Top 5 Things To Do In South Africa
If you are planning a trip to the Rainbow Nation, you had better plan ahead with the things you are going to do while you are there – this is a country with it all going on.
Here are the top five things to do in South Africa.
A sombre, but important visit to make, and to really understand this nation, is a trip to Robben Island. As most of you will immediately recognise, this was the island that imprisoned future Prime Minister of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, during a dark and shameful chapter country’s dark history. Tours to Robben Island, the unique symbol of “the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, suffering and injustice” run throughout the day from Johannesburg and includes the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum-Security Prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years, finishing with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell
Enjoy a bush experience that only the Rainbow Nation can provide by exploring one or more of the 20 national parks in the country. Everyone loves getting intimate with wildlife and nothing beats a safari. A photographic safari that is. Giraffe, kudu, eland, impala, zebra, rhino and buffalo are among the more frequently spotted species but we know it’s the big five you’ll be hoping to see. The big five obviously refers to African elephant, Black rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, African lion and the African leopard. There is also the chance to see the endangered species, White Rhinos and, a personal favourite, the Nile Crocodile who live side by side with the biggest killer in the land, the humble hippo. As well as the national parks here being home to over 50 mammal species, the views of the landscape and world famous Baobab trees are breath-taking and the whole thing pulls together to create an intoxicating climate of the very best mother nature could put together. The main driver of tourism here and a must for any visitor.
Sticking with nature, this time in the ocean, take a dive with the misunderstood monsters of the deep, sharks. In South Africa, we are blessed to have sharks off our shores as these majestic fish are a glorious sight to behold. Come and see why people have them all wrong, it’s thrilling but yes, they are terrifying in close up. There are over 100 species that can be seen at varying points of the year from Cape Town and these include small cat sharks, Bronze Whaler, Ragged Tooth, Broadnose Sevengill, Mako and Blue. Oh, and the mighty Great White shark is here too. But then that is surely the one you want to see. Seeing as it doesn’t make good business sense to feed your customers to wild predators, diving cage operators promise complete safety as your lowered into the Atlantic deep.
Ellis Park Stadium
Catch a Rugby match in South Africa’s greatest, and most historical, Rugby stadium, Ellis Park. When the Rainbow Nation re-joined the international community in the early nineties, nothing symbolised its return to normality than the hosting of the 1995 Rugby Union World Cup. The pride Nelson Mandela took in hosting the tournament surpasses that of staging the bigger event, its footballing equivalent in 2010. And, of course, the historical moment in Johannesburg, when south Africa won by beating the All Blacks (New Zealand) in the final, all played out on the grass of Ellis Park. Originally a cricket ground, currently, it is home to the Lions and Golden Lions rugby teams as this has become the prominent sport here, interrupted only when it hosted Argentina, Brazil and, eventual tournament winners, Spain while hosting the FIFA World Cup six years ago.
Sun City Casino
Situated in South Africa’s North West, Sun City is a spectacular luxury resort and casino, about a two hours’ drive North from Johannesburg, near the city of Rustenburg and bordering the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, should you fancy a safari (as recommended). The casino itself, is a great way to unwind after a day in the bush and a thoroughly modern, around the clock venue. Yes, this legendary casino offers 24/7 action on all of your favourite games, including latest technology slot machines and 43 popular table games. (These games can also be found on sites like Casino.org, which is also available for South African players). The most popular table games here tend to be poker and blackjack but the house also hosts pai gow and roulette and punto banco. For the deeper wallets, the casino also boasts a luxury VIP club, known as Sun City Salon Privé, allowing members to enjoy exclusive benefits and access to VIP, high roller gaming. It’s a great casino, with a stunning background and well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area.
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