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Attractions in South Africa

  • Scenic

  • Historical

  • Cultural

  • Natural

South Africa has two oceans with the warm Indian ocean on the east coast and the cold Atlantic on the west coast. Long beaches and lagoons.

We have mountain ranges, with the Drakensburg in KwaZulu Natal peaking at just under 3500 m above sea level.

Each season offering a variety of colours and contrasts.

Dams and lakes with St. Lucia in KwaZulu Natal a world heritage site.

Huge tracts of bushveld and grasslands.

Desert and semi desert areas, such as Namaqualand and its, annual daisies.

Wars and Battles in South African history
Our country has been washed in blood.
Black against black.
White against white.
A mixture of the two against a mixture of the two and all the combinations thereof.
The most prominent war and the one with the greatest effect on South Africa was the 2nd Boer War or the South African war.

  • The Battle fields route of KwaZulu Natal will set your imagination on fire and you will relive the battles of old between the Boers and the British.
  • The battle of Isandlwana between the British and the Zulus, will make your blood chill.
  • The deadly attacks of the Zulus against the Boers and the eventual routing of King Dingaan by Andries Pretorius are found in the reliefs, of the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria.
  • The wars between the Swazis and Pedi at Moholoholo.
  • Zulu against Mzilikazi´s Ndebele.
  • King Sekukune against the Boer.
  • South Africa’s involvement in the 1st and 2nd world wars for the Allies.
  • The involvement in South West Africa/ Namibia and the border wars into Angola.

These were all major confrontations and each has had its impact in shaping our history and why we are where we are today.
The other wars that were sometimes more subtle, but had a huge impact on South Africa was the fight against white domination by various political groups.
This was by propaganda, oppression from all sides, and terrorist activities with weapons and bombs.
Propaganda from all sides has often created a warped perspective, and many lives were lost, and broken. There are emotional scars which are still found under the surface.
The truth has often been twisted and admitting it is not always popular.
A nation with the possibilities of a bright future also has the possibility to fall the way of the rest of Africa.
The communist allied government of the ANC rules at present, but seems to make little headway riddled with corruption and nepotism.
Time will tell, but for now we, hope, believe and trust in God, forge ahead and enjoy the land.

South Africa is very exciting with at least 22 different cultural groups with 11 official languages. Broadly speaking the population groups are divided into Whites, blacks, Indians and Coloureds. The black tribes moved down from central Africa and dominated over the San /Bushmen who were hunter gatherers. Later the whites would help contribute to their almost total elimination with a few small pockets left in Botswana and Namibia and SA. The black clans fought furiously between themselves, with Tshaka Zulu creating the Zulu nation. Moshesoe leading the South Sotho. Mzilikazi the Ndebele. Shoshangana the Shangaan/ Tsonga people. Other tribes, such as the Swazi, Xhoza, Venda, Tswana and the North Sotho/ Pedi tribes are prominent.

Whites moved in with the establishment of a small Dutch community under Jan van Riebeck in Cape Town 1652. The British were next, and later and in the 1800s, the discovery of minerals, soon brought in many different nationalities. Slaves were brought in from Malaisa, Sri Lanka, Angola and a few other Asian countries , leading to the Muslim communities being established in Cape Town. Indians were contracted to Natal where they cut the sugar cane. Durban is the main centre for Indians, where large groups of Hindus and Muslims are established.  About 50 000 Chinese were imported to work in the mines around Johannesburg in 1903, but due to strife from the locals, were exported back to China in 1906. Just think of the logistics in those days.  So in South Africa you will meet all the religions, as well as Black, European, Indian and Coloured cultures.

We do have different ways of thinking and doing things. Richness and poverty, first world and third worlds, different languages and people groups. Kings and chiefs still exist, alongside a democracy. Attitudes and political persuasions along the entire scale are found.

Along with this are the foods types.  Indians have strongly flavoured South Africa with their spices and curries. The Dutch with a variety of pancakes, English roasts and the staple diet of the blacks called mealie meal, or phutu and cabbage are common. Fish feature strongly on the west coast and Ostrich steaks are wedging their way onto our plates more and more.  Wines of all flavours will not let you go past without wetting your lips, and these are of such high quality that the world, is now relishing them. We enjoy our meat in South Africa, and everything from beef , poultry, fish, shell fish, and game/ venison is common. Babotie is our National dish with a mild curry taste. Try it.

Does this not sound exciting?

Animals and Nature

Not much introduction is needed for Africa’s game.

World famous game reserves, such as the Kruger National Park, Hluhluwe-Umfolosi, game reserves in Kwa Zulu Natal, where the white rhinoceros was saved are found.

Many private lodges offer an up market safari experience.

There are six different vegetation biomes, making South Africa the richest country in the whole world when it comes to plants.

This leads to so many different insects, bird and animal life.

Our oceans produce whales, sharks, seals, game fish and a large fishing industry.

Shellfish are always popular at restaurants.

There are not many places where you can see the Big 7.

Elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, Great White Shark and whales.

The east coast is dotted with bays , harbours and lakes and many lodges are found on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal, built into the coastal forests.

 
 
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