South Africa's history may be filled with violence, starving locals, and abusive governments, but one cannot deny that despite its bloody history, it's filled with magnificent natural wonders that are in a league of its own.
It is truly a blessing to be able to experience firsthand the natural beauty South Africa has to offer. And for avid adventurers, you could spend your whole life exploring each and every one of its destinations, and you still wouldn't get enough. Here are some of the reasons why South Africa deserve to be on your travel bucket list.
Boulders Beach. We all have heard of the swimming pigs in the Bahamas, but have you heard of penguins on the beach? According to Global Grasshopper, over 2,000 penguins live in Boulder Beach in South Africa, a rarity that you wouldn't find anywhere else. The beach is also wonderful, with crystal-clear waters and powder-white sands.
The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. One of the largest canyons on earth, it's different from its other counterparts because of its majorly green landscape that's filled with different species of wildlife and jaw-dropping views. According to CNN, it's also claimed to be the biggest green canyon on earth. God's Window, a truly spectacular sight along the Panorama route, can be seen in this reserve.
Tsitsikamma National Park. This national park looks so unspoiled and self-sustaining that it's hard to imagine that it's actually protected and monitored by the government. Nature and eco-travelers would surely enjoy the variety of experiences Tsitsikamma has to offer, such as the Otter Trail hike, braving the suspension bridge over Storms River, or the Canopy tour.
Kruger National Park. Of course, a trip to South Africa wouldn't be complete if you haven't visited one of its Safaris. Kruger National Park is one of the biggest, spanning 19,000 kilometers in Limpopo. Here, you can encounter some of the most majestic beasts in the wild, including lions, rhinos, buffalos, leopards, and elephants.