South Africa’s diverse people, rich cultural heritage and breathtaking landscapes were not just made to be enjoyed, but to be shared with the world. That’s why South African Tourism and Google Arts & Culture have partnered to help both home-grown and international travellers discover the very best the country has to offer virtually, to inspire them to personally visit the moment they are able.
With South Africa’s tourism sector severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, travellers can visit the online exhibition, South Africa – explore the world in one country – to create endless bucket lists of places to go, things to see, and sounds to take in now and in future. Here are just some of the wonders you can discover and share in the form of street views, exhibits, videos and images.
1. Discover hidden gems
Everyone knows about the savannah and the Kruger National Park, but did you know that South Africa has countless more hidden gems? Located on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape, Coffee Bay’s Hole in the Wall is one such gem. Discover its breathtaking views and the myth surrounding this topological formation, or learn about animal species that can be found on Table Mountain and nowhere else in the world.
2 Experience adventures
When a lazy beach holiday won’t cut it, South Africa has myriads of sites for those who need adventure: from multi-day hikes and panoramic mountain views to rock climbing and rafting down roaring waters. Explore the Place of Great Noise where the raging waters of the Augrabies Falls meet the Orange River, South Africa’s longest river, or explore white water rafting in the Free State to get your adrenaline fix.
3 Marvel at World Heritage sites
Did you know that South Africa is home to an impressive 10 World Heritage sites? Mapungubwe National Park, The Cradle of Humankind and The Maloti-Drakensberg Park range of mountains are just a few of the places recognised by UNESCO as being of outstanding international importance. Discover these world heritage gems, share them, and make time to visit them as soon as it is possible.
4 Take in the wildlife
The country boasts more than 290 conservation parks, which are home to more than 300 mammal species, more than 860 bird species and more than 8 000 plant species, South Africa is a nature lover’s paradise. Discover and share stunningly crisp images of the beautiful birds, animals and landscapes with exhibitions like ‘Superstars of the South African Bush’, and ‘Game Drives: A South African Experience’.
5 Visit the classics
Use street view to explore South Africa’s classic landmarks like the iconic Table Mountain, the rocky plains of the Cederberg, and the world famous Kruger National Park.
Through more than 500 high-resolution photographs and videos, 20 expertly curated stories and 55 street views, you can join a safari to meet lions and elephants or feel the rhythm of the cities and visit ancient geological sites. Step inside the oldest caves in the world and zoom into vast savannas, lush forests and sparkling oceans.
These are just a few of the magnificent sights and sounds you can discover, and which are sure to whet your appetite for your next trip around the country.
For more information, visit www.g.co/sharesouthafrica