South Africans are known to be hospitable and sociable, and guests are always received with open arms. Forget the hotels and B&Bs when visiting a South African, the guest bedroom will be made up to suit your every need. And don’t be surprised if you’re given a break down of what to do and see on your visit, they really do try to make your stay as stress-free and comfortable as possible.
Regardless of cultural backgrounds, of which there are many, South Africans are respectful of their elders and are brought up to have good manners. With good manners come romantic gestures, needless to say chivalry is still well and alive in South Africa.
Being as large and diverse as it is, South Africa is a country ideal for traveling and exploration. Brace yourself for road trips stretching over days, hiking, boating, skiing, mountain climbing and much more. Whether escaping city life for a weekend or visiting one of the many national parks, South Africans are always keen for an adventure. That’s not mentioning their passion for nature and wildlife, which significant others share in no time.
South Africa has 11 official languages, and many locals speak at least two of these, one often being English. This means no getting lost in translation while at the same time swooning over a foreign accent or mother tongue. You’ll also gain exposure to fascinating cultures and their traditions, South Africa is, after all, referred to as the Rainbow Nation.
If you’ve never been to a proper South African braai you’re in for a treat. The equivalent of the American barbecue, it’s about so much more than just the food and should be on everyone’s bucket list. Expect plenty of meat, all the sides you can imagine and amazing company.
There are few things that get South Africans down and if that’s the case, they don’t stay down. The Afrikaans saying “‘n boer maak ‘n plan” isn’t used as often as it is for no reason. Translated as “a boer makes a plan”, this is what most South Africans do when in a pickle, whether they’re Afrikaans or not.
Family is important to South Africans, and they have big ones at that. Significant others are always included and you’ll soon become part of the family. From grannies who love to cook and fill hungry stomachs to dads who share their life experience with anyone who’ll listen, South African families are a laugh a minute and each member will tug at your heart strings.
Whether you’re asking for directions or the time, South Africans are always happy to help. Plus they’ll do it with a smile on their face. They’re easy to connect with and will include a newcomer into the group in no time, so no worrying about your significant other’s friends not liking you. You’re bound to meet a whole bunch of new people who’ll eventually top your best friends list.