Travel to South Africa
If you are wondering if it is safe to travel to South Africa, the answer is that, generally, it is. However, we must be aware that we are not in Europe and we have to follow a series of recommendations.
If we do not do anything crazy, touring the best places in South Africa will be a very rewarding experience. In this sense, we must also differentiate the tourist areas of South Africa from the rest. These tourist areas are generally much safer than other less visited places.
Even so, we cannot forget that we are in an African country where there is a significant percentage of the population living in poverty in marginal areas. Avoiding these areas or not driving at night, for example, can help us to avoid scares.
One of the first things you need to know is that in South Africa people drive on the left. If it is the first time you are going to do it, you may find it a bit complicated. Also, it is not like Namibia or Botswana, there is a lot of traffic.
In safaris you can drive on your own perfectly well. Parks like the Kruger or the Addo Elephant Park, have roads enabled to make the safari with your private vehicle. On the other hand, if we want to go cross-country or to some of the more remote areas, we can only do it with a guide.
Where is South Africa
Our proposal is based on the tour “South Africa in a week”, this tour includes Cape Town, Kruguer Park and Mpulanga, is the minimum tour for those who have a week. This same tour we have with the Mauritius Island “South Africa the best with Mauritius”, for those who like to finish the vacation on a beach, it is offered with an extra night and the possibility of putting the ones you want online.
Now, the package tour that we recommend, without a doubt, is “South Africa in full”, this tour includes in addition to the above the Garden Route and the immeasurable Victoria Falls, a true wonder of nature.
The basic trip is undoubtedly South Africa in one week, from there you can incorporate the “Garden Route” area, from Oudtshoorn to Knysna. Another option to add is Victoria Falls, which you can do from Zimbawue or Zambia.
The base circuit we offer in the country is called South Africa in one week. This trip includes the necessary and essential to visit in the country, on the one hand Cape Town and on the other hand the Kurger National Park where we can observe the animals in a two-day photographic safari. For sure you will see the big five, which is a goal of every traveler on this trip. Also included is a visit to the Johannesburg area, airport to which you arrive and return to your origin. Transfers to Cape Town are by air.
Disadvantages of traveling to South Africa
Where it is located on the map – As its name suggests, it is located entirely in southern 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.
Known as the “Mother City”, this coastal city and its surroundings have so much to offer that visiting its main points of interest can occupy an entire week for any restless traveler.
Cape Town is a metropolis of marked contrasts, in which the tradition of its African origins coexists with the heritage of a colonial period in which the Portuguese, Dutch and British played a leading role.
We went ahead and in September 2016 we already embarked on a journey of more than 10,000 kilometers to get to know, in a 7-day tour (9 including flights), the main attractions of Cape Town and its surroundings. Discovering the historical, natural, cultural and gastronomic heritage of a surprising city, open to the world and much safer than you may have been told or read about.
It is also a good place to book excursions or activities in the surrounding area. Since in this part of the city there are numerous information points and agencies “fishing” for travelers willing to discover new things and live new adventures.