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South Africa travel guide

2018-03-09 12:48:00

With its ancient history, South Africa has the wild blood of Africa, and its degree of modernity is amazing. From primitive tribal songs and dances to continental style towns, from ancient golden cities to modern metropolises, it is colorful. South Africa is like a kaleidoscope, including the Western society and ten thousand customs of the African continent. Everything you can imagine is here, and everything you can't imagine is here.



South Africa is located in the southernmost part of the African continent, with an area of 1,227,200 square kilometers. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Indian Ocean to the east, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe to the north, and Mozambique and Eswatini to the east. Here is the world of flowers, the seasons change, all kinds of strange flowers bloom, South Africa is worthy of the "colorful kingdom" reputation. At the end of winter, enjoy the southern Hemisphere's wild spring and summer; As the Spring Festival approaches, enjoy the colorful exotic festivals!


To feel the simple folk customs of the indigenous peoples to appreciate the adventure and fanaticism of the gold rush, to explore the fierce five African masters in the vast wilderness... South Africa's game reserves are home to an unparalleled variety of animals and birds. As a city visitor, the first close contact with these ferocious creatures, just a few feet away, you will marvel at the wonder of nature in your heart.


South Africa boasts a splendid culture, rich species, diverse historical sites and many fascinating places of interest. Here is a paradise for wild animals, wandering in the African savannah, overlooking the mountains, and close contact with elephants, lions and other animals in the field, watching them enjoy undisturbed leisurely life, and appreciate the friendship between South Africans and animals. South Africa's ever-changing landscape, with its numerous cliffs and rapids, will never tire of those looking for adventure.


Must-see attractions: Kruger National Park, South Africa's largest wildlife kingdom, Cape of Good Hope, the boundary between the ocean and the Indian Ocean's warm and cold water, Table Mountain with a mirror top, the Garden Avenue with the European style of South Africa, Seal Island, Penguin Beach, the world's largest Ostrich City, the world's only outdoor gold mine museum, located in the outskirts of Johannesburg, too.


Natural landscapes: vast wilderness unchanged since primitive times, transparent blue skies, deserted beaches that remain completely natural, garden roads that stretch for hundreds of kilometers between mountains and the sea... Standing at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean in the early winter, on the Cape of Good Hope, you can overlook the spectacular scenery of the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean at the same time, and think of the mysterious stories full of legends, waves, and nautical adventurers, everyone will be moved to tears.


Cultural landscape: South Africa is a vast region, whether it is race, language, religion, color, culture, are showing quite diverse styles. Colorful ethnic and tribal cultures, a variety of classical and modern styles of architecture are perfectly interwoven. Since the completion of the democratization process in South Africa, in addition to seeing its natural beauty and wildlife, visitors have been very interested in visiting the places where the "struggle" began and ended. Once a high-security prison for political prisoners, Robben Island has become a tourist attraction. The Memorial of the Ancestors near Pretoria is a must stop to learn about local history. The art scene is as colorful as you like.

Food, shelter, transportation, entertainment and shopping

Food: Fragrant curry dishes, slow-cooked platters, traditional African dishes, local barbecue, farmer's rice, delicious seafood are all must-try. In addition, South African wines are among the best in the world. Tap water in the city and in the restaurant is 100% pure and safe to drink. However, Chinese people may not be used to it, some wine rooms offer electric kettles, guests can boil their own water. Staying: South Africa used to be a European colony, so the wine is mostly by European standards, and overall the quality of accommodation is good. From international style five-star meals to distinctive local guesthouses, hotels, barracks and hostels, the beds are comfortable and clean, and breakfast is served. The standard is high, but the price is lower. It is worth mentioning that the "Palace wine" located near Pretoria, which is known as "grade" has been selected as "Top Ten wine in the world" for many years. Travel: There is no direct flight from mainland China to South Africa, you can choose Hong Kong or Singapore transit. South African Airways operates daily flights from Hong Kong to South Africa and Singapore Airlines operates daily flights from Singapore to South Africa. It takes 13 hours to fly from Hong Kong to South Africa. Entertainment: In South Africa, the biggest entertainment is watching animals. Wildlife sanctuaries abound, and the best times to see wild animals are early in the morning and at dusk, either by car or on foot, accompanied by experienced attendants who teach visitors about wildlife. The best season to watch animals is from May to August in winter, when the grass is dry and short, and animals are easy to appear. This is the perfect time to visit these wild animals. Buy: Gold, diamonds are South African specialties, the world's most valuable giant diamond "Star of Africa" is found in South Africa, tourists in the visit, but also by the way to buy some high-quality diamonds. Handcrafts sold by roadside vendors are a feature of rural South Africa. In addition, Johannesburg's black wood carvings, local aloe paste, ostrich eggs, dazzling beaded necklaces or gourd carvings are surprising "hand letters". END

Matters needing attention

Weather: South Africa is located in the southern Hemisphere, and the seasons are the opposite of ours. It is a temperate Mediterranean climate with cool seasons and pleasant climate. Usually, South Africa has clear skies all year round, but sometimes the sun is so strong that visitors are advised to use a sun hat or sunscreen. South Africa's mild winter climate and sparse vegetation make it easier to spot animals, which is a great time to see them.