South Africa has a complicated history. Apartheid only ended 23 years ago, and although the country has undergone massive changes since then, the effects are still felt today. Before you visit South Africa it’s important to learn about its turbulent past and vibrant culture and my favourite way to do this is through books. I didn’t read any history books but instead learnt through memoirs and novels by (mostly) South African writers sharing their experiences.
When you are visiting the Greater Kruger area in South Africa you have three main options for going on safari to see the diverse wildlife that includes lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and much more. You can stay in a lodge in a private game reserve, self-drive within the Kruger National Park, or take an organised tour. I’ve already compared our experiences of staying in lodges vs self-driving and written a detailed guide to help you plan a Kruger self-drive safari on a budget. In this post I break down exactly how much a self-drive trip costs.
Kruger National Park is the easiest and most affordable safari destination in Africa. This South African park is one of the largest game reserves on the continent with nearly 2 million hectares of diverse wildlife including elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards, hippos, giraffe, zebra, wild dogs and much more.
Our safari in Kruger, South Africa was one of our favourite travel experiences ever. Our expectations were high for our first African safari, but they were far exceeded as we got up close to lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffe, zebra, wild dogs and much more.
Franschhoek is one of South Africa’s oldest settlements, founded in 1688 by French Huguenots, and is surrounded by vineyards and craggy mountains. It’s only an hour from Cape Town and is the perfect escape from the city, a place to winery-hop, eat at gourmet restaurants, and relax by the pool enjoying the stunning scenery. Stellenbosch is the more well-known base for exploring the Cape Winelands (South Africa’s premier wine growing area), but locals recommend smaller Franschhoek and we loved its charm and scenic backdrop.