A favourable exchange rate, affordable flights to South Africa and cheap domestic flights around the country on most any of our leading SA Airlines, are huge drawcards for international travellers. Yet, travelling to the very tip of Africa can be a risky affair for international tourists. For starters, there’s a good chance you may never want to leave.
Here are some things to avoid if you want to make the most of your trip to South Africa.
1. Don’t keep Your Wallet Too Close to Hand
If you have a budget for shopping during your travels to South Africa, leave your credit card in your hotel safe when you head for the stores. Only carry the cash you’re willing to spend.
With so many amazing artworks, fashions, curios and more to choose from, South Africa can be a budget-busting destination. You’ll find boutiques, malls and galleries in all the cities of South Africa.
Cape Town is a hub of fashion, art, wine and food, Johannesburg is a powerhouse of glittering trinkets and you’ll find almost anything your heart desires in the port city of Durban. Even the smallest faraway places have tiny shops selling irresistible trinkets.
2. Why explore Alone?
While South Africa is a welcoming destination for the solo traveller, you’ll come across so many enchanting experiences that you simply must share. A camera can only capture so much. Travel with friends and family to get the most out of your trip to this country.
3. Drinking the Water – Yes and No
Okay, you need your daily 8 glasses and South Africa’s tap water is some of the best in the world, but why would you want to? With a choice of world-class wines, brandies, gins and craft beers to try there are far more interesting options.
If you prefer to abstain from alcohol, ask for a non-alcoholic variety of the above or head to a local coffee shop for a cuppa brewed just the way you like it. Likewise, you’ll find a huge variety of freshly squeezed fruit juices and silky smoothies to try out.
4. Fast Food Outlets
Side-step the fast food outlets during your stay in South Africa, they’re the same as those at home. Instead, head for local street food bazaars, markets bursting with freshly prepared meals and amazing restaurants with indigenous meals on offer.
There’s a very real threat that you may pack on a few unwanted pounds thanks to delicious cuisine and local treats that you just can’t get enough of.
5. Why Walk Around After Dark?
Why would you want to walk around in the darkness? You’ll see much more on a day time guided tour of historic sites, a stroll along the shoreline or a game walk with a talented guide.
Rather reserve the dark hours for sitting around a campfire swapping tales, taking a game drive to see nocturnal species, heading for a pumping nightclub, seeing a show, or just gazing at the millions of stars from an elevated vantage point.
6. Don’t Dwell on The Past
Rather step right back in time at the Cradle of Mankind, cultural villages frozen in time, or any of the numerous interactive museums found in every location.
South Africa has an extremely diverse and fascinating history which is brought to life at these excellent establishments.
7. Beware of Brining up Nelson Mandela
Unless you have several hours to spare, Nelson Mandela is a topic to avoid. Most South Africans are passionate about this iconic statesman and will sing his praises for extended periods.
Rather get to know the man at any one of the many sites set up in his honour. They are located all over the country – at the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Museum in the Eastern Cape and of course Robben Island in Cape Town to name but a few, and this way you can trace every step of his life’s journey.
8. Don’t be Wasting the Water
It’s true that South Africa is not a water-rich country and you may find water use guidelines in place wherever you go. The real waste however, is not taking advantage of the oceans, rivers, lakes and dams during your visit.
There are a multitude of water-based activities available. You can dive the depths to see brilliant coral reefs, ride, high on the crest of a wave while surfing, swim and snorkel to your hearts content. Boating, windsurfing, kayaking, paddle-boarding and kite-surfing are other options to explore.
Fishing takes the form of deep-sea, rock and surf, river and fly-based versions. Wherever there is water, you will find fulfilling activities to try.
9. Don’t Believe Everything You Hear
South Africa is a modern and welcoming destination for tourists with some of the world’s friendliest people waiting to welcome you. Don’t believe everything you read in the press – good or bad and don’t take our word for it, book your cheap flights to South Africa and come and see for yourself.
10. Don’t Pay Full Price for Flights
With a little planning and by keeping an eye on our price comparisons for international flights, you can head for south Africa on cheap international flights year-round. Get a head start on your adventure right now.