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A GUIDE TO

TRAVELLING IN
South Africa

One of the biggest and most diverse countries in the African continent, South Africa is a favourite of many travellers. It has everything from massive cities to untouched wilderness all waiting for you to visit and discover for yourself.

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While there are already many languages spoken in South Africa, there is still a high demand for foreign languages. In your homestay in South Africa you might have someone who is interested in picking up some Indian languages or Mandarin Chinese. Computer and mechanical skills could be useful to learn for a South African Host.

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The cities of South Africa are each multicultural marvels as dozens of distinct cultural groups live and work throughout one country. With each comes a unique language, tradition and outlook on life.

Durban

A busy port city sitting on the East coast of the South Africa, Durban is the city to visit for a real taste of Asian-African culture. The city boasts a large Indian community, with all the perks of both. A colourful array of festivities, great Indian style food, amazing art and a friendly atmosphere. Other attractions include the city’s love of the natural world as can be seen in uShaka Marine World, the many native Bird Parks and the Botanic Gardens of Durban.

Cape Town

A potential homestay right at the tip of South Africa’s Southwestern coast, Cape Town is the famous legislative capital of the country. Amazingly busy during the day, the city is rip roaring at night too with plenty of bars and clubs to check out during your stay. Back in the sunshine, some places worth seeing include the Bo-Kaap district, the District 6 Museum, the Lion’s Head and Table Mountain which can be reach handily by cable car. Some of its biggest attractions lie out at sea including the infamous Robben Island and Duiker island with its famous Sea-lions.

Johannesburg

Jo’burg is a melting pot of all South African cultures and those from beyond the country too. A city forever seen as the symbol of modern South Africa, with various neighbourhoods of different groups of people all working in one city. A homestay here will be near enough to see places like the Apartheid Museum, Museum Africa and the place where some of the earliest ancestors of people have been found in the Cradle of Humankind. When you aren't out discovering some of humanity's earliest history, you can relax in many of Johannesburg’s fantastic zoos and parks.

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On top of South African cities, you can discover the wonders of the South African countryside.

Diving and Watersport

The South African waters are some of the most balmy and relaxing in the world. Visit them to escape the midday heat or perhaps have a little fun too. Canoe or swim down the slippery South African rivers and make your way out to the coast for some real adventure. Go scuba diving in the warm waters, or even just a spot of snorkelling. Get up close with nature for a bit of whale watching from the vantage point of a boat, or swim with the largest predator of the seas when you go shark-cage diving with great white sharks.

Safari

South Africa is probably one of the best places to go in the world for a safari adventure. The wealth of animal species to see as well as the available spots to see them makes it a gem for animal fans everywhere. Some of the better known ones you can take a trip to include Kruger National Park, Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Hluhluwe National Park. For the taste of African wildlife you always wanted look no further than travelling to South Africa.

Mountaineering

South Africa’s mountains are some of the most picturesque examples in all of the world. Whether you get up to the top by climbing, cycling, hiking or even horseriding there’s a mountain here for you. Some of the ones that are considered the best include the aforementioned Table mountain which you can visit just above Cape Town. You might also consider travelling over the Richtersveld or Drakensberg, also known as the Dragon Mountains, which contain the gorgeous Blyde River Canyon.