Today we’re gonna be talking about the top 10 things to do in places to visit in southern Africa. Now this is a country I’ve always wanted to go to. I want to go even more so anyone reading this right now and if you are from South Africa then comment below. Now let’s get to the point.
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Like we always do we’re going to be talking about Table Mountain. It gets its name from its flat top and when clouds swirl around its peak they’re called the table cloth. The mountain itself is 1,085 meters tall and despite its famous name it only looks flat from one angle.
It’s a huge tourist attraction drawing in people from all around the world who want to view it from a distance or take the one to three hour trek to the top to see the surrounding beauty.
The mountain boasts an incredible 2,200 species of plants many of which can only be found there.
There alone on the planet and if you’re really lucky you might see one of these guys they’re called audacity. Apparently, their closest relative in a mammal kingdom is the elephant, I don’t reseed resemblance but then again I’m not a scientist.
Places to visit in southern Africa is Swimming with Sharks.
If you’re the kind of person that likes to go diving with sharks then South Africa is the place for you. The fishing town of guns by is not just regarded as the places to visit in southern Africa to dive with sharks. Many say it’s the best place in the world. You get put into a cage and lower down the side of the boat, where great white sharks will lunge at the cage.
With their impressive force but thankfully they are usually just going for the bait. The tour operators are dangling around in front of the cage, a lot of people like the idea of being face-to-face with a killing machine. And the adrenaline that comes with that but for some people they want to be face to face with one of the rarest creatures on the planet, the great white shark. If that sounds like your kind of thing and South Africa might be the place for you to visit.
Cradle of Humankind
We’ve got Cradle of Humankind it’s a world heritage site known for its rich fossil, It is record especially those relating to humans oldest ancestors. It is among one of the the famous places to visit in Southern Africa. Famous caves such as the “sterk fantine cave” “soir crowns” and “krong dry” are just some of the sites in the 180 square mile area.
That contain hundreds of remains of human ancestors dating back to 2 3 million years ago. An astonishing 40 percent of the world’s human ancestor fossils have been found here. It also contains evidence of humans first mastery of fire you can really see why it’s called the krail of humankind.
let’s move on to our number seven . One of his greatest heroes this guy Nelson Mandela and Robben Island. The island was named Robin after the Dutch word for seal and since then it has been a hospital a mental institution a leper colony and a military base before becoming a prison.
But it will forever be remembered as the place where anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela was held for 18 of the 27 years. He served as prisoner for fighting the injustice of apartheid, today though it’s a popular tourist destination for people who want to visit the island and go to the museum there.
There people learn all about Nelson Mandela and how he went from being a persecuted prisoner it’s becoming the president of South Africa it’s a truly remarkable story.
Kruger National Park
At number six we’re gonna talk about the Kruger National Park. Among the largest game reserves in Africa, it provides one of the best wildlife experiences in the world.
It is an incredible diversity of life including three hundred and thirty six species of trees.
The 49 species of fish 34 species of amphibians 114 species of reptiles five hundred and seven species of birds and 147 species of mammals. Although, its class as a park is probably a lot bigger than the park you guys are thinking of. It covers over seven and a half thousand square miles of land in the northeast of the country.
The places that you actually stay, when you go on safari there look what they’ve been photoshopped. I can’t actually believe they’re real it’s crazy. Alright guys we spoken a lot about the natural world so far but for under five we’re gonna hit the town and one town in particular Cape Town.
On the Cape of Good Hope, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean lies Cape Town. South Africa actually has three official capitals and this place is one of them. It’s the country’s most populated city and attracts tourists from all over the world.
With its beaches famous nightlife world-class food and unique architecture such as; the bow Cup neighborhood. Just look at those buildings, I love it and the victoria & Alfred waterfront that draws in 20 million visitors a year. To shop dine and sightsee i probably had to do write separate article just to talk about Cape Town but for now we’re moving onto one.
West coasts of the African continent
Now we’re gonna be talking about penguins in South Africa, yeah you heard me right penguins in Africa. So the African penguin is smaller than its famous Antarctic cousin. It can only be found along the south and west coasts of the African continent.
It is one of the best places to see them is Boulder Beach in South Africa. It’s a favorite tourist destination for travellers who want to see the colony of penguins that settled there in 1982.
It’s one of the few sites in the world where humans are able and allowed to view the birds at close range.
Black colony was founded over 30 years ago by just two sets of birds. But now there’s over 3,000 penguins there talk about a big family is mental but suddenly the overall population in Africa is on the decline. So, if you do want to check out some African penguins and Boulder Beach is your best bet
Blind River Canyon
Blind River Canyon is a must places to visit in southern Africa for nature lovers. It runs for 16 miles and the landscape is well the pictures speak for themselves with sheer drops of up to 800 meters. The Blind River Canyon offers some of the most spectacular views in the entire country.
Hikers often make the journey to visit what’s known as the pinnacle. A column of solid quartzite rising up out of the woods that contains some of the most diverse plants and animals in the world. it’s incredible stuff.
But if any of you guys don’t really like natural canyons and you like man-made stuff then how about a massive man-made hole.
Kimberley the Big Hole
Number two is just that and it’s just called big hole also known as Kimberley the big hole was nothing more than a hill back in 1871. But then someone found diamonds there and everything changed by the following year. The mining camps had 50,000 people living there and for the next forty three years.
They used hand tools to dig a hole that displaced 22 million tons of earth leaving a hole that was 214 meters deep and had a perimeter of 1.6 kilometers. To this day, it claims to be the largest hole excavated by human hands alone. So, they must have found a lot of diamonds.
Apparently not as the sign that is actually there points out all the diamonds that were ever dug up from the ground there would only be enough to fill up just three mining carts.
City of Johannesburg
We got the city of Johannesburg also known as Joburg or Josie. It is among one of the favorite places to visit in southern Africa. This city is the largest in South Africa with a population of 3.2 million and growing fast. It’s often referred to as the City of Gold because it was established based on the discovery of gold on a nearby farm way back in 1886.
Many tourists are drawn to the city to experience its clash of the old and the new. It’s many museums such as the apartheid museum or the origins museum document the city and the country’s near and distant history.
But with such a rapidly developing and growing city, it’s no surprise there are plenty of more modern attractions. These range from grand shopping malls a vibrant nightlife and nearby safaris to name but a few but just like everything on this list that we finished now.
You just have to go and see it yourself ,what it’s all about and that’s what we’ve got time for guys now. I’ve got two questions for you give, if you’re from South Africa then don’t miss anything out on the list or you’ve been before me you’ll know something like missed out the list.
My second question I’m going to ask it again if you are from South Africa and you have a couch for me then please let me come and stay because your country looks incredible and there are several places to visit in southern Africa. In the meantime guys thanks so much for reading my blog posts and don’t forget to comment below.