Blazing a Trail through Southern Africa to Cape Town

South Africa is a beautiful country with a variety of landscapes, the many cultures and divers plant and wildlife. South Africa is a popular destination for tourists to travel to and for the locals to explore. Here are some unique and fascinating facts about South Africa.

Table Mountain

You can find around 2,285 plant species on Table Mountain and the surrounding Cape Peninsula. Some plants such as the proteas can be found nowhere else in the world. Table Mountain is also said to be one of the oldest mountains in the world. Staying in Cape Town? You must ride up the cable car to the top of Table Mountain where you will have stunning views and plenty of chances for spectacular selfies. If you are looking for a convenient backpackers in Cape Town, then be sure to check out Ashanti Lodge, a long standing favorite with our readers and travellers of Southern Africa.

R62 Wine Route

South Africa has the world’s longest wine route. It is a very scenic route that travels from Cape Town through the Garden Route and finally Port Elizabeth. Travel, explore and discover great food, culture and of course superb wine.

There is more than enough accommodation choices form bed & breakfasts, Lodges, hotels or enjoy a unique luxury farm-style stay.

The Lost City

The Lost City at Sun City is a themed resort hotel and has the honour of being the largest in the world.

The Lost City is a luxury 5 star hotel with fascinating indoor and outdoor architecture and design. The statues, carvings and décor of lions, elephant tusks and other wild life depict the myth of an Ancient African kingdom. The resort also offers plenty of activities, restaurants, bars and entertainment

South Africa has 7 world heritage sites

One or seven of the many reasons why you should find some time to travel and explore South Africa

  • Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape
  • Robben Island
  • Vredefort Dome
  • Isimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Cape Floral Region
  • Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
  • Fossil Sites of south Africa, Sterkfontein

Medical Advances

Dr Chris Barnard performed the first ever heart transplant in 1967.

Bungi Jummping

Travel to the Tsitsikama region of South Africa, here you find the Bloukrans Bridge. Adrenalin junkies will also find the highest commercial bridge bungee in the world. It offers 216 metres of pure heart pumping excitement. Cape Town Backpackers, Ashanti Lodge, have an incredibly efficient travel centre, making it super easy for you to arrange a bungi jumping trip to the Bloukrans Bridge.

Shipwrecks in South Africa

Storms along the coast of South Africa made it a dangerous voyage for many ships in the past. It is said that there are about 2005 shipwrecks along the coast.

Nobel Peace prize winners

Who do you think lived in Vilakazi Street?

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela both Nobel Peace prize winners had houses on this street.

There are a number of Guest Houses and B&B’s offering accommodation near to Vilakazi Street. Try Vhavenda Hills B&B for affordable and friendly accommodation found in the very heart of Soweto.


South Africa can boast the second highest waterfall in the world. The Tugela Falls is a very high 948 metres of rushing water. The falls are located in the Royal Natal National Park, in the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains.

Travel and stay near the Tugela waterfalls, accommodations include camping grounds, Cabins, Lodges and Luxury Resorts.

South African Inventions

South Africa has come up with some pretty interesting inventions.

  • The CAT scan was developed in South Africa. Physicist Allan Cormack and associate Godfrey Hounsfield.
  • Sasol, the world’s first oil from coal refinery.
  • If you have swimming pool then you know the Kreepy Krauly. Invented by Ferdinand Chauvier who hails from Springs.
  • Structures known as Dolosse, were invented by Eric Merrifield. They help to protect harbour walls from the continuous wave action.
  • Pratley’s Putty, invented by George Prately. His glue had a role to play in the successful Moon Landing.

South Africa has so much to offer, things to do and places to explore. From the Big 5 to Table Mountain there is something even for the most sophisticated sightseer and traveller.

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Audrey Steeves