Adding Cape Town to your itinerary is a "no-brainer" option. Hopefully, this article will help you make the best decision, a decision that would have you thank me once you get back home after your Southern African safari holiday.
Jetlag is real..
If you are travelling from afar and distant land, you are most likely going to cross a couple of time zones, and your body clock might be a bit out of sync. Cape Town is the perfect spot to get that sorted, all you need is a bit of time. Safaris involved early morning wakeup calls and strong coffee before the sunrise because you want to be out in the bush when the sun comes up. The animals are the busiest around sunrise and sunset. It might be better to spend the first couple of days waking up a little bit later and setting your body clock to African time before attempting the early morning wakeup calls.
Easing into the African vibe
Cape Town or otherwise known as the "Mother City" by some South Africans, is a true tourist paradise that offers some of the best sightseeing, cultural activities, and historical sights. It is the home of Table Mountain, which is one of the natural wonders of the world and creates such an impression making it one of the most photographed mountains in Africa. Here you get the opportunity to set your internal clock to African time and spend that extra hour or two in bed before exploring this fantastic region.
How much time do you need in Cape Town
How long is a piece of string, this is almost as difficult of a question, being a proud Cape Tonian for the last 17 years. The amount of time spent in Cape Town all depends on your total amount of time that you would like to spend in Africa, but I would recommend at least three full days. Ideally, I would recommend around five nights if you would like to get a real sense of what the "Mother City" has to offer, the nickname probably joking with the laid back culture of people in this beautiful part of the country has. If you like wine and vineyards, then you are also in luck. Some of the best wines come from the Cape Winelands, which is just a 30-minute drive from the city and probably deserves a day or two to appreciate the different wine regions surrounding Cape Town. It is also a popular option to spend a couple of nights in the Cape Winelands for the nature lovers. If you like hiking, mountain biking, sky diving, etc., then please add that into the equation as the Cape Town region also has a lot of adventure and outdoor activities.
Convenient connections to most of the Southern African countries
"How do I get from Cape Town to Kruger" is probably the question that I get asked most. There are frequent flights from Cape Town to O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, which is one of the biggest hubs for international and regional flights in Africa, but it gets better. For the individuals that are interested in getting to their safari destinations as quick and convenient as possible, there are direct flights from Cape Town to Kruger, Botswana, the Victoria Falls, and Namibia to name a few.
There are also convenient flights from abroad to Cape Town, Emirates Airlines, KLM, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Kenya Airlines, and Lufthansa. There are a few other airlines that have technical stops at O.R Tambo in Johannesburg en-route to Cape Town, such as Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, to name a few. Still, you are welcome to contact us if you need assistance with planning the most convenient route.
Cape Town is the perfect place to get your Africa vibe on, get to know the culture and history of this beautiful country. It has something unique to add to your overall experience and might even end up as one of the highlights of your African Safari. Some people also prefer to end their trip, which is also a great way to end your time in Africa before taking the long flight back home.