With direct flights to Johannesburg and the Aussie dollar strong against the South African rand, a bucket-list break to South Africa is easier than ever. Need another excuse to visit? Here are five…
1. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime safari
An African safari ranked #1 in IT’s 100 ‘Ultimate Travel Experiences of a Lifetime‘ countdown, and for good reason.
Better still, South Africa is synonymous with safari – home to the world’s most iconic big-five destination, Kruger National Park. However there are plenty more game parks across the country, many of which are private reserves, offering exclusive and luxurious tours.
And, South Africa is the only country to have game parks with great wildlife viewing located within malaria-free areas – perfect for families with young children.
2. Bathe in world-class beaches
Along South Africa’s dramatic coastline you can find an array of hideaways for soaking up the sun, long coastal walks, surfing and various water sports, as well as simply enjoying the sights and delights of quaint coastal towns.
The local beach scene is undeniably diverse, from Cape Town with its penguins and trendy urban beaches, to more tropical shorelines north of Durban – dive on in!
3. Lap up local food and wine
No visit to South Africa is complete without a stay in Cape Town, Africa’s gastronomy capital, and the surrounding Cape Winelands.
Sample award-winning wines grown on beautiful estates around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, and enjoy some of the world’s best cuisine in decadent restaurants.
The Kwa-Zulu Natal Drakensberg is also filled with luxury lodges dedicated to foodie escapes, incorporating sumptuous food, wine, and picturesque walks to work it all off.
4. Get your heart pumping with activities galore
There’s never a dull moment in South Africa, with an endless stream of memorable activities for thrill-seeking travellers.
At the tamer end of the spectrum there’s hiking up Table Mountain in Cape Town, ostrich farms, township tours and whale watching in Hermanus, through to game drives and walking safaris in Kruger, horse riding in the Drakensberg, even cage-diving with great white sharks.
5. Immerse yourself in history and culture
South Africa is a melting pot of various rich cultures that form one country with one fascinating history – the rainbow nation!
As a result, South Africans are renowned for their friendly nature and patriotic passion, loving to share their stories and recommendations with visitors.
History buffs will especially enjoy the Kwa-Zulu Natal Battlefields, with an excellent insight into the bloody battles of the Boer wars, while a visit to Robben Island will allow visitors a glimpse into Nelson Mandela’s lengthy incarceration during the Apartheid Regime.