If you’re craving the unknown and missing the feeling of discovering something new, then read on because Google South Africa and South African Tourism are breaking digital borders to bring South Africa to you!
Get virtual with the new online exhibition South Africa: An Explorer’s Paradise. This joint venture from Google and South African Tourism allow you to go on holiday from the comfort of your own home.
So whether you’re a foodie, thrillseeker, or nature buff, the exhibition will transport you to the wonders of South Africa, where you can explore this fascinating country sans flight delays and hordes of tourists!
What will your itinerary look like? Here are 5 experiences to get you excited…
5. Get cultured
Immerse yourself in the melting pot of vibrant South African culture. Prepare to drool over delectable street food, wander through local markets, cheer on the winning football team, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing in your living room to the rhythmic beat of the African drums.
See a local market in Soweto right now. Click here to explore more photographs from this exhibition.
Clap, sing and beat drums with Venda traditional dancers. Click here to explore more photographs from this exhibition.
4. A heavenly view
A vista so stunning it must have been sent from above. God’s Window is a breathtaking lookout offering unbelievable views of the Blyde River Canyon and the Lowveld landscape.
Surrounded by rolling mountains and verdant bushland, it has been said that when the conditions are right, you can see the vast Kruger National Park and even spot neighbouring country, Mozambique!
The best part? Travelling virtually means the conditions are right, every time!
Click here to experience this view of the spectacular Blyde River Canyon.
3. Under the African Sky
In the Northern Cape of South Africa is the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT).
This telescope is the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere and has put South Africa at the forefront of 21st century scientific exploration.
While that is an impressive feat, it’s the vivid starry sky that has put this destination on the tourist map. The unpolluted night sky is so clear, it is commonly referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Universe’.
Click here to explore more under the South African sky.
2. Hike one of the world’s most famous mountains
Table Mountain is synonymous with South Africa.
This iconic site, aptly named after the mountain’s flattened top, is often at the top of travellers’ bucket lists.
Take in the views from the top without breaking a sweat as you follow this picturesque interactive experience high above the clouds.
Legend has it that this is where God dwells.
See Table Mountain National Park here on street view.
1. Add a little colour
Step into the bright and colourful neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap and see why this lively heritage site is a popular tourist destination and Instagram hotspot. Explore the cobblestone streets lined with rainbow-hued houses, meet friendly locals and let your mouth water over traditional Cape Malay cooking.
Visit Bo-Kaap on street view.
A world in the palm of your hands
Your bucket list is about to double once you discover the delights of South Africa with the help of South African Tourism and Google. With the country literally sitting in the palm of your hands, there has never been a better time to start exploring. Click here to start your holiday from home!
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