Spending a year traveling Europe and learning German made me want two things: 1. to travel my own beautiful country, and 2. to learn another South African language. When Mary sent her new prompt for the month, I dreamed of sharing photos of Berlin. But, as I was writing out a travel plan for German friends visiting in December, I realised that I couldn’t not share my favourite parts of SA. See it more as a brainstorm of ideas than a concise travel guide – feel free to research your own ideas.
The ten most beautiful parts of South Africa
(in no particular order)
A great set of photos here. This city has the best food, culture, social, and vibe. I lived here after getting my degree. It is a very relaxed town, and salaries are low because it’s so beautiful. Cape Town has street art,
This is where I fell in love with my husband. A student town with beautiful old buildings, covered in trees, and not far from wine farms. It’s always spring time in Stellenbosch.
Cape Wine Farms
Some of my favourite wine farms include Groot Constantia, De Grendel, Constantia Uitsig, Tokara (fancy!), Asara, Clouds, Fairview (for cheese and goats), Hillcrest Estate (for berries), Holden Manz (our almost wedding venue), Jordan Winery (incredible muscat), Rust en Vrede, Spier (for the Moyo African restaurant, or a picnic), Van Ryn’s (brandy). But I recommend pretty much every wine farm in the Cape.
This is where we were married and completely has my heart. It’s a tiny town, with nothing going on, and transports you 50 years back in time – perfect for a complete escape. The best part of it is just outside in the forest we were married in – Beloftebos – forest of promises.
It wouldn’t be a list of South African travel places without including our furry natives. We have a LOT of game farms, and I know a few people who own small ones. The main game farms here are Kruger National Game Park, and Shamwari. More niche ones include Addo Elephant Park, Knysna Elephant Park, and the Wolf Sanctuary.
Our weather is fantastic pretty much all year round, and it makes for perfect conditions for camping, glamping, and getting up close with animals and nature.
Soft sand (unlike Europe), warm water, and prettiness. We also have Boulder Beach, which has a parcel of penguins walking around there (the actual collective noun!).
The Garden Route
My family goes here on holiday every single year. It really is the best part of our country. Wilderness, Knysna, the Knysna Heads, Thesen Island, Sedgefield, Mosselbay, Plettenburg Bay, and all of those places are just gorgeous.
A visit into the townships with a tour is a must. It shows the heart of our country.
This city, my new home, is growing on me a lot.
This is my country, and I’m learning more about it and the more I learn the more I love. It’s a country of contrasts – the high rise buildings, and the township tin shacks, eleven official languages, crazy gorgeous nature and beautiful buildings. We have the friendliest people I’ve ever met – yeah, the Greek are close competitors, but it’s South Africa’s raw honest friendliness that wins.
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