South Africa is a country full of cool cities, shopping, self drive routes, vineyards, culinary experiences, nature and wildlife, wilderness, tree-houses, music and outdoor activities. This has to be a year to make a trip there. Johannesburg is just the beginning of my many explorations through South Africa in 2017.
Go Here For: Culture, Food, City Life, Hot Air Ballooning, Sky Diving, Whale Watching, Wine Tasting, Shark Cage Diving, Sand-boarding, Kite-surfing, River Rafting, Shopping
Johannesburg also referred to as Joburg or Jozi is the largest city in South Africa. This city developed like an onion, expanding in all directions ring by ring. It is pierced with tattoos, loud laughs, alcohol and smoke and places like shopping markets, housing estates, townships and office parks are making it grow rapidly. There are some restaurants that are on the must do list, some of these include D6, The Grill-house, Cube Tasting kitchen and The Leopard. You can visit places like Maropeng, Musuem of African Design, Joburg Theater, Wits Art Museum, The Market Theater, Soweto Theater and The Orbit- this is a jazz music venue.
Explore the beautiful landscapes by setting out on one of the four scenic driving routes. The Garden Route N2 National highway covers a 250 km stretch, a route you will enjoy as you drive between the Indian Ocean and the Quteniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains. You will head from Knysna, Pletenburg and Mossel Bay where you can try the region’s best seafood after spending a day scuba diving, fishing and whale watching.
The best place for beach lovers is Cape Peninsula coastal route on M4 and for Ostrich sightings is Little Karoo on R62. For wildlife, safari and game reserves you have options like Phinda Private Game Reserve, Sanbona Wid Reserve, Kruger National Park, Mala Mala Great Kruger and Sabi and Sand Great Kruger.
Do visit Cape Town’s picture perfect vineyards like Tokara, Cavalli Estate, Delaire Graff Estate, Spier, Waterford Estate, Blaawkippen Vineyards and Babylonstoren. Cape Town owns special treats for shopping like Luxury Africa Atelier, Watershed, Maison Mara, South African Market and Luvey’ N Rose. Food served in South Africa mirrors the cultural diversity of its people, you’ll experience it with every dish you taste, it is quite extraordinary. If you a foody, you have options to visit restaurants on the Garden Route like The Fat Fish, East Head Cafe, Gold, Moyo, Reuben’s at One and Only, Bo-Kaap Kombuis, Hartford House and my favourite Bunny Chow.
Adventure sports like sand-boarding at Plato Lodge, kite-surfing at Bloubergstrand, white water rafting expeditions arranged by The African Rafting Company, sky diving by Skydive Africa and hot air ballooning will add a beautiful experience to your journey. Make sure to spend a few days walking around Durban city.
This city also has a lot to explore. It has a spectacular beachfront, great surfs and other water sports. Ushaka Marine World is a fun water park for kids to go crazy in and spend an entire day at fun. Along the Durban Skyline and beachfront at dusk, there’s also Moses Mahiba Stadium that you can visit. Also you could opt for the Adventure Walk, a five hundred step climb all the way to the top of a 160 m tall arch and visit the Zulu Multi Market.