I was born in South Africa, so I might be a little biased about what a great place it is. When I tell people I am from South Africa, I sometimes get the question “Oh nice, which country?” and I reply with a little annoyance like a true countryman “SOUTH AFRICA is a country!”. Then I get more humorous questions, such as “Do you live in grass huts?”, “Do you have lions in your backyard?” or my favorite “Did you ride an elephant to school?”
Oh well, at least people know who Nelson Mandela is.
But seriously, we do have game reserves where there are lions wandering around (don’t get out of the car like some tourists to pet the big kitty) but SA has so much more to offer than just our wildlife. I lived in Johannesburg--a big city that I like to say is the New York of Africa--complete with a thriving business hub, never-ending night life, loads of interesting people and, sadly, crime.
If you are in the mood for tropical climate and pristine beaches then the Durban area is for you. Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world; it’s a bit like San Francisco with a breathtaking mountain as a backdrop.
To sum it up: I love the weather, the diversity, the people and the busy lifestyle that accompanies any sprawling cosmopolitan city. Living in South Africa is an adventure and a challenge every day, it makes you feel alive and vital.