A few weeks ago I left South Korea for South Africa to show Lori, a friend of mine from Boston, MA around the country.
The last time I saw Lori was in 2011, when I boarded the plane to South Africa.
I’ve always told her – of all the countries I’ve visited, South Africa, my home, is the most beautiful country I’ve ever set foot on.
Of course, I know that I’m biased because I’m South African but I want to share why South Africa is an awesome Vacation spot:
1. Cape Town has the coolest food places & views
And it has the most amazing scenery.
And awesome retro coffee shops.
2. Epic Landscapes and mountains across the country
Most people talk about Table Mountain, which is a tourist attraction and awesome.
Much as I love Table Mountain, Mpumalanga has some of the most gorgeous mountains. The view on the way to the Kruger National Park is something worth seeing. At some point Lori just put away her camera and said, people would just have to see everything for themselves.
3. There’s nothing like an African sunrise or sunset
Something kind of crazy happened on this vacation – my dad told me to drive from Joburg to Cape Town, through the Garden Route. I’ve done the drive from Joburg to Cape Town and vice versa a million times before, but for some reason I’d never taken the Garden Route.
And of course I got lost. In fact it took us 3 days, instead of 14 hours, to reach Cape Town. I literally 48 hours non-stop to get to the Cape.
We woke up super early every morning and drove late into the evenings, which was tiring but we got to stop along the way to take pictures and videos of the most glorious sunrises and sunsets.
4. It’s cliché but…Safaris
When I was growing up, my dad loved taking us on safari and I hated it. As an adult I'd lose my s*** whenever someone mentioned the word safari.
But since this was Lori’s first time on the continent and she’d never been on safari before, I figured I could make an exception and get over my issues for 2 days.
I’m glad I did because turns out, going on safari as an adult, is way more fun than going on safari with parents as a kid.
5. Of course it’s about the wine
I feel I should state that I don’t drink that much. I don’t have a reason – I just like sobriety.
The wine in Cape Town is good enough to make me abandon my love of sobriety.
This is easy to do when towns like Franschoek provide wine trams for people to hop on and hop off and do wine tastings at various wine farms.
I know I’m biased but if you’re still considering where to go next on your next vacation, I recommend South Africa.
What’s your favorite vacation spot? Feel free to comment below!