South Africa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world!
Many of you might be planning on going to South Africa in the near future, or you might still be thinking about which project location best to choose. Well, some of these facts could sway your decision in favor of South Africa, the 7th largest wine producing country in the world...
Not only that, but SA also has the longest wine route in the world which you can visit in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek if you are volunteering on one of our projects in Cape Town such as our Cape Town Pre-School Teaching and Education Project
. Other highlights of the project might include a visit to Boulder's Beach with its penguin colony, which thrives thanks to the cold Antarctic currents on the west coast near the Cape, or the highest commercial bungi jump in the world (710 feet). Our projects are located in the vicinity of several different beaches which is great as 27 South African beaches were awarded Blue Flags, an international indicator of high environmental standards for recreational beaches.
You might also opt for an internship in the Financial Sector
or in Journalism & Media
which would bring you into the city centre of Cape Town. Cape Town was named the top tourist destination in the world in the 2011 Traveler’s Choice Destinations awards. In the centre don't miss to visit the Groote Schuur Hospital where Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant in the world in 1967. He was also the first to do a "piggyback" transplant in 1971, and he was the first to do a heart-lung transplant.
The 2010 Soccer World Cup was held in South Africa. When visiting many of the large cities of the country you can take a look at the great stadiums. The world cup was also the reason for a huge rise in the number of tourists visiting South Africa. It has grown from 3.9million in 1994 to 11.3 million in 2010. South Africa is ranked among the top 5 countries in the world in respect of tourism growth (growing at 3 times the global average).
Participating in our Game Ranger Course
in the Kruger National Park will give you the chance to visit Johannesburg before or after the course. Johannesburg, Soweto boasts the only street in the world that house two Nobel Peace prizewinners. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have houses on Vilakazi Street in Soweto.
There are however so many more reasons to visit South Africa. One of those could be the visit of our Large Preditors Research & Conservation Project in Kwazulu-Natal
where you get to work with lions and other animals, or the Cheetah Re-Introduction Project
in Parys. The fact that South Africa is rated 3rd in the world in supplying safe, drinkable tap water or that Tambo airport being the best airport in Africa according to the World Airport Awards 2010/11. It was also in the top 3 most improved airports in the world for the same period.
The list of great things about South Africa is seemingly endless, there are just so many reasons to come and visit the country... Check out our website for information on all of the projects that we offer all over Africa.