With stunning beaches, beautiful savanna desert, and lush wine lands, South Africa boasts a diverse landscape. Whether you're visiting the city or planning an excursion through the countryside, this country is rich with both cultural history and natural wonders.
Located on the southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. To the north, several countries run along the border, including Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. When you stay in one of our South Africa vacation rentals, the beauty and culture of this amazing region will be at your fingertips!
History of South Africa
While the region of South Africa has had inhabitants for thousands of years, it became a mining destination in the colonial era. The region was taken over by the Dutch East India company, and then eventually it became part of the British Empire.
In 1961, South Africa became a sovereign country. However, the mid-20th century gave rise to the infamous Apartheid movement, which divided the country for years. Thankfully, peace was restored in 1994, but you'll still find lots of history, museums, and cultural references to this defining time in South Africa's history.
Today, South Africa has one of the most diverse and dynamic populations, history, and landscape. For a unique experience, a visit to one of our South Africa vacation rentals won't disappoint.
Cities in South Africa
As the capital and second-largest city in the country, Cape Town offers all the delights and amenities of a coastal city combined with amazing outdoor recreation. You'll also find lots of fun shops and hipster cafes in this trendy destination. In downtown Cape Town, take a tour through the Bo-Kaap neighborhood, also called the Malay Quarter, to view the vibrant colorful houses.
South of Cape Town in the suburbs, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens features expansive botanical gardens that are world-renowned for the unique plants and flora. Just outside of the city, Table Mountain acts as the focal point for the entire landscape. Take a cable car ride up the hillside or hike to the top to experience this amazing 600-million-year-old formation - one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
In South Africa's largest city of Johannesburg, you'll find delicious local cuisine and lots of local history. Visit the Apartheid Museum close to downtown to learn about this important part of the nation's history. With South Africa's Dutch history, there's also plenty of beer destinations in the city, like the SAB World of Beer Museum.
Destinations in South Africa
Located in northeastern South Africa, Kruger National Park is one of the continent's largest game reserves. You'll find a high density of lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos - perfect for a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience. There are also hundreds of bird species throughout this diverse area, which consists of mountains, bush plains, and tropical forests.
Just outside of Cape Town, the landscape gives way to lush vineyards and rolling hillsides - perfect for wine grapes. As one of the largest wine-producing regions in the world, the South African Winelands are home to more than 300 vineyards. Plan a bike tour through the region or enjoy a meal at one of the many elegant restaurants and wineries.
From amazing natural scenery to vibrant city life, South Africa offers something for everyone. Stay in one of our South Africa vacation rentals for a convenient spot to experience this dynamic country.
Photo Credit: South African Tourism via Flickr