Guide: South Africa in 2 Weeks
How to Fit all of South Africa into 2 Weeks
If it takes a long-haul flight to get yourself to South Africa, you want to see as much of this country as possible during your trip. It might be difficult to decide where to visit with so much on offer in this beautiful country. Well, here are some stops on a route you simply must take around South Africa during your two-week holiday.
Southern Africa’s oldest, most beautiful and popular city is probably where you will fly into and start your incredible journey. This city within an extraordinary natural setting has plenty to offer its visitors. With a buzzing nightlife scene, historic architecture and interesting museums it’s a great start to your trip. British airways amongst other top airlines fly direct to South Africa.
Next of your itinerary should be the South African Winelands. Cape Dutch offers mountain ranges around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek provide ideal microclimates for the vines producing the very best wines the country has to offer. This region also has the country’s best restaurants and guesthouses, so it’s a great place to stay and indulge for a while.
Every year between June and November, this is one of the world’s top spots for land-based whale-watching, a great destination for winter sun too. However, that is not the only reason to visit; the route passes mountains on one side and the sea on the other. The main towns in the area are Kleinmond, Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai; but there are many villages, farms, rivers, bays, coves and valleys to explore.
No trip to South Africa is complete without taking the quintessential self-drive route through the pretty coastal towns. This route is high on the list of every visitor to South Africa and you can understand why! With beautiful rolling beaches on the coast and picturesque lagoons and lakes inland, as well as national parks with their ancient forests and historic coastline.
If the Garden Route is the jewel of the South African coast then Little Karoo offers the most dazzling landscapes the country has to offer. From dramatic mountain passes, sculptural rock formations and surprising hot springs, this is another natural part of South Africa you should not miss.
The Mediterranean in South Africa, you might mistake the vineyards and olive groves for Italy or Greece. Close to Cape town, this area is popular with visitors who don’t have time to visit the wider areas around the city. This is a calm and relaxing place to stay and the best part is; fresh local produce and a wide range of indigenous wines.
These mountains and nature reserves are a great place to enjoy the natural mountainous beauty of South Africa. Only three hours outside of Cape town, it is easy to get to and a superb destination to take photographs of the unspoilt and tranquil natural scenery.
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What do you think about these stops on your itinerary?
Discovering South Africa in two weeks might be a difficult task. But with these stops on the Western Coast you will visit some of the top sights South Africa has to offer. What do you think about this itinerary? Would you add any other stops on this whirlwind tour?