South Africa

Highlights

If you have limited time for your visit, the following highlights are some of the things you won’t want to miss out on. If you are not in a rush, you may still find the following list very useful!

Parks

  • Lake Shores: a barbequeue by the lake is a great way to enjoy the wonderful views, summer weather and meet local people. Cruise on the car-free shore promenade, it will recharge your batteries!
  • Nature Reserve: a few minutes drive away, you’ll find a beautiful nature reserve where you have a chance to see unique species of fauna and flora. Bring your litter back with you and respect the nature, it will respect you back!

Museums

  • Transportation Museum: discover the evolution of the means of transports, from horse carriages to electric skateboards and solar-powered cars. A must see for families with young kids – especially little boys!
  • Chocolate Factory: The chocolate tasting at the end of the tour by itself should be a good enough reason to visit the chocolate factory! Discover the different steps of the production of chocolate, from the harvesting of coco beans to the packaging and worldwide distribution.

Markets

Each Saturday morning, the old town hosts wonderful markets where you’ll find locals trading vegetables, antiques, patisserie among many other things. A unique opportunity to find fresh and affordable products while soaking in an authentic local atmosphere.

Planning a Trip

Pre-departure planning is important. Here are certain things you should watch for and plan for.

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Visas

Check with the appropriate consulate or embassy in your country to find out if you will need a visa to visit the country of your destination, especially for an extended period of time. Some countries have extremely detailed and complicated entry/departure laws, and treat visits of a week or two very differently from longer stays.

Money

If you’re traveling to one area, check the cost of living there. If it’s high you’ll probably want to budget more carefully and save some money before leaving. The lower the cost of living the less you’ll have to save, but be sure to have a back up reserve in emergency cases.

General Tips

Talk to other people who have done a similar trip.

If you don’t know anyone personally, try any of the dozens of online travel web sites full of first-person travel stories covering every possible type of trip.

Plan big and loose. Read everything you can about the area.

There may be sights and attractions you didn’t know about. A rough outline of your trip might have three or four target points and a variety of ways to get between them.

You don’t want to find out that the weather isn’t what you thought, or the guide book was incorrect, after committing to 6 weeks in a specific spot.

Some trips will allow you more leeway than others. Travel plans in Asia can often be made day-by-day while summer travel in Europe should be organized at least a few weeks ahead, unless you’re prepared to hunt around for hotel rooms and train seats.

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South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game. The Western Cape offers beaches, lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain.
Currency: South African rand
Population: 52.98 million (2013) World Bank
Official languages: English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, Southern Sotho,
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        South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game. The Western Cape offers beaches, lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain.
        Currency: South African rand
        Population: 52.98 million (2013) World Bank
        Official languages: English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, Southern Sotho,