Fantastic tips on making your trip to South Africa unforgettable
South Africa is a destination that is becoming increasingly popular among tourists. This is not surprising: safaris, incredible landscapes, amazing culture, and wildlife attract travelers. To make your trip successful and memorable, we recommend preparing for it. Read on in our article to find out what you need to do.
The TravelWise editorial team has collected tips from The South African. They will help make your trip more comfortable so that you get only positive impressions from your vacation.
Plan your route
We recommend doing this in advance. For planning, you can use navigation apps or GPS devices to find scenic routes. Identify interesting stops along the way, such as parks, historical sites, attractions, or local food options. This will add excitement to your trip. An additional benefit is that if you're traveling by car, it will help you break up a long journey and take a break from driving.
Prepare your car
Before you hit the road, make sure your car is in good condition. Check the level of oil, brakes, tires, and fluids. Take a spare tire, jack, connecting cables, and all the necessary tools for minor repairs. If you're going on a long trip and think your car might need it, it's a good idea to have your car inspected by a mechanic.
Pack light and only bring the essentials. Consider the weather at your destination and pack accordingly. You don't need to take everything and more, only what you will use for sure.
Also, take care of all the necessary documents: passport, insurance, driver's license, and others that may be required to cross the border. Bring a first aid kit, basic hygiene products, and a snack for the road. These can be nuts, dried fruits, cookies, or hard cheese, for example. Don't forget to pack wet and dry wipes and antibacterial products. The most important thing is to have a supply of drinking water. Make sure you have enough for the entire trip.
Entertainment and communication
Download audiobooks, music, or podcasts to keep yourself entertained while driving. Bring car chargers if you have an electric car and consider a portable power bank. This ensures that you can stay connected and navigate even in places with limited charging options. You can also buy a local SIM card. As a rule, the operator provides free internet and calls within the country initially.
Flexible travel schedule
While it's good to have a planned itinerary, allow yourself to deviate from your schedule. Unexpected discoveries are part of the adventure. Take care of your physical and mental well-being. Take breaks, and if possible, switch drivers. Ensure you get enough rest to stay attentive on the road.