Winter is coming soon, taking sunny and warm days away. For this reason, many people like having a break from cold and rainy days. The best option is to travel to warm places.
Hence, South Africa is calling. You may wonder why we have selected this destination this time. The answer is quite easy. Not only does South Africa mean wildlife and extraordinary landscapes, but also culture and multicultural cities.
Like other posts, we suggest you combined flights to reach two of the most emblematic metropolis of South Africa: Johannesburg and Cape Town. You will not fly directly to your final destination. Hence, you will be able to spend some time visiting two incredible cities and optimize your budget. In fact, this is one of the most significant advantages of combined flights.
What do these two cities have in common? Historically speaking, both of them share Apartheid, a social system characterized by racial segregation against the black population during the 20th century. Moreover, these cities are surrounded by breathtaking natural sights that you cannot miss.
Johannesburg: the biggest city in South Africa
Johannesburg is your first stop of combined flights. It is the largest city in South Africa and is located in North of the country. In the middle of African wildlife, you will enjoy an extraordinarily vibrant city. On South Africa’s official tourism site we have found this video about this amazing city. We are sure you will enjoy.
Our top favorite places in Johannesburg
First of all, we recommend that you stop by the Apartheid museum. It is quite a touching experience as you will walk through different corridors and rooms full of pictures and documents of those days. The word ‘Apartheid’ means separateness in Afrikaans and refers to the non-sense segregation led by the white minority against the black population. Furthermore, Nelson Mandela was one of the most prominent anti-apartheid activists, who gave a significant contribution in dismantling this racist system.
Hence, Mandela Family Museum is worth a visit. Mandela family used to live there during Apartheid. It is now more than a house. Actually, it is a national monument of racial equality.
Now let’s move to one of our favorite stops: Carlton Centre. Why do we love this place? It is one of the tallest building in Africa. For this reason, local people call this emblematic building ‘Top of Africa.’ You will enjoy a 360-degree view of Johannesburg. Only from its observatory at 732 feets will you realize the size of this city.
However, Carlton Centre is not the tallest construction. Go to Hillbrow Tower, the tallest tower ever built in the entire Johannesburg. It is 883 feet tall. Don’t miss its breathtaking view from its observatory! We strongly recommend that you visit it when sunsets. You will experience a great view of city turning into thousands of lights in the dark.
Finally, we cannot end our tour in Johannesburg without a taste of some wildlife. The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is located approximately 30 miles from the city and is easy to reach. You will be able to see many types of animals, such as lions, hippos, rhinos, and so on. However, it is not a safari. You will not drive surrounded by predators. In fact, you will see them behind fences.
Cape Town: a vibrant city surrounded by a breathtaking landscape
Next stop of your combined flights: Cape Town. It is the legislative capital of South Africa and the second most populated city. It is located at the bottom of Africa in a very strategic position. In the following video taken from South Africa’s official tourism site, you will have plunge yourself into Cape Town’s atmosphere for 1 minute.
Our top favorite places in Cape Town
Our first stop is District Six Museum. As we said before, Johannesburg and Cape Town share years of Apartheid racist system. This is why we recommend you stop by this museum. Get emotionally involved with thousands of pictures of those days. Thousands of people were obliged to leave their houses, while the White minority destroyed District Six. Part of the museum personnel belongs to families that have lived this terrific experience. Talk to them. They will be more than welcome to share their testimony with you.
However, dramatic historical events do not only characterized Cape Town. Its landscape is stunning and populated by thousands of different species of animals and plants. Table Mountain is a must you cannot miss. You have two options. Either you wander around on some of its walks or take the cable car to get to one of its most beautiful picks. Get your camera ready. You won’t help taking pictures.
Furthermore, Cape Point is the extreme Southern part of Table Mountain National Park peninsula. Its dramatic view captures the attention of many tourists that do not want to miss this unique experience. There’s a little something for everyone. You can do many activities, such as cycling, hiking or simply taking a cable car to enjoy tasty local food at the Two Oceans Restaurant. For those who are really into experience nature, we strongly recommend booking a 2-day, 20-mile tour that will bring you up to Cape of Good Hope.
Boulder’s Beach is another beautiful area belonging to Table Mountain National Park. It is even easier to reach as it is only a couple of miles away from Simon’s Town. Thousands of penguins reside in this quiet coast. You will be able to get closer to them and take nice shots.
However, if you want to swim in the ocean, we regret saying that its water comes from the Arctic and can be freezing. Clifton beaches are trendy and relaxing spots where both locals and tourists mingle together to enjoy sunny days. However, you will prefer sunbathing rather than challenging yourself to splash into the cold sea.
A great deal with combined flights to South Africa
We hope that these tips regarding Johannesburg and Cape Town can help you plan your trip to South Africa. Our special offer of combined flights will let you visit both cities at an incredible and competitive price: only 970.93$.
Do not hesitate and book your combined flights now!