area and never expect about elephant or lions. However, this city gives you best offering for its coastline elongated from north to south. Laying adjacent to skycrappers in a row. In the evening, without no doubt, similar mesmerizing nightlife become part of tourism attraction you can go with renting bike. Abundant shopping center and Moses Mabhida Stadium complete the exquisite journey exploring Durban.