South Africa Travel Tips Guide – Read This Before You Go

South Africa is a special place that you’ll instantly fall in love with when you go there. This is a companion piece to help you plan your own trip as the ultimate South Africa travel tips guide.

Getting there

South Africa has 3 main international airports that are strategically located across the country. One is the OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) that services Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Where to stay

Hotels You shouldn’t be surprised that I continue to recommend as one that has the largest inventory of properties that span everything from hotels, hostels, guesthomes, and lodges.

Pack layers and versatile clothing  From scorching heat, light rain, beach time, and possibly some time under water, you want to be prepared for everything without overpacking.

What to bring

Best time to go

The peak calving season is in July and August, but you have pretty good chances to see whales between June and October.

Popular tours to consider pre-booking

Shark Cage Diving The nice part is that the boat ride out to the diving site is quite short, but just be aware that the rough waters may trigger some seasickness.


By going on one of these tours, you’re not only seeing and learning about what life is like in a township, but the money also contributes to the critical work that is happening there through Uthando.

It’d be shame to go to Cape Town and not visit Robben Island to learn about the history of apartheid, how it broke the nation, the people that rose up, and its aftermath.

Robben Island

Next steps

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