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A very South African Holiday Season

During the December holiday South Africans, similar to Australians, are lucky enough to celebrate with friends and families in the sun, admiring the beautiful landscape of their country and enjoying the great outdoors.

A big part of enjoying the silly season is food and drink. South Africans enjoy a braai during the warmer months, known to Australians as a Barbecue. Braais are social events which are casual and laid-back events similar to barbeques in Australia. Traditional meats cooked on the braai include boerewors, sosaties, kebabs, marinated chicken, pork and lamb chops, steaks, sausages of different flavours and thickness, and possibly even racks of spareribs.

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Image source: SBS

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Image source: Falling for white roses

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December 26, known to Australians as Boxing Day is known to South Africans as The Day of Goodwill and is also a public holiday. In 1994 the South African Government renamed this holiday from Boxing Day to The Day of Goodwill, cutting ties from a colonial past. Similarly, South Africans and Australians like to be out and about during this time…or enjoying the sales!

 

With almost 3,000km of coastline, South Africa has many beautiful beaches, from long, sandy stretches ideal for a sunset stroll to cosy coves where you can spend the day basking in the sun. Popular beaches locals choose to relax at during the summer season include Camps Bay and Clifton Beach in Cape Town, Santos Beach and South Beach in Durban.

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Image source: Camps Bay – Travel Start

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Horse riding in Cape Town’s Noordhoek Beach is a must-do for free-spirited travellers who love the idea of sprinting across a wide beach without a care in the world. Whether you’re an avid equestrian or just a beginner in search of an easy entry into the sport, this is the place to become one with nature. A truly memorable experience.

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Image source: Imhoff Equestrian Centre

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Image source: Imhoff Equestrian Centre

We hope this week’s blog has inspired you to make the most out of the holiday season!

Happy holidays and seasons greeting from the South African Tourism Australia and New Zealand team!

A very South African Holiday Season

During the December holiday South Africans, similar to Australians, are lucky enough to celebrate with friends and families in the sun, admiring the beautiful landscape of their country and enjoying the great outdoors.

A big part of enjoying the silly season is food and drink. South Africans enjoy a braai during the warmer months, known to Australians as a Barbecue. Braais are social events which are casual and laid-back events similar to barbeques in Australia. Traditional meats cooked on the braai include boerewors, sosaties, kebabs, marinated chicken, pork and lamb chops, steaks, sausages of different flavours and thickness, and possibly even racks of spareribs.

Lambkebabs
Image source: SBS

braai_1 (1)
Image source: Falling for white roses

sosatie-lamb-skewers_0Image source: SBS

December 26, known to Australians as Boxing Day is known to South Africans as The Day of Goodwill and is also a public holiday. In 1994 the South African Government renamed this holiday from Boxing Day to The Day of Goodwill, cutting ties from a colonial past. Similarly, South Africans and Australians like to be out and about during this time…or enjoying the sales!

 

With almost 3,000km of coastline, South Africa has many beautiful beaches, from long, sandy stretches ideal for a sunset stroll to cosy coves where you can spend the day basking in the sun. Popular beaches locals choose to relax at during the summer season include Camps Bay and Clifton Beach in Cape Town, Santos Beach and South Beach in Durban.

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Image source: Camps Bay – Travel Start

Camera360_2014_4_13_065505_jpg (1)565Image source: Clifton Beach – Travel Start

Horse riding in Cape Town’s Noordhoek Beach is a must-do for free-spirited travellers who love the idea of sprinting across a wide beach without a care in the world. Whether you’re an avid equestrian or just a beginner in search of an easy entry into the sport, this is the place to become one with nature. A truly memorable experience.

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Image source: Imhoff Equestrian Centre

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Image source: Imhoff Equestrian Centre

We hope this week’s blog has inspired you to make the most out of the holiday season!

Happy holidays and seasons greeting from the South African Tourism Australia and New Zealand team!

10 places where you can find the world in South Africa

Desiree Haakonsen of Travelground gathered this amazing selection of lookalike spots in South Africa that compare well with international destinations.

You’ve heard it before: South Africa is diverse. We didn’t realise quite how true this statement was until we embarked on a snapshot journey to find how many places in South Africa resembled destinations around the world. You’d be surprised!

1. Miami/Durban
The art deco buildings, palm trees, long sunny days, and warm tropical waters of Miami can be found on the Durban city coastline.

Miami. Image Bigstock

Miami. Image Bigstock

Durban. Image Bigstock

Durban. Image Bigstock

2. Piva Canyon/Blyde River Canyon
The famous Piva Canyon in Montenegro National Park could be the European sister of ourBlyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga.

Piva Canyon. Image Bigstock

Piva Canyon. Image Bigstock

Blyde River Canyon. Image Bigstock

Blyde River Canyon. Image Bigstock

3. Sub-Sahara/Karoo
We might not have the vast desert dunes of the Sahara, but the Karoo bears a striking resemblance to the scrubby terrain of the sub-Sahara.

Saharan landscape. Image Bigstock

Saharan landscape. Image Bigstock

Karoo landscape. Image Bigstock

Karoo landscape. Image Bigstock

4. Great Barrier Reef/Sodwana Bay
Why fork out your life savings to scuba in the Great Barrier Reef when Sodwana Bay is one of the top diving destinations in the world?

Great Barrier Reef. Image Bigstock

Great Barrier Reef. Image Bigstock

Sodwana Bay. Image Bigstock

Sodwana Bay. Image Bigstock

5. French Winelands/Cape Winelands
We may not be able to call it Champagne, but our Methode Cap Classiques are just as good!

French winelands. Image Bigstock

French winelands. Image Bigstock

Cape Winelands. Image Vergelegen Estate

Cape Winelands. Image Vergelegen Estate

6. Blue Mountains/Mpumalanga
Sometime less is more. Pinnacle Rock in Mpumalanga is just as inspiring as the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains of Australia.

Blue Mountains. Image Bigstock

Blue Mountains. Image Bigstock

Pinnacle Rock. Image Bigstock

Pinnacle Rock. Image Bigstock

7. Lake Nakuru/Kimberley
Lake Nakuru in Kenya is home to thousands of pink flamingos, but you’ll find a similar spectacle at Kamfers Dam in Kimberley.

Lake Nakaru. Image Bigstock

Lake Nakaru. Image Bigstock

Kamfer Dam. Image courtesy of Winston Mcleod

Kamfer Dam. Image courtesy of Winston Mcleod

8. Assateague Island/Bot River Lagoon
Assateague Island, off the coast of Maryland, United States, is home to more than 100 wild ponies. You can also find approximately 25 wild horses living freely in the dunes of the Bot River Lagoon in the Overberg.

Assateague Island. Image Bigstock

Assateague Island. Image Bigstock

Kleinmond. Image Travelground

Kleinmond. Image Travelground

9. Angel Falls/Tugela Falls
Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979m, while the Tugela Falls in the Drakensberg is the world’s second highest waterfall with a total drop of 948m in five free-leaping falls.

Angel Falls. Bigstock

Angel Falls. Bigstock

Tugela Falls. Bigstock

Tugela Falls. Bigstock

10 New Zealand/Wilderness
The forests, mountains and waterways that make New Zealand such an attractive destination can also be found in the little Garden Route town of Wilderness.

Forest trail, New Zealand. Image Bigstock

Forest trail, New Zealand. Image Bigstock

Wilderness. Image Travelground

Wilderness. Image Travelground

10 places where you can find the world in South Africa

Desiree Haakonsen of Travelground gathered this amazing selection of lookalike spots in South Africa that compare well with international destinations.

You’ve heard it before: South Africa is diverse. We didn’t realise quite how true this statement was until we embarked on a snapshot journey to find how many places in South Africa resembled destinations around the world. You’d be surprised!

1. Miami/Durban
The art deco buildings, palm trees, long sunny days, and warm tropical waters of Miami can be found on the Durban city coastline.

Miami. Image Bigstock

Miami. Image Bigstock

Durban. Image Bigstock

Durban. Image Bigstock

2. Piva Canyon/Blyde River Canyon
The famous Piva Canyon in Montenegro National Park could be the European sister of ourBlyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga.

Piva Canyon. Image Bigstock

Piva Canyon. Image Bigstock

Blyde River Canyon. Image Bigstock

Blyde River Canyon. Image Bigstock

3. Sub-Sahara/Karoo
We might not have the vast desert dunes of the Sahara, but the Karoo bears a striking resemblance to the scrubby terrain of the sub-Sahara.

Saharan landscape. Image Bigstock

Saharan landscape. Image Bigstock

Karoo landscape. Image Bigstock

Karoo landscape. Image Bigstock

4. Great Barrier Reef/Sodwana Bay
Why fork out your life savings to scuba in the Great Barrier Reef when Sodwana Bay is one of the top diving destinations in the world?

Great Barrier Reef. Image Bigstock

Great Barrier Reef. Image Bigstock

Sodwana Bay. Image Bigstock

Sodwana Bay. Image Bigstock

5. French Winelands/Cape Winelands
We may not be able to call it Champagne, but our Methode Cap Classiques are just as good!

French winelands. Image Bigstock

French winelands. Image Bigstock

Cape Winelands. Image Vergelegen Estate

Cape Winelands. Image Vergelegen Estate

6. Blue Mountains/Mpumalanga
Sometime less is more. Pinnacle Rock in Mpumalanga is just as inspiring as the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains of Australia.

Blue Mountains. Image Bigstock

Blue Mountains. Image Bigstock

Pinnacle Rock. Image Bigstock

Pinnacle Rock. Image Bigstock

7. Lake Nakuru/Kimberley
Lake Nakuru in Kenya is home to thousands of pink flamingos, but you’ll find a similar spectacle at Kamfers Dam in Kimberley.

Lake Nakaru. Image Bigstock

Lake Nakaru. Image Bigstock

Kamfer Dam. Image courtesy of Winston Mcleod

Kamfer Dam. Image courtesy of Winston Mcleod

8. Assateague Island/Bot River Lagoon
Assateague Island, off the coast of Maryland, United States, is home to more than 100 wild ponies. You can also find approximately 25 wild horses living freely in the dunes of the Bot River Lagoon in the Overberg.

Assateague Island. Image Bigstock

Assateague Island. Image Bigstock

Kleinmond. Image Travelground

Kleinmond. Image Travelground

9. Angel Falls/Tugela Falls
Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979m, while the Tugela Falls in the Drakensberg is the world’s second highest waterfall with a total drop of 948m in five free-leaping falls.

Angel Falls. Bigstock

Angel Falls. Bigstock

Tugela Falls. Bigstock

Tugela Falls. Bigstock

10 New Zealand/Wilderness
The forests, mountains and waterways that make New Zealand such an attractive destination can also be found in the little Garden Route town of Wilderness.

Forest trail, New Zealand. Image Bigstock

Forest trail, New Zealand. Image Bigstock

Wilderness. Image Travelground

Wilderness. Image Travelground