For many the chance to visit South Africa is a once in a lifetime opportunity. With more flights to the country from the UK than ever before, an ever increasing number of Brits are heading to the South African sun. So what attractions can’t you afford to miss during your stay?
Imagine a national park the size of Wales filled with unspoilt natural beauty and protected animal species indigenous to the region. You can explore this area by enlisting the help of a professional guide and touring the area on foot, try a mountain bike trail or even hire your own 4×4 and explore the region by yourself.
There are plenty of hotels and resorts where you can stay, ranging from basic camping accommodation to luxury spa’s and sanctuaries. Experience the real Africa on a safari tour for a chance to see ostriches, lions, zebras and giraffes in their natural habitat.
If you’ve never heard of the Drakensberg region, you’re not alone. One of South Africa’s best kept secrets is a gorgeous mountain range offering spectacular scenery and historical sights. The local towns of Ladysmith and Colenso were active in the Boer war and it’s possible to visit the battle sites and museum’s that litter the region.
The San people inhabited the region thousands of years ago and their stunning cave art is open to visits from the public. Be sure to visit the Cave Museum to discover how these ancient people lived.
When you think of South Africa, theme parks may not be at the top of your list, but Gold Reef City is a great place to spend a free afternoon with all the family. A selection of rides are available for all ages, alongside a Victorian fun fair, restaurants, a casino and regular firework displays. This is Disney South African style and it’s sure to not disappoint!
Remember to change your currency at a money exchange company before your trip. The extensive gift shop at the park is an attraction in itself, offering the ideal chance for you to stock up on gifts for your friends and family back home. Visit Xe.com to understand the current state of the South African Rand or companies like Travelex who can offer very reasonable exchange rates and have a number of stores across the country.
South Africa offers a truly memorable holiday destination for all the family, whether you’re after cosmopolitan city life, stunning beaches or diverse wildlife, there’s something to suit every taste and budget.