The continent of Africa is full of wonders, from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to the Great Pyramids at Giza. One African country that you should make sure to visit is the country of South Africa. Located on the southern tip of the continent, South Africa is a diverse country with many things to do and see. From seeing penguins, hippo hunting, and riding in a hot air balloon, here are five awesome things to do in South Africa.
Penguins and a Safari
When you think of penguins, South Africa might not be at the top of your list of places to see the little rascals. However, penguins are native to South Africa. There’s a protected colony at Boulders Beach near Cape Town, and penguins also live on many of the islands around the mainland. Seeing penguins in the wild is an awesome opportunity that you don’t want to miss!
Safaris get up close to the local wildlife, including lions, zebras, and elephants. You can see the wildlife first hand. A variety of companies book guided safari tours. These tour guides give you valuable and interesting information, as well opportunities for great pictures. If you’re interested in something a little different, check out a river tour. The idea is the same, but you’re floating down the river instead of riding in a Land Rover.
With all the beautiful scenery in South Africa, a sunrise hot air balloon ride is an adventure to consider taking. Like with a safari, there are guides who point out all the sites, and the view is supposed to be incredible. It’s a slow float over a beautiful country that lets you admire the animals. It also gives you a chance to soak in the beauty of South Africa and admire it from a different perspective.
Hunting and Hiking
There are things for everyone to do in South Africa. If you have always wanted to go big game hunting, there are companies that can help you arrange the hunt of your dreams. They are made up of professional outfitters and lifetime hunters that then help you, the hunter, get in contact with the local outfitter. From hippo hunting to duck hunting, this is a wonderful adventure for any hunting enthusiast.
Other outdoor adventures take advantage of the natural beauty of South Africa. Hiking is a way to see all the beautiful scenery from your balloon ride up close and in person. Guided tours are often available, and local tour guides are a wonderful resource. In Giants Castle Reserve, in the Drakensberg Mountains, the Bushman Cave Museum is home to over 400 cave paintings. Other sites in South Africa also have beautiful cave paintings. Another hiking adventure to take is climbing up Table Mountain, which overlooks Cape Town. The view is lovely, as long as you are there on a clear day. Of course, you could take the cable car.
Whatever kind of adventure you’re looking for, from big game hunting and ballooning to safaris and penguins, there is plenty to do in South Africa. Don’t miss your chance to take the adventure of a lifetime!