South Africa truly deserves the slogan ‘A World in One Country’ – we’ve never experienced another place like it despite having lived and travelled all around the globe. Within the space of a few days, you could spot the Big 5 in the Kruger Park, visit the ‘so-beautiful-and diverse-it-will-make-your-head-spin’ Cape Town (officially the World’s No. 1 travel destination according to Trip Advisor), take a leisurely drive up the world-famous Garden Route, hike in the Drakensberg Mountains (a UNESCO world heritage site) or surf some of the world’s best waves. Culture-vultures and budding anthropologists won’t be disappointed – there is a vibrant local cultural and arts scene and it’s relatively easy to get off the beaten track and learn about African culture. The food is amazing, eating out is cheap and the locals are friendly and welcoming.
In the same time zone as most European countries and served by major airlines through the hubs of Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa is surprisingly easy to get to. And it’s in the Southern Hemisphere – offering a perfect blast of sunshine for Northern Hemisphere visitors sick of the cold and drizzle of winter. Once you’re there, internal travel is easy. Budget airlines criss-cross the country at bargain rates, driving is safe and there is an extensive highway network and if you don’t fancy independent travel, there is a well-developed tourism industry able to arrange all your transfers. And yes, whilst South Africa does suffer from the same problems as many developing countries (such as crime), you shouldn’t believe alarmist press headlines. With a bit of local advice and caution, you’ll be as safe as you would be in London, Los Angeles or Leipzig. We love to help people discover South Africa, so feel free to ask us for travel tips and advice!
We think our yoga retreats and classes are the perfect way to enhance your holiday in South Africa. But even if you choose not to take part in yoga whilst here, you should still visit South Africa. You won’t regret it!