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Matthieu JD

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Top spots in South Africa

Hi! I am planning a trip to South Africa. I have 2 weeks and will probably rent a car there, which cities do you think are not to be missed in that country? Thank you!

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  • Emily Meets World

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    The ONLY city that you shouldn't miss is Cape Town! Personally, after that, South Africa is all about the country....but there are many fantastic towns, beaches and national parks to keep you busy. In 2 weeks you could happily travel all around the highlights of CT and along some of the Garden Route. However, if it is just city life you are after then Durban has some great points too. It would be possible to drive between the two but you would be very pushed. It would help to know what sort of things you are interested in seeing?Cape TownCape Townimage from cunard.com

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    If you want it cool and relaxing with beach and surf and nature and some culture: Start in Capetown, rent a car at the airport (book in advance from your home country) cross the winelands, drive to the cape peninsula and then just go with the flow down the garden route. I have done that last year with my wife and little daughter. Return when your time is over via R62 through the inland (different vegetation, landscape etc.) If it is not the christmas holiday season (til mid of january) there should be no problem to book accomodation with little time in advance.

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    It's been many years but Durban ; Great Karroo Plateau and a train trip on Rovos Rail is amazingl

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    Start in Cape Town, drive around Cape Point and venture further inland to Franschhoek and Paarl. From there go towards Port Elizabeth and travel along the Garden Route.

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    To add to Emily's answer, I would suggest Port Elizabeth. It's a 2h flight away from Cape Town and features the Addo Elephant National Park nearby.

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  • Tania De Jager

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    Hi Matthieu!

    I'm sure you will have a lovely time in South AfricaSouth Africa. I would suggest Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg (including Kruger Park)

    You will be doing a lot of driving to get everywhere in time, but if you want to fly domestically, you can book your flights through Airlines SA

    Domestic flights are quite cheap and will save you a lot of time!

    Safe travels!


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      Literally just booked a flight with SA Airlines flying from Joburg to cape town. To drive the garden route with my sister. Used Kulula https://www.sa-airlines.co.za/Kulula-Airlines.html, they not as cheap as I remember lol. There are some cheaper alternatives on domestic flights like Fly Safair or Blue Crane. But those are some of the newer airlines. Which means smaller plans, and slightly riskier. But I'm sure they are just as safe. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Leon J Steyn

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    South Africa is a extremely diverse country, so giving an accurate answer here to suit your taste might be difficult, but let's get a list here of the basics

    For two weeks, depending where you are starting from, the following would be some highlights...

    a) Starting from Johannesburg (if from Cape Town just do everything in reverse order):

    Although Kruger National Park is world-famous, I personally would rather head to the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West. It is less crowded and equally spectacular. Great that it is closer too, so you save some time!

    Be sure the visit the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, my favourite is the central region Giants Castle Game Reserve or the southern region Underberg. Somewhat closer there is also the wonderful town of Clarens

    Many people sing the praises of Durban but it is somehwat over-rated. Rather head to the Wild Coast and embrace the laid-back beach culture of Coffee Bay and surrounds.

    Next, get in touch with nature and the spirit of "Lord of the Rings" at Hogsback ... words cannot define the beauty of this place! Forest walks, waterfalls, local people, arts and crafts. It is a must visit.

    It is definitely worth while to visit the Addo Elephant National Park as this is the only place you will find the "Big 7" (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard plus the Southern Right Whale and Great White Shark next to the coastal section).

    It would then head to Port Elizabeth to catch a flight to Cape Town to go enjoy my time in nature and the winelands (not for shopping - there is better shops overseas than here, seriously!)

    Once at Cape Town: Highly recommended is Constantia Glen winelands, do try their great cheese and wine pairings. Table Mountain is something you cannot find anywhere else, but be there early and book online to avoid the queues (they can get very long). Also, if in summer, go and enjoy cocktails on the beach Grand Cafe & Beach.

    The list is exhaustive. But what I find is that for a really memorable experience, there are always great alternatives away from the crowded places (unless that is your preference).

    Plan your journey but be sure to ask the locals for inside tips and recommendations. They are normally not the folk commenting online, but the ones who know the best from the rest!


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    Hey, think there is a clear general consensus here, and I'm going to have to agree. You cant go wrong with Cape Town. It has so many things to do. 

    Renting a car would probably be the best thing do, as this will give you some sort of freedom. Start off in Cape Town, check out table mountain etc. Then maybe head through to Stellenbosch for the wine farms. Would recommend heading north after that towards the garden route, there some breathtaking views to say the least.

    Johannesburgis also someone you may want to check out, mainly because of its more big city, and has a very different vibe compared to Cape Town. Haven't been to Durban in years, but that is probably the most laid-back of the two cities. The one thing I can say I loved about Durban is that it has warm waters you can actually swim in lol.

    Hope this helped somehow. Enjoy your trip and stay safe.

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