South Africa

Fine cuisine, diverse terrain and activities at every stop; South Africa should be on every travel destination list.

 

The Garden Route:

 

Port Elizabeth – A huge city with a huge port where you can catch daily whale watching tours.  If you’d rather a sense of wilderness than the bright lights of the big hotels lined along the seafront, head to Addo Elephant National Park. (2 night stay).

 

Jeffrey’s Bay – Jeffrey’s Bay is one of the five most famous surfing destinations. With a very long, fast, tubing right hand point break along the west side of the bay, the break is regarded as one of the best right hand point breaks in the entire world.  Unless you are interested in surfing or other water sports and are happy to take the risk of being in shark infested waters, then other than relaxing on the sandy beaches and enjoying the delicious food on offer, there isn’t much for you here.  (2 night stay).

 

Knysna – A gorgeous stop along the garden route and home to the greatest steak I have ever tasted (and I’ve been to Argentina)!  There are great hiking routes in the National Parks and Reserves around Knysna.  You may even spot an ever elusive but incredibly invincible, honey badger. (2 night stay)

 

Mossel Bay – Get your shark cage diving here!  Looking out over the bay you will regularly spot the vessels heading out with the cages strapped to the side. (It will be slightly cheaper than the trips available in Cape Town too).  Hire a car and take a drive through the mountains to the flats of Oudtshoorn where you will come across hundreds of Ostrich.  When in Oudtshoorn visit the impressive Cango Caves and make sure that you leave time to stop at the Cango Wildlife Ranch on the way back to Mossel Bay.  This ranch allows you to get up close with some fascinating animals! (2 night stay)

 

Cape Town – Is probably bigger than you wold expect it to be so check out where you are staying on a map of the city before you book anything up!  From here book onto a vineyard tour to nearby Stellenbosch and spend the day sipping wine and nibbling cheese surrounded by serene fields.  Wander down to the bustling harbour and catch a boat over to famous Robben Island.  Get up early to climb Table Mountain and take in the incredible view over the city and down to the stunning white beaches.  You can catch the cable care up and back down but if you are able, then the hike up makes the views once you reach the top even more worth it.  The hiking path is a little hidden to begin, but follow the people in front and it will soon open up.  The climb takes about 2 hours on average to complete so make sure you take plenty of water and sunblock with you!  I hired a car in Cape Town and spent a day following the Cape Peninsula.  There are many places to stop on this drive and I even saw whales as I was driving along.  The night life in Cape Town is popular and Long Street is a popular tourist spot.  A city full of culture and activities that you could easily spend weeks in! (5 night stay).

 

(I travelled to South Africa after arriving in Zambia and heading to Botswana for water and land safaris at Chobe National Park.  These safaris were outstanding and the park was significantly less populated with humans then the more commonly frequented safaris spots.)