South Africa

30 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Visit South Africa

One year after my visit, South Africa remains a paradox in my mind. One on hand, it’s by the far the most developed and advanced country on the African continent, to the point where you might not even realize you’re in Africa in some places, particularly in Cape Town and along the Garden Route.

On the other hand, it’s home to some of the wildest scenery I’ve ever trekked across, from the mysterious fairie forests of Hogsback, to the dune beaches of Chintsa; from the cow-lined beaches of Coffee Bay to the towering mountains of the Drakensberg; and of course, Kruger National Park, whose “Big Five” game are about as African as you can get.

Another interesting thing about South Africa, as a travel blogger, is that while many of us have visited the country, few venture outside “safe” spots like Cape Town and its surrounding wine country. I understand the reason for this – when you’re sponsored (I wasn’t), you tend to go where and do what you’re told. Fair enough!

In any case, if you’ve read about things to do in South Africa on other travel blogs, these pictures might come as a surprise to you – in the “I had no idea scenery like (insert description of picture here) was in South Africa!” sense. Even if you don’t know South Africa from South Sudan, they’re sure to delight you – and ultimately, to inspire you to take your own trip to South Africa.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Caroline Lindkvist May 5, 2014 at 11:37 am

Oh my! I need to go to South Africa. NOW! It looks incredibly beautiful!

Jen @ The Trusted Traveller May 6, 2014 at 6:49 am

Yep, I totally want to go, right now! You’ve captured so many different angles that I haven’t seen in photos before. Great shots!

Robert Schrader May 6, 2014 at 9:40 am

Can’t wait for you to see it yourself!

Robert Schrader May 6, 2014 at 9:40 am

Yes, head there ASAP!

Theboywander May 12, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Man, I feel silly for not realising just how diverse South Africa is. I have to go there now!

Robert Schrader May 12, 2014 at 7:43 pm

You absolutely do πŸ™‚

Wandering_Grace May 14, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Looks amazing! I want to go there right now!!

Robert Schrader May 15, 2014 at 9:03 am

Get on the next plane! πŸ˜‰ #badinfluence

macaddikt January 18, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Yes South Africa is a wonderful country. There is something for everybody. Don’t forget about the people, they are amongst the most welcoming I’ve met. Sure the country has it’s problems but which country doesn’t?

Robert Schrader January 18, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Very true! Especially the Xhosa people on the Wild Coast, they were my faves.

Yasmeen January 24, 2015 at 10:37 am

Honestly, how do you get the funds to travel like you do? You seem to be a full-time traveller and I would like to know how that’s accomplished πŸ˜€ @robert

Robert Schrader January 26, 2015 at 9:53 am

Hi Yasmeen:

It’s a bit complicated, but totally possible to replicate. Go here for more info: http://leaveyourdailyhell.com/2012/09/12/location-independent-work-anywhere/

Samantha Luter January 26, 2015 at 6:16 pm

β™₯ love my country! Thank you for lifting the veil off of many people’s eyes! Come and visit πŸ™‚ we love sharing our city!

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