After months of being cooped up in the house, there is finally a glimmer of hope with the easing of restrictions. Now that the country is on Level 2, the tourism industry is able to function again, and we are all able to travel and explore this beautiful country. Here are the best places to visit in South Africa during the spring season.
Often overlooked for her cooler cousin, Cape Town, Durban is a cosmopolitan queen in her own right, with an array exciting places to see and things to do. Affectionately known as “Durbs”, the coastal city of Durban lies on the eastern shores of South Africa and is home to one of the busiest ports on the continent. Flanked by a beautiful coastline of sun-kissed beaches and azure warm water, the subtropical climate and array of attractions draw visitors from far and wide to enjoy the relaxed outdoor lifestyle that the city offers.
The beauty of the Cape Winelands’ green valleys ensconced by craggy mountains is as much of a treat for the eye as its cuisine is a treat for the palate. Sip, swirl and sample award-winning wines, indulge in gourmet farm-to-table cuisine or wander down oak-lined streets to local art galleries with this stunning scenery as your backdrop. Although only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, a night or two in this peaceful patchwork of vineyards and mountains will dissolve any lingering city stress.
A firm favourite for a family holiday in South Africa, the world-famous Garden Route is a beautiful length of coastline that stretches from a couple of hours outside Cape Town to just after the seaside town of Plettenberg Bay. The ideal way to explore all the Garden Route’s sandy beaches, rocky shores, quaint towns and indigenous forests is to rent a car and drive yourself – although charter flights are available between destinations, if you don’t have the luxury of time. Don’t miss the picturesque town of Knysna, famous for its fresh oysters and sunset boat cruises.
In a “pre-COVID” world, SANParks offered a free week during September to South African day visitors to explore its 21 national parks. Parks such as the Addo Elephant Park about 70 kilometres from Port Elizabeth, the West Coast National Park, a two-hour drive from Cape Town and the Augrabies Falls National Park, with a stellar waterfall overlapping the Orange River are a must-see.
Take a well-deserved break this spring and visit one of these amazing places in South Africa. You won’t regret it. If you’re looking for an exciting job opportunity in South Africa, make sure you click through to our job section.