South Africa is a cultural – and culinary – melting pot. The country’s 11 official languages also translate into a huge variety of cuisines that come together in a way they don’t anywhere else. In some cases, however, food underwent its big transformation before it even got to South Africa. This the case with one of Cape Town’s signature dishes, bobotie.
Nelson Mandela died in early December 2013 at the age of 95. His death was not unexpected – he had been ill for some time and had survived a difficult life – but South Africa’s grief at losing such an important national figure was palpable. World leaders came to Mandela’s funeral to pay their respects to a man who, quite literally, changed the world.
Shark cage diving was never on my list of must-do activities in Cape Town, South Africa, like it is for some people, but after experiencing it, my opinion was completely changed! Rather than being terrifying, the experience was peaceful and surreal.
The city of Durban on South Africa’s eastern coast is known for its mix of African, Indian, and Southeast Asian populations, making the cuisine and markets something special. But there are plenty of great reasons to include Durban on your South Africa itinerary besides the food – and one of them is that you can go on some great safari day trips from Durban.
Visitors who have a safari on their South Africa itinerary have an incredible experience to look forward to. In addition to the usual things you’ll be packing for your South Africa trip, however, going on a safari means you’ll need to be sure to pack a few extra things that you may not otherwise think to bring with you.
The entire country of South Africa is like manna from heaven for travelers – there’s so much to do and see, it’s impossible to pack it all into even a two week trip. But even if you just stay in the area around Cape Town, you’ll still have trouble doing everything there is to do. Here’s a list of 33 incredible adventures you can have in Cape Town and in the surrounding area. Chances are very good you’ll need to plan your return trip as you’re headed home – Cape Town is just that good.