2019 South Africa Trip Planning Guide

South Africa

There is really no place like South Africa. Situated down at the tip of Africa and surrounded by the crashing waves from both the Indian and Atlantic oceans, South Africa’s diverse landscape pulls you in like a light-starved moth to a flame.

Seamlessly blending colonial culture with African heritage, it’s no wonder why this magnificent country’s society is equally as diverse as it’s landscape. Putting most other countries to shame, South Africa has a whopping 11 official languages!

Lace up your hiking boots, pack your swimsuit, and get ready to explore the wonders of South Africa!

Visiting South Africa

US citizens do not need a visa to visit South Africa. Once you arrive at the airport, you’ll be allowed to stay as a tourist for up to 90 days.

If you’re from a country which requires a visa to enter South Africa, then you can apply directly through the embassy or consulate. There will soon be an eVisa process which will allow visitors to request the visa online. The South Africa eVisa requirements are expected to be announced soon.

When to Visit South Africa

While there is really no bad time to visit South Africa, your itinerary will most likely dictate when you should book your trip.

If you’re planning a safari through the desert, then you’ll want to go during the winter from June to August (unless you plan to be dripping in sweat). However, the summer months of November to February bring the warm summer winds which are perfect for lounging by the beach sipping cocktails!

What to See in South Africa

With just a few days, you’ll barely be able to scrape the surface of everything this vibrant country has to offer.

For starters, head to Cape Town, a growing metropolitan city filled with cozy bars, independent boutiques, and trendy restaurants. Climb (or ride the cable car) to the top of Table Mountain for panoramic views that you can’t get anywhere else in Cape Town.

Cape Town is also home to world-class wineries and vineyards! A short drive from the city center drops your smack in the middle of the jaw-dropping South African wine region where you can sip all the full-bodied Cabernets and Merlots your heart desires.

If you’re looking to get your heart pumping, then take a chance on the world’s highest bungee jump! The Bloukrans Bridge Bungy is a thrilling 700-foot drop near the Tsitsikamma National Park. Just make sure you have your travel insurance in your back pocket.

South Africa is also home to dozens of pristine, white sandy beaches that stretch further than the eyes can see. Home to some of the best bays for snorkeling, diving, and surfing, you’ll find everything from bustling beachside resorts like Camp’s Bay Beach to well-kept hidden gems such as Noetzie Beach.

Final Thoughts

South Africa is one of those places that should be on everyone’s bucket list. From the stunning turquoise oceans to the mountainous rugged cliffs, South Africa is guaranteed to hold a special place in your heart.

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