I’ve spent a total of seven months in that country and I am pretty sure it has every inch of my heart—there’s just something about those South African sunsets. I don’t know if I can adequately explain my love for this place, but I am about to try. Here are five reasons I will go back to South Africa time and time again.
It may not run as deep as real South Africans, but I must admit my love for biltong, green cream soda, the curries, and instant coffee. And Savanna cider!There are few things as satisfying to South Africans as a fresh chunk of Biltong. It’s like a spoonful of peanut butter to Americans. The downfall for Americans is that beef jerky will be substantially less enjoyable after you try biltong, so eat with caution. Your meat consumption will increase substantially with some correlation in your weight but you will be too satisfied to notice.
Media gives us this awful image of South Africa’s divide. Yes, there is still inequality and racism just like there is in America. But now, as the generation born post-Apartheid grows up, there comes mutual respect, acceptance, integration and clarity. The beauty of diversity in South Africa is in the way they embrace it.
Braais with the Brus
You won’t be in South Africa long before you hear these words. It’s a barbeque but BETTER. There’s a grill, probably some beer, and lots of chilled people. Bring your own meat (sometimes) and throw it on the grill. Nothing like bonding over some Boerewors and Black Label. Seriously though, why don’t these happen everywhere in the world?
I can promise that every single day you will see something spectacular. There are a handful of popular must-sees like Table Mountain, Cape Point and all of the Garden Route. But then there are thousands of these other incredible gems in every direction. And every day the vast clear skies turn into the most colorful vibrant sunsets. I was never disappointed with Mother Nature.
The Music Vibe
Unfortunately I didn’t discover this until my last few days in the country. There are so many bands ranging from some sort of indie rock/alternative to house, coming out of South Africa. I’m sure they will soon catch fire and their following will expand globally. With the utmost confidence, I’d recommend going to the ridiculously fun music festivals in SA. What is better than tagging along with a chilled group of South Africans to listen to Al Bairre, Beatenberg, or Matthew Mole? I’ll tell you… not a lot!
Not convinced? Watch this video from Oppi Koppi 2015. See you next year?
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