Hi every one I am going to be in South Africa for about a week .one to two days of beach would be nice. I am interested in wildlife and scenery. Where shall I go exactly? Which are the places I shouldn’t miss? I would appreciate any recommendations that might help.
Tanks a bunch!
if you are coming to Durban, you could try Tala Game Reserve www.tala.co.za, it's very pretty there and plenty of animals to see, good luck
Where are you landing? What time of year?
Cape Town and the surrounding winelands and beaches are beautiful. You can get more info on the city and surrounding area at
1, 2 or 3 days in Cape Town - Do Table Mountain and Cape Point maybe with a night out at the Waterfront or in Camps Bay / Clifton. I can point you in the direction of a Tour Guide if you would like.
Camps Bay and Clifton beaches are beautiful. Water is freezing cold though.
Spend a day or two in the Winelands. Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are quaint and lovely towns with great wines and drastic mountains. Hiking is popular here too.
There's plenty of scenery here and ample photo ops. The Western Cape and Cape Town are absolutely stunning, you won't believe your eyes. Wildlife, you can get a day safari at Aquila Safaris, can't remember the URL exactly.
What about Johannesburg, is it safe?
For one week, I would keep it to one area to avoid wasting time in planes. Specially for your first visit.
People living in Johburg will tell you it's not that bad...is it safe? Yes if you do exactly what you are suppose to do to stay safe. There are some reasons why there are so many wires everywhere...
Was there back few weeks ago. I would keep it to Cape Town area, you have the beach, the scenery (Robben Island, Table Mountain), the wine...and they even have some safaris around...not the best in the world, but a nice one or 2 day stuff...and go to Kleinbaai for some shark cage viewing...great fun and my last entry on my little blog.
Definately have to second (or third!) Cape Town, since you are only in SA for such a short amount of time you will be able to see the most amount of things from there. If you are into hiking I would recommend going up Table mountain by foot rather than taking the cable up or if time really is a problem take the cable car up there and hike up Lions Head for sundowners, you get a fantastic view from there (it's my favorite thing in Cape Town)
For wildlife don't miss bolders beach/simonstown where you can visit the penquin colony there, depending on the time of year you can go on whale watching trips and of course a Safari is great any time of year. Also if you ride horses look into trying to do the wine tasting tour on horseback which is meant to be fab (franschoek was my favorite area). There are loads of different tour agencies on Long Street which will be able to help you out.
For scenery don't miss out Chapmans Peak drive.
Joburg is relatively safe, depending on the precautions you take and where you go etc, but there really isn't that much there to see unless you decide to spend your whole time on Safari (wildlife and fab scenery all in one, but no beaches!) in that case you will probably have to go there as a jump off point into the kruger national park (which is where most people go on Safari, but I personally love the Timbervati next door to it) Otherwise just fly straight down to CT.
Hope that helps, SA is a fantastic country with alot to offer. Have a great time.
As per all the previous, it really depends on when you plan to be travelling. At the moment there is a lot of rain at the coast and it is quite cold.
Cape Town and the surrounding areas - the wine route etc would be my choice for a short visit.
In the area about a one hour's drive out you have a small private game reserve where you could overnight for one night.
As recommended by 'meeting point' look in to the site on general info of the area. It gives you most of the information you need.
Also, if you are looking for less expensive accommodation try one of the many B+B's that Cape Town has to offer particularly in the Oranjezicht area. There are even some that boast swimming pools - again depending on when you are travelling.
Have a great time - the Cape is amazingly beautiful.
You won to go to South Africa country is very beautiful and you can do so much in cape town you must go to Table mountain ,Robben island, Cape Point, Cape Winelands I must add I did enjoy my stay in Cape town restaurants or entertainment it is very relaxing holiday
not much to see in Joburg.
Cape Town and the Kruger Park are probably the top attractions. Addo National Park is closer to cape town though.
regarding beaches: the best beaches i think are near Durban. Jeffrey's Bay and Plettenberg Bay are good beaches too. cape town has beautiful beaches but the water is cold.
south africa has 2 ocean currents. The warm Agulhas current runs south and west from the Indian Ocean. The cold Benguela from the Southern Ocean runs along the east coast. it's alot warmer to swim along the west and south coasts.