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Wish you were here – start planning your South African holiday

By September 12, 2016October 17th,

Wish you were here – start planning your South African holiday

September 12, 2016

So you’ve started your new life abroad, or perhaps you’ve already been living on foreign soil for a while now – which means you have every reason to start prepping for a South African holiday.

Reasons to visit South Africa

We thought we should round up a few reasons why you should visit South Africa soon. The most important reason, of course, is that we miss you, would like a catch-up and are hoping to spend a few weekends around a braai talking about the good old days, but here are a few more reasons why you should book your tickets today!

It’s incredibly affordable

According to Numbeo and GoBankingRates, South Africa is currently ranked the most affordable country out of 112 countries worldwide. The reason for this ranking has been put down to the weak performance of the Rand as well as its rating for indices like local purchasing power, rent, groceries and the consumer price index. Your foreign funds will simply stretch much further than our South African rands can.

We’re heading into summer – and you know what that means…

There really is no other place in the world like South Africa to spend your December holiday. Over this period schools close, many businesses enter a festive hiatus and South Africans congregate en masse on beaches across the country. It’s a season of braais, fellowship and sharing food and stories with our family and friends.

Our public transport is improving every day

A few years ago, finding a safe and affordable taxi service to take you from point A to B was virtually unheard of. But things have changed, and with the introduction of things like Uber, MyCiti Bus and the Gautrain, it’s becoming easier and more affordable to journey throughout South Africa.

Our music scene is booming

If you’re looking for a lekker local music treat, you’re sure to find your musical needs sated by the amazing emerging South African music scene. You’ll be sure to find a sound and beat at a festival or tavern gig in your vicinity – irrespective of where you might find yourself in South Africa.

…and the same goes for our food

Not only will you be sure to find your favourite biltong, bunny chow or potjie nibbles in every South African city or town, but you’ll also be happy to know that South Africa’s culinary delights offer world-class experiences. Whether you want to catch a brekkie at Wimpy or more of an artisanal foodie experience from food trucks or local markets, there’s definitely a caterer who can provide you with scrumptious treats across the country.

Accommodation is easy to find

South Africa currently has the 21st biggest Airbnb market in the world. In addition to the multiple backpackers, motels, hotels and guesthouses scattered throughout the country, this means you are now even more spoilt for choice when booking accommodation. This variety, of course, also means accommodation prices are incredibly competitive – which means you will surely get a place which suits your taste and budget.

A nature-lover’s paradise

South Africa has thousands of endemic plant and animal species – which means you’ll only get to catch sight of these natural wonders within South African borders. The Cape Floristic Region, for instance, is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, with the greatest non-tropical concentration of higher plant species in the world and it’s the only region in the world which hosts an entire floral kingdom. Then, of course, we have endemic animal species like the golden mole, spectacled dormouse, riverine rabbit, flightless dung beetle, speckled guitarfish, karkloof emperor butterfly, bontebok, Cape horseshoe bat and geometric tortoise. South Africa is also one of the few places where you’ll be able to spot the big five in their natural habitat.

So why wait? We’re looking forward to welcoming all our expat friends and family back to South African shores for a quick visit, check-in and ‘geselsies’ long into the wee hours of the night.

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