of the South African Bushveld? Well, it is one of the prime reasons why
South Africa is such a popular tourist destination. It is literally a
large area of uncultivated land specifically in South Africa. The South
African Bushveld has a lot of game farms and reserves and is just a
stone’s throw away from the city of Johannesburg. South Africa is
country so diverse and colourful it would take a lifetime to fully
Though Apartheid (a segregated political system wherein peoples are
separated according to their race and those of European origin are given
more favour) had been abolished since 1994, modern-day Africa has been
heavily influenced by this very un-democratic form of government and it
would do you well to learn more about Apartheid in Africa.
Visit the Museum of Africa and the Apartheid Museum to get a better
grasp of how life had been during this time of racial discrimination.
Imagine, if you can, living in a world where the government dictated
where you can live, what job you can hold, and who you can interact with.
Though Apartheid is no longer in practice in South Africa, old habits
die hard and racial discrimination in politics and society still
continues to be a problem.
Europe’s romance with Africa is manifested in its popularity as a
tourist destination for Europeans, especially Brits, who just want to
get away from it all. They can indulge in the white man’s fantasy of big
game hunting on some of the country’s game reserves or just take in the
beauty and majesty of a mostly untamed, wild world.
People come here also for the unique cultural experiences such as
indigenous African art, music, and dance. There is nothing quite like it
anywhere else in the world. The Zulu and Sotho traditional music had
been successful infused into modern-day African American rhythm and
blues, jazz, and blues producing music that has been recognized
internationally and has won many awards. As is usually the case, South
African dance had been influenced by protest movements during the
apartheid days, not unlike social conditions which have influenced Step
dance in North America.
While history and
culture are truly interesting, don’t forget to sample the white, soft,
sandy beaches that can go on for miles, giving you a feeling of being
one with nature and give you a better appreciation of how beautiful and
spectacular the world can be. This experience is doubly magnified if you
spot a “Southern Right Whale” if you so happen to be in the country from
June to November, the times when these particularly species of whale
come a-visiting. This is definitely a must-see event.
Even if you are in a cage as you view them, the great white sharks can
be very scary, even for the most daring and adventurous. The realization
of what these ultimate predators can do to you with their rows of razor
sharp teeth had you not been within the protective area of the cage is
the ultimate thrill-seeker’s dream experience.
In Cape Town, over a thousand meters above sea-level is the Table
Mountain Cableway. See everything from this great height; Cape Town,
Robben Island, Devil’d Peak, Lion Head, and the Twelve Apostles. No Cape
Town holiday is complete without experiencing this attraction.
Take a ride on the “World’s Leading Luxury Train” and travel from
Johannesburg to Cape Town in style on the Blue Train. South African Rail
Travel in combination with the luxury and charm of the world’s leading
hotels and you get an unforgettable travel experience. The excellent
cuisine and the spectacular view of the surrounding countryside as you
pass by is a journey of a lifetime and a “must” for those who love the
finer things in life.
Have you ever seen those animated shows wherein the character is
depicted riding on an ostrich? Want to try it yourself? Well, you
can! At the Ostrich Palace you can experience everything “ostrich”.
A remnant of a bygone era when it was haute couture to where ostrich
feathers, the Ostrich Palace had been designed as a breeding ground
for ostriches precisely because of these prized feathers. When the
trend of wearing feathers went out of style all that is left are the
ostriches and a reminder of the riches of the “feather boom”.
These are only some of the things you can do and see in South Africa.
The best way to really know about this beautiful country is to
experience it… so visit South Africa today!