Dive With Sharks or Sip Award-Winning Wines: All the Ways to See South Africa Mary Zakheim November 10, 2016 Adventure Travel, Travel Guide South Africa is quickly becoming the hot travel destination to look out for in 2017. And it’s not hard to see why — they have something for everyone. Wine aficionado? There’s a glass with your name on it. Outdoors enthusiast? Strap up your hiking boots and charge your camera. Party animal? The clubs are waiting. The point is, there are a lot of reasons why South Africa is suddenly becoming a larger blip of many travelers’ radars… And we’ve made a list of the reasons everyone should be headed south soon. You’re welcome. They Have a Wine Region That’s Literally Called “The Winelands” It’s like an amusement park for adults. A photo posted by Groot Constantia (@grootconstantia) on Oct 20, 2016 at 11:37pm PDT There Are Tons of Huge National Park for You to Frolic In Well… More like camp and hike and paraglide in. Same thing, right? A photo posted by South African Tourism (@visitsouthafrica) on Oct 25, 2016 at 9:06am PDT The Club Scene Will Keep You Up All Night In the *best* way possible. A photo posted by The Pot Luck Club (@thepotluckclubct) on May 3, 2016 at 1:18pm PDT Joburg Is Smartening Itself Up for Visitors Like You Remember how the suburbs were more popular than the city? Not anymore. *Thanks, hipster culture!* A photo posted by Johannesburg South Africa (@cityofjohannesburg) on Aug 30, 2016 at 5:18am PDT You’ll Never See the Night Sky Looking Better So many stars to make a wish on! A photo posted by Cape Town | South Africa (@cityofcapetown) on Feb 17, 2016 at 2:18am PST Its History Is So Recent, You Can Learn Just by Talking to Locals Make sure to stop by the sobering Apartheid Museum, though. A photo posted by Clare Appleyard (@clareappleyard) on Oct 1, 2016 at 12:42pm PDT You Can Swim on the Edge of Two Oceans Atlantic, meet Indian. Now let’s go for a dip! A photo posted by Two Oceans Aquarium (@2oceansaquarium) on Jun 8, 2016 at 2:41am PDT Cape Town Is the Laid-Back Hipster City We All Deserve Good coffee served without that up-and-down side eye? Yes, please! A photo posted by Cape Town Reviews (@capetownreviews) on Jul 22, 2014 at 2:22am PDT There’s a Place Where You Can See a Dolphin and a Zebra at the Same Time Hint: it’s not in a zoo. A photo posted by Isimangaliso Wetland Park (@isimangaliso) on Oct 2, 2016 at 5:44am PDT Live Out the Daredevil Fantasy You’ve Always Harbored Dive with sharks, dive out of a plane, dive into a glass of craft beer — we’re not picky. A photo posted by South African Tourism UK (@visitsouthafrica_uk) on Nov 9, 2016 at 12:21am PST Bask in the Beautiful Thing That is South African Seafood Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear chef hats and make amazing food. A photo posted by Cavalli Estate (@cavalliestate) on Jul 6, 2016 at 8:33am PDT There Are 11 National Languages — and English Is One of Them No getting lost in translation here. A photo posted by Cape Town | South Africa (@cityofcapetown) on Jun 14, 2015 at 4:23am PDT Sports Are LIFE Seriously, pick a side. A photo posted by Cape Town | South Africa (@cityofcapetown) on Mar 24, 2016 at 4:44am PDT The Vibrant *Everything* Will Give You New Life Who knew life was so ~wonderfully~ full of color? A rainbow beach for our rainbow nation. via @trip2pic #MeetSouthAfrica A photo posted by South African Tourism (@meetsouthafrica) on Jun 24, 2016 at 10:33pm PDT So… When are you coming over?