South Africa, the southernmost country in Africa, is often renowned for its impressive and diverse landscapes, natural beauty, rich history and cultural diversity.

Since the legal ending of the apartheid in 1994, South Africa has become a popular destination for travellers all over the world.

Compared to Australia, the cost of living is cheaper so you can travel more for less  (40-50% lower)

In Cape Town

  • V & A Waterfront
  • Table Mountain
  • Lions Head
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
  • Boulders Beach
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Robben island
  • Casle of Good Hope

In Johannesburg

  • Kruger National Park

Weather Overview

Hottest months:   Jan & Dec
Average temp:  24-26 °C

Coldest months:
  June & July
Average temp:  10-11°C

The best time to visit South Africa if wanting to go on safari is the dry season (May – October).

During this time, the visibility on game drives (safari) is better as there’s less vegetation and you’re more likely to spot wildlife congregating around watering holes due to the dry conditions.

Temperatures are also cooler than the humid & hot summer.

Cape Town

In general, the best times to visit Cape Town are from April – May and from September –October.
These months will give you the best of everything – good weather, fewer crouds and lower prices.
Public transport is limited in South Africa compared to that in Western Countries.

That’s why I took advantage of group overland tours / day trips to get around.

The safetst options in the cities:

  • Pre-booked Taxi / Uber (cheap & relatively safe)
  • Private transfers
  • Cape Town’s MyCiTi buses

Between Destinations

  • Local Flights
  • Local bus (not recommended due to potential safety concerns)
  • Shared taxis /van (not recommended due to potential Safety concerns)
The Best Adventure Activities in South Africa are:

  • Bungee Jumping
  • Shark Diving
  • Wildlife Safaris / Game Drives
  • Hiking Trails
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Canoeing & White Water Rafting
  • Abseiling & Rock Climbing
  • Winery Tours
  • Helicopter Flights
  • Sky Diving
  • Caving
  • Cost of Living 70% 70%
  • Safety 40% 40%
  • Landscapes & Scenery 100% 100%
  • Tourist Attractions & Things to Do 100% 100%
  • Adventure Rating 100% 100%

Disclaimer: Always check the smartraveller.gov.au website (or related) before travelling overseas, for their latest safety updates, advice and recommendations.

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