South Africa – Some Of The Top Holiday Destinations
South Africa is the largest and the most developed country in Africa. This country is also the leading tourist destination compared to all other African countries. This country has a lot to offer ranging from the beautiful landscape, cities, white sand beaches, strong culture, wildlife, wine lands and a long and beautiful history.
The Mapungubwe National Park near Limpopo river has an interesting historical background. The remains excavated at the cultural landscape in the Mapungubwe hills shows the African ancient civilization founded between AD 900-1300 existed. This is the largest Kingdom known in the African sub-continent. It is in this park where fossils of Gold Rhino were recovered. Other fossils include beads and pottery. Apart from the fossils, you can see the big five, over 400 bird species and unique forest plant species. You will also have a good view of the Limpopo river.
South Africa has about eight World Heritage Sites. The past history, cultural, natural and artifacts are irreplaceable and have a lot of inspiration to the locals and visitors as well. Natural heritage sites include; Cape Floral Region Protected Areas founded in 2004, Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park started in 1999 and Vredefort Dome founded in 2005. Cultural heritage sites include; Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs started in 1999, Robben Island also founded in 1999, Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape founded in 2003, Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape which was founded in 2007 and Drakensberg Park.
Kwa Zulu Natal battle fields are the most important battle fields in South Africa. The most remembered battles were those fought between the Zulu and Boer, Zulu and British and finally Boer and the British. The Ncome river (blood river) which turned red with the blood of the Zulu people. Battles fought in this field are the bloodiest battles in the history of South Africa. Visit this place and listen to emotional tales full of courage, defeat, victory and reconciliation.
Between the month of June and November is the mating, breeding and calving season of the whales along the Whale Coast and Walker Bay. This is the best time to watch the whales on boat trips along the southern coast of South Africa. You can explore the Cape Town before and then proceed for whale watching.
The Drakensberg mountain has the highest altitude in South Africa. Drakensberrg means the dragon mountain to the people of South Africa. It is a World Heritage Site which consists of 200 million of geological formations and a San rock art which contains 30,000 individual paintings at 600 sites. This is an ideal place for game viewing and bird watching as you see different plants.
Other top destinations include Johannesburg, Sun City, Garden Route, Eastern Cape, Pilanesberg, Kruger National Park and Madikwe.