Complete Guide To South Africa: Six Colourful Days In The Rainbow Nation

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The southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa is famous for beautiful white sand beaches, stunning landscapes, colorful cities and beautiful vistas of nature pouring its love on earth. With a rich wildlife, South Africa is a wildlife lovers' paradise as well. When you step in this country, you choose to explore one of the most culturally, historically and socially diverse lands. No doubt, South Africa is known as 'The Rainbow Nation.'

Getting there

Reaching Cape Town from India's major cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore is quite easy. Round trip from New Delhi To Cape Town would cost you around ₹1,20,000. Ethiopian, Qatar Airways, British Airways and Emirates fly to Cape Town from New Delhi.

Visa

Indians looking to travel to South Africa for a temporary stay may apply for a South African visa. You need to submit your visa application prior to travelling to South Africa. Start by selecting the visa option that most suits the reason for your visit and then submit a visa application. More information, visit the official site here.

What to see and do

Through six sensational days, you can see the best of South Africa. Starting off from the coastal city of Cape Town, you will head to Cape of Good Hope and other precious parts of the country. There are plenty of beaches, hills, historic monuments and picturesque points to behold.

Day 1

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Photo of Cape Town, South Africa by Priya Pareek

After arriving at the Cape Town International Airport, head to the hotel and take your time to relax. Post breakfast, proceed for visiting the major tourist attractions of the city. Board the Table Mountain Cable Car 3600 and enjoy spectacular views of the city and coastline during your ride. Later, head to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Next up is the spectacular and very popular Victoria and Alfred waterfront. Indulge in shopping and a guided boat cruise. Lastly, visit the Canal Walk Shopping Centre to indulge in shopping.

Where to eat: 4Roomed Ekasi Culture offers authentic African cuisine. Charango Grill & Bar is a good option for American delicacies. Kitima at The Kronendal is just one of the best options for Asian food.

Where to stay

Budget: The Glen Boutique Hotel & Spa including breakfast. Cost starts from ₹4100 per night including breakfast.

Luxury: Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Cape Town. Cost starts from ₹9629 per night including breakfast.

You can check out more options here.

Day 2

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Photo of Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, South Africa by Priya Pareek
Day 3

Leave for a day’s excursion to the Cape of Good Hope in the morning. Drive through Ou Kaapse Weg and the Atlantic Coast and reach Cape Point where the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean meet to offer a spectacular view. Boat cruise towards Hout Bay and arrive at Seal Colony. Later, stop at Simon’s Town.

Where to eat: Two Oceans Restaurant, San Miguel Spur Steak Ranch, Black Marlin and Evergreen Restaurant are some of the best restaurants in the area.

Where to stay

Budget: The Flying Penguin. Cost starts from ₹3100 per night excluding breakfast.

Luxury: Residence William French. Cost starts from ₹5836 per night excluding breakfast.

You can check out more options here.

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Photo of Knysna, South Africa by Priya Pareek
Day 4

On the third day of your trip proceed for Knysna through Mossel Bay, a harbour town. Upon arrival, visit the largest of the museums in this town or Bartolomeu Dias Museum complex. Next head to national heritage site Post Office Tree i.e. a book-shaped post box under the tree. Continue to Knysna.

Where to eat: The Olive Tree, Raasoie, Café Z, Mon Petit Pain, Freshline Fisheries and Caffe Mario are some of the best places to eat here.

Where to stay

Budget: Knysna Inn. Cost starts from ₹3116 per night excluding breakfast.

Luxury: Parkes Manor. Cost starts from ₹8382 per night excluding breakfast.

You can check out more options here.

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Photo of Oudtshoorn, South Africa by Priya Pareek

The fourth day is dedicated to Oudtshoorn, a town inhabiting the world's largest ostrich population. Drive past, the wine lands along the Breede River to reach ‘the Feather Capital of the World’. Visit the famous Cango Caves, to view the stalactite and stalagmite formation which is a spectacular sight. Next, head to Ostrich Farm to enjoy shows performed by the well-trained birds. Do not miss interesting activities such as riding an ostrich or breaking an ostrich egg which indeed is a tough task.

Where to eat: Nostalgie, Jemima's Restaurant and Bello Cibo Restaurant are the best local restaurants. Old Mill Country Lodge, De Kombuys Estate and Su Casa @ Surval are the top budget hotels.

Where to stay

Budget: Oudtshoorn Inn Hotel. Cost starts from ₹4728 per night including breakfast.

Luxury: Thylitshia Villa Country Guesthouse. Cost starts from ₹7538 per night including breakfast.

You can check out more options here.

Day 5

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Photo of Kruger National Park, South Africa by Priya Pareek
Day 6

Kruger National Park, in northeastern South Africa, is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffaloes. Hundreds of other mammals make their home here, as do diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Mountains, bush plains and tropical forests are all part of the landscape.

Where to eat: Buffalo Grill & Bistro, Bushveld Terrace Hotel - Restaurant, Mugg & Bean, Tindlovu Restaurant Shingwedzi, Gholovan Pun & Grill and Calabash Grill Restaurant are some of the popular eateries for fine dining experience.

Where to stay

Budget: Hamilton Parks Country Lodge. Cost starts from ₹5755 per night including breakfast.

Luxury: Blue Jay Lodge. Cost starts from ₹9972 per night including breakfast.

You can check out more options here.

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Photo of Johannesburg, South Africa by Priya Pareek

South Africa's biggest city and capital of Gauteng province, Johannesburg is a sprawling Soweto township. It was once home to two of the world's most famous leaders Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. The city of bright skyline, Johannesburg has a number of attractions to offer including museums, beaches and landmarks. Commonly known as Jo’burg or Jozi, it is an incredibly friendly city that welcomes tourists with love and warmth.

Where to eat: Roving Bantu Kitchen, Moyo, Baha Taco, Che Argentine Grill, Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Shack and The Good Luck Club are some of the best places to eat in the beautiful Johannesburg city.

Where to stay

Budget: Zoo Lake Cottage. Cost starts from ₹3761 per night including breakfast.

Luxury: Southern Sun Hyde Park. Cost starts from ₹10990 per night including breakfast.

You can check out more options here.

Through your six day trip to the country, you will realise that South Africa indeed is an astonishingly diverse region fused with wildlife and beautiful landscapes. For a convenient tip, make sure to make all bookings and reservations in advance.

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