South Africa – The Garden Route and beyond

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Mar 23, 2013 / 0 comments

Have you considered visiting beautiful South Africa? Located at the southernmost tip of Africa, this gorgeous country offers truly stunning variety in terms of landscape, culture, language, and flora and fauna. Furthermore, South Africa is home to the second mildest climate in the world after Hawaii, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.


Here are just a few of the things that await you in South Africa



Since most flights to southern Africa link through Johannesburg, your adventure will most likely start here. As the main economic hub for most of the region, Johannesburg has plenty of attractions, such as museums, art galleries, botanical gardens, and eateries. If you wish to venture outside the city, you can also visit a gold mine, take a trip to the Townships, or visit Nelson Mandela’s house in Soweto.



Johannesburg. Photo courtesy of flickr creative commons:


The Garden Route

This beautiful coastal drive from the Western Cape meanders along the Indian Ocean coast and finally ends at the tip of the Eastern Cape. The Garden Route is known for its gorgeous views of the sea and mountains, diverse wildlife, and mild weather. Along the way, you can stop for outings like canoeing through Wilderness National Park, whale watching in Plettenberg Bay, or visiting a local winery.


Garden Route, South Africa

Garden Route, South Africa. Photo courtesy of flickr creative commons:


Cape Town

South Africa’s second largest city is located just at the base of Table Mountain and within view of the sea, making for truly winning scenery. It is also close to the wine lands and therefore has some of the best food and wine in the country. In addition to history, Cape Town has an active arts and theater scene. Finally, if you’re feeling brave, the coast offers some of the best shark cage diving in the world, where you can come face-to-face with the Great White.


Make It Happen

While the standard of living is somewhat cheaper than you may be used to at home, the standard of travel can be expensive, particularly if you wish to go wildlife spotting in remote areas. This is because many tourists who wish to visit South Africa are used to a certain standard of accommodation that may be difficult to come by in the African bush. Additionally, travel along the well-marked Garden Route may also result in inflated prices due to the large number of tourists.

Nevertheless, it is certainly possible to fund your South African odyssey by putting in a little extra work before your departure date. For example, you can tighten your monthly budget a few months before leaving, pick up some overtime at work, or find ways to make money during the weekends. Additionally, you can also consider selling your old clutter online.