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South Africa

South Africa is rich in diversity in just about every sense you can imagine making it difficult to narrow down to a few options of what to see or do. From the vibrant culture and natural history to the breathtaking landscape alongside intriguing wildlife, South Africa has something for everyone. So, you’re planning to take a trip to South Africa and you haven’t the slightest idea of where to start. Here’s a guide on discovering South Africa’s gem.

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South Africa introduces you to the endless jewels of the dark continent. Durban’s sweeping waterfront promenade is a legendary vacation magnet and a great place to start your trip. Come and enjoy the bustling promenade that feels exactly like Miami beach! If hiking is your thing, then your next stop will be The Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal. Here, you’ll love the spectacular views of the dragon mountains. A stone-throw away lies Royal Natal National Park – the home to the glamorous cliff face and Amphitheatre.

You’ll love to explore one of the world’s most famous safari park – Kruger National Park. At only a 3-hour drive from Johannesburg, come and meet the big five animals of the jungle. You’ll hardly miss the astounding diversity of wildlife, archeological sites, and bushman rock paintings. Another scenic spot worth visiting is the second largest canyon in Africa – Blyde River Canyon. The Canyon offers you an opportunity to explore its abundant variety of flora and fauna. You’ll love the magnificent escarpments, waterfalls, and ancient geological phenomenon. If that’s not enough, you’ll want to get down to the breathtaking Garden route. The 200km route is packed with thrilling adventures such as elephant back ride, whale watching, and bungee jumping.

Whether you’re taking an abroad trip or a family vacation in South Africa, make sure to drive down to one of the most picturesque towns in the country – Stellenbosch. The town is home to some of the best South African restaurants and sidewalk cafes. Come and taste some of the mouthwatering African cuisines. Later, you can opt to savor some quality wine as you enjoy the grandeur of Cape Winelands. The area is surrounded by great highlands, fruitful orchards, and impeccable monuments. Come and taste the intriguing red and white wines that are famous for their quality and palatability.

Good to Know

Read the basic info and also some fun facts about South Africa! Here you will find everything you should know about why their motto is ``ǃke e꞉ ǀxarra ǁke`` which means ‘’Unity in Diversity’’!

Country

South Africa

Visa Requirements

Not Needed for US or EU Citizens

Population

58,775,022

Languages spoken

English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, SiSwati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaans

Currency Used

Rand

Area (mi.)

471,445 sq. mi (1,221,037 km2)

History

South Africa is a growing country rich in culture and history that propelled it onto the world stage. From the inspiring leadership of Nelson Mandela to the chronology of key events that explain migrations to the present day, there’s so much to explore. How about you book your program to South Africa and get an opportunity to learn the captivating and surprising insights of South African history?

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