Everyone gets bitten by the travel bug once in a while and develops a fever commonly known as “wanderlust”, fuelling that strong desire to travel can be a bit difficult because it usually means breaking the bank. However, the cure lies in having a good eye for affordable holiday destinations, which brings us to South Africa. A naturally diverse nation located at the southernmost tip of Africa that will exceed travel expectations and fit well within your budget.
South Africa has got a little bit of everything – gorging desserts, snow filled mountains, dense forests, fierce wildlife, vast wine regions, world-class beaches and so much more. You can see the Big 5 as you go on an exciting Safari game drive through their vast habitats and view them from up close. You can visit the Kruger National Park or for a more family-friendly experience, head to the Songimvelo Game Reserve which will also go easy on the wallet.
Discover what’s beneath our surfaces by diving in our rich coral reefs and swim amongst an abundance of colourful fish, turtles, and corals. If the season is right you can also snorkel with dolphins or spot the spectacular Humpback and Southern Right whales. Do you want a more adrenalin pumping experience? Go shark cage diving for an eye to eye encounter with one of nature’s most astonishing predators.
One of the most affordable activities to do on the coasts is exploring stunning beaches of Cape Town. The massive waves of the Atlantic Ocean make every surf lover’s dream come true. You can relax as the sun gives you a gorgeous tan or partake in beach volleyball at Clifton beach or simply go for a long walk along the less crowded and calm shores of the Myoli Beach in Sedgefield. For warmer waters head to Durban and swim away at the shores of the Indian ocean. If you are curious to see where the Atlantic and Indian ocean actually meet, drive to Cape Agulhas, also known as the southernmost edge of Africa.
Thrilling activities and wildlife getaways aren’t the only reason to Visit SA. It also boasts a rich history that is inscribed in its various museums across the country, most of which can be explored for free or charge a very small fee. Diverse cultures and delicious street food are also something that takes up the top spots in every Tourist’ bucket list. Try out some of the mouth-watering dishes like the malva pudding, potjiekos, boerewors and biltong. Travel back to the prehistoric times by exploring renowned archaeological sites like the Sterkfontein caves and Maropeng located within the Gauteng province.
In the major cities of South Africa, apart from tall skyscrapers, historical museums, lush theatres and exclusive shopping malls, there are many other things that you can do that won’t cost you a cent like live music and performances at the V &A Waterfront in Cape Town. Here you can get anything from modest budget-friendly self-catering units to luxurious hotels and resorts. In Johannesburg, known as “The city of Gold” you can visit its various gardens like the Emmerentia Botanical Gardens or the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden or take a short hike up the Northcliff Tower for breath-taking views of the Johannesburg cityscape. Take a trip to the vibrant and historic township of Soweto to see the houses of international icons like Nelson Mandela.
South Africa is a destination that shines all year round but during December when it experiences its peak season, the streets get crowded and most accommodations are booked or priced really high. So be sure to visit the country during shoulder seasons like late January for the warmth or off-peak season during June to get great deals on travel and tours. If the luxurious lifestyle calls out to you, keep an eye on our website for monthly promotions or sign up for our newsletter to get gold for the price of silver.