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Top 3, in South Africa

Top 3, in South Africa

On the occasion of the opening of the summer season, we decided that this article is the perfect opportunity to make known other less preferred areas when it comes to holidays. South Africa is on our Top 3 list today.

South Africa is situated on the southern tip of the African continent, bordered by the northern neighbors of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. This includes the separate mountain realms of Lesotho and Swaziland and is flanked by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the dry Indian Ocean to the east, offering the world a remarkable variety of biodiversity.

South Africa has three capital cities: Pretoria (executive), Cape Town (legislative) and Bloemfontein (judicial). Johannesburg, the largest metropolitan cities in the region and the center of trade, is located in the heart of the province of Gauteng.

And since we’re on this topic, let’s see the what are the most populated metropolitan areas in South Africa:

  • Johannesburg – 4.4 million people
  • Cape Town – 3.7 million people
  • Ethekwini – 3.4 million people

It is essential to know, before booking any holidays, that South Africa enjoys a temperate, friendly atmosphere, with warm sunny days most of the year. The seasons of the southern hemisphere are contrary to those of the northern hemisphere, and summer usually lasts from November to February, when most of the world is marked by mild to hot weather.

There’s an array of gorgeous beaches all over South Africa, and we’ve come up with a list of the best 3 that includes some classics, as well as some insider secrets, just for local eyes (until now). Whether you’re looking for the best waves, the most secluded tanning spot, or the best scenic boardwalk, there’s a beach for everyone.

  • Robberg Beach – The beach is also known for shore-based whale spotting, particularly in the winter months when the southern right whales visit Plettenberg Bay.
  • Kraalbaai – This stunning lagoon is the West Coast’s best kept secret.
  • Camps Bay Beach

We’ve mentioned beaches, now let’s discover mountains as well. When visiting South Africa, one gets the same feeling while witnessing the mountain ranges. Mountains in South Africa are the biggest reason tourists prefer visiting the country so often. The highest ones are:

  • Mafadi – 3,450 m
  • Njesuthi – 3,405 m
  • Champagne Castle – 3,377 m

About the size of France and Spain combined or roughly twice the size of Texas, South Africa is a tourism destination and an industry that accounts for a large portion of the country’s income. The top tourist attractions create an unforgettable experience:

  • Kruger National Park – One of the world’s most famous safari parks, where you can see the “Big Five”: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino
  • Table Mountain – One of the most iconic locations in the whole of the country, this huge mountain looms over the beautiful city of Cape Town
  • Kgalagadi (Kalahari) Transfrontier Park – One of the world’s largest wilderness areas in the world.

Everyone needs a chance to bring home exclusive souvenirs and keepsakes from their holidays spent traveling abroad. From pairs of leather shoes and natural skin care to handcrafted gin and artisanal toffee, these boldly South African pieces are worth storing — and not available in shops outside the country. The top 3 are:

  • Leather shoes from Sapmok – Veldskoen, or vellies, as they are more affectionately called, are a staple in many South African wardrobes.
  • A trendy hat from Simon and Mary – Simon and Mary produce hats using devices acquired in the 1960s, and their collection contains several different types appropriate for both men and women.
  • Unique porcelain jewellery from Nina Bosch – Working from a workshop in Witrivier, Mpumalanga, Bosch designs stunning earrings, necklaces and bracelets, each distinct from the other.

Now that we have clarified the general aspects, let’s see how good the country is doing in terms of economy. South Africa is an upper middle-income economy – one of only eight such countries in Africa. South Africa is the 34th largest export economy in the world and the 47th most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI). In 2019, the GDP per capita was of $6,100 (est.).

The top exports are:

  • Gold ($16.9B)
  • Diamonds ($9.8B)
  • Platinum ($9B)

And the top imports are:

  • Crude petroleum ($6.42B)
  • Refined petroleum ($4.96B)
  • Cars ($4.11B)

And now to finish it off in style, we’ll make one last stop and talk about the cuisine. In South Africa, most dishes are influenced by the indigenous population, along with the Dutch, French, Indians and Malaysians. The most traditional dishes, worth trying, are:

  • Biltong & droewors – Dry curing was a method used to preserve meat by the indigenous tribes of South Africa before fridges were invented. Usually made from beef or game, such as springbok, biltong (a thinly sliced, air-dried meat) and droewors (an air-dried sausage) are traditionally eaten as snacks
  • Boerewors – This is a traditional South African sausage made from beef, mixed with either pork or lamb and a mixture of spices.
  • Cape Malay curry – In the 17th century, the Dutch and French landed and settled in Cape Town, bringing slaves from Indonesia, India and Malaysia, along with their spices and traditional cooking methods.

We do not take any responsibility if you have started drooling when reading these last lines, but we hope that you will want to try these delicacies too, if you haven’t already!

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