A majestic country that is far too large to see in just one short outing, South Africa has so much to offer that if you are looking for a way to include absolutely everything in one go, you need to plan for a 2 week holiday at the very least.
To make the most of your time in South Africa, it helps to create a travelling structure as well as an itinerary that suits your travel expectations and ensures that you end up having the most memorable holiday experience.
Creating a Structure
Ideally, when you are travelling through South Africa, you need to decide on the type of transport you want to use. Flying into the cities close to the attractions you want to see is the easiest way to save time while driving yourself (or signing up for a guided South Africa tour group) is going to give you the opportunity to see so much more than if you were only flying.
Travellers will often fly into Johannesburg, tour around a little, and then fly down to Nelspruit, where they will be a short 45 minute drive away from the Kruger National Park. And once they have spent time in the park, they fly down to Cape Town to explore the Mother City and the surrounding Winelands. Using this method will allow you to tick off loads of attractions in a very short space of time, making your two week holiday one that will be well spent.
Another way to structure your trip would be to combine air travel with road travel. Flying to your main destination, and then hiring a car or joining a tour group that will take you by road through the countryside or along the coastline, to your next destination, will give you the best of both worlds.
Having some structure for your tour will allow you the freedom to plan your holiday more effectively so that you get the most out of your time spent in the country and also have the chance to visit those places that might otherwise have been missed if you had decided to only travel by air.
Creating your Itinerary
2 weeks in South Africa is going to give you quite a bit of time to explore all of the main attractions. When putting your itinerary together, you need to think about what you want to prioritise on your trip. Including various parts of the country in your tour will leave you feeling as though you have seen it all during your stay, and that you have a good feel for what South Africa is all about.
Some of the destinations that you should factor into your trip includes Cape Town and its surrounding Winelands, the Garden Route, the Kruger National Park, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and the Johannesburg area. With so many tour options to choose from and so many places to go, you can easily find a tour that includes all of these popular destinations, or you can curate that perfect tour that meets your expectations and takes you on that intrepid journey that you’ve always dreamed of having.
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