India was the eighth largest international market for South African tourism prior to the pandemic; and continues to remain a promising one even now. From sun-soaked coasts to breathtaking wildlife and from vibrant culture to adrenaline thumping adventures, the Rainbow Nation gives us all the right reasons on why it belongs on top of our travel bucket list.
Currently, the destination is open to all international tourists. Travellers intending to visit South Africa are required to produce a negative RT-PCR test, not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin.
So, if South Africa is where your next holiday is, and ‘something local and offbeat’ is your travel motto, here are a few recommendations you can consider.
The new regions include the relatively unexplored Port Elizabeth, West Coast and Drakensberg
EXPLORING NEW REGIONS
Go beyond Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban to traverse the “new regions” of South Africa that include the relatively unexplored Port Elizabeth, West Coast and Drakensberg and indulge in experiences of a lifetime.
KwaZulu-Natal is home to the Drakensberg mountains (the Zulus call them the “Barrier of Spears”) in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, a natural and cultural World Heritage site. The mountains hold cultural significance as they contain works of San rock art that date back to the late Stone Age. Tourists can partake in outdoor activities like hiking, biking, hot air ballooning, helicopter rides and horseback riding into the mountains.
OSTRICHES IN OUDTSHOORN
Head to Oudtshoorn, popularly known as the ostrich capital of the world. The town boasts many interesting attractions like Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch, which offers crocodile-cage dives. It is also one of the few places in the world where you can enjoy a meerkat safari.
WILDLIFE GALORE IN LIMPOPO
Limpopo is undoubtedly one of the most abundant provinces in South Africa where you will find vast open spaces with stunning wildlife and majestic mountainous landscapes. The region is blessed with a number of game and nature reserves, housing one of the country’s highest population of rhinos and elegant antelope species. The largest national park in Africa, Kruger National Park is situated here.
UNWIND IN EAST LONDON
For the seasoned travellers who are looking for places untouched by tourist commercialisation, the East London is where they should be. The place adorns a modern setting with a laid-back charm. The place is ideal for leisurely vacations and adventure experiences amidst natural settings. East London is also one of the few places where you can see the white lion at the Inkwenkwezi National Park.
A SLICE OF HISTORY AT PORT ELIZABETH
Port Elizabeth has the Nelson Mandela Bay where one can find Route 67 – a collection of 67 art pieces celebrating the years Nelson Mandela dedicated to public life. The region also houses South Africa’s third largest national reserve – Addo National Park where you can watch hundreds of African elephants roam around freely. The national park features a thriving marine life and rich flora and offers the only Big 7 safari options in the world.
FUN AT COFFEE BAY
The coastal town of Coffee Bay is nestled within the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape Province. It is known for its serene beaches and rich, traditional Xhosa lifestyle. Coffee Bay is also popular for the geographical marvel – Hole in the Wall. It is an offshore stack of rock through which the elements have eroded a hole. This hole amplifies the sound of the waves onto the rock, inspiring the local Xhosa people to name it esiKhaleni which means “place of sound”.
Coffee Bay is known for its serene beaches and rich, traditional Xhosa lifestyle
WATER SPORTS AT SODWANA BAY
Located on the East Coast of South Africa, Sodwana Bay is a must visit for marine life enthusiasts. Sodwana’s spectacular coral reefs in a national marine protected area are among the southernmost in the world, and are a scuba diving and snorkelling haven.
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