South Africa Holiday Inspiration

South Africa Holiday Inspiration

South Africa has just been named the world’s greatest holiday destination by a poll of over 30 000 readers of the renowned UK-based The Telegraph in the 2023 Telegraph Travel Awards. This shouldn’t really be a surprise. While we do have our shortcomings, our beautiful country certainly does have a lot to offer both international and local tourists.

See below for helpful tips on exploring South Africa, as well as recommendations on what to see and where to stay by province, whether you are planning a getaway or a staycation.

Local Inspiration

If you are looking for the best places to stay in South Africa, see

Where to stay in South Africa – Hotels I recommend

If you are staying in or visiting Johannesburg, click here.

If you are staying in or visiting Western Cape, click here.

If you are staying in or visiting Eastern Cape, click here.

If you are staying in or visiting Kwazulu Natal, click here.

If you are visiting Hartbeespoort/Magaliesberg, click here.

If you are visiting the Garden Route, click here.

If you are visiting Mpumalanga, click here.

If you are travelling in Limpopo, click here.

If you are visiting the Northern Cape, click here.

If you are visiting the Eastern Cape, click here.

If you are going to the bush, click here.

Travelling with kids? See the best things to do in South Africa with kids.

Get your free South Africa bucket list.

General Tips

Want to travel internationally? See how to apply for  or renew your passport online.

See packing tips everyone should know.

See tips for travelling with children.

Looking for something to read? See my recommendations on books set in Africa that you must read.

Learn how to plan your own international trip.

 

Some International Inspiration

Seychelles

United Arab Emirates (UAE),

Mauritius

Namibia

Zanzibar

Victoria Falls

Botswana

Maputo

Turkey

Hungary

Austria

Spain

Portugal

Qatar

Italy

South America

North America

Thailand

India

Malaysia

If you would like information on any destination I haven’t mentioned, send me an email on saraessop@gmail.com and I may still be able to assist you.

South Africa Holiday Inspiration

Blyde River Canyon

Why South Africa was voted the world’s greatest holiday destination

South Africa was voted as the world’s greatest holiday destination by readers of the renowned UK-based The Telegraph, and this recognition is potentially attributed to a diverse array of reasons. For starters, South Africa's abundant natural beauty, from its diverse and breathtaking landscapes like the dramatic Drakensberg Range and the iconic Table Mountain to its astounding wildlife and natural reserves like Kruger National Park, strikes a chord with nature-loving travelers.

Its cultural heritage, exemplified in sites like Robben Island and the Cradle of Humankind, offers rich historical insights and its vibrant cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg provide an exciting urban experience. South Africa's delectable cuisine offers an unforgettable culinary journey, while its welcoming citizens known for their warm hospitality truly make visitors feel at home. The country's commitment to sustainable tourism and affordability further elevate its appeal to conscientious global travelers.

South Africa is also renowned for its exciting range of adventure sports and activities. Its long coastline provides idyllic settings for water sports like surfing, kiteboarding, and deep-sea fishing, while its majestic mountains and rugged landscapes are perfect for hiking, rock climbing, and biking. The country also boasts some of the world's best sites for extreme adventures, such as the Bloukrans Bridge Bungee, one of the world's highest commercial bungee jumps.

On the other hand, South Africa's rich cultural tapestry is seen in its numerous festivals and events throughout the year, showcasing local art, fashion, and movies that resonate deeply with cultural tourists. Moreover, the nation's commitment to conservation and its successful endeavors in protecting its unique biodiversity, including the 'Big Five' , cheetahs and wild dogs, offer unforgettable safari experiences. All of these factors combined create an enchanting allure that consistently draws in tourists, solidifying South Africa's status as the world’s greatest holiday destination.

Telegraph readers also voted for Cape Town as their favourite city in the world.

Get your free South Africa bucket list checklist here.

Are you following me on social media?

Follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more travel inspiration.

South Africa Holiday Inspiration

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Get your free South Africa bucket list guide

    Things you must do in South Africa

    Subscribe to blog form

  • Get the best accommodation deals



  • Subscribe

    Join 50,000+ Fans

    Subscribe to blog form

  • Copyright © 2023 by Sara Essop. 
    The content on this website may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of Sara Essop.
    search linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram