As more and more travelers try out the cruise industry, the common locations are getting crowded. Guests are looking towards new ports to try out. Sure, the Caribbean remains one of the most popular cruise destinations in the world, but other options which were previously only sold to niche crowds are now becoming widely appreciated. Continents like Asia and Africa are having a renaissance, and there’s lots of room for growth there. South Africa in particular has had a bit of a boom. If you’re asking yourself why the country is so special, let us go over the reasons. Trust us: there’s plenty of them.
Nothing can beat the beaches in Mexico and the Caribbean, right? Well… wrong, actually. The beaches of South Africa certainly give those more popular spots a run for their money, and many would argue that they actually surpass them. Although some may be a bit less manicured than the beaches that some travelers are used to, it’s impossible to deny the natural beauty of a South African beach. South African waters are also known to be excellent for surfing, meaning that you’ll have a blast whether you’re chilling on the sand or getting out in the water.
The national parks
Many African countries boast stunning national parks that show off the best of the continent. South Africa is no different, with 18 different parks in the national park system. If you’re someone who likes to get off of the boat and really explore a location, you won’t want to miss some of these gems. In the north is Augrabies Falls National Park, known for the titular (and incredibly powerful waterfall). Near Cape Town is Table Mountain National Park, the park commemorating the mountain that frames Cape Town. You can rest assured that any park you pick will be a worthy destination.
South Africa has a climate that makes it a perfect place to travel to. The country sees far more sunshine than most other places in the world, and it only rains every once in a while. That means that you’re likely to have perfect weather while you’re visiting. The temperature also generally is quite tolerable no matter what time of the year you visit. February is typically the warmest month, but the average high is a comfortable 80 degrees. July, the coldest month, has an average low of about 53 degrees. Does it get much more perfect than that?
Most major cruise lines sail to South Africa, and it’s easy to see why. If you’re interested, go and book yourself a trip. You won’t regret it.