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4.5 out of 5
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159,948 people visited South Africa
South Africa is somewhat like The Portrait of Dorian Gray: polished and physically attractive on the surface, with a conflicted inner core that South Africa is just now learning how to confront. As South Africa is a nation of contrasts (there are 11 different official languages, three capital cities and apartheid was king until 1994), expect to find a rich culture with a variety of things to do. Visit the City of Gold (Johannesburg) to see the great economic ambition of South Africa and experience some of the best nightlife in Africa. Not surprisingly, Cape Town's stunning attractions -- a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, surfing and swimming beaches and penguin colonies -- make it one of the most popular cities for world travelers. Outside of the cities, the highlights don't end, including rolling hills, world-class wineries and the outstanding Kruger National Park, home to countless rhinos, crocodiles, leopards and gazelle (some of which you can see on foot; Kruger is one of the rare wildlife reserves that offers a walking safari).
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  • South Africa
    Philipp S
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    I'm a little biased as I grew up there & spend some of the year there, but I think South Africa is fabulous and a must have in any global traveller's 'bucket list'. The countries attractions speak for themselves; there's everything from lions to vineyards to desserts to beaches to mountains to super restaurants to hopping wildlife, all interwoven with the chillaxed and friendly, welcoming attitude of most people living here. Hugely recommend.

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    Shaina Herman
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    South Africa is hard to define. The landscape is vast, encompassing some of the most beautiful beaches in the world to expansive parks filled with exotic animals that we dream of when we are children. The cities are colorful and so are the people. Its politics are complicated, its national languages tally 11, and its infinite amount of wealth in culture and richness make South Africa commonly known as the Europe of Africa.

    A few hundred years ago, European explores came upon the Cape of Good Hope with excitement, furry, and colonialism. Then came the Dutch, the English, influences from imported workers from Malaysia and India, the diamond pursuers,the gold miners, the activists, the animal hunters, the animal lovers, and now refugees from every other nation in Africa. It’s no wonder South Africa has an incredibly challenging time maintaining its politics.

    One should not go to South Africa before researching how Apartheid has left its mark on this dynamic country. It’s proudly, one of the few countries in the world to change governments without a bloody civil war, thanks to revolutionaries like Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and Walter Sisulu (just to name a very few). While S.A. is booming with that hip indie culture 80% of the population still struggle to pay their bills, maintain electricity, and live in quality standards of housing. Mansions overlook divine beaches ranking first in most expensive property in Africa and just a short drive away lies the South African township, for those less monetarily fortunate.

    South Africa is a country not to be missed on the bucket list. Its dynamic scenery is a tourist’s heaven, its political atmosphere is a historian’s dream, and South Africa’s potpourri of cultures is a traveler’s utopia. But beware, don’t let the allure deceive you, South Africa can open your eyes to all of its beauty and break your heart with poverty and sickness at the very same time and leave you feeling ever so exhausted at trying to understand it. But that’s what makes visitors fall in love with it over and over again.

    For more info about South Africa visit: http://intheknowtravel.wordpress.com/know-where-to-go/southafrica/

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    Catherine McCool-jackson
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Enjoyed many things in South Africa Victoria Falls, Cape Town, Table Mountain, the jack ass penquins at the boulders, the wild dogs, the tented camps, the most beautiful sunsets, most of all the animals.

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  • South Africa
    Summer Wilms
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    5 Dec 25, 2013

    Before I ever visited South Africa, I decided that it was just "Africa Light" and probably held very little of interest for me. After an unexpected detour in life took me there on a regular basis, I found out how wrong I was. This place is incredible! My interests are wildlife, photography, hiking, camping, good wine, great food (you haven't really tasted calamari until you've had South African calamari), and fun shopping. Add to that the fact that South Africa has a diverse society filled with interesting people and some of the most incredible vistas on earth, this pretty much makes it my perfect destination and I think that label could be applied for a lot of folks out there.

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  • South Africa
    Bridget Gilbert
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    lived there for over 12 years in total. A very beautiful country, these days you need to be very careful - no jewelry on show of cameras easily snatchable, travel in pairs or group, use taxis at night, do not give to beggars, take insect repelant and in the north east - malaria tablets need to be taken - especially if you go to Kruger National Park - this I highly recomend., also the cape is fantastic with winelands, mountains,sea and safari parks.

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  • South Africa
    Andrea Wangsanata
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    5 Dec 25, 2013

    the beauty of table mountain makes cape town an introspective wonder. the mesh of cultures coupled with the physical landscape make it a stunning destination. absolutely loved it!

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    Global Bush Travel and Tourism Agency
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    Here in Cameroon, luxury family holidays are now becoming more popular. A holiday travel to the land of the dark is much more than just a mystic and a real fun with a mix of diversified feelings. Everyone loves to go to the beach Cameroon coastal regions are perfect choices for a beach holiday, honeymooning, family vacations and leisure trips. All-inclusive holiday packages, which often come complete with nearly everything a traveler needs for a rewarding vacation, are countless in Cameroon.

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    Arlo Hemphill
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    5 Dec 25, 2013
    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersGreen TravelersFamily TravelersOutdoor Enthusiasts
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    Maria Kanellopoulou
    5 Mar 13, 2013
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    Erika Foley
    5 Feb 17, 2013

    Lovely place to visit, hot, lots of wild animals, good food.

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Description:

South Africa is somewhat like The Portrait of Dorian Gray: polished and physically attractive on the surface, with a conflicted inner core that South Africa is just now learning how to confront. As South Africa is a nation of contrasts (there are 11 different official languages, three capital cities and apartheid was king until 1994), expect to find a rich culture with a variety of things to do. Visit the City of Gold (Johannesburg) to see the great economic ambition of South Africa and experience some of the best nightlife in Africa. Not surprisingly, Cape Town's stunning attractions -- a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, surfing and swimming beaches and penguin colonies -- make it one of the most popular cities for world travelers. Outside of the cities, the highlights don't end, including rolling hills, world-class wineries and the outstanding Kruger National Park, home to countless rhinos, crocodiles, leopards and gazelle (some of which you can see on foot; Kruger is one of the rare wildlife reserves that offers a walking safari).
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