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South Africa

South Africa

What can I expect from Travelling South Africa?

South Africa is a country full of adventure and has something for everyone. For animal lovers the numerous safari parks offer the chance to see some incredible wildlife in their natural habitat, or perhaps you’d prefer to get up close and personal to the marine life with swimming with seals or of course shark cage diving with Great Whites?

City lovers will be spoilt with the hustle and bustle with spots like Cape Town – which offer an eclectic mix of African culture and hipster sheek.

For those who answer the call of the ocean and trip along the Garden Route will take in plenty of beach time and stunning scenery, with world class surfing at spots like Jefferys Bay along the way, so make sure you have your board in tow!

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Top Things to See and Do in South Africa

Spot the Big 5 on safari
Shark cage diving
Roadtrip the Garden Route
Tuck into a traditional Braai
Surf the world famous J'Bay
...or learn to surf in general!
Climb Table Mountain
Tackle the worlds highest Bungy jump
Paraglide off Lion Head

Cost of travelling South Africa

Accommodation – there are plenty fo hostels, hotels, guest houses and Air B n Bs all across South Africa to cover a wide range of budgets and styles. From mixed dorms for £5-8 to luxury safari lodges that’ll set you back £100s – you really can tailor your accommodation to your own personal budget and mix it up.

Food – a lot of hostels and guest houses have cooking facilities so your best bet is heading to the shops and stocking up on food to cook yourself. That being said though eating out in South Africa isn’t actually crazy expensive – expect to budget around £3-5 for a solid feed.

Transportation – this is probably the priciest and most complicated part of your trip around South Africa! Along with car hire the Baz bus is one of the most popular ways to make your way around, with passes covering the whole of the Garden route from Cape Town through to Durban and into Johannesburg, with a full one way pass costing £385.

Trips like the TTRide South Africa Surf Adventure are also an epic way to explore – but a lot more pricey at around £3,000 for a 10 weeks trip from Cape Town to Durban – but including surf tuition, accommodation, transport and heaps of other activities too.

Suggested daily budget – £30-40 GBP (This would be a mid range hostel stay, a Baz Bus Pass and then a few key trips like Kruger Safari etc. It really depends on how luxurious and how many activities you want to pack in!)

Money Saving Tips In South Africa

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The easiest and safest way to tackle the main traveller route around South Africa it's also perfect for those wanting to meet new travel buddies too.
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Book Tour Combos In spots like Cape Town you can grab a mini tour package which will save you a good chunk of cash on individually sorting the trips.
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Eat Out Honestly in most places eating out works out pretty much the same as cooking! Expect to pay around R50-100 for a solid feed and keep an eye out for specials.
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What can I expect from South Africa?

As we’ve already mentioned South Africa is a large an varied country – so whether you’re looking for your adrenaline fix with Bungy jumping and shark cage diving, fancy tackling some of the world class surf spots or simple want to enjoy the cafe culture of Cape Town there really is something for everyone.

The biggest issue is figuring out how to fit it all into your stay – but luckily with a 3 month visa on arrival for most nationalities (double check before flying with your embassy, as visa change a lot!) you should have more than enough to play with!

As for safety South Africa unfortunately doesn’t have the reputation for being the safest country to travel on the planet – but with a little foresight and common sense there’s no reason you can’t have an incredible and safe adventure here. Just be alert, dont take any risks and do your research.

…which is the same advice we’d give you for anywhere else in the world too!

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