’25 reasons to visit South Africa right now’, urges Telegraph Travel!

CapeTownSA Tourism must be delighted that Telegraph Travel is doing its marketing at no charge! What better publicity than to get an article with ’25 reasons to visit South Africa right now’ written for free!

Obviously the benefit of the weak Rand relative to the pound sterling (R22) in terms of good value drives the article, but 24 other reasons are provided too:

  1. The exchange rate, having made South Africa cheaper by half since 2010! But we are in competition with Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Malaysia, Norway, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, and Hungary, all of which have seen weaker currencies relative to pound sterling.
  2. The weather! Cape Town’s forecast of 25C is referred to, Johannesburg’s 40C is not!
  3. Cape Town is the world’s best city!
  4. The Big Five animals, as well as giraffe, zebra, meerkats, kudu, and many more
  5. One might experience a crocodile and hippo fight, or hyenas taking on lions
  6. Whale watching ‘heaven’, especially in Hermanus which offers the best land-based whale watching in the world!
  7. The Sardine Run, an annual migration along the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal coasts
  8. Close to nature, even in Cape Town
  9. The Blue Train, one of the ‘best luxury train trips in the world’
  10. A budget train alternative, the Shosholoza
  11. The wine, in Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, and Wellington.
  12. The landscapes, such as The Valley of Desolation and Bourke’s Luck.
  13. Staying in the late Nelson Mandela’s house at Shambala Private Game Reserve
  14. Stay in a tree house in the Lion Sands Game Reserve in the Kruger Park
  15. Watch the ‘two oceans meet at Cape Agulhas‘, a controversial addition to the list, but let’s add Cape Point too!
  16. The beaches, highlighting Plettenberg Bay as having some of the best
  17. We drive on the left too!
  18. Minimal jet lag due to the small time difference
  19. Penguins at Boulders’ Beach
  20. Good hiking, especially in the Drakensberg
  21. Historic battlefields in KwaZulu-Natal
  22. Shopping, especially in Cape Town
  23. Eight World Heritage Sites, of which the Cape Floristic region, Robben Island, and The Richtersveld are in the Western Cape.
  24. The world’s fastest ‘zip slide‘, at Sun City.
  25. The largest cave system, the Cango Caves.

Eleven items on the list specifically relate to Cape Town and the Western Cape, the province with the most attractions on the list.

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.whalecottage.com/blog  Tel 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@WhaleCottage  Facebook:  click here


8 replies on “’25 reasons to visit South Africa right now’, urges Telegraph Travel!”

  1. Travis2 says:

    By what measure is Cape Town “the world’s best city”? Utter nonsense, as are all these silly little listicles.

    • This was the motivation Travis: ‘So say Telegraph Travel readers. “You really can’t overstate the case for visiting Cape Town,” says Pippa de Bruyn, a resident of the city and author of our expert guide. “First, there’s the in-your-face beauty of a craggy mountain range that drops precipitously into a glittering sea, its flanks carpeted in green. Then there’s the pristine white beaches lapped by – it must be said – a chilly Atlantic, their curves defined by giant granite boulders to bake on, and burbling mountain streams in dappled forests.” That’s quite enough Pippa, you’re making us jealous.

  2. The above 25 points are true which i think puts South Africa in number one tourism destination in Africa and followed by Uganda the pearl of Africa because of the gorillas in bwindi ,the big fives in queen elizabeth and murchison falls and kidepo National parks all in Uganda.http://www.wildgorillasafaris.com/gorilla-trekking.html and http://www.primeugandasafaris.com/safaris/uganda-safaris.html

  3. John Paul says:

    South Africa is the number one destination in Africa. Its wildlife, accommodation facilities and roads are amazing. Uganda is among the first 10 tourist countries in Africa. With 10 national parks plus several wildlife reserves, finest lakes and river and hospitable people, Uganda becomes an excellent tourism spot. With the Mountain gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga forest ( https://www.gorillasinuganda.com and https://www.aabtoursandtravel.com ), Uganda is a must-visit for anyone planning an african safari.

  4. Peggy Brian says:

    Chris, you really do make a great case for South Africa. Never been there nor though about taking a visit, but it really sounds as if there is never a dull moment.

  5. Heath says:

    South Africa , has rich wildlife experience most especially in Kruger national park. i must SA is a must visit destination.

  6. Absolutely, and Cape Town in particular.

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