Exploring South Africa in style February 24th, 2017
Exploring South Africa in style
South Africa is not often thought of as a luxurious travel destination. Many visitors to the country often only visit Johannesburg, as this is where most flights land, or Cape Town, the city at the top of many travelers bucket list. But there is so much more to this country than these two cities.
It’s a smorgasbord of destinations, opportunities and memories, just waiting for you to explore them. You’ll never be bored visiting South Africa, you’ll never be stumped for what to do and you’ll always have another option. So much more than just Joburg and Cape Town, South Africa is what you make of it. And you’d be silly to not really make the most of this destination. Especially after spending many hours to reach South Africa on a long-haul flight.
Even locals aren’t getting out and about in their home country. Statistics show that less than half of adult South Africans have travelled locally, with many citing high costs as the reason they don’t travel. If you’re keen to see the sights of South Africa, here are some options where you’ll find sights and accommodation to suit every budget.
Venture out to the winelands of the Cape
There’s not a place you could visit in the Cape’s winelands where you’d be disappointed. Possibly the longest (and best) wine route in the world, every farm is created to make tourists and wine enthusiasts happy. Each farm offers delicious wine, tasty food and some of the most amazing views you’ve ever seen. A visit to the Cape’s winelands is an experience not to be missed for every visitor to South Africa.
Visit the national parks
With too many national parks to mention, you’d be hard-pressed not to find one that suits your every need. From Addo Elephant Park to catch a glimpse of the elephants to Golden Gate Highlands National Park where every turn is more breathtaking than the last, Table mountain National Park where you can sleep on the mountain after a hard day’s hike to the West Coast National Park where you can explore secluded harbours and swim in azure waters. Each of these parks provides options to stay the night, either luxury or self-catering accommodation spots are available. So you’ll easily be able to find somewhere to rest your head.
Visit Jacaranda City
Pretora is not just the administrative capital of South Africa, it is also home to many thousands of Jacaranda trees. During the months of October and November, Pretoria is transformed into a mass of purple blossoms. Every photography amatuer and pro would be hard-pressed to not find a snap-worthy moment here. Down every road and along every freeway, these blooms will make your journey all the more enjoyable. And when you’re ready to stop? Look no further than the Restaurant Mosaic, at The Orient, just outside of Pretoria. A truly magical dining experience, you’ll be enjoying food likely a notch better than you’ve experienced before.
Explore Route 62
Imagine meandering from Cape Town to the Port Elizabeth at a slow, enjoyable pace while enjoying the roadside sights. The other option, of course, is to whizz along the N2, hardly seeing a speck of natural beauty along the way. For any keen traveller, the first option seems far more appealing. Along the way, you’ll enjoy the tiny towns of Barrydale, Robertson, Joubertina and so many more. There are numerous accommodation options along the way, from rustic to more luxurious. Whatever your taste, you’ll find it along Route 62.
A visit to Limpopo is a glimpse into Africa. Living in modern Cape Town, it’s easy to forget that you’re even on the same continent. But in Limpopo it’s obvious. It’s a province with wildlife, tiny villages and rural simplicity. And it’s not just rough conditions and dust. A surprisingly green place to visit, you can unwind in forest cabin, disconnect in a stone cottage or stay in a historic farm house. All of these options are on our doorstep. Limpopo is a place of constant contradictions and surprising luxury.
Valley of Desolation
If you haven't heard of it, don’t worry. Not many have. And that’s what makes this destination so special. It’s described as: “Sheer cliffs and precariously balanced columns of Dolerite rise 120 metres from the valley floor, against the timeless backdrop of the vast plains of the Camdeboo. This is the product of volcanic and erosive forces of nature over 100 million years.” It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen or likely ever will see anywhere else. It’s worth the drive and it’s worth your time. Do it for your Instagram.
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