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10 reasons to visit South Africa in 2018

Cape Town

Often known as ‘the world in one country’ South Africa really does have it all. From pristine beaches to out of this world wildlife, incredible food and drink to the friendliest of people. There really is something for everyone. Check out our top ten reasons for adding South Africa to your 2018 travel bucket list.

The pound is going strong – Back in January it was reported that £1 bought you R24.5, which was a record high. Although this has now dropped slightly again, Britons can still a great return on currency. It is reported the Rand is only getting stronger so worth planning a visit as soon as possible.

A tale of two oceans – There is nowhere else in the world you can see the exact point where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic Ocean. Cape Agulhas boasts spectacular views and photo opportunities. Your Instagram account will thank you for visiting this unique landmark.

Cape Town
Cape Town has previously been named the world’s best city

Cape Town voted world’s best city more than once – Every year, Telegraph Travel asks its readers to vote for the world’s best city. Cape Town has topped this list twice, most recently in 2016. Pippa de Bruyn, Telegraph travel writer says “Cape Town has a cool urban edge, too: excellent art galleries, hip bars, world-rated restaurants, design-savvy shops, and home to Africa’s innovative artists and designers, drawn by the city’s innate beauty.”

One word, wine – South Africa hosts four main wine regions – Franschhoek, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Wellington. There are more than 200 cellars within a couple hours’ drive from Cape Town. Before you go, make sure you do your research. There are many shuttle services to pick from who can prearrange all winery visits. Uber also runs in the area if you fancy creating your own itinerary and moving at your own pace. Just whatever you do, leave the rental car behind.

All the animals you could wish for – Also known as ‘the big 5’, South Africa is home to the lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino. Add onto that an abundance of zebra’s, giraffes, hippo’s, meerkats, hyena, ostrich and many more Any animal lover would want to catch a glimpse of these, be sure to check the best time to visit before booking. If marine animals are more your cup of tea, it’s host to one of the greatest migrations, called the sardine run. This is one of the greatest events in the marine calendar. Large shoals of sardines travelling north along the coast of the Eastern Cape and Natal. So far, the numbers have been immeasurable.

Often known as ‘the world in one country’ South Africa really does have it all

Extreme 19th – The infamous 400-yard par three extreme golf hole at the Legends Golf Course. Your tee shot is hit from a clifftop that can only be reached by helicopter. Of course…
Life’s a beach – Head along the popular Garden Route and find yourself a spot along Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape.

Take a hike – There is no better way to explore the diverse landscape of South Africa then by foot. There are many different routes and terrains to choose from. Take a look at 15 beautiful hiking trails to get you started.

No jet lag here – South Africa is almost in the same time zone as Britain (GMT+2) so you don’t have to worry about jet lag ruining your trip or return.

Penguins – Boulders Beach is situated on the Cape Peninsula, near Cape Town. This seemingly unusual small public beach is home to a penguin colony. Who doesn’t want a cheeky penguin taking a dip with them, or stealing your beach towel?