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Top-Ten Tuesdays: South African Experiences

Photo Credit: Semester at Sea Student Ryan Shintani

The only difficult thing about making a list of South African wonders is limiting it to ten.

  1. Table Mountain – visible from everywhere in Cape Town, including the MV Explorer’s berth, this natural wonder presented amazing views from above, and a lovely backdrop from below.
  2. Boulder’s Beach – penguins.  Enough said.
  3. The Garden Route – from Addo National Park to Tsitsikamma, a lovely seaside route featuring a vast array of plants and wildlife
  4. The food – Cape Malay dishes, biltong, seafood, braai, and even ostrich and  crocodile for the more adventurous
  5. The flora – spanning multiple biomes, South Africa features some of the most diverse plant life in the world.
  6. The fauna – from dassey on Table Mountain to the Big Five on safari, participants had the opportunity to view and interact with a multitude of animals.
  7. Township visits- from cooking classes to homestays to soccer games, the local people opened their homes and hearts to us, and we will be forever grateful.
  8. The V&A Waterfront – one of Cape Town’s “Big Six” and home to the MV Explorer for our stay, the waterfront was a wonder of live entertainment, amazing meals and craft shops
  9. Robben Island – a historical and social landmark, and a destination of many Semester at Sea participants
  10. The people – welcoming, warm, and proud of their lovely country, we could not have asked for better hosts.

Until next time, South Africa…


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