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Top Attractions and Food of South Africa

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

The 2010 Fifa World Cup definitely helped make South Africa a popular tourist destination, and for good reason! The country is filled dramatic landscapes, wildlife, and bustling cities. South Africa offers a delightful taste of incredible experiences.

A Rare Mixture of Culture, History and Wildlife

South Africa is a place that offers you all of the world in one location. You will often hear that when visiting South Africa, you must check out Cape Town. This city was the oldest European establishment and encompasses a mix of African and European cultures with city life and nature.

South Africa, stadium

If you’re interested in better understanding the history of South Africa, head over to Johannesburg, otherwise known as "The City of Gold". It is the largest city in South Africa, whose history goes back to the 19th century. You can check out the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, a prison complex that once held Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and thousands of other influential figures.

Nelson Mandela

If you want a break from the bustle of cities, check out Kruger National Park, one of the best places to visit for a wildlife safari experience. Kruger National Park covers about 2 million hectares of land, in which you can experience the beauty of African wildlife with historical and archaeological sights.

African wildlife

Food for Thought

Along with these top 3 places to check out, let’s talk about the top 3 dishes to try. South African cuisine includes a range of flavors which is a homage to the various communities that have inhabited the country.

You can’t go to South Africa without trying Biltong and Droewors. This dish is a 400-year old traditional South African beef snack.

Biltong and Droewors, South African food

Cape Malay Curry is another traditional must-have and is known for combining sweet and savory flavours. It is a beef stew that can be served with rice, mashed potatoes, or egg noodles.

We can’t mention food without mentioning this wonderful dessert! The malva pudding is a Dutch import and is a baked sponge pudding made with apricot jam and served in a hot cream sauce. Yum!

Malva pudding, South African dessert

So how about a delicious sponge cake while gazing at the amazing wildlife of South Africa? We sure won't mind 😉

Want to read more about South Africa? Check out our article about South Africa when this beautiful country hosted the 2010 World Cup!

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