Why we love South Africa!
There are so many reasons to feel good about South Africa!
We are truly lucky to be able to live is such a special place.
Here is a list, in no particular order, of the reasons why South Africans (and visitors) love South Africa:
1. Sunshine! And a lot of it…you don’t find blue skies like this in Europe, or Canada, or New Zealand (okay, maybe in Oz – we’ll allow that…) The climate is rated as one of the best in the world. Even winter has sunshine!
2. Bushveld – big 5 country, a vast expanse of acacia trees, dry sand, the occasional water hole, the sighting of elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, lion…Three of the five fastest land animals live in South Africa - the cheetah (63 miles per hour), the wildebeest and the lion. The wildlife - Unrivalled. Kruger National Park supports the greatest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.
3. Highveld thunderstorms – nothing like that rolling, slate-grey approach, and the smell of the earth after rain
4. Bunny chows – Durban‘s famous hollowed out half loaves stuffed with curry is half the reason people return home
5. We don’t have a nuclear weapons program – we might have a nuclear power station or two, but we’re the only nation to voluntarily dismantle our nuclear weapons
6. Table Mountain – one of the most recognisable icons, and one of the oldest mountains in the world. Table Mountain in Cape Town is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Table Mountain alone has over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom.
7. Incredible landscapes – the Drakensberg, the Tsitsikamma, the Karoo, the Panorama Route, and innumerable mountain passes
8. Shosholoza – the one song we all love to get wrong
9. Our inventions - The Kreepy Krauly, CT/CAT Scan, first Heart Transplant, APS Therapy, Smartlock Safety syringe, Pratley’s Putty, Thin Solar Cells making solar panels cheaper, Cybertracker Retinal Cryoprobe, Speed Gun for cricket, Q20, Hippo Water Roller, Tellurometer, Computerised Ticketing ie Computicket, Cats-eyes and Dolosse blocks – we invented them all
10. Open roads and free parking (most of the time)
11. Outdoorsy - In sunny South Africa, our great weather invites you to enjoy the outdoors, play golf year-round, cycle, run, diving, swimming, take advantage of the nearly 3000km coastline.
12. The price of coffee and petrol – because, despite the hike in price of oil, both are still a lot more expensive elsewhere
13. Our flag – the only national flag in the world with six colours
14. Platinum – we produce 80% of the world’s platinum
15. Wine – we have over 17 ‘official’ wine routes countrywide, claim the longest wine route (R62), and are among the top ten wine producing countries, in the world. South Africa has the oldest wine industry outside of Europe and the Mediterranean, featuring Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cinsault, Riesling, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage varietals.
16. Our food - Mrs Balls Chutney, Biltong, Ouma rusks and Koffeehuis
17. Slap chips - (in the UK chips are crisps and slap chips are chips, but in USA they’re fries)
18. Nandos – for its controversial marketing and for exporting the brand overseas
19. Flat vowels – where else in the world?
20. Jacarandas - in Pretoria and Pietermaritzburg
21. Nelson Mandela
22. Our constitution – one of the most liberal and free constitutions in the world
23. Our lingo - Kief, lekker, shweet – nowhere else will you hear this except, maybe, on a tube in London
24. Whales - on the coastlines of the country
25. 8 World Heritage Sites
26. Windmills of the Karoo – SA has something like 290 000 windmills throughout the country, second only in number to Australia
27. The Sardine run - The Greatest Shoal on Earth, South Africa’s Sardine Run is undoubtedly one of the world’s most incredible natural phenomenons
28. Shopping at the robots – anything from hats to wire art up for grabs
29. Braais– who else celebrates a national braai day? In some countries you can only braai once a month! can you image that?
Article by SA venue and Family Diary