42 Things I Love About South Africa

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1. That first glimpse of Table Mountain

2. A hot air balloon ride over one of the oldest valleys in the world

3. Getting lost in wilds of the Northern Cape

4. Hanging out with any South African – some of the nicest people anywhere

5. Learning that Johannesburg is a great town to explore

6. Sticky koeksisters for dessert

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7. The first time you say ‘lekker’

8. Driving the incredibly beautiful Chapman’s Peak Drive

9. Sampling the many great wines

10. Jumping off of the highest bungee swing in the world in Durban

11. Going on safari. Anywhere. It’s amazing

12. Enjoying the views at Camps Bay in Cape Town

13. Going to your first rugby match

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14. Hiking around Cape Point

15. Staying at a 5-star boutique hotel in Johannesburg

16. Meeting the penguins of Boulder Beach

17. Enjoying a unique filled pancake

18. Spending hours experiencing the past at the Apartheid Museum

19. Swimming with Great White Sharks

20. Catching some rays on the beach in Durban

Bunny chow Durban South Africa

21. Snacking on fresh biltong

22. When you actually understand what’s going on during your first rugby match

23. Listening to some live jazz in any of the major cities

24. The immense canopy of stars in the bush

25. Exploring the beauty of the Garden Route

26. Learning about the past on Robben Island

27. Pick up a quick lunch of spicy bunnychow in Durban

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28. Holding a lion cub at the Ukutula Lion Park

29. Adopting the laid back feel that South Africa is known for

30. Exploring the Hout Bay community near Cape Town

31. Appreciating just how massively large and stunning the country really is

32. Cage diving with crocodiles

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33. That moment when I stopped saying Johannesburg and switched to Jozi

34. Taking a few days to enjoy the gorgeous Panorama Route

35. Staying aware of baboons, ostriches and who knows what else

36. A good braai with friends

37. Paying reverence to Mr. Mandela by visiting his former house in Soweto

Table Mountain

38. Learning all about style and design in Cape Town

39. Getting lost in the raw beauty of the Wild Coast

40. Its warm, wonderful people

41. Jumping off the highest bungee in the world at Bloukrans Bridge

42. Sundowner in Kruger National Park

 

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21 Responses

  1. Grant Brooks

    I’ve always wanted to visit South Africa and one day I will….

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    • Matt Long

      Definitely you will! Just set a goal and start planning. It’s the only way to make it happen.

      Reply
  2. Babysgotbackpack

    That’s a fantastic list Matt. I wish we had it prior to our own trip to Cape Town! We’ve probably crossed off a good half of your list, but now we have even more of a reason to go back! It’s such a gorgeous country!

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    • Matt Long

      The country has so much to see and do it would honestly take many trips, but I’m willing to try :)

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  3. Gaelyn

    Lekker! Love the koeksisters, wildlife, people and place. Can hardly wait to return in November.

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  4. Edward

    After this post I’m hard pressed not to just pack up everything and move there right now. I’ve never been to South Africa, but every single thing on that list sounded incredible.

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    • Matt Long

      It’s one of the top places i seriously would consider living. No joke.

      Reply
  5. jennifer

    So beautiful! Bookmarking this to my “WANT IT” folder.

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    • Matt Long

      Thanks Jennifer and great to hear! It’s an amazing place to visit.

      Reply
  6. Graham Page

    Next time have a BRAAI with friends. You will always be welcome along the Orange River. Thanks Matt for a wonderful post.

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  7. Marti

    Stop talking about visiting and get here! I love that I get to live here… My land is beautiful

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    • Matt Long

      ? I’ve visited a couple of times, which is how I wrote this :)

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  8. Janelle

    Makes me so homesick. Thanks for a great post!

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    • Matt Long

      It’s a great country, you’re lucky to be from there

      Reply
  9. Luke Powers

    Great post Matt. You are clearly tuning in to the real vibes of SA. Nice work ;-)
    Just one typo that is crucial to amend: our national cultural activity you spelt “braii” should be “braai”.
    Looking forward to welcoming you back here soon.
    All the best from Cape Town.
    cheers. luke

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    • Matt Long

      Ah the glories of being a one man shop :) Thanks, consider it corrected!

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  10. Compass

    Superb Post!!! Really it is very amazing places to visit. one day i will also visit South Africa:)

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  11. African Overland Tours

    Working and writing for a safari travel company, I was thrilled to read your post(s). You really have captured the heart of Africa and made it a personal experience and not a ‘touristy’ one. You write as if you do live here :)

    Reply
  12. Karen

    Not sure I could limit my list to 42, but several of your more adventurous ones (10, 19, 32, 41) would not be on my list. Instead I’d add: seeing the flowers in the Western Cape, learning to make and then drinking a springbok, visiting the Klipdrift Distillery and sampling the brandies, hiking Table Mountain, visiting the Cradle of Humankind….

    So much more to see and experience although I’ve already been there 3 times for a total of 8 weeks…

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