With all domestic travel in South Africa prohibited due to COVID-19 lockdown, this has given travellers time to plan where to travel in South Africa next. We recently asked our favourite travel experts, travel bloggers and travel photographers about 3 places where they are looking forward to travelling to after the travel ban has been lifted and what they had to say will give you goosebumps. Would also love to hear about where you plan to travel in South Africa in the comments section.
Mpumalanga is my favourite province in South Africa and although the Panorama Route is highly popular, many tourists don’t know about the Genesis Route which is the gateway to the Kruger Lowveld, Swaziland and Mozambique say Dineo Zonke. Hiking in the Makhonjwa mountains Barberton is something I’m looking forward to doing shortly.
The second-place I am looking forward to travelling to is Bavianskloof, Eastern Cape, South Africa. A few years ago, I went camping at Bavianskloof Nature reserve and fell in love with the area because it’s filled with nature, has narrow gorges with flowing streams, and views of unspoilt wilderness. I’m at my happiest when I’m surrounded by nature which is why I’m looking forward to exploring Bavianskloof again.
Third on my list is Augrabies Falls National Reserve, Northern Cape, South Africa. Although I’ve lived in South Africa all my life, I haven’t travelled much in the Northern Cape and have been doing some research on places to visit in the area. The Augrabies Falls have stood out for me because they’re very dramatic and beautiful. What’s great is that the falls are within walking distance from the rest camp which I’m sure will make my experience even more pleasant because of ease of access to the falls.
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P-E-A-C-E was my overarching theme for 2020 and I’ll continue on that path once the travel ban has been lifted says Lerato Lefafa
The first place I’d want to visit is Magoebaskloof, it’s easily accessible from Johannesburg and will feed my current craving for a forest escape. I’d wake up in a pretty cabin, have my morning tea, go for a hike, zipline at Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour and chase waterfalls.
The Drakensberg Mountains
Quiver Tree Forest
Golden Gate National Park
Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth
Since our country has been in a state of emergency and the Lockdown was enforced as well as a travel ban, it has been difficult to pursue photography as we were confined to our homes says Cindy Bester a landscape photographer from Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth.
But Lockdown and the travel ban has had its advantages. Families had an opportunity to reunite and to bond again as life has been such a rush, it has given families and loved one’s quality time together.
After the travel ban has been lifted, I yearn to be back at the beach, capturing some beautiful scenes. There are so many places in South Africa and the world that are so beautiful but my ultimate destination to visit after the travel ban has been lifted is Nelson Mandela Bay Port Elizabeth South Africa. The beaches are stunning especially at sunrise and sunset. The city itself is beautiful and the people are so friendly.
There are so many landmarks, attractions and places of interest that can be visited such as, the Shark Rock Pier, Cape Recife Lighthouse, the Donkin Reserve, Amsterdamhoek and so many more beautiful places. So when the travel ban is lifted, make your way down to Nelson Mandela Bay Port Elizabeth South Africa and see for yourself how beautiful this part of the world is.
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When the lockdown is over, I would like to take a road trip to Hoedspruit says Sbahle from Lets Get Lost in The Wald. Drive on that road through the mountains with specular views. Driving to Hoedspruit you get to witness some of the amazing views we have here in South Africa. The landscape on this route is picturesque, you can’t help it but to stop at the viewpoints and take it all in and then continue with your journey. I want to go on a game drive in Hoedspruit. Hoedspruit has amazing wildlife. I’m hoping to see a Leopard because it is the only animal out of the big five that I haven’t seen on a game drive.
I would also like to visit Cederberg the phenomenal golden landscape in the Western Cape. Cederberg is about 180 km from Cape Town. Cederberg has breathtaking landscapes. It has this unique rock formation which is a landscape photographers dream. You also get these unique accommodation places, where you can sleep in a cave, or you can sleep under the stars which sounds amazing. This would be such a unique experience for me. This is a spectacular nature lovers paradise. The breath-taking scenery along the gorge by the Umzimkulu River.
I would love to try the famous zipline at Oribi Gorge. Visit Lake Eland game reserve. Get some adrenalin rush by taking a walk on the 80m suspended bridge. I can’t wait for everything to get back to normal. It will take a while but I’m hopeful.
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Hoedspruit or Bela-Bela
My trips post-lockdown will be themed around celebrating the magnificent landscape diversity of South Africa says From Jozi With Love. It doesn’t matter how far or wide I travel across the world, South Africa will always have my heart as one of my favourite places to be. My first stop on my where to travel in South Africa bucket list will be in the bush, ideally in the golden landscapes of Hoedspruit or Bela-Bela, Limpopo, underrated yet incredible locations with a wide range of exciting things to explore.
My second stop will be along the calming beaches of Paternoster, just outside Cape Town where I plan to take it easy and relax.
My third stop will be a wild card of a place I’ve never been. I’m thinking of stargazing out in the Kalahari Desert in the Northern Cape.
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Clarens in the Free State is the first place I am looking forward to visiting because I had planned to spend my birthday weekend there, but at the time our health minister had advised us to stop non-essential travel and I still want to see more of my home province says Mapitso from Sotho Girl Diaries. Clarens is beautiful and should be a must-see.
Isimangaliso Wetland Park
The second place is Isimangaliso Wetland Park in Kwa-Zulu Natal: This park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1999 and I remember seeing it on Top Billing and I was instantly stunned. I’d love to go there and explore this magical place myself.
Bloukrans Bungee is my last place on my South Africa travel list, I would love to try bungee jumping there and tick it off my bucket list, I just can’t stop thinking about it and I must try it.
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The first place I would want to visit is Limpopo which borders Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and is in the Northern part of SA. It’s home to the Kruger National park and some of the most scenic places say Thobi from The Lived Experience. It’s rich in culture and its natural attractions are amazing. It’s lush and easily accessible by road. A must-visit province when this is done.
Mpumalanga is the second place on my list of where to visit in South Africa, not only is it the 1st province we ever visited when we were young but it is also amazing for nature and it’s a beautiful landscape. It’s perfect for family travel and has many activities for all ages. If you’re looking for adrenaline, fun and beautiful waterfalls? Mpumalanga is it!!!
The last place is Tsitsikamma, This is an area of the Garden Route on the Southern Coast of South Africa. If you love the coast it’s a top gem to see for dolphins, the rocky shores and the amazing fynbos. It’s a gem for hikers too with some of the best trails.
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So this year I had planned to enjoy the Wild Coast in May but guess what, fate had other plans once again and COVID-19 visited our shores with no guaranteed departure date. So I cannot wait for the opportunity to finally explore the Wild Coast post lockdown, to enjoy the pristine coastline and the rich cultural heritage that the Eastern Cape has to offer and showcase my beautiful home province to the world.
Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal