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An Alternative Route in South Africa

by Travelbag on 29 July 2016, 15:07PM

At Travelbag, we pride ourselves on being experts in the locations you want to visit, and in recent years, we noticed South Africa is a growing honeypot location. The honey of South Africa is not just Cape Town and The Garden Route however, so we sent one of our Travel Experts to scope out what else there is to see and do in South Africa, especially for second timers. Here’s what Richard from the Travelbag Knutsford Shop found.

We love a multicentre holiday because it lets you see so much in a short space of time, and that’s exactly what Richard advises for you. He suggests a holiday of four locations, starting with a ‘hipster’ city break in Johannesburg, then onto the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Here, you’ll stop for a history break in Rorke’s Drift,  then onto a safari and lodge stay in a game reserve, all before unwinding on the white sand beaches of the Elephant Coast. We’ll let Richard tell you all about them:



Johannesburg Skyline, South Africa

“Johannesburg is a diverse, rising city, in the heart of South Africa. This vibrant city, once a diamond in the rough, is now perfect for tourists. The city underwent a huge clean up and is now teeming with a newfound combination of creativity and energy.”

“When in Johannesburg, take a cycle tour of a township, it’s incredibly eye-opening. You’ll see local markets, taste the native food, and have the opportunity to immerse yourself in their culture” 


Rorke's Drift

Rorke's Drift, South Africa

For the history buffs among you, Richard suggests:

“Before you head onto the lodge and safari, you need to spend a night in ’Fugitives Drift’. This is a family run resort, right on the battlegrounds of the Anglo-Zulu wars. The owners take you round the grounds telling you the stories of what happened. Despite this war taking place in 1872, the guides are very knowledgeable on the subject as the stories have been passed down through the generations.”


Game Reserve

Game Reserve, South Africa

“Next, you’ll want to head onto a game reserve lodge, I strongly suggest doing this because it gives you the chance to go on a safari and see the illustrious ‘Big 5’. On top of this, you’ll have the opportunity to see the animals from your own room! The highlight for me was seeing a pair of Antelopes drinking from my private plunge pool!”


Elephant Coast

South Africa's white sand beaches

“Finally, for your relax and unwind time, I recommend an area called the ‘Elephant Coast’. Set with the Indian Ocean on one side, and the ‘iSimangaliso Wetland Park’ on the other; there is nothing else around it, offering a real escape. The resorts in this area can be so remote you might have to get an off road vehicle for pick up, otherwise you face a 40-minute beach walk, which would be quite enjoyable if not for the suitcases.”

“Overall, the province of KwaZulu-Natal has so much to see and to do; littered with an array of views, animals, Zulu art, and even marine life. The land is filled with stories of a mixed past, and the food: a foodie’s dream. So if you’re after a holiday, like one you haven’t experienced before, KwaZulu-Natal is for you!”

Inspired to see another area of South Africa? A trip like this is best tailor made by our Travel Experts over the phone or in a Travelbag shop. To speak to Richard pop into the Travelbag Knutsford Shop or give him a call. Alternatively, find more Travel Experts, just like Richard, in your local Travelbag shop

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