Cities in South Africa
Cape Town Western Cape
Cape Town, the epitome of a cosmopolitan community, is a city of opposites. The old 19th Century culture in the Bo Kaap area, is contrasted with the incredibly modern foreshore developments. Whichever your preference, you’ll be amply pleased with variety that the City Bowl has to offer. By the world of standards.
Johannesburg is one of the largest and busiest cities in South Africa. Much of the city is very built up and more and more shops and developments continue to be erected on what was once open ground as this ever-thriving center of industry continues to grow and expand. The cosmopolitan atmosphere is exciting and there are plenty of great attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. Whether you are looking for cultural attractions or some simple retail therapy, Johannesburg is the place to go.
Durban KwaZulu Natal
Durban is the holiday mecca for most South Africans offering an endless summer climate and a carnival atmosphere, blue seas, golden beaches and entertainment for every taste. It is truly one of the country’s favorite holiday playgrounds. The city of Durban has so much to offer that it is almost impossible to list all its interests and pleasures. Set on the beautiful beaches of Algoa Bay,
Port Elizabeth Eastern Cape
Port Elizabeth has an over-abundance of warm water beaches, as estuary, rivers and kloofs. There are endless opportunities for surfing, angling both surf and deep sea, yachting, power-boating, boardsailing and diving off the many shipwrecks and reefs
South African Culture and Tradition Explored
Perhaps one of the most outstanding things about South African culture is that it is not one single culture, but rather a range of different cultures representing every level of a very stratified community. Hybrid mixtures of these different cultures also exist, making South Africa one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world.
There are a number of cultural attractions in South Africa which are definitely worth visiting. Take, for instance, one of the most famous ones – that of Robben Island wherein Nelson Mandela, the first black president of the country, was once imprisoned for his efforts to free his people from oppression. In KwaZulu Natal you will find that the Zulu culture is still very much alive in the descendents of the ancient Zulu king Shaka at Shakaland. Here tribal dance and song is performed with vigor and you can explore the mysterious, ritualistic world of the Sangoma with much pomp and ceremony. In the Eastern Cape you’ll discover the remains of Saartjie Baartman – a san woman who suffered terrible humiliation at the hands of self-righteous Europeans and who has become a symbol of female empowerment and tribal rights recognition some 200 years after her death. A visit to the Drakensberg Mountains will make you privy to some of the oldest rock art in the country, while a trip to the many art galleries and theaters in most of the cities and towns is an excellent way to enjoy South African art and drama.
Music is another sphere of South African culture which exemplifies the range and diversity of this country’s culture. Classical music, although European in nature, is enjoyed regularly at al fresco concerts across the country amidst the beauty of large botanical gardens. Jazz is a favorite in the townships and it has developed and diversified into three distinctive genres: Township Jazz, Black Jazz, and Marabi. Kwaito is another favorite. Rock and pop are also popular and a number of South African musicians have created sounds which simply cannot be confined to a particular music group, but which are very South African in nature. So come and enjoy a hands-on introduction to South Africa’s rainbow of culture
Beaches in South Africa
White Sands and Surfing with soft white sand, beautiful blue waters and clear blue skies, South Africa boasts some of the best beaches in the world. The country enjoys some 2 798 kilometers of striking coastline which is dotted with warm sandy beaches and interesting rocky shorelines.
The South African coast is visited by two very different oceans. The coastline starts on the north-west coast where South Africa meets Namibia, so much of the landscape is sandy, hot and inhospitable. This is the home of the infamous and treacherous Skeleton Coast where the icy waters provide a direct contrast to the hot and sandy conditions found a short distance inland. Here the icy waters of the South Atlantic Ocean have made sailing near the coast a dangerous occupation that has been claiming lives for centuries. As you follow the coastline further south to Cape Point, you will find that the water warms up to almost bearable but still icy temperatures. A walk to this, the furthest point of the country’s most south-westerly promontory, will have you staring at the ocean where the waters of the Atlantic and Indian oceans seem to clash and fight for dominance as they roar up against the rocks below you.
However, be warned that, while this is said to be the meeting point of the two oceans, it is not the meeting point of the two currents that straddle South Africa’s coastlines. That point, where the cold Benguela current and the warm Agulhas current meet, can be more accurately found a little further south at Cape Agulhas. And this is the point where you can start to enjoy more bearable water temperatures at the various beaches in South Africa. From this point, the beaches become more sandy and the waters get progressively warmer until they eventually arrive in the north-easterly part of the country where KwaZulu Natal borders Swaziland. Durban and Richard’s Bay are known to have the warmest waters in the country – in fact, the waters are so warm here that few find them terribly refreshing.
Most of South Africa’s major beaches are closely monitored by certified life guards and, in areas where sharks have been a worry in the past, shark nets and shark monitors have been set up to ensure the publics safety. So pack in your swimming gear and get ready to enjoy some of the best beaches in the world!
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