Things To Know When Visiting South Africa

South Africa is seriously one of the most beautiful places in the entire world. There’s so much to explore and to see there, that I am already planning my next trip in 2017 (roll on December 2017!!). Here are a few things to know before you go

 SUMMER SEASON

Just like in Australia, summer season starts in mid-October to mid-February. That’s the hottest period. However, we went in March-April and it was beautifully hot. Perfect weather for sunbathing and exploring. Speaking of  sunbathing, I highly recommend La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF30 Spray. It is amazing. 

FOOD
Food is seriously good in SA. Even average (looking) restaurants will amaze you. Try some Cape Malay cuisine – yummy aromatic curries. But if by any chance you’re planning to visit Durban, I suggest you trying ‘Bunny Chow’ curry. It’s life changing. Thank me later : ) Also if you love your seafood, that is the place for you.

WINERIES
Check out Constantia Valley. Unlike most of Cape Town wineries, it’s actually not far from Cape Town, basically on the other side of Table Mountain. And it’s the oldest in Africa! We had such a great time there. Beautiful scenery, amazing wine and good food.

SAFETY
I think, as long as you apply common sense, you will be fine. Don’t flash your camera, phone, rings and etc in poorer areas or walk around at night. Just be smart about your safety and you will be fine.

CAPE TOWN / THE MOTHER CITY
I loved everything about Cape Town: stunning beaches, great food, mountains, people, penguins and stunning sunsets. It has so much to offer that you will fall in love with it.

LANGUAGE
There are 11 official languages in South Africa and many unofficial ones. Luckily English is one of them. In fact, you will learn donkeys of new words : ) Here’s example:

  • How’s it? – the most used expression ever and it basically means ‘How is it going?’
  • Lekker – means cool
  • Bru or Bra – means dude or ‘Bro’
  • Donkeys – loads
  • ‘Now now’ or ‘just now’ – soon, no one knows exactly when ; )
  • Braai – BBQ
  • Cuzzy – mate, friend

MONEY
I definitely recommend getting one of the travel cash cards. I got mine from Post Office and it’s been a life saviour. First of all, you can top it up any time you want via the app and exchange it back if you haven’t used all of it. It’s super secured and most of the places have card machines or ATMs nearby. However, I do recommend carrying some loose change with you, in case you need to leave some tip.

ROAD TRIP
Do it! SA is one of the best places for it. We drove down to Cape Town from Port Elizabeth along the Garden Route and it’s seriously breathtaking. Do the research, plan out your route and don’t forget to pop into the famous ‘Ronnies Sex Shop’ pub on Scenic Cape Route 62 ; )

THE BEST BEACHES (in my opinion)
Port Elizabeth – The Willows beach
Cape Town – The 4 beached of Clifton and Boulders beach
Knysna – Knysna Heads beach

Let me know in the comments below if you are planning to visit or already have been to SA : )

Love,
Kristina

 

  • This “free sharing” of infrmoation seems too good to be true. Like communism.