Visitors who have a safari on their South Africa itinerary have an incredible experience to look forward to. In addition to the usual things you’ll be packing for your South Africa trip, however, going on a safari means you’ll need to be sure to pack a few extra things that you may not otherwise think to bring with you.
The entire country of South Africa is like manna from heaven for travelers – there’s so much to do and see, it’s impossible to pack it all into even a two week trip. But even if you just stay in the area around Cape Town, you’ll still have trouble doing everything there is to do. Here’s a list of 33 incredible adventures you can have in Cape Town and in the surrounding area. Chances are very good you’ll need to plan your return trip as you’re headed home – Cape Town is just that good.
The city of Johannesburg has, for many years, been the primary international gateway into South Africa – and not a city people chose to stay in and explore. Visitors still overhwelmingly use Jo’burg as a layover stop between home and (for instance) Cape Town or a safari – but, despite what you may have heard, there are good reasons to spend some time in this city. Here are some tips on what not to do in Johannesburg to make your visit fun and safe.
Prior to the 2010 World Cup, most people didn’t give soccer culture in South Africa much of a passing thought. If we know anything about soccer – called football in South Africa – at all, it’s that countries such as England, Brazil, and Italy are big deals on the international stage, but not South Africa. After the 2010 World Cup, however, one word is synonymous with soccer in South Africa – vuvuzela.
The town of Hermanus on the southern coast of South Africa’s Western Cape is a popular seaside retreat for people who call the Cape Town area home. It’s particularly popular – with locals and visitors alike – during the season when southern right whales are migrating through the waters just offshore. During this season, many people visit to go whale watching in Hermanus on boat trips, but sometimes the whales are so numerous that you can even go whale watching from land.
When visiting Johannesburg, one facet of the city worth exploring is its culture. Despite it’s tragic history — which is important to learn about to truly understand the city and South Africa as a whole — Joburg flourishes in terms of arts, entertainment, wildlife offerings and heritage. To help you plan your itinerary, here are some top cultural experiences in Johannesburg.