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BBEFORE THE TRIP
South Africa’s cities are vibrant and exciting, and it’s worth taking the time to find out what kind of city break clients are interested in, as each offers something quite different.
ON THE TRIP
Cape Town is a hugely cosmopolitan city with a strong food and drink scene. Nightlife is fantastic; suggest checking out the Cape Town Comedy Club at The Pumphouse at the V&A Waterfront before hitting some of the cities excellent bars and restaurants.
For culture, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa celebrates art from across Africa. If clients want to burn some energy and gain a unique perspective on the city, they could take part in the Lion’s Head Full Moon Hike.
The 2,200ft hike can take from 45 minutes to an hour, giving beautiful views of Cape Town in the moonlight.
Visitors can also fit in a visit to South Africa’s wine region — the Winelands can be reached in around an hour from Cape Town.
Another must-see Cape Town sight is Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.
JJohannesburg is a slightly shorter flight from the UK and a great jumping off point for South Africa’s national parks. It’s definitely worth spending a few days in the city to get to grips with South Africa’s fascinating history. The Apartheid Museum covers the country’s turbulent past and present, while many travellers opt to explore vibrant Soweto. Choose a locally run tour to learn more about life here.
On Saturdays, locals and visitors flock to Neighbourgoods Market for amazing street food, pumping live music and cool designer clothes, while on the first Thursday evening of every month, Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank is closed to cars and becomes a buzzing open-air market, while galleries showcasing contemporary artists open late.
Learn more about Joburg and its surroundings with the Jozi local Charles Ncube.
Durban, on the south west coast, is where to make the most of the tropical weather. For art lovers and hipsters, there’s craft beer and galleries galore at trendy S43, a warehouse-style space with loads of places to try new brews. Florida Road in the city centre is the hub of nightlife in DDurban, with clubs offering live music every night. The city also offers beautiful beaches along the Golden Mile.
Florida Road in the city centre is the hub of nightlife in Durban, with clubs offering live music every night. The city also offers beautiful beaches along the Golden Mile.
Discover more about Durban with Jonas Barausse
WWhat to pack
As with all city breaks, pack a pair of comfortable shoes for walking. Cape Town in particular is an outdoorsy city, so the usual advice of packing sunblock and a hat stands.