Where you should travel local after the lockdown

The South African rand is at an all-time low and that’s great news for visitors coming into the country and not forgetting our local exporters of all our great wine, fruits and nuts. These are exceptional times we are living in with a national lockdown extended to the end of April, there’s no telling what we could expect thereafter. One thing is for sure it will take us some time to get the South African economy back into full swing.

This lockdown has no doubt stretched our imagination into keeping ourselves busy and the children occupied. I’m sure there are hundreds of places you could be than just in one place every day for 5 weeks. We often think about all the great destinations we’d like to visit internationally and strike it off our bucket list. But we at Low Price Flights thought we’d put together our very own bucket list for after the lockdown and we thought we’d keep it local to Sunny South Africa.

It would do our local economy good, keep airlines in the skies and stimulate the tourism industry with our much needed Rands. Besides over 16 million international tourists seem to think it’s a good idea visiting South Africa. So whether you drive from George to Joburg or fly from Cape Town to Durban, let’s explore the most amazing attractions locally.

Johannesburg

Named the ‘City of Gold’ after the discovery of this rare precious metal in 1884, Johannesburg as it became known later, thrived into a vibrant metropolis. Gold is not the only thing the city became famous for, it also became home to the largest man-made forest in the world. Today ‘Joburg’ as it is commonly known, is residence to over 4.4 million people and is the economic and cultural hub of Africa. The new modern and cosmopolitan atmosphere lends itself perfectly to the arts and cultural district of Maboneng. A creative hub, a place of inspiration and business, restaurants, pubs, bars, street cafés and entertainment. Take a deep dive into the past with a visit to the Apartheid Museum and Vilakazi Street in the South Western Townships, commonly known as Soweto. And if it’s glitz and glamour you’re after, then the Sandton nightlife scene has all there is to offer.

You should take a closer look with the following tour guides and companies:

Johannesburg and Soweto Full-Day Tour

Cradle of Humankind and Sterkfontein Caves Tour

Sun City and Pilanesberg Full Day Tour

 

Cape Town

This is the oldest European establishment in South Africa and one of the most beautiful cities in the world which is often referred to as the Mother City. Cape Town enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate with its spectacular natural setting, white sand beaches, picturesque mountain views and vibrant cosmopolitan culture. Glide up on the cableway to the flattened mountain top of Table Mountain or take the hour-long hike up Lion’s head. Visit its most popular spot, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront where you can feast of some of the finest food served by world-class chefs, shop and be entertained. Take a trip down an unforgettable past on Robin Island and explore its many stories and a trip to the Cape Malay Quarters will yield a colourful tapestry of culture, wine and fine food. And while we’re on the subject of wine, the Cape is renowned for producing the world’s finest wines and these can be sampled on ‘The Wine Route’ a very popular tour as one can imagine.

Cape Town was named World Design Capital for 2014 and in the same year, both The New York Times and The Daily Telegraph named Cape Town the best place in the world to visit.

You should take a closer look with the following tour guides and companies:

Cape Town tours and activities

Cape Town day tours

Ashanti Cape Town tours

Kabura travel tours

 

Durban

This sub-tropical spot is situated alongside the warm Bengeula current on the east coast of South Africa. It’s the warm current together with its tropical climate that makes Durban warm all year round with little or no sight of winter. It’s Summer all year round. This makes it perfect to enjoy the long golden sandy beaches with its multitude of attractions and African markets along its coastline. Try a visit to uShaka Marine World with a shark tank dive or snorkelling with tropical fish. Or take to the beaches with swimmers and surfers or huddle along the pier with anglers trying to get their best catch of the day. Durban offers world-class venues like the Moses Mabhida Stadium where you can get a birds-eye view of Durban on top of its arch and if you feel a little lucky, then make your way to Suncoast Casino with its flamboyant nightlife and restaurants. If you feel like spending your money elsewhere then The Gateway Theatre of Shopping, the largest mall in Durban and one of the biggest in South Africa offer plenty of choice for the discerning eye.

Durban also forms an excellent base if you a trip to the Drakensburg and Shakaland and Zulu culture day trip.

You should take a closer look with the following tour guides and companies:

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari Day Tour

Durban Safari Tours

Durban Day Tours

Segway

 

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is the oldest and biggest park in South Africa covering some 20 000km2 making it the same size as Israel and that’s huge! You’ll need several days to explore all of the park in the hope of seeing the big 5. Kruger is home to more than 145 mammal species including the big 5 which is named so because they are the 5 most difficult animals to hunt on foot. Although, no hunting is permitted on the park! Here you will find lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo making up the big 5 and others like hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, warthog and many antelope species. There are 101 ways to explore the park with its dizzy array of paths that cross over each other but you can opt for a luxury lodge with private safari rides or even a hot air balloon. The park has more to offer other than wildlife, it is home to Bushman rock art and many archaeological sites like the reconstructed Iron Age ruins of the Masorini Village. While there are many guided game drive tours, a self-drive game tour is highly recommended on the famous Sabie and Crocodile river routes where you also likely to catch sight of many species of birds.

You should take a closer look with the following tour guides and companies:

Classic Guided Kruger Park Safaris

Sanparks

Kruger parks tours

Kruger Park Safaris

 

Sun City

Sun City sometimes called the Lost City, is a luxurious resort complex with Casinos, golf courses, luxury hotels, family entertainment and more. This resort was imagined by the hotel magnate, Sol Kerzner who dreamed of an ancient kingdom and lost tribe that lived in the legendary ‘lost city’. The resort was built in the depths of an extinct volcano in the Pilanesberg mountain range. There are two internationally acclaimed golf courses both designed by golfing legend Gary Player and one is host to the annual Million Dollar Nedbank Golf Challenge and the more scenic Lost City golf has become famous for the 40 or more crocodiles visiting the 13th hole. The Sun City Resort boasts one the best gaming entertainment facilities in South Africa with an impressive array of slots machines and over 40 tables to choose from. And if this is not for you, you can choose from many bars, restaurants and clubs or just go watch a movie. Children have a large choice of arcade games to keep them busy. However, the most famous attraction is a man-made beach with white sands and a wave pool that can generate waves up to 2m high hundreds of kilometres away from the natural ocean. It’s just one of the great attractions with rides, slides and food court.

You should take a closer look with the following tour guides and companies:

Sun City Tours and Holidays

Sun City Resort Tour

Sun City Tour Packages

Sun City and Pilanesberg National Park – Full Day

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