Isn’t it fascinating how far we’ve come? Everywhere you look you can find a magical Black woman doing her thing, living beyond her ancestors’ wildest dreams.
And yes, we’re talking about you, Travel Diva!
Our accomplishments seem even more monumental when we journey back to the homeland. Traveling to South Africa can be one of the most life-changing, soul-stirring trips you’ll ever take.
Whether you’ve been Pinterest-dreaming about South Africa or you’re counting down the days until your departure, every Diva needs to be prepared.
That’s why we’ve gathered a few important tips to keep in mind before you head to South Africa, so you can have the best time of your life!
Tip #1: Book During the Off-Season.
You might think Africa is hot year-round, but the continent is too big to put any country inside that thought bubble. South Africa does experience seasons, but the warmest time to visit is December through February. Plan your trip for a time outside of the South African summer so you can experience everything South Africa has to offer without too many tourists or too much melanin-burning sun.
Tip #2: Don’t Forget to Tip!
While some countries frown upon tipping, South Africa isn’t one of them. Be sure to pack cash (credit cards are widely accepted but we always recommend cash on hand during international trips) and tip at least 10-15% in accordance with the service you receive.
Tip #3: Be Mindful of Water Usage.
A few years back South Africa suffered a drought, so be mindful of your water usage. Another thing: Even in more remote locations such as on a game drive, water filtration systems are in place to make tap water drinkable but be sure to bring bottled water just to be on the safe side.
Tip #4: Opt for Buses, Transit & Private Car Services.
Hop on a Greyhound or a Trans-Lux bus to get around the inner city or grab an Uber or Bolt when you need to take a cab. Metered taxi cabs can be hit or miss as some drivers do not possess a valid license so err on the side of caution here!
Tip #5: Learn Local Phrases.
Did you know South Africa has 11 official languages? That being said, English is commonly spoken. You’ll see all road signs and official forms in English. However, it’s always helpful – and appreciated – to learn local phrases.
BONUS TIP: Slow Down.
South Africa is a developed country, but if you aren’t in the bustling streets of Johannesburg, know that the pace slows down significantly. Dinner is earlier than in much of the rest of the world and attractions close down earlier, too, so keep this in mind when planning your day.
And if you haven’t booked your trip yet, you can reserve your spot and see all the ways we’ll pamper you for a magical South African adventure right here: https://thetraveldivas.com/trip/south-african-tour-2023/