by Jill Bob 

Africa is pretty huge. In fact, Africa is the second largest continent both based on size and population. Therefore, as you can probably imagine there is a very wide range of culture, climate, landscape, and development across the nearly twelve million square mile place. However, for the sake of saving you from a 800 page blog let’s narrow in on one specific country on this massive continent. South Africa. #AfricaIsNotACountry

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Nearly a 10,000 mile journey from the United States, South Africa is right down at the very bottom of Africa, the name maybe gives that detail away. South Africa is the 27th largest country in the world, by population, and the 25th largest country in the world by area. On the continent of Africa it is the 5th largest county by population, and the 9th largest country by area. Needless to say this is no tiny country, and has one of the most booming economies in all of Africa. As much as we all love fun economical facts about South Africa, we all have access to google for these things! However, something that may be tougher to find on google is a description that actually does the beauty, cultural depth, and history of this place justice. #GoogleIt

I live in the province, one of nine provinces, called the Western Cape. More specifically I live in the capital of the Western Cape, Cape Town. Moving from the comforts of home in the United States to Cape Town, South Africa has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Although it was difficult leaving my family, and Chipotle behind it was totally worth it! I can say without a doubt in my mind that this is THE most beautiful place I have ever seen in my entire life. You can ask anyone who has been to visit me, and I am certain they would agree. In fact, I like to think of it as America’s best kept secret. #CapeTownLove

Geographically, this place has everything! It is incredible how diverse not only the people are here but the terrain that surrounds them seems to correspond with the varying cultures that have flooded this wonderful place. You can spend an entire day lying on the soft white sands of Clifton beach, Camps Bay beach, and many other wonderful beaches. Here you can sun bathe with the disgustingly attractive locals, have a refreshing ice cream from the eager vendors that walk the beach, make new friends with the entertaining beach games, or if you dare, take a dip in the chilly Atlantic waters. Personally, my favorite beach is Boulder’s Beach. This is where the African penguins reside, and you can swim with the cute little waddlers while surrounded by stunning boulders. If you are more into watching the water then getting in, Cape Point is the place for you! Here, you can see where the Atlantic ocean meets the Indian ocean and I promise it is a sight you will never forget! After your day at the beach, drive ten minutes further to the lush greenery that surrounds the mountains and hillside terrain. There are thousands of hiking trails to choose from ranging in difficulty levels for beginner to the crazy adventurers! Then of course the most notorious mountain in South Africa, and really the world, is Table Mountain. As one of the seven natural wonders of the world there is no questioning the vast beauty of this unique mammoth of a mountain. In addition to the stunning ocean views and the majestic mountainside the Cape wine lands are just thirty minutes outside the city, and will be sure to take your breath away. The wine lands are full of rolling hills covered in beautiful grape vines evenly spread across the hills. All of this nuzzled up against the Jonkershoek mountain range. And if you’re wondering if the wine is comparable to the impeccable scenery it indeed is. Whether you are a total wine snob, or a Yellow Tail drinking college student the incredible Pinotage’s and wide variety of wines has something to offer everyone. Clearly, no matter if you’re in to whale watching, shark diving, beach lounging, wine drinking, camping, hiking, or any outdoor activity you are bound to find the perfect spot for you here in Cape Town! It is no wonder people come from all over the world to vacation in this wonderful place. #Diversity

In addition to the breath taking beauty of Cape Town, the history runs as far back as the 1600’s when the Dutch first settled the place. In the 1800’s the British came to have their say in the settling of South Africa. With clear European architecture, and development still prevent today it is no wonder so many Europeans call this place home. The beautiful white stucco with thatched roofs screams Dutch, and really leaves a lovely reminder of their piece in settling South Africa. Although, like every country, South Africa does have an ugly part of their history that is still being reconciled in todays society. From 1948 to 1994 the country had in place a system of racial segregation called an apartheid. In this time you were classified as white, colored, or black and sent to live in communities with your specific race. Coloreds, and even more so blacks, were living in less than ideal environments. They were offered little to no education, and the opportunity to improve their quality of life was very slim. Nelson Mandela, arguably one of the greatest world leaders of all time, helped piece back together the broken country that was both scared and hurt by one another. Being that it has only been a little over 20 years since the end of this shameful segregation the country is still working together to piece back their vastly economically separated country. However, in the midst of the brokenness beautiful culture and rich diversity are the result. With eleven official languages, rich local cuisine, brightly colored fabrics, mesmerizing dances, and music that you cannot help but dance to the culture here is what keeps drawing tourists back! #Reconciliation

Although this has been just a quick insight into this country, and specifically into Cape Town, I hope that it will peak your interest enough to read more, learn more, and hopefully one day take a trip out here! The beauty, the culture, and the favorable exchange rates are guaranteed to make this anyones dream destination.

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Thank you so much for reading my post, if you want to learn more about my journey in South Africa follow my blog at #JillBobBlog Cheers! #ComeFindOutForYourself

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Kid-Friendly Vacation in Puerto Rico – Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

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