South Africa is an amazing place to visit, and as a solo traveller you can really get into the heart of this great nation. It’s a country full of culture, history and fascinating places to see, and with a travel, requires a level of savviness when it comes to security. So let’s check out how to stay safe plus some of the cities and adventures you’ll want to add to your itinerary.
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Before we get onto where to explore in South Africa, it’s important to focus on security, especially as a solo traveller. The following tips will help you stay safe:
Book a hostel or hotel in advance
Research local cultures and communities to avoid any missteps
Stick to official tours and guides
Always keep cash locked away
Use recognised taxi and bus services
Make yourself aware of any potential health risks such as malaria
Make sure your travel insurance is up to date
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Cities to visit
If the sound of beaches, wine and al fresco dining sounds good to you, you’ll love Cape Town! While you’ll want to take your time lazing on the beach and sipping vino, a visit to the SA Museum and a Township Tour will tick off the historical and cultural boxes too.
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Lying along the coast from Cape Town, Port Elizabeth is more than just beautiful beaches. However, you’ll want to be on the sea for whale and dolphin watching. There are also plenty of museums and interesting places to visit, like Kragga Kamma Game Park.
With its laid-back vibe, year-round summer, and stunning beaches, Durban should be on everyone’s must-visit list. It’s also close to the magnificent Drakensberg and many excellent Big Five game reserves.
South Africa’s liveliest city, no trip to the country would be complete without visiting Johannesburg. In addition to experiencing everyday city life, visits to fascinating places like The Apartheid Museum and Cradle of Humankind are a must. And for a fun theme park, Gold Reef City is definitely the one.
Johannesburg is full of great restaurants too, and dishes like tamatie bredie (tomato stew) is a must try. Tuck in and enjoy, and worry about any mess later. You can get out stains from this South African favourite in the same way you know how to remove ketchup from clothes.
Table Mountain overlooks Cape Town and is undoubtedly one of THE places to visit whilst in SA. It was voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2011 and is best explored with a hike. The views from the top will be more than worth it and so will the nature you’ll see on the way.
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is one of the world’s most famous safari parks. This is your chance to see the ‘Big Five’ up close: lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalo and leopards.
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Walk in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi and Winston Churchill in the Zulu Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal. Spot bluenose dolphins, explore the Elephant coast and learn more about Zulu history. Oh, and don’t forget to take in the breathtaking beauty of the Drakensberg Mountains.
The Garden Route
Last but certainly not least isContinuing the theme of breathtaking scenery, you’ll see South African landscape, nature and beauty at its finest along the 200km Garden Route. Take an elephant ride, explore the Garden Route National Park and see seals at the Robberg Nature Reserve; just three of the highlights on this memorable journey.
Awesome, amazing, inspiring… you won’t forget South Africa!