Hey Travel Lovers!!
I returned from South Africa after a 10 days long vacation with my husband. And I am proud to say that I have planned the budgeting, places to visit, Places to stay and everything in between.
Sharing this with everyone, If you want to go to SA, this might help:
Step 1: Get a Visa.
Since SA has good relations with India, So there is NO Visa Fee only Taxes which is different state wise,rs 2040/- from Delhi. Its easy to get and fuss free.
Step2: Book Flights.
1. Most of the airlines go to Johannesburg directly. You can also go to Cape Town directly but generally flight to Cape are costly as it is a highly favored Tourist Destination.
2. This is no brainier that you should book for flights in advance to save cost. But also keep an eye on offers from airlines. Like I got an offer from Emirates direct to Joberg in rs 80,000 for two persons.
Step3:Plan your Trip as per your travel style.
Like we covered Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town. Its a big country so you have to choose your cities like Durban for cricket lovers etc.
Also choose medium of Travel, Renting a car in SA is as easy as buying chips. So if you love driving and fancy a long drive without traffic among the beautiful scenery then go ahead treat your self. Rent is approx, rs 6000 for 2 weeks + Petrol. It will be around 15000rs.
Along with Renting a Car also rent a GPS, as this country runs on GPS and there will be nobody on roads to route you. Trust me Its a Necessity.
Step 4: Book your Accommodations.
Don't Book Hotel instead book Service Apartments. This will give you access to Kitchen and you can save the money on Food & Booze. Pack your Lunches before leaving and fill your water Bottles. Apartments cost starting from rs 2500 per day