South Africa is one of the most varied countries a traveler will encounter in Africa. There's an incredible amount of natural beauty and the country is perfect for travelers with a penchant for adventure. Are you into surfing, diving, trekking and wildlife? Then South Africa is the place for you! Book your trip to South Africa with KILROY.
A quick selection of top attractions for your trip to South Africa might look like this: A road-trip on the 'Garden Route', which takes you past the fishing village of Hermanus. During the right season (from May to December), you can stop to see the awe-inspiring whales. In Simonstown, at Boulder's Beach, you can check out the large colonies of the fascinating jackass-penguin. See the interesting Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn and Knysna. From Port Elizabeth you can take a day trip to visit a township. Try, for example, the historically interesting Red Location Township. And for goodness sake, do not miss the magnificent Krüger National Park, where you can take a safari adventure to see the exciting wildlife and sleep in a tent on the great savannahs - while hearing the roar of the lions just before you close your eyes ...
Cape Town and Table Mountain
The spectacular view from the top of the city's famous Table Mountain is a must for all travelers to the South African legislative capital, Cape Town. For history buffs, a visit to Robben Island, where you can get a fascinating insight into the country's tragic past, is recommended. Nelson Mandela was held prisoner there for 18 years between 1964 and 1982. Of course, there is also Cape Point, where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic Ocean. The lighthouse on the top of the cliff here has a sublime view that stretches out over the sea.
Durban and The Wild Coast
On the southern coast of Kwazulu-Natal province is South Africa's #1 resort town, Durban. The town is pretty touristy, so it might be worth heading further south down the coast. Durban should be visited to sample its fantastic food; Indian cuisine is especially excellent here. The so-called Wild Coast is good if you want to go on some interesting hikes. Otherwise it is also highly recommended to travel north from Cintsa to the Xhosa villages.
Surfing in South Africa
South Africa offers some of the best surfing locations in the world, but there is still something for beginners, such as the chance to take private surf lessons in the small town of Plettenberg Bay. From here, you can also go hiking to Robberg Peninsula, a fascinating nature reserve where you will hear the roaring sea lions on the beach and enjoy the beautiful views.
Trekking in South Africa
Between Durban and Johannesburg will find a great place to hike: The Drakensberg Mountains. This region offers many good hiking trails, climbing areas and even horseback riding in the crisp mountain air. You will also find Africa's tallest waterfall (and the world's second highest), Thukela Falls, which has a drop of 947 meters. A must see!
In this area it is advisable to stay at The Amphitheater Backpackers Hostel, which organizes walking tours and trips to neighboring Lesotho, surrounded by the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains.
Diving in South Africa
For the adventurous diver, there is really something to look forward to while on the journey to South Africa: At Dyer Island you can go on a special 'cage-dive' and get close to the great white sharks that live in the waters here. Otherwise, Sodwana Bay, about four hours from Durban, is an absolute mecca for divers. This bay is part of a marine sanctuary, the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, which is protected and also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Here you can see lots of colorful fish, turtles, whale sharks and dolphins, all depending on the season.
Wine tasting in South Africa
South Africa is also famous for its wine and the good thing about wine tasting in South Africa is that prices are affordable, even for backpackers. Of course, it helps that you can get some good wines while being able to visit some of South Africa's idyllic vineyards. Try, for example, Groot Constantia, which is the oldest in the country, or either Paarl or Franschhoek Stellenbosh.
Travelling in South Africa
The previously mentioned Garden Route is the most important and busiest tour route in South Africa. It runs along the coast between Mossel Bay and Storms River. You'll also find modern, safe bus companies operating between major cities, and Baz Bus is also a great way to get around throughout most of South Africa. Baz Bus is a well-functioning hop-on/hop-off bus service that takes you straight to the doorsteps of 180 hostels around the country. Ask KILROY if you would like to know more about this service. Finally, there is the obvious opportunity to rent a car, which is an excellent way to experience South Africa.
Do not miss ...
... Krüger National Park for a top class safari experience. And of course, don't miss out on the Garden Route. Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park with the famous Otter Trail hiking and the unforgettable view from the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town are definitely two things you shouldn't pass up the opportunity to see.
A cultural tip - and the opportunity to volunteer
For a unique culture-kick and a good musical experience, try the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. And remember to check out the opportunities for volunteering in South Africa - it is a great way to make your trip even more meaningful.