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South Africa Trips

Why Travel Solo To South Africa?

Adrenaline, wildlife and wine? Combinations like that can’t just be ignored.

Thanks to cosmopolitan Cape Town, impressive undulating landscapes, rolling vineyards and of course, its world-famous wildlife – South Africa proves to be, time and again, a place where solo travelers can tick so much from their bucket-list.

In just two weeks, you can cover wine-tasting in Stellenbosch, swimming with penguins along the Cape Peninsula, whale watching in Hermanus, abseiling (yes, abseiling) down Table Mountain and surfing in Knysna. If you’re looking for somewhere that (almost) has it all – South Africa could be it.



South Africa facts

What’s the weather like in South Africa?

Between the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean, South Africa enjoys a temperate climate with a wet and dry season. Wet season runs from October to April, corresponding with summer, and dry season runs from May to September, corresponding with winter. Average summer temperatures run around 86ºF while winter temperatures average at 77ºF.

86 °f

Average temp in high season

What are the national languages?

South Africa lays claim to eleven national languages: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Swati, Tsonga, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Tswana, Venda and Ndebele.

What is the currency?

South African rand

Timezone

South African Standard Time is GMT+2

Top three activities

1. Abseil down Table Mountain in Cape Town
2. Taste world-famous wines in Stellenbosch
3. Encounter majestic wildlife in Eastern Cape

Top five dishes to try

1. Cape Malay curry: a dish spiced with cinnamon, turmeric and chilli
2. Braai / shisha nyama: barbecue enjoyed with friends and neighbours
3. Bunny chow: hollowed bread filled with curry
4. Bobotie: spiced minced meat topped with a creamy egg-based layer
5. Biltong & droewors: traditional cured beef often spiced with garlic and chilli

Top places to visit in South Africa

Cape Town

There’s a rugged Atlantic charm to this city – with its jagged terrain and sparkling ocean views – sitting in the formidable shadow of Table Mountain. Add to that the array of world-class restaurants and stylish neighborhoods, and you’ve got a city that’s both chic and adventurous.

Stellenbosch

Expect all the charms of a university town mixed in with a world-class wine culture. Decanter has called the town the ‘home of Cape Cabernet’, thanks to its well-known production of deep expressive wines. There’s plenty to interest hikers and historians among you, too.

Hermanus

Located to the south-east of Cape Town, Hermanus is regarded as one of the world’s best spots for whale-watching. The town looks over a pristine Atlantic environment, with unspoiled beaches and plenty of coastal hiking routes. The town itself is full of rustic seaside charm.

Knysna

The most famous town on the coastal Garden Route, Knysna offers expansive views over turquoise lagoons and forested cliffs. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed adventure featuring hiking and sailing, or a vibrant LGBT-friendly atmosphere, Knysna is full of exciting options.

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