Travelling across South Africa is like a world tour in its self. The human civilization pretty much began here; the land has beaches, mountains, best encounters with wildlife, the most eclectic and international cuisine, everything that a tropical holiday can have. With mild weather almost throughout the year, there can’t be a better place than South Africa to travel to for your next family vacation. Cuddle with some ostriches in a farm, spot humpback whales taking huge leaps in the ocean, discover the spirit of Cape Town, drive through the most scenic Garden Route, stand at the most south-western point of the African continent and so much more.
With all the wandering, excite the sports fanatic inside of you because you are going to watch a T-20 Live- India Vs South Africa in the most picturesque test cricket venue in the world, Sahara Park Newlands Stadium, popularly known as Newlands Cricket ground in Cape Town. It is rated second best cricket ground. The first test match was hosted in March 1889. England beat South Africa by an innings and 202 runs. The first One Day International played at the ground was in December 1992 when South Africa beat India by 6 wickets. As of January 2011, there have been 35 One-day Internationals played at the ground including 5 in the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
Witness live cricket action from the picturesque ground with the Table Mountain cloaked in clouds and grounds graced by impressive stands, open grassed areas, tasteful chalets and trees; as your backdrop. Arguably the most beautiful cricket ground in the world, here you can experience the finest cricket hospitality throughout the evening whilst enjoying world class cricket at Newlands.
While watching the match should be the biggest catch of your South-African trip, indulge in various other activities like:
Float over Knysna Lagoon:
Hop aboard a double-decker floating restaurant, The John Benn boat to enjoy the South African Cruise. This boat stepped in history is a legendary pilot of a bygone era. Enjoy the most eclectic cuisines on board with some sparkling wine. You can try La Carte and Tapas with some fresh Knysna oysters & local beers. Jon Benn is one of the best floating restaurants in Knysna.
Into an underground wonder-world:
Cave into the spectacular underground wonder of Kelin Karoo – The Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. Bathed in vermillion and gold, these clusters of dripstones are a real visual feast. The main feature within the Van Zyl's Hall is certainly Cleopatra's Needle, said to be over 150 000 years old. This dripstone needle measures a staggering 9m. These structures are a treat to your eyes!
Cuddle up with Ostriches:
Cango Ostrich Show Farm is located in the lush Cango Valley, Schoemanshoek, 14km outside of Oudtshoorn on the main route towards the world famous Cango Caves. Experience the world’s largest bird which lays the largest egg, has the most beautiful feathers and eyes that make you want to fall in love and hug them. At Safari, you can enjoy riding the birds at your own risk, stand on their eggs, touch the birds and cuddle the chicks.
See Whales in Hermanus:
Hermanus has been recognized by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) as one of the 12 best whale watching destinations in the world. The coastal town of Hermanus has become synonymous with shore-based whale watching, given its sheltered coves in which these marine mammals come to mate and calve. It also offers range of other activities and attractions for travellers.
Watch the Penguins at Boulders Beach:
Just around the corner from the seaside village of Simons Town turn left off main road to Boulders Visitor Centre to visit the famous colony of African Penguins - once called Jackass Penguins for their hilarious braying call. If you really have fallen in love with penguins, you shouldn’t miss an opportunity to see them. Head to the secluded Boulders Beach and take a swim in the comparatively warm waters of the False Bay.
Table Top Mountain Trail:
Take the most scenic drives up the Table Top Mountain from Fairbanks winds deep into the center of White Mountains National Recreation Area, rising up hillsides and dipping down into valleys for a rolling picture show of spruce forest and snaking riverbeds. The hike to Table Top Mountain is just as spectacular, providing panoramic views of the White Mountains from the center of the range, and is a short “must do” jaunt if you’re spending any time in the area.
Cape Point Nature Reserve Trail:
Although Cape Point is not the most southerly tip of Africa, as many people believe, it is one of the most beautiful parts of the African continent. It is one of the most scenically spectacular parks in the whole of South Africa. It includes the majestic Table Mountain chain, which stretches from Signal Hill to Cape Point, and the coastlines of the Cape Peninsula. This narrow stretch of land, dotted with beautiful valleys, bays and beaches, contains a mix of extraordinarily diverse and unique fauna and flora.
- By Twinkle Motta, Content Leader