How to Travel in South Africa

How to Travel in South Africa
Internationally known as a "world in one country", South Africa is a superb destination for any outdoor enthusiast. With nine provinces encompassing diverse landscapes, weather, fascinating wildlife and indigenous culture, there is truly an adventure activity for everyone. Hike, drive, bike, dive and safari your way through this African destination like no other.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Sturdy backpack Personal items Sunscreen
  • Sturdy backpack
  • Personal items
  • Sunscreen
Step 1
Hike through magnificent mountain vistas. With over 1,950 trails, the South African National Parks Board administer a plethora of hikes. Popular destinations for hiking include the Cedarberg and the Groot Winterhoek Mountains near Cape Town, the Wolkberg in Limpopo Province, and the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal. Park facilities cater for novice hikers, real extreme outdoor enthusiasts and even luxury slack packers.
Step 2
Take a scenic road trip. South Africa's Garden Route is an ideal scenic drive with its pristine forests, freshwater lakes and deep gorges. Although the Garden Route runs technically runs from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, the heart of the trip is a magnificent coastal stretch that starts at Mossel Bay and ends outside Plettenberg Bay. With some of the country's best beaches and climate, the Garden Route is one of the most popular destinations in South Africa.
Step 3
Kayak South Africa's rivers. Kayaking is a major pastime in South Africa, according to the South African Tourism Board. There is a huge abundance of rivers as well as lakes, dams and the sea for kayaking. However, the most popular river for kayaking in South Africa is the Orange River. The Orange is a long river with a lot of variation in conditions as well as an incredibly scenic backdrop.
Step 4
Dive with great white sharks. South Africa offers some of the best sites in the world to view the great numbers of sharks in their natural habitat. South Africa has a number of bays, and it has small islands that support large colonies of seals and birds--as well as rich stocks of ocean fish which helps attract large numbers of the predators to its shores. There is a large number of tour operators taking visitors out to see the sharks in and around Cape Town.
Step 5
Experience a wildlife safari. Staying in Kruger National Park--South Africa's largest park--is must-do for any visitor to South Africa. Game drives and bush walks are booked at the rest camp office with experienced naturalists. Whether you are staying at a luxury lodge or at one of the rest camps in Kruger National Park, travelers should consider some of the activities outside the park recommends the South African Tourism Board and Kruger Park. Activities and attractions include Elephant back safaris, hot air balloon trips, the Cheetah Breeding Project, cultural villages and horseback riding.

Tips & Warnings

Be adventurous and open minded. Read up on this fascinating destination.
Although crime is a concern throughout South Africa, don't be deterred from traveling to this part of the world. Instead, follow common sense rules such as keeping personal belongings secure at all times.

Article Written By Lili DeBarbieri

Lili DeBarbieri is a writer specializing in travel, environmental issues and wildlife. Her writing and photography have appeared in dozens of publications worldwide, including "Earth Island Journal," "Terrain Magazine" and "E/The Environmental Magazine." Based in Arizona, DeBarbieri is the author of "A Guide to Southern Arizona's Historic Farms and Ranches: Rustic Southwest Retreats."

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