Tips for Travelling to South Africa

Travelling to South Africa

There are so many to see, explore and enjoy in South Africa that it is never possible for the vacationers to run out of things during their trip. African Safari – there are only a few who have not heard about this famous movie. Take a toast to life with a glass of iced Chardonnay, spot on a lion on safari and mix up with the locals – the world will look and feel simply fascinating with its beautiful diversity in terms of terrain, culture and natural panorama.

Vineyards

Route 62 in South Africa is the world’s longest wine route and runs through the famous area of Klein Karoo, Tulbagh, Wellington and Roberstom. Tour agencies arrange regular trips to these vineyards in South Africa. If you are not offered this opportunity, take a rental car to visit the vineyards. You can also enrol your name in a wine tasting course or class that also includes catering and accommodation. Some wineries even make arrangement for evening entertainment.

Safaris

Safari adventure is, no doubt, the biggest attraction of the South Africa tour. And to enjoy the most fascinating wildlife from a close quarter, you have to be at the game reserves. Here you will chance upon different species including rhinos, buffaloes, elephants and even lions. They roam freely in these reserved areas – some of which are private while the rest are for the public. Simple camping nearby the reserved areas and five-star facilities are also available for the backpackers to be all eyes on these beautiful wild creatures. You can also take part in some outdoor activities like quad biking, fishing and even guided walks.

A visit to the national parks in South Africa will give you a golden chance to enjoy a wild rendezvous with the animals in their own natural habitats. It will also introduce you to some of the most fascinating sceneries in the world.

Events

The best day to visit South Africa is 27th April celebrated as the Independence Day of the country. On the same day in 1994, the first democratic election of South Africa was held. It is the joyous celebration for the South African natives and several events are organized to commemorate the historic day. Cultural parades are showcased by local bands and other performers.

24th September is marked as Heritage Day to underline the inherent diversity in tradition, beliefs and culture in South Africa. There are parades and several people celebrate the occasion by hosting barbecues in their outdoor space.

Cuisines

Usually, South African cuisines are made of non-veg items like springbok, ostrich, antelope etc. Dried meats like Droewors sausage and Biltong are also famous and quite common in restaurant menus.

Potjiekos is a must-try dish for every South Africa bound visitor. This cuisine is prepared outdoor and in a cast iron pot. Meat, vegetables and occasionally potatoes or rice go into the making of this heavenly delicious cuisine. The most commonly used ingredients to add some flavour include sherry or bear, a Dutch-Malay blend.

Another most popular dish is Bunny Chow or Kota. It is a thick curry served on a bread loaf. Sosaties is another princely delight and equivalent to Kebabs whereas Vetkoek is dough balls that are deep fried.