20 Travel Experiences You Can’t Miss Out On!

With 2018 rapidly approaching we think it’s time to start thinking about our plans for the new year. Where will you travel first? What will you cross off your bucket list? And, what qualifies as a travel experience you can’t miss this coming year? So that you don’t have to rack your brains and over-think things, we’ve already selected 20 travel experiences you can’t miss in 2018, check them out!

Low-cost Best Panoramic Views of Barcelona

Park Güell

 

Are you one for taking incredible travel photos of breathtaking city views? Barcelona has many places from where you can take such photos, the only problem is knowing where to find them.

Take a Rhine River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam        

Rhine River @ sundown

One of the most popular European river cruises, and definitely the best for newbies. This cruise will take you along Europe’s longest and most important river passing on the way through six countries: Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France, and the Netherlands.

Farmer’s Market With 2 Chefs Lisbon

Lisbon is a beautiful city, and it’s also famous for its incredible food. Join in at the at the Farmer’s Market where you can meet some of Lisbon’s newest top chefs. They will accompany you on your shopping, and then they will cook the fresh food for you at their restaurant! A foodie experience like no other!

Go Dogsledding

Dog Sledding in Norway

Dog sledding is something most of us have wanted to do since we saw the movie of Balto when we were younger, and it’s about time you crossed it off your bucket list. For this, you have to travel north, of course… or maybe venture far into the south. We recommend doing it in Alta, Norway, since they host the biggest dog sledding race in the world and they are bound to be prepared for it! If Norway is not in your travel plans this year, then maybe Switzerland, Finland, Austria, or anywhere else with snow will do!

A Cabbie’s London

Let’s face it, no one knows London like its many black cab drivers! They all know the city’s best and worst secrets, not to mention they’ve all been through the infamous official qualification that all London cab drivers must go through in order to be able to work: The Knowledge. Join Darren, a passionate London cab driver, who will take you through all you need to know about the city… even places only locals know about and his own personal favorite sites!

Kayak Around Dubrovnik

Beautiful shot of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, now known as King’s Landing, thanks to HBO and Game of Thrones, is a beautiful coastal city like no other. It’s beauty and spirit never fail to disappoint, that’s why you should see it from all points of view. Renting a kayak and going far out will let you see the impressive walls that surround the beautiful town with its red-tiled roofed houses. It really makes you feel as if you were stuck in a different era. You will have a lot of fun and also get some exercise!

Sunset & Romantic Dinner on a Sailboat in Barcelona 

Invite your partner on a boat ride they will never forget. See the sun set behind Barcelona’s skyline from the sea on Peter’s sailboat. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two and toast with the best champagne. If you’re thinking about proposing this year, this might be a good time to do it! 😉

Spend The Night In An Ice Hotel

Ice bed- Yes a bed made from ice

Sleeping in an ice hotel is an experience you will never get over and we definitely recommend. You can choose from different locations, including Norway, Finland, and Sweden. Everything in these hotels is made of ice, including the bar, your bed, and even the bathroom. It will be a different experience, walking around a structure made up entirely of ice, but it will be worth it, and we assure you, you will have the best sleep you’ve had in years thanks to the calmness and silence of the place.

Yum Yum Tapas Tour in Madrid

If Madrid is in your plans, Take a tour through Madrid’s picturesque center, where you will get to know the Madrid of old and make three pit stops at incredible bars to have a drink and snack on some tapas!

Visit Morocco

Medina Fes Morocco

Morocco is a country that has it all and if it’s not on your bucket list, you should definitely add it. Set a week apart from your daily routine to explore this magical land that holds everything from beaches to amazing mountain escapes. Get lost in Marrakech’s alleyways and Riads, go shopping in the many bazaars and visit the all blue town of Chefchaouen. We could go on, but we would never stop as the reasons to go to Morocco are infinite!

Testaccio Street Food Tour Rome

Visit Rome’s original foodie neighborhood with a local foodie. A modern space with beautiful architectural elements, then you will wander around a few parts of the neighborhood and visit the coolest food shops. The tour will end at an ex-slaughterhouse which has been the center of Rome’s foodie scene for over a century, now it’s a beautiful example of industrial archeology and hosts the Contemporary Art Museum of Rome.

Go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey, has a landscape like nothing you’ve seen before, that’s why it is one of the most popular destinations to go on hot air balloon rides. You will see everything from fairy chimneys, to vineyards, and pigeon houses and orchards… This varied scenery will leave you breathless! Really an experience you cannot miss!

Day in Crystalline Beaches of Ibiza with a Captain

Beaches of Ibiza 

We all know Ibiza as the Party Island, but there is a lot more to it than that. Book Elisa’s tour of the Island and enjoy a day of pristine beaches, secluded coves, and locals only fiestas that only boat owners know about!

Nature Driving Around Iceland

Iceland is not that big of a country, but it seems you could spend months and even years exploring its untamed natural landscapes. Grab your winter clothes, rent a jeep and visit Iceland. The best time to do it would be during the winter, as you will be able to enjoy countless snow activities, and might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Northern Lights.

London Sightseeing Bicycle Tour

Nothing beats getting to know a city in a totally green way. Book Chris’ Grand Bicycle tour of London and see the most iconic sites, take amazing photos and grab some lunch at Londoner’s favorite grub spot, Covent Garden.

Go to Tomorrowland Music Festival

Tomorrowland Festival

One of the biggest, if not the biggest, EDM festival in the world. This summer, invest some money in this experience you will never forget. It’s not only about the music, it’s everything, the crowd, the food, the atmosphere, the positive energy, and the beautiful fairytale-like decoration… Even if you are not a big fan of electronic music, we assure you-you’ll have the time of your life.

Paris Fun, Private & Professional Photo Tour

Experience Paris like never before with a professional photographer for an exclusive photo session against some of the city’s best backdrops. Your personal photographer will take on-location photographs against the city’s landmark buildings, cozy cafés or winding streets. Capture authentic moments for a special occasion, or simply create a dynamic photo-documentary of your vacation.

Visit Hotel Paris’ Rooftop Bar in Monte Carlo and Drink Like The Stars

Rooftop drinking has become increasingly popular, so what about drinking in one of the best rooftops in the world? Visit Hotel Paris in Monte Carlo and enjoy breathtaking views of the Marina and the Mediterranean Sea while sipping on some stylish cocktails.

Live Tapas Cooking Experience in Barcelona

Tapas in Barcelona

Enjoy eating Spanish tapas? Next time in Barcelona, join Guillermo and Cristina for a night of cooking, eating and drinking. They will show you how to prepare a selection of typical Spanish and Catalan tapas all with fresh produce from small local businesses… a 100% eco-friendly night!

Amsterdam Cannabis History and Coffeeshop tour

Amsterdam is famous, amongst other things, for its many coffee shops, everyone knows that… But local Amsterdammer, Erik, want to explain to you all the history that these unique bars hold.

Sign up for a tour and visit the best and oldest coffee shops while you learn about Amsterdam’s infamous cannabis culture.

We hope these ideas have gotten you started, if not ready to go! We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the trip4real team!

Enjoy!

 

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About London

Bustling, gray, and brilliant, are just a few words that describe the English capital. It is one of the most visited cities in the world, and we can all agree why. London has something for everyone, from a lot of history, architecture, and cultural diversity, to fashion, fine eating, and a great nightlife scene. Check out these 10 things you probably didn’t know & discover off the beaten track London!

Fun Facts & Off The Beaten Track London

Trafalgar Square has the UK’s smallest police station

Trafalgar Square was built to commemorate the victory over France and Spain in the Napoleonic wars. During its history, it has been the center of many political rallies, and nowadays, it is used by pacifist groups protesting climate change. Everyone pays attention to the beautiful fountain, but near it, there’s a really tiny building that everyone overlooks, it is a small lamp with a round room at its base, and this is the UK’s smallest police station.

Discover Trafalgar Square and many other important London attractions by booking Chris’ Bicycle tour!

The Houses of Parliament were built on what used to be a separate island

Thorney Island was an eyot, or small island, on the Thames River. It was formed due to the Tyburn river entering the Thames nearby. Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster, now known as the Houses of Parliament, were built there. When the land rose, and London grew, they still remembered Thorney Island with Thorney Street.

There are several “Ghost Stations” in the London Tube

Since the London Tube is over 150 years old, there are several “ghost” stations on the Underground. The most famous one is British Museum, which is located between Tottenham Court Road and Holborn. Other ghost stations include Churchill’s wartime bunker, Down Street, and Aldwych. Due to Aldwych’s intact surroundings, it has been used for many movies, such as V for Vendetta.

Want to have a unique experience in the London Tube? Book our Luxury Dining Experience in a London Tube Carriage!

Big Ben is not the name of the tower

Big Ben actually refers to the bell inside the clock tower! The tower’s actual name is Elizabeth Tower in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s jubilee in 2012.

Get a unique view of the Big Ben from the Thames! Book Aidas’ Boat Tour & enjoy many of London’s iconic landmarks!

Covent Garden’s name is due to a spelling mistake

Covent Garden is a district in London’s West End, very famous for the Opera House and the Covent Garden Market. What many people don’t know is that the name is actually due to a spelling mistake, for the market used to be the market garden of a convent.

Experience the magic of Covent Garden with Toby’s Tour of Coffee and Blues.

Soho was named after a medieval hunting cry

Before fine dining, high-end fashion shopping, and lively nightlife settled in, Soho used to be an open ground area where a lot of hunting took place. That’s why its name, Soho, comes from an ancient medieval hunting cry.

A great way to explore Soho is taking a look at its music scene history. Book Malcolm’s Soho Music Experience tour and enjoy!

Waterloo bridge was built mostly by women

Sometimes referred to as the “Ladies’ Bridge”, Waterloo Bridge (the second one), was built to commemorate the victory of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. There was a first bridge which was demolished, and this second one was completed in 1945. The building contractor was Peter Lind & Company, and it is frequently said that the large majority of the workforce were women.

London Black Cab drivers really know London like the back of their hands

In order to become certified cabbies, London’s aspiring drivers have to pass an exam known as “The Knowledge”. To be able to pass, they have to memorize about 25,000 streets, 320 routes, and 20,000 landmarks! So when they tell you that they know the way best, you better listen!

London has its own version of Venice

Little Venice is a beautiful part of London best known for its canals and moored boats. During the summer, it becomes a meeting spot for many locals due to the many cafés and terraces. Little Venice has two main waterways, Grand Union Canal and Regent’s Canal.

Take a tour of Little Venice with our local Ellie’s tour of Camden’s Little Venice Canal Walk & London Zoo.

 

 

 

Why Come To South Africa ?

Coming to South Africa, you will undoubtedly be spoilt for choice. You can understand why deciding where to go could be daunting. So where to begin?

Johannesburg, or “Jozi” – as the locals call it, is the largest city in South Africa, and was originally the gold mining hub of South Africa. But since then has developed into a lot more with growing lifestyle and fashion, it is the economic heart of South Africa. So as you can imagine things to do in Johannesburg are endless.

  – Nelson Mandela Square – @Sandton City –                        

Unfortunately, over the past few years, Johannesburg has been developed a disappointing reputation in the media for its crime. But like most things in the media, it has been mostly sensationalized.

Personally, I would recommend visiting the National Parks, a favorite is the Kruger National Park where you likely to see the big five in their natural habit in what was an awesome game drive. Have a look at TripAdvisor for information and about accommodation and cost. If you more the cultural bug, I would say check out their Museums and Art Galleries which there are almost too many of.

The Apartheid Museum would be a great start, giving an awesome break down of South African history and Liberation Struggle. And if you more inclined to visit art museums, pop into the South African National Museum. For the night owls reading this, don’t you worry Johannesburg has you covered with high roller clubs like Kong which is a great representation of Joburg nightlife, and Kitchener’s  which is more a dive bar vibes, which are a growing. There are lots of places to find things to do and events in Joburg.

Another one of South Africa’s gems is Cape Town, “the mother city”. This city has some of the most breathtaking views. It was actually rated as the “best city” in the world. Cape Town has a diverse culture, vibrant nightlife, and amazing beaches. Although not always my preferred source of information, Wikitravel actually gives a nice summary of Cape Town and what it’s all about.

   –The City of Cape Town-

But if you looking for a more personal opinion of where to go, here is mine: The landmarks are a great place start, from Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill, to quite literally the edge of Africa – Cape Point, the views will leave you awestruck. The V&A waterfront, which is a tourist hotspot would also be a great place to check out. Another must-see spot is Boulders Beach, its African penguins are the main draw – Yes, penguins in Africa. 

– Leanin24 – 500xp –

 

If you know anything about South Africa, you would have heard of Nelson Mandela! Liberation hero and first president of democratic South Africa. Well for you historian buffs you can take a trip to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

One thing you have to do while in Cape Town, is visit the Stellenbosch Wine Route.

 – Wine tasting in Stellenbosch –

Although it’s about 30 Km out of Cape Town, it’s definitely well worth the trip. As you will see there are tons of things to do and events going on in Cape Town, if you just arriving or on the search for some things to do you can check the events happening and things to do in Cape Town.

The one negative review I have to give Cape Town is that the beaches are freezing! Something that Durban – the province of KwaZulu Natal has over Cape Town. It has a more tropical weather, with warmer beaches. Which is ideal for the surfer community.

 – The City of Durban –

In Durban, Umhlanga beach is probably the main beach in Durban, which you’ll probably end up spending long hours on. But if getting wet is more your vibe, try some shark cage diving. This really is an experience like no other. The Valley of a 1000 Hills, is also a must see. But I must say I was a slightly disappointed by the litter along the way, but besides that, it’s honestly stunning. If you need some down time, maybe think about catching a movie at Durban’s prestige theatre.

Finally, another city that constantly gets overlooked is Port Elizabeth. One of the smaller cities of South Africa – But like most underdogs, it has some fight in it. With numerous wildlife parks like Shamwari Game Reserve, Kragga Kamma Game. If you don’t feel like getting out the city then check Bayworld – It may be more your speed, with a blend of natural, cultural, historical and Oceanarium this would be the perfect place for a combination of learning and fun.

    –  Game Drive in Port Elizabeth –

You may be asking yourself, what would be the best way to get around South Africa. If you someone that prefers the more scenic route, strap in for one of the most beautiful road trips you’ll ever go on, driving cross country across the Southern African Planes. But if you someone that wants to get where they’re going, check out our friends at Domestic Flights for some of the cheapest domestic flights in South Africa.

But as with most things, to get the best understanding would be experiencing it for yourself and South Africa is an experience won’t forget. Continue reading “Why Come To South Africa ?”

Interesting travel facts about South Africa and its Holidays

Facts about travel, holidays and the tourism industry

Tourism began on July 5, 1841, when Thomas Cook organised a train trip from Market Harborough to Loughborough in Europe for a temperance meeting.

The San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile has the world’s largest swimming pool in the world. It holds 66 million gallons of water.

Las Vegas, Nevada has the most hotel rooms of any city in the world.

The shortest flight available for purchase lasts two minutes and runs from the Scottish island of Westray to Papa Westray.

And the longest flight in the world is from Sydney to Dallas. It lasts around 16 hours and covers approximately 8,500 miles.

The largest hotel in the world is the Izmailovo Hotel in Russia. It could accommodate over 7,500 guests.

All the money that is tossed into Rome’s Trevi Fountain is collected each night and donated to multiple charities.

His first foreign trip was a six-day stay in Paris in 1861, where the British tourists were greeted by band music and a cannon salute on arrival.

Travel can help improve your problem-solving skills.

The most expensive hotel room in the world costs $83,200 a night at the Royal Penthouse Suite in Geneva at Hotel President Wilson.

One out of eight jobs in the U.S. depends on travel and tourism.

Taking a vacation can lower your risk of heart disease.

Studies show that money spent on travel makes you happier than money spent on material goods.

Benefits of travel are almost immediate. After only a day or two, 89% of people experience significant drops in stress.

Travel has been shown to help aid those suffering from depression.

And travel has been shown to promote overall brain health.

Couples who travel together have reported increased feelings of intimacy.

The U.S. is the only developed country in the world without a single legally required paid vacation day or holiday.

Austrian citizens are said to have the most vacation time of any country.

Austria guarantees workers a legal minimum of 22 paid vacation days and 13 paid holidays each year.

And the most visited city in the world, as of 2013 data, is Bangkok.

Honolulu is the only place in the U.S. that has a royal palace.

Russia produces the most oxygen in the world.

Travel can make you more creative.

Travel can also make you smarter.

France is the most visited country in the world.

And the most visited city in the world, as of 2013 data, is Bangkok.

Honolulu is the only place in the U.S. that has a royal palace.

Russia produces the most oxygen in the world.

France covers the most time zones. (12)

With more than 3 million lakes, Canada has the most lakes in the world.

Mongolia is the least densely populated place in the world. There are four people per square mile.

Niger has the youngest population of any country.

And India is the most diverse country in the world.

Monaco is smaller than Central Park in New York City.

Papa New Guinea has the largest number of languages spoken.

 

The U.S. has the largest number of citizens behind bars.

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta is the world’s busiest airport.

There are 61,000 people in the air over the U.S. at any given time on any given day.

Canada has the most educated population in the world, with 50% of the population being educated at the post-secondary level.

99% of Libya is a desert.

 

Unique facts about South Africa

There are more than 1 500 plant species on Table Mountain. This represents more floral species than the whole of the United Kingdom.

South Africa is responsible for the generation of two-thirds of the continent’s electricity.

South Africa is now the only country in the world to have hosted the Soccer, Cricket and Rugby World Cup!

Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world and one of the planet’s 12 main energy centres, radiating magnetic, electric or spiritual energy.

The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the world’s six floral kingdoms – and the only one which is wholly contained within a single country.

Some countries have deserts; some have subtropical forests, right? South Africa has: deserts, wetlands, grasslands, bush, subtropical forests, mountains and escarpments.

South Africa’s drinking water is rated 3rd best in the world for being “safe and ready to drink”.

Water is not all there is to drink in this thirsty country! South Africa’s Cape Winelands have around 560 wineries and 4 400 primary producers. Included in the Cape Winelands region is Route 62, considered the longest wine route in the world. That alone is

Included in the Cape Winelands region is Route 62, considered the longest wine route in the world. That alone is

Included in the Cape Winelands region is Route 62, considered the longest wine route in the world. That alone is

That alone is good reason to visit South Africa if you haven’t yet been!
What about beer?

South African brewery SABMiller ranks – by volume – as the largest brewing company in the world.

South Africa is the only country in the entire world that has voluntarily abandoned its nuclear weapons programme.

The world’s largest themed resort hotel in the world – The Palace of the Lost City – is found in South Africa. Surrounding the Palace is a 25 hectare manmade botanical jungle with almost 2 million plants, trees and shrubs.

South Africa is extremely rich in mining and minerals and considered the world’s leader with nearly 90% of all the platinum metals on earth and around 41% of all the world’s Gold!

South Africa is home to the oldest meteor scar in the world – the Vredefort Dome in a town called Parys. The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The South African Rovos Rail is considered the most luxurious train in the world.

South Africa is home to the highest commercial bungi jump in the world at 710 feet

Despite the country’s status as a democratic republic, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal has a monarchy, specially provided for by the Constitution.

Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu is the King of the Zulu Nation, has 27 kids and 6 wives and lives, literally, like a King!

There are more than 2000 shipwrecks off the South African coast, most dating back at least 500 years.

The oldest remains of modern humans were found in South Africa and are well over 160,000 years old.

The Karoo region in the Western Cape is home to some of the best fossils of early dinosaurs. In fact, it is estimated that some 80% of the mammalian fossils found to date were found in the Karoo.

SA has three capital cities: Pretoria is the Executive Capital, Cape Town the Legislative Capital and Bloemfontein the judicial Capital.

 

Incredibly, this country is home to the largest bird (ostrich), largest land mammal (elephant), tallest animal (giraffe), smallest succulent (10 millimetres), heaviest flying bird (khori bustard), largest fish (whale shark), largest antelope (eland), largest tree (baobab), fastest land mammal (cheetah), largest reptile (leatherback turtle), and smallest mammal (least dwarf shrew).

Vilakazi Street in Soweto was the residential address of two Nobel Peace Prize winners – Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

South Africa has 80% of the rail infrastructure of Africa.

This country is home to the longest wine route in the world, the Cape Route 62 (or R62), which is about 1 000 kilometres long and beautifully scenic.

South Africa is the largest producer of macadamia nuts in the world.

The country is five times the size of Japan and three times the size of Texas.

South Africa is a treasure trove for archaeologists and palaeontologists as it has produced some of the world’s oldest and most valuable fossils to date.

About a fifth of the world’s gold hails from the mines of South Africa.

South Africa is home to eight World Heritage Sites:

  1. Robben Island
  2. The Cape Floristic Region
  3. The Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai and environs fossil hominid sites.
  4. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  5. The Ukhahlamba / Drakensberg Park
  6. We host the largest individually-timed cycling race in the world, the Cape
  7. The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape
  8. Vredefort Dome (the oldest meteor scar in the world)

Dr Christiaan Barnard performed the first heart transplant in the world in 1967. This took place at the renowned Groote Schuur Hospital.

Lesotho is a country that is surrounded entirely by South African borders.

There are more wildlife species in the Kruger National Park than anywhere else on the African continent.

South Africa boasts 90% of the platinum metals on earth.

Mossel Bay, which is in the Western Cape and along the beautiful Garden Route, has the second-most moderate climate of any other city or country in the world.

Some of the most exciting sporting events that have been hosted in South Africa include:

  • 1995 Rugby World Cup,
  • 2003 Cricket World Cup,
  • 2005 and 2006 Women’s World Cup of Golf
  • 2006 inaugural A1 GP
  • World Cup of Motorsport
  • 2009 IPL Cricket
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • 1995 Rugby World Cup
  • 2003 Cricket World Cup
  • 2005 and 2006 Women’s World Cup of Golf
  • 2006 inaugural A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport
  • 2009 IPL Cricket
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup

Bloukrans Bridge is the highest commercial bungy jump in the world and is situated along the Garden Route. It is an impressive 216 metres high.

Rooibos tea has become a worldwide favourite for its fresh taste and excellent health properties. It is only grown in a small region (in the Cederberg) of South Africa and has to be exported in massive quantities from here.

There are about 900 different avian species in South Africa, which represents around 10% of the bird species of the world.

The magnificent Tugela Falls are the second-highest on the globe, measuring some 850 metres (or 2 789 feet).

Nelson Mandela is known by six different names in South Africa. At birth, he was named Rolihlahla Mandela.

The world’s largest visible crateris in South Africa. Around 2,030 million years ago a meteor the size of a mountain (about 10km across) fell to earth in South Africa’s Free State making a crater 300km across; it is the oldest crater made by either a comet or meteorite and reportedly the site of the largest energy release in history.

A South African fish migration is so huge it can be seen from space. Between May and July every year millions of small silver fish travel in vast shoals from the cold waters off South Africa’s Cape Point up to the coastlines of the northern Eastern Cape and southern KwaZulu-Natal.

South Africa has three capital cities – Cape Town (Legislative), Pretoria (Administrative) and Bloemfontein (Judicial).

There are nine provinces in total:

  1. Western Cape
  2. Eastern Cape
  3. ZwaZulu-Natal
  4. Northern Cape
  5. Free State
  6. North West
  7. Gauteng
  8. Mpumalanga
  9. Limpopo

 

Bones found in South Africa help support the theory that modern humans originated in Africa.

For nearly 50 years, there was a state of apartheid – white minority rule – in South Africa.

In 1994 Nelson Mandela was voted in as the first black president of South Africa; 27 April is now celebrated annually as Freedom Day.

The national animal of South Africa is the Springbok, the only southern African gazelle.

There are 11 official languages in South Africa:

  1. isiZulu
  2. Afrikaans
  3. isiXhosa
  4. siSwati
  5. Sesotho
  6. Xitsonga
  7. Sepedi
  8. isiNdebele
  9. Setswana
  10. Tshivenda­
  11. English

Almost 80 percent of South Africa’s population is Christian; the other 20 percent is made up of Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and other religions.

South Africa, in 2006, was the first African country and the fifth country in the world to recognise same sex marriage.

South Africa hosts the world’s largest bicycle race. The 35,000 riders taking part in the 109-km Cape Town Cycle Tour race across Cape Town’s south peninsula and along the spectacular, mountainous coastal road called Chapman’s Peak Drive.

The world’s largest diamond was found in the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa on 25 January 1905. The 3,106-carat stone weighed 1.33 pounds and was called the ‘Cullinan’ after the owner of the mine.

The world’s second largest brewing company is in South Africa. SABMiller was founded as South African Breweries in 1895.

The first successful heart transplant was carried out in a Cape Town hospital – by Dr Christiaan Barnard on 3 December 1967.

South Africa has one of the world’s most luxurious trains. Up to 72 passengers can travel in lavish wood-panelled Rovos trains; the Royal Suites occupy half a carriage and have full-sized bathrooms, separate shower, permanent double bed and two armchairs.

Wine estate house on Route 62 south africa
Wine estate house on Route 62, South Africa

South Africa travel inspiration: 13 Reasons to visit South Africa

South Africa is home to the second highest waterfall in the world, the Tugela Falls. The total drop is 948 metres (3110 ft.) in five consecutive leaps, of which the longest uninterrupted leap is 411 metres (1350 ft.).

The most famous place to visit and see penguins is in Boulders beach, close to Simon’s town, south of Cape Town.

 

African penguin South Africa Boulders
Boulders Beach, South Africa

With over 6 million trees, Johannesburg is considered to have the “largest man-made forest” in the world. Since the area of Johannesburg was originally grassland, all the trees were planted to provide wood for the growing mine
The world’s oldest and largest one day ultra-marathon is run in the province of Kwazulu Natal over a distance of 89 km between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The Comrades Marathon started in 1921 as a commemoration of the south african soldiers killed during the first world war. The participants have 12 hours to complete the marathon, for a medal.
The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world, but considered to be the largest “green” one. It is a real natural wonder in South Africa.. The best way to visit and view the canyon is via the Panorama route on your way to the Kruger National Park.

blyde river canyon south africa natural wonders
Blyde River Canyon

The naturally caffeine-free Rooibos tea (Redbush) only grows in the Cederberg area in the Western Cape province.

Interesting facts about Mauritius

The extinct Dodo is the islands national animal and has only ever been found on Mauritius.

Mauritius does not have an army.

The highest point on the island of Mauritius is Mont Piton which stands at 828m above sea level. Mont Piton is 250m lower than Table Mountain in Cape Town.

The national flag of Mauritius represents the Flamboyant Tree in red, the Indian Ocean in blue, the sunshine in yellow, and the vegetation of the island in green.

Mauritian beach, Trou Aux Biches was awarded with the world’s best beach destination award in 2011.

Mauritius is the only country in Africa to have a majority of Hindu followers.

Bruno Julie was the winner of the first Olympic medal for the country in 2008 after winning bronze in boxing.