How much does it cost to travel to South Africa
We narrated this trip in its entirety both Jairo and I in Instagram Stories. I explained the headaches of its preparation, but, above all, day by day more than 6,000 people saw our adventures and misadventures in a trip that went from less to more. So much less that I had no confidence that I would like it, that I was really afraid of the news I had read, and so much more that I ended up crying my eyes out as the plane took off.
To tell the truth, when I thought about traveling to South Africa on my own, I was quite scared. The crime rates are shocking and it is well known that sensationalist news are the ones that appear the most in the media. However, after having returned from this trip, I can say that the fear I had was quite unjustified.
We were also walking around the more touristy area of the Soweto neighborhood in Johannesburg (the one around Mandela’s house and the Orlando Towers) and I noticed an atmosphere more festive than dangerous.
Of course, you must have your passport in force before traveling to South Africa, a document that must meet these two requirements: It must have an expiration date of at least 30 days after the date of departure from the country and have 2 blank pages.
Malaria treatment is recommended if you are going to visit high-risk areas in the northeast of the country, such as the Kruger Park. In large cities there is no risk of being bitten by the mosquito that transmits the disease.
Being located in the southern hemisphere, the seasons in South Africa are the opposite of those in Europe. Winter in South Africa, which runs from June to September, is dry and not too cold. This is the best time to enjoy the wildlife. The vegetation is less lush and the animals concentrate on the rivers to drink. In addition, the southern whale begins to reach the coast. It is also a good season for outdoor activities and sports.
The South African spring is from September to November. Temperatures rise during the day. It is a season that allows us to see beautiful landscapes full of flowers, such as those of the West Coast National Park, about 90 kilometers from Cape Town.
South Africa is expensive
– Wednesday – Breakfast/picnic + dinner. Full day photo safari in the Kruguer Park area with English speaking guide. The guide will rotate between the different vehicles in case there are more than 9 people. Free lunch. Overnight.
– Thursday – Breakfast. Departure to Johannesburg, via Pretoria, where we will make a panoramic visit of Pretoria including the “Church Square” and “Union Buildings” (the visit does not include entrance to the monuments, but will be con- templated en route). Lunch at leisure. Transfer to the airport and departure to Cape Town. Arrival and transfer to the hotel with English speaking guide/driver. Optional: Fly direct to Kruger/Cape Town. Consult supplement.
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Where to go in South Africa
Where to find it on the map – As its name suggests, it is located entirely in the south of Africa. From its northern border, it is bounded from west to east by the following countries: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The oceans surrounding the country are the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. The southernmost point of Africa is called Cape Agulhas (Cape Agulhas), where both oceans meet.
Capital and main cities – Interestingly, South Africa has 3 capitals. Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa, Cape Town is the legislative capital and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital. As for its main cities, they are: Johannesburg (5 905 552 inhabitants), Cape Town (4 713 576 inhabitants), Pretoria (3 862 352 inhabitants), Durban (3 793 580 inhabitants), Port Elizabeth (967 677 inhabitants), Bloemfontein (463 064 inhabitants), Nelspruit (110 159 inhabitants) and Kimberley (225 160 inhabitants).
Nelson Mandela – Nelson Mandela’s role in South Africa was fundamental. He was president of the country from 1994 to 1999 and transformed South Africa completely. He made South Africa a multicultural country, full of color. He was the father of the Rainbow Nation. For all his achievements and dedication to the peaceful union of the country and acceptance of all races, he became an example to the whole world. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.