Top 5 South African Travel Tips


The first month of 2015 has nearly come and gone, and we have decided it is about time we shared our top 5 travel tips for travelling around South Africa in 2015! So here’s our list, tailored to our beautiful country, to make your getaway a smooth and enjoyable one!

1. Vehicle Safety

Crime can happen to anyone, and when you’re on holiday it’s the one thing you don’t want happening to you, especially if you’re unprepared. If you’re travelling by car, any items you decide to leave inside should be stashed away to avoid smash and grabs. Never leave any important items such as your ID or passport in the car as it’s the one thing you don’t want to lose on your special trip!

2. Tight on Budget? Get out to Nature!

If you’re saving for that new car or piece of furniture you’ve always wanted, yet you still want to spoil yourself to a well deserved holiday? You live in South Africa! There are plenty of affordable lodges, guest houses, B&Bs,  and camping sites to choose from. It’s affordable and probably the best way to experience the beautiful country you live in!

3. Respect and attitude

South Africa comes with many different languages, cultures and religions. Whether it’s a guide, the hotel concierge, or simply someone you meet at a bar; it always pays to be mindful. You don’t want your holiday turning sour because of simple sensitivity and respect to others. Besides you never know what gem’s your taxi driver would want to show their new friend!

 

5. Plan and Enquire

It always pays to be prepared and to do your homework! That’s why you’re here reading this right? Always do some research on the area you’re visiting and the best possible spots to plan your trip around. Double checking accommodation by phoning and making sure you have everything you need to get the most out of your holiday.

 

5. Enjoy and relax!

Probably the most important thing to know for your trip. Relax, breathe and enjoy your adventure! Whether you’re on your own, with that special someone or family, this is what life is about. Be in the moment, be present and enjoy it! This life is yours and own it, leave work and your troubles behind. It will all be there as you left it when you get back, so no need wasting precious time enjoying life over it.

Top 5 NYE Parties Around South Africa

With this year coming to a close, a lot of us are still scrambling to make plans on what to do this New Years. With so many options and beautiful locations to choose from, we cut through the noise to find you the best places to smash into 2015 from all over South Africa…and they won’t disappoint!

Cape Town

If you’re spending your holiday in Cape Town this festive season, and looking for something slightly closer to nature (and not so littered with people), we suggest the New Years Eve Concert at Kirstenbosch. Picnic under the stars while famed SA artists Arno Carstens and Mango Groove are playing you into the New Year.

 

If you’re looking for more of a grand urban party, Nu World Eve: Time Travellers’ ball is for you! Hosted by Vaudeville Cape Town, it offers an atmospheric Bohemian feeling as well as various artists and DJ’s to keep your feet stomping well into the night.

 

St Francis Bay

If you find yourself in St Francis Bay on New Years, you have to check out The Ruins 5fm New Years Eve Concert. Now in it’s 13th year, and with some of our great current local acts such as Zebra & Giraffe, Niskerone, Haezer and The Kiffness playing, it’s set to be an awesome party.

 

Karoo

Experience the Karoo in a little town called Nieu Bethesda and find yourself at the New Years Festival of Lights. Hosted at the Bethesda Art Center, you’ll be able to craft your own lanterns and parade around with other locals and visitors for a truly atmospheric and special intimate New Years.

 

Johannesburg

If you decide to spend your New Years in Joburg, be sure to check out the New Years Eve masked ball happening at Cantare in Montecasino. You will be treated to a vintage cabaret show and fine dining with competitions running through out the night. Ypi’ll also be able to stroll through the rest of the Montecasino and partake in the other glorious New Years Festivities taking place throughout the night.

 

Drakensberg Mountains

Want to go somewhere a little different this New Years? How about surrounding yourself with the majestic beauty of the Drakensberg mountains? If that’s where you heading, be sure to check out the Smoking Dragon New Years Festival! With a wide host of great artists performing over 3 days, a market and other festivities and the backdrop of one of South Africa’s most incredible views, what more could you want? Oh and did we mention kids under 12 get in free…

 

As always you can find the perfect accommodation for these above places HERE!

Top Ten SA Beaches

Lying on the southern part of the hemisphere, South Africa enjoys currents from both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, which meet at the breathtaking Cape Point. The two oceans have given South Africa some truly spectacular beaches that offer a variety of activities, from swimming to surfing to just lying on the beach soaking up the African Sun. We’ve chosen the Top Ten beaches that offer you everything a summer holiday should, and then some!

Clifton 4th

This is the Cape’s most fashionable beach; known for its hot bodies, beach sports and tanners. The turquoise ocean is home to many yachts and surfers and cold water makes it an ideal location to cool-off during summer. For those wanting to stay close by, there are many luxurious accommodation options, right on the  beachfront and a few minutes away from Cape Town’s CBD.

Clifton

Camps Bay

Cape Town’s trendy bay is known for its many kiosks, restaurant and  white sands; which are trampled on with flexing muscled bodies and volley ball beach goers. This is the ideal place to enjoy the relaxation of the cosy beach road restaurants and cafes, and later recline on the white sandy shore and watch the sun set on the ocean horizon.

Camps Bay

Boulders Beach


Located on the Cape Peninsula and popularly known for being the home of the African penguin colony, Boulders offers a warmer shore with rock pools where beach goers can relax and even swim with these flightless birds. This is the ideal family beach for a summer’s picnic.

Boulders Beach

Noetzie Beach


Situated in Knysna, on the glorious Garden Route,  Noetzie Beach resembles what paradise might look like. The beach has a backdrop of lush, green forest hills, which are ideal for a exploring. The safe, warm waters allow beach goers the fun of paddling, swimming and kayaking. And for the romantics, it is here where you can escape to and enjoy a peaceful picnic.

Noetzie Beach

Sodwana Bay

The beautiful jewel on the east coast of KZN is home to the adventurers; who a enjoy  many thrilling activities in the warmth of the  Indian Ocean. These include;  scuba diving, turtle tours and surfing. The idyllic views, and  backdrop of rich green forests also make it a fantastic spot to just laze on the beach with a good book.

Sodwana Bay

Ramsgate Beach


Located on the south of Margate, Ramsgate Beach is for the relaxers; away from bustling city life this where come to just lay on the beachfront and cool down in the water. The beach has a large tidal pool and lagoon, which is a highly-rated life guarding protection zone. You can also enjoy meals and drinks at the beachfront restaurants; whale watching from the decks; and canoeing in the lagoon.

Ramsgate Beach

Santos Beach

Situated in Mossel Bay, beach goers enjoy still waters, as well as  dolphin and whale watching from the sandy beach. The rocky outcrops and the far-side of the beach are home to rock pools full of interesting sea creatures, as well as oyster beds with beautiful ocean views.

Santos Beach

Robberg Beach

Running through Plettenberg Bay, Robberg Beach is the ideal location for group accommodation and beach going satisfaction. There’s the opportunity to spot the ocean’s magnificent dolphins and whales, and take in spectacular views along the shoreline stretch – perfect for long walks, and picnics.

Robberg Beach

Tieties Baai

Tieties Bay is located on the Cape’s Columbine Nature Reserve; home to the last manually controlled lighthouse in South Africa. Beach goers can enjoy a variety of water sports in the area, and camping is allowed right on the beachfront. Make sure you have a spot to watch the sunset – you’ll be mesmerized by the fiery tones, and natural beauty of this picturesque setting.

Tieties Baai

 

5 Summer Beach Tips
– Ensure the beach is safe for swimming
– Take an umbrella along for some shade
– Always use a sun protection cream
– If there are no lifeguards, ensure that children are within viewing sight.
– Keep a lookout for aquatic life – water plants and animals may be dangerous.

Top Five Summer Road Trips

Road Tripping SA

South Africa has some truly incredible  routes that allow travellers to escape, and  get lost (in a good way) on the long roads that wind through the provinces. Our Travel experts have chosen their top 5 routes for road trip adventure this summer, so pack your bags, fill up and grab some road snacks – we’re going on a road trip!

Cape Town to Lambert’s Bay (240km)

The roads of this approximately 3 hour journey, takes you through magnificent ocean scenery, which makes it tricky to keep your eyes on the road! One of the best views is of the Langebaan Lagoon and it’s small fishing village.  When the sun rays are peaking, and the car is too hot to bear, Muisbosskerm beach is an ideal chill out area to soak in the Summer sun and cool down in the blue waters. If  you’re looking to lengthen your journey, stay overnight at the 19th century farmstead campsite in Bosduifklip – it’s a perfect stay-over for a midnight star gaze. When the morning sun starts to rise, head back on route along the long railway and beach roads – where you’ll possibly see dolphins and whales frolicking in the waves.

Muisbosskerm

Crook’s Corner to Pont Drift (160km)
This is South Africa’s north-most road trip route, taking the traveller through the country’s popular bush-land. Further along the route you’ll get to take in the sights of the Limpopo River and when you pass through the ancient landscapes of the north,  you’ll more than likely get to see baboons also travelling (or sleeping) along the dusty roads.

Crook's Corner

Bloemfontein to Durban (670km)
This freeway will take you across interesting farmlands and hills, which will evolve into dangerously beautiful mountains. The scenery doesn’t end there, further along the route is the Free State Eastern Highlands with lush and then suddenly dry lands and blue summer skies; followed by country villages, and the astounding Drakensberg Mountain Range. And when the evening arrives, the west view offers a spectacular sunset and coastal view when entering the subtropical Durban.

Drakensberg

Cape Town to Oudtshoorn (850km)
Travel through the beauty of the Cape’s Winelands,  and into Matjiesfontein; a  19th century railway village with vintage appeal. Further along the route the view and landscape transforms into the dry Karoo, and passes through Prince Albert, which is a typical Karoo village with many galleries, museum and mountain views.

Oudtshoorn

The Garden Route (1700km)
The Garden Route is not named the Jewel of the Cape for nothing. The route allows the traveller spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, and when it’s not in sight, the breathtaking mountain scenery and lush lands won’t leave you bored or disappointed.  There are many coastal villages and towns along the route which are worth visiting. These include Oudtshoorn, George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

Garden Route

5 Essential Road Trip Tips
– Ensure that the vehicle is in perfect long distant travel condition
– Have a fully charged cellphone
– Keep bottles of water
– Have a map
– Have emergency contact details

Find the perfect accommodation for  these areas right here!