South Africa: The Best 7 Tips to Know for Your First Trip
South Africa is growing as the adventure capital of the world and is known for its very different landscapes, safari rich in adventures and incredible animals. We want to give you our best 7 tips to make your first trip unique and fantastic.
If you travel to South Africa during the summer, remember to bring along a light clothing, with a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
In winter, however, do not underestimate the cold, then adjusted with a fitted outfit to be able to enjoy your trip in total tranquility.
2. Take appropriate safety precautions
Safety is a major concern for travelers for the first time in South Africa. The latter has the reputation of “dangerous destination“, this dictated by the exponential growth of the murders. Although crime continues to be a problem, most accidents occur in areas that are not typically visited by tourists. This does not mean that tourists are not targets of petty crime.
However, with appropriate preparations and precautions, all this can be avoided.
Tips: Do not wear flashy jewelry, listen to your iPod or play on your smartphone in public; do not leave the bag on an empty chair or phone on the table in the restaurants; and do not go around alone late at night.
3. Go only when you have at least two weeks to explore
Reaching many African countries can be a long journey, depending on which continent flights and in which country you go. Take all the time, remembering that, so you can see them only once in your life maybe, and then you need to enjoy them to the bottom, savoring and enjoying every corner that this magnificent country has to offer.
4. There is much more than just a safari
There are many things to visit in South Africa, but keep in mind that safari is a must. You can see with your eyes breathtaking places and stand face to face with the most amazing animals on the planet. In addition to the Safari, we advise you not to miss Cape Town for Table Mountain.
It is said to be one of the oldest peaks in the world and it is also worth making an excursion for unparalleled and panoramic views of the Cape Peninsula.
The country also hosts the second highest waterfall in the world, the Tugela falls and the third largest canyon as far as the eye can see on the Blyde river.
5. Renting a car is the best way to see everything
In South Africa, public transport can not be compared to that of developed countries. There is no metropolitan system and taxis are difficult to use.
You can rely on Uber, who works in big cities, or the best way is to rent a car, so you are free to choose your trips, at the best times.
6. The food is varied and cheap
South Africa boasts fantastic restaurants, from fine cuisine to casual markets. This country is the dream of every gourmet that becomes reality.
You can not not try their typical dishes like “smiley” or “walkie talkie“.
Immersing oneself in their culture and in their customs especially at the table is a duty, for every person who visits this fascinating country for the first time.
7. No vaccinations are necessary
No vaccinations are needed to travel to South Africa, unless you happen to be in countries where yellow fever is prevalent.
In that case, you will need to prove that you have the vaccine. Also, unless you are not paranoid, you should not take malaria medicines here, unless you plan to sleep in a swamp.
To conclude, don’t dwell on the first opinions of your doctor. Get well informed before leaving, so that you do not spend your money on unnecessary things.
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