SOUTH AFRICA, officially a Republic of South Africa. It is the southernmost country in Africa. Inland safari destination Kruger Nation Park is popular by big game. South Africa is a multiethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. The World Bank classifies South Africa as an upper-middle-income economy country, and a newly industrialized country. Its economy is the second-largest in Africa and the 34th-largest in the world.
Languages spoken: Zulu, Afrikaans, Xhosa, English
Currency: Rand (R)
Best time to go: Summer
Concern for travelers: tour
Port Elizabeth is a city on Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape land. A major port, it’s also known for its many beaches. The Donkin proper procedure Trail takes in the Old Hill neighborhood’s Victorian landmarks. Famous in coastal boat tours, whales and rare seabirds. Most of the wildlife lovers visit Port Elizabeth, while wildlife reserves outside the metropolitan area are home to elephants, rhinos and other big game. In Port Elizabeth weather condition is mostly 12-16 degree Celsius.
Simon’s Town is a town near Cape Town, South Africa, which is also called home town to the South African Navy force. Simon’s Town, It is located on the shores of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. More than 6,569 peoples are living in Simon’s Town. English has higher priority language in Simon’s Town. The town is named after Simon van der Stel, an early governor of the Cape Colony.
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape land. The city lies on the Indian Ocean coast, largely between the Buffalo River and the Nahoon River. East London today has a population of over 267,000 with over 755,000 in the metropolitan area. Xhosa has higher priority language in Eastern London.
Best time to visit SOUTH AFRICA:
In South Africa, weather is remains and creates great atmosphere times of the year. Summer is the best time to travel this beautiful country. The best time to visit Kruger and most wildlife parks is from May to September, also wonderful time because it is less cold and, especially in September, the wildlife viewing is excellent. This is the Dry season and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers. The best season starts from April-May and September-October. And it’s a Pleasant temperature and afternoon storms rarely interfere with the safari. A lot of footfall is seen during December to January. The main holidays are in December. Worst month to visit South Africa is June to August because of Cold in the morning and at night.
By bus, it’s the best way to travel into the city. There are several urban areas and Cape Town and Durban and Pretoria, have city bus networks. Bus fares are very cheap in South Africa. Routes, which are often sign boarded, are extensive. In terms of safety and convenience, only Cape Town’s My Citi buses are recommended and Durban People Mover is recommended.
By taxi, larger cities have private taxi services. There are taxi stands in popular areas. Phoning for a cab is often safer, you will have to wait for the taxi to arrive, but the vehicle will likely be better quality than the stands. Rates change between cities. In Cape Town, they average R10 per kilometer, often with a minimum charge of R30 or more. Uber is popular in larger cities and operates in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth.
By air, Fly all around South Africa is not much expensive. There are budget flights also there like Mango and Kulula serve all major and even minor airports are there in the country with several flight/day. They are easily booked online using any major card. Like one-way ticket from Johannesburg to Durban is R900.30.
In South Africa accommodation rent is quite cheap starting around R160 per night. If you want to have a private room and don’t want to spend a fortune over it, then you can easily find a double bedroom in a hostel for above R400. We recommended some accommodation given below.
In Port Elizabeth: Angels Rest is a self-catering apartment that is situated in Blue Horizon Bay, Port Elizabeth. It’s fully furnished and comprises open-plan apartment. The bedroom area is furnished with a double bed and a double sleeper couch, which is ideal for 2 small children to sleep on. There is one bathroom, which contains a shower, basin, and toilet, that leads off the kitchenette which features tea- and coffee-making amenities, as well as a microwave and built-in cupboards with few other appliances. It costs R450 per night. Brighton Mews Guest Suites offers affordable, quality family accommodation in 3 private self-catering units and its only 10 minutes’ drive from the Port Elizabeth airport. All units are fully fitted and equipped with facilities like a safe, free Wi-Fi. There is a swimming pool available for guests use. There is safe parking available on-site as well as an alarm for extra peace of mind. It costs R620 per night.
In Simons Town: GlenLin, Enjoy peace and relaxation at GlenLin, a light and spacious upper-floor open-plan apartment with sea and mountain views, overlooks Glen cairn Vlei. A short walk from the beach, GlenLin sleeps up to five guests and has a fully equipped kitchen. It has two large bedrooms, each with a double bed, and there is also a single bed in the second bedroom. Both bedrooms have French doors with access onto front balconies. The main bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and there is a shower room adjacent to the second bedroom. It costs R808 per night. At home with Marianella, Fully-equipped seafront units (the guest cottage and main house) each self-contained, and entire complex is available on request. The entire complex can accommodate up to 12 people. It’s an Excellent for families wishing to have time for rest and relaxation. It costs R750 Rooms/Units per night.
In East London: Lighthouse Accommodation, Wake up to the sound of the waves breaking and enjoy the sea views of Nahoon Beach from your own private garden. A stroll to the beach will bring you to the mouth of the Nahoon River which is known for its safe swimming and a variety of water sports. It costs R530 Rooms per night. See More Guest House, Set in the midst of tropical gardens rich with bird life and with views of the Indian Ocean just beyond the valley, See More Guest House is a haven of peace and tranquility on the Eastern Cape coast. It costs R400 per night.
In South Africa, there are lots of hotels and street foods are there in South Africa, mostly in night time food trucks are visible in some famous streets. The cost of food in South Africa is pretty cheap. From cheap restaurants, street food, fast food all type of food are available; there are a lot of options for budget travelers. A cheap meal will cost anywhere in between above R50. Beers cost upward of R30, and a bottle of wine at a bar or restaurant will start around aboveR50. We recommended for some food restaurant given below.
IN Port Elizabeth: Muse Restaurant, they provide all kind of foods, their cooking style is out of the world. The amazing thing was the brilliant service we received as well. Charlie’s Pizza & Pasta, Summer strand, A family favorite in Port Elizabeth, Charlie’s in Summer strand cooks up a scrumptious combination of pizza’s and pasta’s. Their policy is homemade, so expects handmade pasta, pizza from the wooden fired oven.
In Simon’s Town: Sea forth Restaurant, This quaint restaurant offers a little more in the way of friendly and personable service. With the restaurant’s close proximity to the sea you can be sure that the fish you order is fresh out of the ocean. Cafe Pescado, One of the finest Italian restaurants in Simon’s town, Café Pescado has a menu that is perfect for kids and adults alike. The staff is friendly and prices are reasonable. Live music events provide entertainment which creates a fun and friendly atmosphere.
In East London: Bukowski Grill, The organic beef-dripping chips make a perfect accompaniment, and their homemade ketchup is fantastic. Diners spill onto the pavement outside the grill’s shipping container location, offering a gritty atmosphere Bukowski himself would certainly have approved of, and the endless supply of beers and authentic American filter coffee complete the picture. Fifteen, Established by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in 2002, fifteen is both a fine-dining establishment and pillar of the food community, Dinner for two is not cheap, but you can rest easy in the knowledge that your bill is going towards a good cause.
In South Africa, Outdoor activities, Adventure are famous for tourist. All nine of South Africa’s provinces offer a wide range of activities from deep sea diving and shark cage diving and mountain climbing and, elephant-back safaris, fishing, surfing, hang gliding, hot-air ballooning, whale watching. Full day tours can cost anywhere between R500 – R13000.
Budget per day:
• R1000/day for Hostel dorm bed: from R160, Budget main dish: less than R75, Two-week hop-on, hop-off Bus pass: R4100, Free entry to some museums.
• R1000–2000/day for Double room: R400-1500, Midrange main dish: R75-150, Cape Town tourist-class train: R690, Single room supplements common, usually 30–40%.
• R2000/day for Double room: over R1500, Top-end main dish: over R150, Cape Town flight: from R950, Wildlife drive: from R400.
Budget Tips for single traveler:
1. For a backpacker, best way to save money is set a tent in open ground place and stay in a full night safely. Another advantage for backpackers, buying a week worth of supplies and cooking your own food will save you a lot of money in South Africa.
2. For bike riders, rent a bike then you can rent bicycles from hotels and rental shops for R1321/day. It’s a cheap way to get around and also out of the cities.
3. For Drink lovers, you should avoid a bar and buy a Wine in the supermarket is the best deal instead of bar. It costs R40-R75.
4. For campers, as you start to travel South Africa, accommodation costs get higher and higher than you imagine. A hotel costs R500 /day. Look for camping opportunities as often as possible. When you aren’t in South Africa, many hotels will let you pitch your tent for a small fee.
5. You can Earn Money in South Africa for Drink or a local fame.
6. Book a car shared ride with a group of members through Uber instead of riding a Taxi to save money.
Things to do in South Africa:
Swimming with Sharks, Great whites grow up to 7 meters long and can weigh over 3,000 kg. But you can get an up-close and personal experience with them under water cage diving off the coast of Cape Town. The most feared animal under the sea, sharks have a notorious reputation.
Climbing Mountain, Table Mountain is a national park and a wonderful place to go hiking with over 350 paths to the summit. Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most prominent landmark. Most people take the cable car up but hiking is far more rewarding. The weather changes constantly though, so hiking is difficult sometimes.
Surfing: South Africa has some of the best surf conditions in the world. The water can be cold, but the waves & lack of crowds are worth it.
Hot Air Balloon Rides: the sky with the sunrise in a hot air balloon. It’s only an hour North West of Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa. Once you realize you’re in the air, profound silence is the first thing you notice. Between occasional blasts of fire from the burner, there is no sound. Travelling slow in the air like a bird.
Interesting Sights in South Africa:
Cape Town up to Cape Point is famous for nature beauty; famous thing in Cape Town & Cape Peninsula are celebrity beaches, Table Mountain, whale-watching, world-class shopping, nightlife, food & wine and a laid-back atmosphere.
In South Africa’s Eden, the famous Garden Route way an area rich in natural beauty and charm scenery, attracting adventure- fabulous seekers and outdoor interested people.
Kruger National Park
This world famous park of nearly 2 million hectares features 16 ecosystems. Spot walking safari.
In Durban beach, those who want to fun and sunshine on their minds, it’ll make your mind calm. Sunshine city has something for the whole family – golden beach, surfing and a marine park.