South Africa is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the continent. Located towards the southernmost part of Africa, this country is home to ethnic diversity and is rich in culture and tradition. If you are yet to visit Africa, you want to head to South Africa first. It is a rich, safe and wonderful country that tourists love visiting. On your first trip, here are some tips you need to remember.
Find the right places to visit
It helps if you research where you are going, and which areas are worth your time. From museums to shopping malls, South Africa can make your days interesting. Make sure though that you only visit places that are safe. Avoid places that are too crowded or if you can hear angry demonstration mobs coming. You also don’t want to wander around aimlessly and stick to the places on your list.
Avoid being flashy
Like any other country, you want to act like you are one of the locals. Avoid getting too much attention. You don’t want to be too flashy by using several pieces of jewellery when you are only heading to a local market. You also don’t want to show how much money you have when paying for items you buy in a store.
Determine how you can have internet access
The good thing is that in various parts of the country, the internet signal is good. Therefore, you won’t worry about internet coverage. You can buy a sim as soon as you arrive at the airport to have a mobile internet connection. You can also find hotels with Wi-Fi access.
Rent a car
To avoid using crowded public transport, you can rent a private vehicle. Car rental for daily use is quite cheap in South Africa. You can also hire one with a driver so that you can visit the places that are on your list without any problem. If you are driving the car, you need to follow the traffic rules and think of safety all the time. The refuelling stations are not self-service. It is customary to tip the people helping refill the car.
Open yourself to the experience
You can research a lot about the country online, but you will find out that the real South Africa is so much more. Therefore, you need to open yourself up to this experience and ensure that you take home a wonderful experience. You might have stereotypes about the country right now that are quite unfair. When you go there, you will forget all these stereotypes and enjoy every part of the experience. Most of all, you need to appreciate the locals who will try their best to welcome you.
South Africa is not all safari and jungle. It offers a lot more as it is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Take your time to understand the country and go back home feeling satisfied with your experience.
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