Choosing where to go in South Africa is a bit like selecting which countries to visit on a global tour – each region is that different. From the sparkling city of Cape Town to the wild reserves of Kruger. If you need to choose one destination, we’re here to help. Here’s where to go in South Africa based on your personality.
Big city fanatic – Johannesburg
Johannesburg is the place where South Africans (and all Africans) come to make things happen. Joburg is vibrant, cosmopolitan, and offers visitors an experience as diverse as the city itself. Former home of Nelson Mandela, Johannesburg also has an incredibly rich history and cultural heritage. This is a sprawling, frenetic city, so while getting around takes a bit of planning and a sense of adventure, it’s well worth the effort. Needless to say, there’s no time to get bored in this happening big city.
Foodie – Cape Town
Cape Town has become a destination of choice for foodies the world over. In fact, the city was named the best food city in the world in 2016 in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. For those wanting to do more than just enjoy the flavours and the comfortable and classy locations where this food is served, there are many opportunities to learn how to cook different types of cuisine in the city and the surrounding areas. The Mother City boasts some of the most renowned restaurants in the country, so if food is your reason for travelling, eating your way through Cape Town is a must.
Beach lover – Durban
Sun worshippers, bathers as well as surfers know that Durban is the perfect place for any beach lover. Durban’s beaches rest along a part of golden sand known as the Golden Mile. Endowed with warm water, strong waves as well as limitless extends of sandy beaches, you’ll soon realize why Durban is everyone’s favorite beachfront playground.
Wildlife enthusiast: Nelspruit
Adventures abound in the lowveld town of Nelspruit, perfectly positioned for easy access to a long list of South Africa’s favourite highlights! Nelspruit is surrounded by natural wonders, breathtaking landscapes and offers some of the best outdoor experiences in South Africa. Nelspruit has been called the gateway to Mpumalanga and the Kruger National Park, and with its sub-tropical climate and abundant sunshine and lush covered hills and valleys it forms the ideal base to explore Mpumalanga from.
South Africa has so much to offer to everyone. You truly will be spoilt for choice! We hope this list helps you decide where to start with your traveling adventures in South Africa.