There is a whole sector of society who is of the opinion that a visit to Johannesburg is tantamount to suicide. Most people fly through Jo’burg on their way elsewhere. For reasons that on the face of it appear completely sensible. But for the most part are not true. Johannesburg has an edge. It is tough, vigorous and beautiful and most people who live there love their city and will defend its skyline, its insistent energy and its people.
Travel tips and advice on where to go and where to stay. This section also offers general advice on travelling to and within South Africa.
Is South Africa safe for a woman travelling on her own? – the $10 million question. And one that has as many different answers as there are people with opinions.
Let me add my two cents worth: yes, you can safely travel in South Africa as a woman. You just need to take a few extra precautions.
South Africa is not that different from anywhere else in the world. Behave as you would in any unknown city in the developing world and you should be just fine. It doesn’t help that South Africa has something of a reputation when it comes to crime, taxi wars and strikes. It is true. They happen. But that does not mean you are constantly exposed to danger. Most violent crime in South Africa tends to happen in low-income areas, and between people who know each other and live in the same neighbourhood. Tourists are usually only subject to petty crime.
Here are a series of tips especially for women travelling alone in South Africa. You’ll like it so much, you might find yourself extending your stay… Continued
If you were here for the World Cup in 2010 and swore blind you would return, now is the time to do so. Because things in South Africa, for the average tourist, are rather peachy.
Whilst those who live here are struggling as things become more than a little tight – petrol and food prices have risen exponentially on the basis of the Rand’s weakness against the Pound, US Dollar and other major peers – those who visit are only too happy.
Their already cheap world-class bottle of wine just got cheap – er.
In 2010 the US Dollar was able to buy about R7. Today it will get you R11. An average burger in America will cost around $13, whilst here it comes in at around $7. Continued
Exploring South Africa and appreciating the many different facets of this prime destination takes time. While many visitors come year after year to experience the real allure of this country, there is also the opportunity to work here for a few months, even years, and get to live the real South African life amongst real South African people.
There are a number of programmes that invite tourists from all over the world to volunteer their services at no charge during their stay. These include crèches, vegetable farms, schools, animal sanctuaries, and far more. Continued
Whatever reservations you may have about cosmetic surgery, South Africa serves as a perfect destination for those intent on a nip or tuck. The country offers top quality cosmetic surgery, the Rand/Dollar/Euro exchange makes the option rather attractive, and the country has so many scenic spots in which to recuperate that you can visit for a month and return home looking several decades ‘younger’ with ease.
It’s been termed medical tourism. Packages to South Africa include the job and recovery time spent on safari, or in a spa on the coast.
For those who want to remain well hidden here are ten remote, yet beautiful, spots around the country … Continued
The latest Travel Trends for 2014 show South Africa and Cape Town are to be reckoned with, airports are becoming more liveable, mobile bookings are on the up, and travellers are demanding a more ‘local’ experience …
1 – Despite the recession, tourism continues to grow
2.5 billion internet users worldwide mean that countries like India and China have increased buying power, and are travelling more. Asia was 2013′s hot spot for travel, both incoming and domestic, and Southern Europe – Malta, Portugal, Croatia – expect a high tourist rate this year; higher than Northern Europe. Continued
In October we set off on a month long road trip around the country. Our route took us from the bushveld, through the Drakensberg along the Wild Coast and back down to the Western Cape. Here are some tips you may find helpful before heading out on the long road this festive season… Continued
Is your eco friendly tour operator really environmentally friendly? And how do you recognise one?
So many organisers of tours and trips these days attach the prefix ‘eco’ to their offering. How far reaching this ‘umbrella’ claim is depends on a number of issues. But when is it just a wishful title, and when is it credible? Continued
Mpumalanga’s topography is a varied one, comprising of the Highveld (high lying) and the Lowveld (low lying) regions. Naturally, due to their altitudes and physical characteristics, these regions display different climates. This makes Mpumalanga an even more interesting place to visit at almost any time of year.
The Lowveld of this province enjoys a tropical climate that is hot and humid during summer, and temperate during winter. The annual rains occur mainly during the summer months. Between December and March, daily highs often reach well into the 30’s. Accompanied with the moisture in the air, this can become rather uncomfortable for those not accustomed to the heat. Winters are slightly drier (but not significantly so), with daily highs of about 20 to 22 degrees Celsius. The Lowveld includes the famous Kruger National Park. Continued
30 things you need to know when first you arrive in South Africa: South Africa is a land of contradictions. That it is beautiful is indisputable. That it is also a mix of cultures, ideas, customs and traditions that are unique to the country is something most visitors need to experience first-hand.
But here are a few insider tips for first-time visitors … Continued
The Northern Cape has a unique climate, thanks to its being situated higher up and along the Namibian border. It is home to part of the immense Kalahari Desert, which means that a large proportion of the province is either arid or semi-arid. It is hot and dry. While this may not yield a particularly green and lush vegetation that is typical of provinces like Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape certainly does boast a beauty all its own. Continued
There is nothing like low-cost, independent travel to make you feel immensely at one with the world.
The spirit of adventure and discovery that comes with uncovering new cultures and languages, seeing new places, and owning only what is on your back is liberating. Continued
The A – Z of backbacking your way around South Africa
A is for Africa
The forgotten continent. It’s no less corrupt than China or Cambodia, no less safe than Columbia or Brazil, and no tougher than Nepal or India. So why aren’t you here? Continued
Friends often ask me how we manage to go away as often as we do. Somewhere in the disbelief at yet another trip, is the inference that we must have loads of money to be able to do as we do.
Far from it! Our monthly earnings would not make an investment broker sit up straighter. Our going away often has less to do with earning pot loads, and more to do with living frugally so that we have money over for fun – i.e. travel.
Here are a few ideas on how to find the money for travelling – Our 15 tips on how to save for your next trip … Continued
To visit one of South Africa’s cultural villages is to get a sneak peek into the wonders and deep cultures of the African people. These villages are set up to invite visitors to see the traditional way of life of specific groups or tribes, including their cuisine, customs, rituals, songs, dance and family structure.
These villages are as authentic as it gets and allow the visitors to interact with local folk, taste the food, watch the musical performances and learn more about the traditions of the people. These cultures and customs extend back many generations, sometimes even centuries, and play an integral role in the South Africa of today. Continued