South Africa is an amazing country to visit. I had been longing to go till I got the chance last December when I went with my sister.We landed in Johannesburg, our first contact with South Africa after a six hour flight from Lagos. Knowing that we weren’t staying long in Johannesburg, the major thing on our agenda was to visit the famous Sandton City where they have the Mandela Square with a statue of Nelson Mandela. You can do a bit more sightseeing in the area, eat some good food, yummy ice cream and just enjoy what Sandton has to offer.
The next day, we took a bus to our next stop…Durban. It is better to go by road if you love adventure and sightseeing; you get to see a bit more of South Africa and its beautiful landscape. It takes about 6-8 hours from Johannesburg to Durban. Although it was quite far and a bit tiring, it was kind of fun. The trick is to go with a gist partner, watch movies (they also play some on the bus), nap, chew something, etc. There is usually a 20 minutes stop over to use the ladies or gents and buy some food.
In Durban, the first attraction we visited the Ushaka Marine World. It is a marine themed park with a lot of sea animals. There is an aquarium (where you can have a glimpse of life in the ocean and its diverse ecosystem), animal shows and loads of other activities. If you ever find yourself in Durban, a visit to the Ushaka Marine World is a must.
The next day, we were off to the popular Durban beach. Entry to the beach is free of charge but you have to pay for each fun ride you decide to go on. It is an all-day escapade at the Durban beach as there are lots of things to do there, from water rides, to sky rides, roller coasters of all sorts, and yes, the beach itself. You can’t afford to be scared at this beach; you must be an adrenaline junkie in order to enjoy the fun rides. It is better to start with a tour of the beach, walk around and see all it has to offer then start with one that appeals to you the most. My suggestion is to start with the top/sky ride; it is a slow cable ride that shows you a panoramic view of the entire beach from above.
We wrapped up Durban with racing (go-karting) and 3D games at Gateway and as expected, it was all Fun! Fun!! Fun!!!
Our final stop was on our trip was Cape Town. Apparently, it is referred to as the richest city in South Africa. We were told it is about 24 hours by road from Durban so we took a flight instead. We arrived Cape Town late and we were quite exhausted so we took time out to chill at one of the African bars; there were drinks, board games while we relaxed conversing with a couple of friends.
Cape Town has so many activities so we went right into it the next day. First, we headed to Victoria Wharf for some sightseeing. It is a beautiful place with a couple of activities-a slow roller coaster, a few stores, art shops and many more. They also had statues of great leaders like Nelson Mandela there.
After wandering around Victoria Wharf, we decided to go on a boat cruise. It takes you on a tour around homes, flats and hotels built by the water, and the tour guide talks about their different histories. It lasts for about 30 minutes.
Next, we went on the tour bus. It moves around and the tour guide gets you through up until the cable to the table mountain. We got on the cable car and it takes us up the mountain. It is an amazing ride up and the view is spectacular. The atmosphere on top of the mountain is entirely different ; it is usually windy and the view is amazing!!! You can see the entire town from the top. There is also a café where you can relax for a while before heading back to the city.
Overall, my trip to South Africa was a wonderful experience. It was nice exploring its major cities and what they had to offer and I particularly liked being with family which was best part of it.
About The Author
Judith Uwandi is an Event Planner based in Lagos, Nigeria. When she’s not busy planning weddings, bridal shower or birthdays, she volunteers for an NGO. She likes going to the movies in her spare time and enjoys travelling whenever she gets the chance.