There is a reason why South Africa is considered to be the best place on the continent to have a safari holiday. The game parks are extraordinary and there are just so many exciting places to see and explore. African safaris are not the only reason why you should consider a solo trip to South Africa. There are plenty of other really stunning places where you can take a trip, places like Cape Town, the Pilanesburg, the Midlands and, of course, the Kruger National Park.
Although South Africa is the sort of place that is often better travelled as a part of a larger group, a savvy solo traveller with their street smarts will find that South Africa is friendly, mostly peaceful, and packed to the brim with epic and breathtaking places to visit.
If what you want is a solo trip through South Africa, we have a couple of tips that you can use to make your once-in-a-lifetime holiday something that you think about fondly for years to come.
Tips to keep in mind
- Go to Cape Town
If you are not yet ready to explore the rest of the country on your own, start out in Cape Town. Of all the many beautiful places you can spend time when you are on a solo trip through South Africa, Cape Town is one of the best. The locals really go out of their way to make solo guests feel more at home and with so much to see and do here, you can easily spend your whole holiday exploring this old city and its surroundings.
- Plan how you will get around
South Africa is a very large country, and so when you are planning your solo holiday, it is important that you know where you will be going and how you are going to be getting there. You could explore the option of flying from one destination to the next, but keep in mind that if you were to do this, it would be very expensive. The other option is to drive yourself around, keeping in mind that this means you will need to hire a vehicle and get used to the idea of spending a lot of time behind the wheel.
- Don’t be flashy
When in more urban areas, such as the cities, it is important to not display your wealth. Don’t put your camera around your neck and don’t wear expensive jewellery. When you are walking around, exploring all of the various attractions that the country has to offer, it is important to look like you belong. Try not to look lost and vulnerable, as this could mean you end up attracting the attention of the wrong kinds of people.
If what you’ve always wanted is a solo vacation in South Africa, our team at ATC can help you plan that memorable trip.
Contact us today to start your holiday planning.