Johannesburg may be South Africa’s largest city and its main international gateway, but it is not one of the country’s three capital cities. Yes, South Africa has three capital cities, each serving a different purpose, and one of them is Pretoria – which is an easy day trip from Jo’burg.
The half-day beer tour of Cape Town ticks all the boxes I look for when traveling: something unique, interaction with local people and, of course, beer! Wine tasting is nothing new in Cape Town, as the cape produces some excellent wines, but they also have an emerging craft beer movement that’s worth a look too.
Most flights to South Africa land in Johannesburg, no matter where you’re planning to start your trip. South Africa is a big country, and flying from city to city is the quickest way to get around – particularly if you’re making a big jump from your landing point in Johannesburg to start your trip in Cape Town. If you have the time, however, and want to see something of the South African countryside rather than just the cities, consider taking the train from Johannesburg to Cape Town.
South Africa’s seasons are the opposite of the ones most of us are used to in the northern hemisphere. Winter in Cape Town, as in the rest of South Africa, is during the northern hemisphere’s summer – June through August. There are perks to visiting Cape Town in winter, as well as some things that might make you want to visit another time. Here’s what you need to know about going to Cape Town in winter.
A born and bred Capetonian, Derek Hinrichsen always enjoyed showing off his hometown to visiting family and friends. It was only natural for Derek to become a Viator private guide and make his living creating custom tours that educate visitors about his beautiful and diverse corner of the world. Derek enjoys sharing the area’s history and folklore, as well as its wine and cuisine. Viator caught up with Derek to find out more about South Africa’s Mother City. Read on to learn what to do, what to see, and why you absolutely must try some Cape Malay dishes before you leave.
One of the great things about South Africa, for anyone whose main interest in the country is getting out on safari, is that there are wildlife parks and game reserves all over the country. So no matter where your itinerary takes you, you can incorporate a safari into your trip. Even from the metropolis of Johannesburg you can take safari day trips and see an enormous variety of wildlife – as long as you don’t mind a few hours en route to the park and back.