It’s been two years since I went to South Africa and I must say it’s one of my favourite trips I’ve been on so far. I never got round writing a blog post so I thought why not now? Better late than never. This is one of my top 3 favourite trips I’ve taken, the first one being Japan (so far). Honestly, this country has everything to offer, from amazing safaris, to adventure and relaxation, I would definitely recommend you visit! I created a highlights post in case anyone is planning on visiting soon, you’ll there are so many things you can do in SA & Zimbabwe!
We’ll start with one of my favourite experiences. Kruger National Park is one of the most famous national parks in Africa for spotting wildlife and animals in action. We woke up bright and early at 5am to catch the sunrise at the park and start exploring. Seeing elephants, leopards and so many other animals in real life is such an unreal experience. Luckily we spotted a Rhino! It’s so sad how rhino poaching has skyrocketed in South Africa, with more than 1,000 rhinos killed last year (you can read all about it here). The safari was so informative, the tour guide gave us extensive knowledge of the animals and their daily life. It was overall a very fun experience. I’d love to take a safari in Kenya and Tanzania next!
The first stop in our trip was Sun City. If you’ve watched the Adam Sandler film, ‘Blended,’ you’ll immediately recognise this place. The hotel isn’t as big as it looks like in the film, just saying. It was quite different to what I expected but still fun nevertheless. We went zip lining, quad biking, ran through a maze and had a good time overall. It was a great start to the trip as it was very relaxing.
Cape Town was definitely my favourite place we visited on this trip! I honestly thought it would be more dangerous than it is. From it’s incredible coastline to delicious food, I had a blast exploring it. Though we did go up to Table Mountain it was quite cloudy and we could barely see anything. But, we ended up paragliding from Lion’s Head and it was so much fun. This was my first time paragliding, the second time being in Switzerland. On one side you could see Camps Bay and on the side was the stadium where the World Cup was previously hosted. All while I was flying above the city.
If you visit Cape Town, without going to a vineyard, did you even go to Cape Town? (jk!) I’m not a big wine fan but I definitely wanted to visit a vineyard. We had some pretty incredible lunch there, one of my favourite dishes being mussels with lentils. Sounds like a weird combination but it was pretty incredible. The views were pretty incredible too!
I can safely say penguins are one of my favourite animals. They’re absolutely adorable! We almost didn’t go to Boulders Beach but I’m so glad we did. The penguins are so cute, and there’s so many of them there! The beach itself is very beautiful, the white sand and crystal clear water made for a perfect view.
The first time I went on a helicopter ride I was around 8/9 years old on holiday in Norway. I was absolutely terrified and thought I was going to die (literally). But my parents forced me to get on and I’m glad I did. I knew what to expect from a helicopter ride, and the views of Victoria Falls from up above were incredible! It’s known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world (among the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef and Mount Everest). It’s name ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ translates to the storm that thunders. Which basically describes how powerful the waterfall is.
If you’ve seen my Instagram, you will know I’m a sucker for sunsets. No matter where in the world I am I must watch the sunset. So of course we had to take the sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. It’s apparently a really popular experience as you get to see the animals living in and around the river as well! Safe to say, it didn’t disappoint.
If you’re in Johannesburg, both these places are a must see. They’ve kept such a beautiful piece of South African history. We first visited Constitution Hill where we learned about how they imprisoned Mandela and other black people and the terrible conditions they lived in. It was honestly so sad to hear the story but so important they shed light on the issues. We then went to visit Mandela’s home in Johannesburg, it’s a great place to learn about his way of life before there was equality for black people in South Africa.
Overall, I had the best time with my family in South Africa and Zimbabwe. I’d love to revisit since I felt like we didn’t get enough time to explore everything. Have you guys ever been to South Africa or Zimbabwe?