June 22, 2022

South Africa – Everything you need to know before visiting

The African culture, the colors and the mentality of the people, and how they maintain and love their traditions are all admirable. Today we are going to give you an insight into life there and how you can experience it as a tourist.

  1. When to go and when to see animals
    You can visit South Africa at any time of the year, except perhaps during the Christmas season when domestic tourism is very high. The seasons are unique. Summer, quite hot, begins in November and lasts until March. The weather is humid and the rains are more abundant on the eastern coasts, where the climate is almost tropical. Winter – which runs from June to September – is cool, with a few drops of rain and a clear atmosphere. Keep in mind that it freezes in the evening in the desert and the eastern highlands, where it can also snow. Spring is from September to November and autumn from April to May. These are the best seasons with ideal temperatures across the country. For animal viewing, the best season is winter due to less vegetation and dryness which causes animals to congregate near small water lakes. August to September is the time when wildflowers bloom in the desert and crowds of tourists gather for this unique spectacle. During these months you can also see whales in Hermanus, without even having to get on a boat. At this time, they approach very close to the ground. The famous Kruger Park is practically the jungle of South Africa. It’s a huge area as big as Israel and going on a safari there will be better than you think.
  2. You can visit another country during your stay
    If one country is not enough for your trip, you can visit Lesotho, the landlocked country – of South Africa – which is at a high altitude and has many attractions. Impressive waterfalls and mountains with lush vegetation are some of what you can discover there. You can choose skiing or hiking depending on the region in which you choose to make your trip.
  3. A glimpse in the streets
    In general, Johannesburg as a city is not the prettiest place you will see. It’s actually a simple city. But there are many parks and places where you can enjoy being close to nature. The same goes for Pretoria, the capital, and Cape Town. Meanwhile, homes in good neighborhoods where 10% of white people live are incredibly luxurious. Swimming pools and huge gardens are in each house. The houses have huge fences and permanent guards at the front door. Incredible nature and inconceivable houses of the city will forever be etched in your memory. Unfortunately, the lowly 90% of the population have a simple railing outside their homes.
  4. Moving to Johannesburg and Cape Town
    Johannesburg is a bit wild, so be careful. Crime is such that a white man cannot walk in the street, except in certain neighborhoods or in the vast shopping centres. But the amazing thing about this place is that there is no public transport. In fact, most people travel in white vans, “black taxis”, as white people call them. The ticket for these costs around a dollar, so again the poor part of the population cannot afford them – the rest who have no money even for the “taxi” walk everywhere . So don’t be surprised if you’re a 2 hour drive from Johannesburg by car and you see people walking in the middle of nowhere. Cape Town is much more touristy and less dangerous so you probably won’t have a problem.
  5. Our origins as humans
    In the inconceivable Cradle of Human Kind museum, you will learn that the first man lived in South Africa. We all started from there, then we went to Asia, from there to Europe and finally to America. Seeing exactly what our ancestors looked like and learning how we got here today is sure to be something you will never forget.

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