South Africa is one of the most geographically varied countries on the African continent, comprising territory that ranges from the rolling, fertile plains of the highveld and the wide-open savannah of Mpumalanga to the Kalahari desert and the peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains. In addition to possessing two of the world’s most renowned wildlife reserves, the Kruger and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the country contains over a dozen smaller regional parks and reserves. With its excellent road and rail systems, its abundance of top-rated accommodation, and its bountiful farmlands, vineyards, and pristine beaches, South Africa truly offers “a world in one country”.
Despite a lot of the hardships that South Africans face they are still incredibly up-beat, with a fantastic sense of humour and a smile upon their face. It’s hard to hide the fact that large parts of the country lives in poverty, and the rising problem of HIV/AIDS still hasn’t be solved, and there is still racial inequality and past prejudices, but these aren’t reasons to overlook South Africa.
South Africa is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world, and it is really starting to open up to backpackers.