10 Things I Love About South Africa

We have now been in South Africa for 7 months and we have seen and experienced a lot in that time.  Enough time to discover what we love about this country.  So, here is my list of 10 things that I love about South Africa.

  1. Cats:  Anyone who knows me knows that I love cats.  And South Africa has the best cats!
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Majestic Lions

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Powerful Leopards

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Spectacular Cheetahs

And we have been lucky enough to see each of these beautiful cats in the wild.

2. Rainstorms:  It’s the end of the summer here; and South African summers bring rain.

 

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Most summer days are bright and sunny.  But evenings often bring big rainstorms.  From our front porch we can watch the rain and lightening move across the African landscape.  And often, the rain is torrential.  I will never tire of rainy South African nights.

3. South African Skies:  South Africa has the most beautiful skies I’ve ever seen and not just when it’s raining.  On most days, the sky takes my breath away.

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Typical African sunset from our front porch

4. Cape Dutch Architecture:  I love traditional architecture.  The Cape Dutch style is quintessential Afrikaner and it’s charming.

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5.  Jacaranda Trees:  Actually, jacarandas are average looking trees, except for in the month of October.  Then the jacarandas bloom and Pretoria turns purple.

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Pretoria is nicknamed “The Jacaranda City”

6.  Stroopwafel:  I’m guessing that stroopwafel aren’t truly South African, but this is the first place I ate them, so to me they will always be South African.  Caramel stroopwafel are the best!

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7.  Safaris:  South Africa has countless game parks.  In fact, our home overlooks Groenkloof Nature Reserve, one of the oldest parks in South Africa.

Another reserve is about one kilometer from our house.  I don’t know if it even has a name.  Jason and I like to walk through it on Saturday mornings.  Often the zebras are close enough to us to see the whites of their eyes.

In the 7 months we have lived in South Africa, we have seen thousands of animals on safari.  I don’t think we can ever go to a zoo again.

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8.  The Laid-back Attitude of South Africans:  I think that the best word to describe South Africans is “chill.”  They are uber-relaxed in their dress, their mannerisms, and their speech.  It’s common for white South Africans to call Jason “Bru”, which I believe translates to”Bro.”  And the black South Africans often call me “Mama” which obviously needs no translation.  And close behind rugby and cricket, the national pastime is a weekend “braai,” which is a South African BBQ.

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South Africans love their meat!

9. Our Land Rover:  I know that Land Rovers were created by the Brits, but I’m pretty sure that they had Africa in mind when they engineered them.  It’s the perfect safari vehicle.

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A good safari is a dirty safari!

10.  The South African Flag:  Kudos to whoever designed it, because I think it’s awesome!

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2 comments

  1. Boyd Halew · March 17, 2016

    I love hearing from you, you are a reaally gifted author. Keep the coming. I had a wonderful experience this weekend sharing the life of Alma Helaman Hale at a family history fair. Just think his parents were baptized 3 months before his birth. The must have been reading it to find his name. love,Boyd

  2. Carolyn A Peterson · April 15, 2016

    Stoopwaffles are from the Netherlands and I will forever associate them with that place even though they sometimes sell them at us starbucks where it is just not at all the same

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