Author: Lauren Melnick
Lauren is co-founder of Wanderlust Movement. A blog about ethical travel for 20-something South Africans to help them see the world for less. Since falling in love with travel in 2013, Lauren has devoted herself to building a successful career as a nomadic entrepreneur.
Here are four ways to experience South Africa.
Get Outside and Go For A Hike
South Africa is brimming with amazing hiking routes! Just minutes from Cape Town’s CBD, you can summit the famous Table Mountain, or if you find yourself in Johannesburg, hire a car and explore the numerous Drakensberg hiking trails. Access to the routes is usually free, or a small fee and is one of the best ways to see the country’s incredible natural wonders.
Escape The Crowds and Go Camping
Whether you want to wake up to the roars of lions or the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean – South Africa has it all. Our campsites have something for every kind of traveller, costs are minimal, and it is a fantastic way to explore the country’s rich biodiversity.
Sit around the fire in the renowned Kruger National Park, camp along the beginning of the famous Otter Trail in Tsitsikamma or indulge and spoil yourself with Africamps and go glamping in the Western Cape.
Go On A Walking Tour
South Africa is a country filled with a rich history of the many different people that have come to call her shores home. Take a step back in time and learn about our culture, architecture and tumultuous past with a free walking tour. Explore the colourful houses of the Cape Malay people in the Bo-Kaap district. Make sure to stroll through Braamfontein in Johannesburg and discover beautiful social commentary graffiti, art and so much more.
Visit Addo Elephant National Park
While the Kruger National Park might be at the top of everyone’s bucket list, Addo National Park packs a punch. It is the only national park in the world where you can find the Big 7. The lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, the Southern right whale and the great white shark.
The 180 000 hectare park is the third largest in South Africa. It boasts a wide range of biodiversity and is home to more than 500 elephants and the flightless dung beetle – one of the rarest species of its kind.
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