7 THINGS TO DO IN SOUTH AFRICA DURING A WEEKEND VACATION
Down in the southernmost part of Africa, you’ll see a beautiful country marked by lush Winelands, several relaxation spots, and lots of nearly distinct ecosystems. Driving down the Western Cape while enjoying the serene views of the beach is an experience that’s worth having. This country, South Africa welcomes you with a warm embrace that leaves you relaxed and over the moon with all the fun it offers.
In this piece, we’ll be taking you to South Africa where we’ll be exploring some adventures you should participate in during your next vacation in South Africa.
ENJOY THE LUXURY OF A FIVE-STAR HOTEL BESIDE THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND
A home away from home and situated a few meters away from the Cradle of Humankind, where mankind was said to have begun, sits Forum Homini; a five-star hotel tucked away in a game estate.
Forum Homini is not just a five-star hotel but a boutique hotel whose stone walls are decorated with man’s history and adorned with cave-style accommodations. Starting your tour of South Africa from the comfort of Forum Homini, with its award-winning restaurant to carter to your stomach’s every need is the perfect beginning to a vacation you will never forget.
TAKE PICTURE PERFECT SHOTS OF BEAUTIFUL WORKS OF ARTS IN NELSON MANDELA’S HOMETOWN
Soweto; home to the greatest freedom fighter of all times, Nelson Mandela is just the perfect second adventure to add to your bucket list. Although Soweto hasn’t been at its peak recently, it is recognized as one of the significant towns when you talk of culture in South Western Towns. While in Soweto, you can make a stop at Nelson Mandela’s childhood home, which still stands today as a museum. While touring the 300ft Orlando Power Station Cooling Towers close by, you could take pictures of the captivating murals which bare the community and all it stands for to the world. If you are just in luck, you might also spot brave souls bungee jumping from the top of these towers just for fun.
GO KAYAKING IN THE ORANGE RIVER
Few meters away from Namibia’s border lies the Orange River in all its beauty. The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and entertains lots of tourists and kayakers looking to show off daredevil skills. Although there are safe spots for novices to enjoy kayaking, if you are in no mood to kayak, you can feed your eyes with the Class V rapids being pulled off by these expert kayakers. Your guide will always help you through your tour and spotting out parts of the river, which is easy to paddle through. Sounds like a fun adventure, huh?
ENJOY A BRAAI DINNER AT ST. LUCIA
Make your first stop for relaxing at St. Lucia, which is home to lots of excursions you wish to have. While checking out the list of other places to visit in South Africa, you could enjoy your first Braai dinner, which is South African for Barbeque. Your first mouthful will leave your craving Braai every day throughout your stay in the country.
TAKE PICTURES WITH CROCS AND HIPPOS
Well, that can only happen if you’re brave enough to Kayak with the crocodiles and Hippos. Take your adventure to the next level and skip the platoon boat by kayaking in the river instead. Although the crocs and hippos won’t welcome you right away, you must know that about 1200 crocs and 900 hippos lurk below the fiberglass that separates you from them. You might think it dangerous, but when you get out of the river feeling like you’ve conquered all your fears, that would be all that matters to you.
RUN SIDE BY SIDE WITH GIRAFFES
The closest you can get to wildlife is to go for a wildlife safari on a horse. Listening to the horse’s hooves as its rhythm aligns with your racing heart while running beside wildebeests and giraffes on a horse is the best feeling ever and one way to be one with nature.
Watching your horse’s excitement as the Zebras taunt your horses to run at full speed with them might give you a new rush of energy to keep running. You must beware of the invincible feeling this adventure gives you; you might end up not leaving South Africa after all.
TAKE A TRIP TO THE BIG HOLE IN KIMBERLEY
Here’s a little tip for this adventure; the best view of the teal waters that fill the big hole is from a helicopter. You might want to take pictures while on land, but the most stunning are the ones taken while you are high up in the air. This big hole which is an abandoned diamond mine accommodates beautiful teal waters whose pictures will make perfect wallpapers for your room. After a helicopter tour, ensure to get an on-the-ground feel of the abandoned mine.
Conclusively, there’s no better way to have fun and relax away from your home than a vacation trip to South Africa. So, the next time you’re thinking of a weekend or holiday vacation, think of visiting South Africa.