The South African town of Stellenbosch, located in the Western Cape province not far from Cape Town, is both beautiful and historic. It’s in the heart of the Cape Winelands wine growing region, which accounts for much of the tourism that comes through the area.
For many visitors to South Africa, it’s too tempting to be that close to the monstrous Victoria Falls on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and not make a short detour to go see it. The best jumping-off point is Johannesburg, but even then it takes some advance planning.
Staying safe when you travel is important no matter where you go. For the most part, people visiting Cape Town will enjoy trouble-free holidays – but if you don’t pay attention to warnings about safety before you go, you run a higher risk of running into problems. You should take the same safety precautions you take when you travel to any unfamiliar destination, and here are some additional things to keep in mind for Cape Town.
The city of Cape Town is diverse and interesting enough that you may never want to leave – but it’s also close to so many excellent options for day trips that it’s hard to stay put. Combining a stay in Cape Town with day trips into the surrounding area gives you that great combination of city activities, natural beauty, adventure activities, and culinary experiences. Here are some of the best options for day trips from Cape Town.
Travel is as much about expanding our minds and our understanding of other people as it is about seeing new sights, even if such learning is sometimes difficult. You can’t visit South Africa and have an understanding of the country without putting the apartheid years into their proper place – and one of the places you can do just that is the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.
One of the popular itineraries in South Africa is the Garden Route – a route spanning the Western and Eastern Cape that’s noted for its lush vegetation, particularly when everything is in bloom in the spring. But you don’t need to leave Cape Town to experience South Africa’s incredible gardens. Head for the enormous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens at the foot of Table Mountain to explore the country’s biggest botanical garden.