When you come with Lark Tours for your own adventure you will find South Africa to be an enchanting place. Nobody is quite certain what exactly makes it so special; some say it has to do with its incredible biodiversity. With less than 1% of the earth's land surface, South Africa has almost 10% of the world's total known bird, fish and plant species, and over 6% of the world's mammal and reptile species. Included in its biodiversity are five of Africa's greatest wild animals, hailed as the so-called "Big Five" - the lion, the leopard, the elephant, the Black Rhinoceros, and the Cape Buffalo.
Others say it is the majestic landscapes that make this country so incredible. In the Western Cape, mountains give way to secluded, white sand beaches where often-perfect waves ebb and flow continuously. If you strike out from the arid Kalahari and Karoo deserts in the interior region heading south, you will eventually find yourself in shade of the cool, lush Tsitsikamma National Park of the Eastern Cape. Moving further northeast is the subtropical bushveld, home to the famous Kruger National Park.
Still others say that South Africa's magic is conjured up from the souls of its diverse people. With a population of just over 42 million, this country is home to many African ethnic groups, Whites, Asians, and Indians descending from all across the world. It has eleven official languages including English (which is spoken by nearly everyone). Archbishop Desmond Tutu best described South Africa when he referred to it as "the Rainbow Nation."
There are others who simply love the city life. Cape Town, in particular, is an amazing city that has been winning much praise from travel critics. It is built on the side of Table Mountain where it sprawls down to the busy harbors on one side then across to the pristine, white sand beaches of Camps Bay on the other. This vibrant city is the near-perfect melting pot of contrasting culture, history, and geography. The result is an exhilarating urban life that offers a wide array of cuisine and activities unique to Africa.
But, whatever the reason that makes it so, there is little doubt that South Africa is indeed a spectacular place. Our sentiment is shared by the travel experts who have been heaping on the awards. Like us, they have discovered that South Africa offers a truly authentic experience, one that will leave you with lasting memories.
Here are just a few of the accolades South Africa and Cape Town have recently won:
In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012 Cape Town was ranked as one of the world's top-ten best cities to visit in Travel & Leisure's "World's Best Cities" List.
Cape Town won the 2009 "Best Travel Destination in Africa and the Middle East" fromTravel & Leisure for the ninth year running.
South Africa was ranked by National Geographic Adventure as one of the top ten must-see destinations from 2005 to 2007.
Cape Town was ranked number 5 by BBC on its "Top 50 Places to See Before You Die" List.
South Africa has been chosen as the first African nation to host the FIFA World Cup in 2010.
At the 2009 World Travel Awards, South Africa won best holiday destination in Africa by taking home 18 of the 33 available African awards.
At the 2009 World Travel Awards Cape Town won "Africa's Leading Destination."
Cape Town International Airport was voted Africa’s Best Airport from 2005 to 2008 in the World Airport Awards. In 200
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