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Vacation to amazing South Africa to see beautiful animals like white lions and bungee jump off of the Bloukrans bridge w/ friends!

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10. African Penguin

In addition to the white lion, South Africa is home to a breed of penguin that is expected to be extinct in 15 years unfortunately. Due to South Africa’s relatively close distance to Antarctica, these birds have migrated and enjoyed the adaptation to beach life conditions like we see in this photo. These birds go fishing for anchovies and known to eat squid and small crustaceans as well. This penguins are often targets of vicious predators of the diverse South African Oceans. They’re often eaten by orcas, sharks and large seals. They then have to deal with land-based predation as well like mongooses, genets and caracals. Some scientists believe that since their main food source of anchovies has been extensively fished, they’ve had trouble finding nutritious food sources. Hopefully we’ll find away to keep these unique creatures alive.

9. The Palace of The Lost City

If you thought resorts in Las Vegas were good, try checking out the Palace of the Lost City. It’s a rather remarkable feat of architecture and features custom built botanical jungles. With lavish pools, lakes and hotel rooms, it would make for an excellent place to stay on vacation, located northwest of Pretoria. Safaris are rightfully on the list for most people who stay here.

8. South African Bungee Jumping

With South Africa’s unique landscapes, it makes for a bungee jumping mecca for those who dare to take the plunge. It’s home to the highest bungi jump in the world at 710 feet. The Bloukrans Bridge is located near Port Elizabeth and is probably somewhere you don’t want to go if you’re afraid of heights. In this photo you can truly see how high the bridge is and this experience most likely won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

7. Shipwrecks

There have been over 2000 shipwrecks on the coast of South Africa within the past 500 years. The Cape of Good Hope gets its name for the dangerous waters that sailors and explorers would try to get around. People would hope that people got past this stretch of water without any issues. As we can see in this photo, it's a beautiful piece of land but a risky one to get around.

6. Rovos Rail

Considered to be the most luxurious trains to explore in Africa. Travellers can take a step back in time and travel like a royal safari enthusiast. They love landscapes that come with the experience as well as a luxury, a butler, all gourmet meals prepared on the train, and only the best wines grown in South Africa.

5. Meteor Strike

South Africa possesses the oldest known crater and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. The Vredefort Dome is believed to 4 billion years old and is about 15-20 kilometers or 9-12 miles in diameter. Here in the photo you can see the vastness from this scar of the past.

4. South African

Although South Africa is a beautiful country ,a recent trend of attacking farm workers have plagued the country unfortunately. An astonishing total of 361,015 murders took place between 1994 and 2012. The farm owners seem to think it is racially motivated although government believe the main motive is robbery. Many farmers have armed themselves heavily in order to protect themselves from becoming a statistic. Some have gathered in the streets, hoping to bring more awareness to the issue.

3. Nobel Peace Prize Winners

South Africa is home to many progressive and influential figures. But this unique country had two nobel peace prize winners on the same street! Can you guess who they are? Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both had properties on Vilakazi street in Soweto. Here we see a photo of Nelson Mandela’s house which is now a museum.

2. Festivals

South Africa is home to some of the wildest and colorful festivals. For example the South African Afrika “burn” Festival took place in Karoo in the middle of the desert like we see in this photo. It strikes an eery resemblance to the burning man festival in northern Nevada but with an African Twist. 7 days of this event might be too much if you can survive, this you can do just about anything.

1.Tape Mountain

Tape mountain is believed to be the oldest remaining mountain in the world and has a richer biodiversity that some countries! With the 2285 species of plants on this mountain, it has more than the entire country of the United Kingdom

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