What to See in South Africa for First Time Travelers?
South Africa is often regarded as a beautiful country with a melting pot of incredible wildlife, spectacular scenery, and diverse cultures. Land in the South Africa's largest city Johannesburg and encounter Big 5 (lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes and rhinos) in the Kruger National Park, then fly to the 'mother city' Cape Town. Take a trip to the city's landmark Table Mountain, one of the seven nature wonders of the world, visit the Africa penguins and stop at the lush Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens, taste a glass of world-class wines in Cape Winelands, all these will make your South Africa tours exciting and memorable. It takes around 10 days. If your time is sufficient, then spend 5 to 6 days to drive along the Garden Route, which is regarded as the most beautiful region in the country.
See the adorable Africa penguins
Taste a glass of wine in Cape Winelands
When is the Best Time to Travel South Africa?
South Africa is a year round destination for its sunny and pleasant weather in most of the time. But the best time to spot wildlife is in dry season from May to September, especially in September. Meanwhile, try to avoid visiting during December to February as it is peak summer holiday, both locals and international visitors come to spend their holidays, so the tourist spots will be crowded.
What are the Major National Parks to Spot Wildlife?
South Africa owns more than 20 national parks. The renowned one should be Kruger NP, which is one of the greatest animal reserves among all Africa. It is a home for over 500 bird species and almost 150 mammals. You can explore the park in a game drive, take a bush walk. While Addo Elephant National Park is not just a perfect place to see elephants, also contains others like Big 5, Africa penguin, zebra, wild dog, etc.
Wild Animals in South Africa
Do I Need a Visa to Visit South Africa?
Yes. You may need a visa to travel to South Africa which depends on your nationality. Visa exemption policy is valid and up to 90 days for the citizens of countries including USA, UK, Canada, Australia, etc. It is better to check whether you need to apply for a visa before preparing your South Africa tours. E-Visa will soon be available for online application.
How to Get to and Travel Around South Africa?
South Africa owns three international airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Johannesburg OR Tambo international airport (JNB) is the biggest international airport in South Africa and non-stops flights are available from USA, UK, Australia, etc. In addition to South Africa Airlines, which mainly serves international routes, the SA Express, Airlink and Mango airline companies form a well-developed South Africa's aviation network. Meanwhile, taking train to travel in South Africa is also a comfortable way, the luxury trains like Rovos Rail and Blue Train are very popular.
Is Tipping Customary in South Africa?
Tipping is certainly not obligatory in South Africa. But it is a common practice to tip by expressing the satisfaction of service you received. Tipping 10%-15% of the total bill is usual in restaurants and bars. It is customary to tip your guide and ranger/tracker, which depends on the group size, service, experience, etc.