Mini Guide to South Africa

Safety and Health

South Africa is, unfortunately, a notoriously dangerous country with one of the highest murder rates in the world (frequently ranking between 14 and 18). However, visitors who use common sense and are constantly aware of what’s going on around them should have a safe trip without having to worry too much.

Travelers are advised not to use public transport, wear expensive jewelry, or go for evening strolls. Always take taxis, and if renting a car, beware of strangers and don’t leave valuables inside.

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South Africa has a temperate climate as it’s surrounded by oceans on three sides. The north west of the country ranges from desert to semi-desert while the east enjoys subtropical temperatures. The southwest climate is akin to Mediterranean temperatures, where the winters can be wet, but summers extremely dry (the area is also famous for its intermittent wind all year round). Temperatures during the summer can reach 35 degrees Celsius and around zero in the winter months.

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Food and Drinks

Due to years of international influence (British, Dutch, and other African countries), South African food and drinks are diverse, so visitors will be spoiled for choices. Travelers can try Braaivleis (a meat barbecue roasted over an open wood), Pap (a maize porridge that can be served runny or “couscous” style), or Bunny chows (loaf of bread filled with lamb or beef curry). Popular drinks include Amarula Cream (made from the marula fruit), Rooibos tea, and a vast selection of local wines.

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The Best Flower Displays in the World

Flowers are one of the most beautiful objects in nature — their bright faces remind us of sunshine and warm weather, and their perfume can help us recall specific memories that all our other senses have forgotten. While many of us strive to make our home the perfect outdoor oasis, others focus on spectacular displays of flowers that can only be found in a small number of places. We’ve scoured the globe for some of the most beautiful flower displays open to the public. If you’re a fan of beautiful flowers both cultivated and wild, check this list out.

Lights Out: Abandoned American Drive-Ins

The first drive-in movie theater was opened in the United States in 1915. This innovation marked yet another step in the American entertainment industry. For the first time ever, families could see a movie together without having to get out of their car. Although for a time, drive-in movie theaters were popular all over the United States, with almost a thousand open during their heyday in the 1950s and 60s, the rise of the luxurious multiplex drove most American drive-ins out of business.

The Best Coffee Roasters in the USA

While it’s true that most coffee beans come from farms in Africa and South America, there are plenty of American coffee roasters who are doing amazing things with these beans and turning them into unique products with a little time, patience, and heat. Today, we’re going to explore the best coffee roasteries in the United States, and how you can find their beans. If you’re a coffee fan, make sure to keep this list handy when you’re planning your next vacation as a bag of freshly-roasted coffee is a great souvenir.