South Africa

Recommendations

In December, Cape Town is generally full of holidaymakers, which makes it quite interesting (but Johannesburg is dead). If you must come in September then you are taking a bit of a chance with the weather but Cape Town might be warm even hot and still be hosting overseas holidaymakers. 

There are a few game reserves located near Johannesburg such as the Pielansberg Park which is only about a 2 hour drive from Johannesburg. I do recommend staying in a good lodge with organised game drives so you get to see all the wild animals! Take at least 2 days for this little trip.

Sun City, the casino resort is also located in this area.  

In the Johannesburg / Pretoria area there are some historic monuments, some museums, a decommissioned gold mine, a couple of fancy shopping centres and casinos.  Stay in decent hotels with good transportation facilities (taxi’s, shuttle busses) near commercial areas such as Sandton or Rosebank in Johannesburg. 

In Cape Town I would recommend staying in the Sea Point/Clifton area. The beaches are magnificent but the water is freezing cold.
In Cape Town you could do the Stellenbosch wine route and go up Table mountain in a cable car (or hike it) if you have the energy. The Cape Town scenery is beautiful.

Please make sure you are alert of your surrounds. Don’t go walking around at night!    

Top Experiences

  • Cape Town
  • Simon’s town to see the penguins
  • Cape Point (most southern point)
  • Stellenbosch

    try: Pornier 2004 Merlot, Cabarnet Pinotage, Savenburg white wine (with crisp lemon & asparagus flavor)

  • watch Umoja: south african dance company

    Nyoni’s Kraal: nice décor, showing African dances on TV. Go there to watch the shows but don’t eat, food is terrible.

  • Camps bay: Summerville restaurant
  • Clifton: beach #4
  • Big Blue backpackers on Vesperdene st, Green Point
  • Cape Town Crafts Market towards the waterfront on sundays