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post May 16 2015, 04:36 AM
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http://www.buzzfeed.com/travelguru/the-20-...-the-world-w9r0

Do you guys agree?
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post May 16 2015, 09:13 AM
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a good list, though I'd put USA at 1, if one conveniently ignores the identikit towns and cities, the billboards, the litter, the highways. From massive deciduous forests, mountains, plains, deserts, swamps and especially the Grand Canyon, it's just got so much of beauty and interest.

If you don't ignore what the host nation has DONE to a country then half of them would drop off the list altogether, leaving only those with relatively small populations like New Zealand, I'd guess. Thinking USA, Brazil, China and so on who have room for improvement...
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post May 16 2015, 09:16 AM
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I've been to 3 of the top 4 and all were incredible in that department.

Have to say my #1 would be NZ heart.gif
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post May 16 2015, 09:24 AM
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I would've put Scotland in there. I've not been to any of those places on the list, but from what I've seen on TV & the internet, Canada, USA, Norway, Australia and New Zealand look lovely heart.gif
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post May 16 2015, 09:31 AM
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No Iceland? Madness
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post May 16 2015, 09:42 AM
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Strange ranking.
Where is Russia ?

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post May 16 2015, 09:57 AM
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I have been to South Africa and it was amazingly beautiful. My favourites would be a view I had while climbing down Table Mountain, standing at the edge of the Cape taking in the view, and seeing giant waves crash onto the Atlantic shore. But based on what I know rather than what I've seen, I would not have picked it for the top spot. It's a great country to visit and was the trip of a lifetime, but in my head, compared to even those other African countries, it seems less exotic and less naturally beautiful to me.

I'd put New Zealand or Argentina at the top personally. The latter has vast spaces which seem so beautifully melancholy and New Zealand has so many special places, it's like a European nation that got left untapped and is all the better for it.

For those missing I'd choose Thailand (although to be fair pretty much all of SE Asia could merit a place), Iceland, Austria (from the places I've been to in that vs in Switzerland I'd put Austria out ahead but then Switzerland was also lovely) maybe a Middle Eastern country as well.
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Omg the critical acclaim

PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN
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QUOTE(Iz~ @ May 16 2015, 11:57 AM) *
I have been to South Africa and it was amazingly beautiful. My favourites would be a view I had while climbing down Table Mountain, standing at the edge of the Cape taking in the view, and seeing giant waves crash onto the Atlantic shore. But based on what I know rather than what I've seen, I would not have picked it for the top spot. It's a great country to visit and was the trip of a lifetime, but in my head, compared to even those other African countries, it seems less exotic and less naturally beautiful to me.

I'd put New Zealand or Argentina at the top personally. The latter has vast spaces which seem so beautifully melancholy and New Zealand has so many special places, it's like a European nation that got left untapped and is all the better for it.

For those missing I'd choose Thailand (although to be fair pretty much all of SE Asia could merit a place), Iceland, Austria (from the places I've been to in that vs in Switzerland I'd put Austria out ahead but then Switzerland was also lovely) maybe a Middle Eastern country as well.

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post May 16 2015, 10:10 AM
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omg yes tanzania get that glowin review on metacritic sweetie
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post May 16 2015, 10:13 AM
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South Africa is indeed a NATURAL BEAUTY

Don't listen to Iz guys

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With more than 20,000 different plants, or about 10% of all the known species of plants on Earth,[citation needed]South Africa is particularly rich in plant diversity. The most prevalent biome in South Africa is the grassland, particularly on the Highveld, where the plant cover is dominated by different grasses, low shrubs, and acacia trees, mainly camel-thorn and whitethorn. Vegetation becomes even more sparse towards the northwest due to low rainfall. There are several species of water-storing succulents like aloes and euphorbias in the very hot and dry Namaqualand area. The grass and thorn savannah turns slowly into a bush savannah towards the north-east of the country, with denser growth. There are significant numbers of baobab trees in this area, near the northern end of Kruger National Park.[73]

The Fynbos biome, which makes up the majority of the area and plant life in the Cape floristic region, one of the six floral kingdoms, is located in a small region of the Western Cape and contains more than 9,000 of those species, making it among the richest regions on earth in terms of plant diversity.[citation needed] Most of the plants are evergreen hard-leaf plants with fine, needle-like leaves, such as the sclerophyllous plants. Another uniquely South African flowering plant group is the genus Protea. There are around 130 different species of Protea in South Africa.

While South Africa has a great wealth of flowering plants, only 1% of South Africa is forest, almost exclusively in the humid coastal plain of KwaZulu-Natal, where there are also areas of Southern Africa mangroves in river mouths. There are even smaller reserves of forests that are out of the reach of fire, known as montane forests. Plantations of imported tree species are predominant, particularly the non-native eucalyptus and pine


We are not EXOTIC. Who needs to be exotic when within every 10kms you find yourself in a different type of natural beauty biome? The thousand of wild animals species and the mountains (OMG THE MOUNTAINS!!!) also says HAI
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post May 16 2015, 10:19 AM
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I LOVED SOUTH AFRICA KATH mad.gif

It's just there's so much competition out there.
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post May 16 2015, 10:22 AM
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Oh and yes, the difference between Cape Town and a little area a few miles to the east was really interesting, completely different sort of biome, from hot and dry plains to something that clearly got a whole lot more rain and was very green.
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QUOTE(Iz~ @ May 16 2015, 12:19 PM) *
I LOVED SOUTH AFRICA KATH mad.gif

It's just there's so much competition out there.

All this competition

But do they have the 11 official language, xenophobic and load shedding ESSENCE of South Africa? ;o

I think only FIJI comes close
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QUOTE(Iz~ @ May 16 2015, 12:22 PM) *
Oh and yes, the difference between Cape Town and a little area a few miles to the east was really interesting, completely different sort of biome, from hot and dry plains to something that clearly got a whole lot more rain and was very green.



Did you manage a trip to Golden Gate / Knysna / Kruger National Park / Durban

There is so much more variety outisde of Cape Town. The Buzzfeed article really gives a very apt description imo
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post May 16 2015, 10:34 AM
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Did you manage a trip to Golden Gate / Knysna / Kruger National Park / Durban

There is so much more variety outisde of Cape Town. The Buzzfeed article really gives a very apt description imo


Not at the time no, sadly, it was a trip to visit my cousins and it was basically 3 weeks seeing the Cape Town area. They live in Durban now though so if I ever got the opportunity to go out again I'd probably be able to see that.
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post May 16 2015, 10:37 AM
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I want to visit South Africa, Kath do you have a place to stay for me?
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post May 16 2015, 10:39 AM
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Surprised that Iceland isn't on there! Definitely one of the most beautiful countries I've visited, maybe it's too obvious?
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QUOTE(Iz~ @ May 16 2015, 12:34 PM) *
Not at the time no, sadly, it was a trip to visit my cousins and it was basically 3 weeks seeing the Cape Town area. They live in Durban now though so if I ever got the opportunity to go out again I'd probably be able to see that.

Durban is a lot more exotic and up your street hun. There isn't even such a thing as a winter there. The culture is entirely different there as well, VERY eastern and asian and banana and vervet monkey
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