10 Reasons We Can't Wait to Visit South Africa

By CrustyCanucks - March 09, 2018

While there’s no doubt that the Crusty Canucks have visited many places around the world over the last few years, sadly, our experience with Africa has been far too limited for our liking.

Sure, we have been to Marrakech, Morocco for a short holiday (which we will be writing about soon!), had an excursion down the Nile in Egypt and had a quick layover in Ethiopia, but we have yet to make it anywhere close to sub-Saharan Africa.

We are hoping that will change soon though as we are planning to visit South Africa later on this year. As a part of our early research into the trip, we have already discovered a ton of reasons why the country seems like a dream destination. And here are 12 things that we are excited about and can’t wait to see/do in South Africa and we hope that they can inspire you too!

Jumpin' Johannesburg

South Africa’s largest city, Jozi will most likely be the place where we start our trip. The sights we would really like to see are the Apartheid Museum as we fill that it will be very educational and offer a proper insight into the history of the country.

After taking a glance at the past, it will be time to experience the city’s present at some of its hip coffee shops and craft beer bars. Bean There looks like a great place to have a cup of joe and then Mad Giant has to be the pick for some tasty suds.

Durban Days

After experiencing Joburg, we’ll probably grab one of the many cheap flights from Johannesburg to Durban to experience this underrated gem. As fans of Indian food, we will first make a quick run to the Indian Quarter, which is also known as Grey Street (and since we are big fans of Dave Matthews Band that name has special significance). 

Gounden's earns rave reviews for its curries and it would be a fine place to start out a great first night on the town. Then after a sunsetter at the world famous Panorama Bar, we’ll probably head to the Lucky Shaker or a local dive bar before finishing the night off with a stop at the Sunrise Chip N Ranch for, you guessed it, a round of late-night curry.

Then, since we will be visiting in summer, the next day it’s time to hit the beach and soak up the rays on South Africa’s glorious east coast.

The Views at the Valley of Desolation

We’ve always been drawn to places with mysterious names (Death Valley, Snake Ridge, Devil’s Backbone) and ever since we first read about the Valley of Desolation, we have been intrigued. The unique rock formations here will be amazing to see up close and after a long hike, we will surely just want to rest, relax and maybe even spend a few days in Camdeboo National Park.

Zip Sliding Away

We just love ziplining but in South Africa, they have an amazing thing called zip-sliding and we can’t wait to try it out. No, there’s nothing quite like getting your adrenaline pumping while on a holiday.

The Blue Train

Anyone who reads this site will know we absolutely adore train travel. Whether it’s punching a Eurail pass in order to explore Europe, riding to the depths of gorgeous Copper Canyon in Mexico or daydreaming about taking a trip on the Orient Express, trains are always a major part of our travel experience. Enter South Africa’s luxurious steam-powered Blue Train. This lavish line traverses nearly 1000 miles between Cape Town and Pretoria and shows off the gorgeous South Africa countryside at every turn.

Safari Central

South Africa is home to the Big Five and even though we listed this one third on the list, there is no doubt that it’s the thing we are looking forward to the most. After spotting the fascinating wildlife throughout the wilderness, we will look to realize a traveling dream: stay in a luxury tree top resort. We may opt for a resort like Tsala Tsala or get a little more rustic by staying at Chalkley’s Treehouse—located in Lion Sands within Kruger National Park.

Crickets, Crickets

Cricket is a way of life in South Africa and we can’t wait to experience this game at one of the country’s gorgeous cricket grounds. Newlands in Cape Town is often regarded as one of the most scenic in the world and we can’t wait to sit on the lawn and have a drink while the games transpire before us.

The Meeting of the Great Oceans

I suppose it should come as no surprise that two world travelers like us would be borderline obsessed with historic explorers. Yes, it’s no exaggeration to say that names like Magellan, Hudson, De Gama and Cook hold a special place in our heart.

Ever since Bartolomeu Dias sailed around the Cape of Good Hope, explorers have been drawn to this special place and we can’t wait to join the list. In fact, standing at the precise place where the Indian and Pacific Oceans come together has always been a dream of ours.

Cape Town is Wine Town

After hopping off the Blue Train in Cape Town, we will probably then head for the wineries on the outskirts of town. There are literally hundreds of wine cellars near Cape Town and we will do our best to visit them all! We may even decide to stay the night at one of them (the Asara Wine Estate & Hotel looks especially enchanting). We’ve always been a fan of South African reds and we can’t wait to get up close and personal with the place where they are made.

After we sampled the wine, then it will be time to come back to the city proper and explore, maybe even deciding to trek to the top of Table Mountain.

Peering at Penguins

Even though we are not the biggest fans of cold weather, we just love spotting penguins. In fact, many of our favorite places that we have visited have also tended to be home to these little tuxedo-wearing birds (we are looking at you New Zealand and Argentina). Boulders Beach is known as a haven for these little guys and we will certainly make a trip out to see them when we are there.

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