Sei viaggi a più destinazioni in Sudafrica


di Eloise Barker

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maggio 2017

In Sudafrica puoi acquistare un libro di ricette per cucinare un pasto sul motore dell'auto: in altre parole, è il territorio per eccellenza dei viaggi "on the road". Vivi un'avventura con i nostri itinerari a destinazioni multiple. Cammina nel deserto e partecipa a un'escursione sulle montagne e vivi un vero safari.

Cape Town, Winelands, whale watching

Best for: Cape Town capers

 

Il viaggio: 93 miglia

A Città del Capo, trascorri tre giorni presso l'hotel di lusso Table Bay Hotel che si trova nel cuore del V&A Waterfront. Prima di andare al ristorante, prendi la funivia per ammirare il tramonto dalla cima della Table Mountain. Per cena gusta i deliziosi spiedini del ristorante Belthazar e, dopo aver visitato i giardini botanici Kirstenbosh Botanical Gardens, pieni di agapanti, su Tree Canopy Walkway, raggiungi Robben Island. È qui, in questa nota ex prigione, che Nelson Mandela ha scontato 18 anni dei 27 della pena detentiva a lui inflitta.

In this desert region of caves and switchback roads you might spot a meerkat, or even a meteor: the Klein Karoo desert is a perfect wilderness for star gazing.

Anche se Città del Capo potrebbe tenerti occupato per settimane, noleggia un'auto il quarto giorno. A breve distanza in auto potrai raggiungere la regione dei vigneti. Con una storia di viticultura che risale al 1659, le bottiglie prodotte sulle proprietà non riflettono così tanto il "nuovo" spirito del vino del Nuovo Mondo. A Stellenbosch, soggiorna presso l'Oude Werf Hotel e usufruisci della sua piscina all'ombra delle piante. Schoon Comanje Deli, che si trova a due passi, è il posto ideale per il pranzo. Scoprirai che i migliori ristoranti del Sudafrica si trovano vicino ai vigneti. Nella vicina cittadina di Franschhoek, La Petite Ferme è una tappa d'obbligo di molti viaggiatori. Dalla terrazza assolata puoi ammirare il panorama della vallata verdeggiante che si estende davanti a te.

  • Shamwari Game Reserve, Bayethe Tented Lodge

    The lion sleeps tonight

    Stay in a luxury tented lodge with spectacular views of the malaria-free Shamwari Game Reserve.

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  • Colourful beach huts on Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town, South Africa. Photo by Ferrantraite

    Crime wave

    Even murder mystery novelist Agatha Christie used to surf at Muizenberg beach.

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  • Zebra-watching in the parks. Photo by Beverley Way / EyeEm

    Sapeva che…

    There are two types of zebra found in South Africa – the common Burchell’s Zebra and the very rare Mountain Cape Zebra. And, though there are many theories, we don’t exactly know why they have their distinctive stripes.

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Drive east along the coast from Stellenbosch to Hermanus in under two hours. As southern right whale migrate from the Antarctic from July to November you can see them easily from the coast – perhaps even from your hotel room at the Harbour House. There’s a whale crier in the town who announces their arrival – as though they’re royalty at a ball. Hermanus Whale Festival is always the first week end in October.

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Una volta raggiunta la città di Hermanus, vai al Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, che si trova a breve distanza in auto. Questa struttura a cinque stelle si trova lungo la costa, dove puoi avvistare le balene e i pinguini – oppure potrai semplicemente rilassarti in un paradiso ecologico.

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Cape Town and the Garden Route

Best for: Arty towns and big cities

 

Il viaggio: 462 miglia

Noleggia un'auto a Città del Capo e fermati a Mossel Bay per assaggiare le cozze e le ostriche che scenderanno meglio giù per la gola se accompagnate da un bicchiere di vino. Raggiungi la cittadina di George e soggiorna presso il Fancourt Hotel con i suoi splendidi campi da golf. Questa vasta cittadina si estende in una valle fertile circondata da parchi nazionali. Un'escursione di mezza giornata verso est ti porterà a Oudtshoorn. Conosciuta per essere la capitale dello struzzo per le sue enormi mandrie di struzzi da allevamento, questa regione desertica con strade tortuose ti permetterà forse di vedere un meerkat o anche una meteora: il deserto di Klein Karoo è il deserto perfetto per osservare le stelle. Visita le grotte incredibilmente profonde di Cango Caves e soggiorna presso il Rosenhof Country House.

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Il giorno dopo, raggiungi la costa: non puoi sognare di meglio che stare sulle spiagge vicino a Knysna, dove puoi soggiornare presso l'elegante Pezula Resort and Spa. Port Elizabeth si trova a tre ore d'auto da qui. Poco prima di entrare in città, fermati a Jeffreys Bay, la famosa capitale del surf. Tutto l'anno la temperatura mite consente di praticare sport acquatici, quasi letteralmente sotto al sole. Una volta a Port Elizabeth, una città tranquilla e accogliente, lascia la tua tavola da surf con la paraffina e rilassati sulla spiaggia.

Extend your trip

Go from gardens to game and take to the reserves for two nights; the Eastern Cape has plenty to choose from. Pumba Private Game Reserve is set around a beautiful lodge and Shamwari Game Reserve attracts well-heeled guests for big five game viewing. This luxury game reserve also has a family lodge and welcomes children. Do note that some game reserves do not accept day trippers. Unless you’re a lion.

Visit Port Elizabeth

Chic Cape Town and a spin in Sun City

Best for: Fun-lovers

 

Il viaggio: 922 miglia

Stay for a week at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, half an hour drive from Cape Town’s airport. Lounge in the sunset at Sandy B Beach Club, and enjoy the glamour that your well-dressed fellow guests bring to the sundowner scene. Take a day trip to Simon’s Town and the Cape Peninsula to see a pair of extraordinary sights: two oceans at once and African penguins on the beach. A flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg and then a two-hour transfer takes you to Sun City, the miniature Vegas of South Africa. From here it’s easy to have a day trip at the Pilanesburg Game Reserve.

The standout hotel at Sun City is The Palace of the Lost City, a fairy tale African palace elevated so that it’s viewable from the whole park. Alternatively, for a sophisticated five star stay that’s family friendly, stay at Cascades. For a budget option, try Cabanas. You’re here to relax. Do so by the pool whilst kids get involved with daily activities and entertainment. Put on your best poker face at the casino and lose your poker face somewhere on the water chutes at the Valley of Waves waterpark.

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  • Victoria Falls. Photo by 3dan3 / Getty Images

    See the queen of all waterfalls

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Cape Town, Kruger and the Victoria Falls

Best for: Close encounters

 

The journey: 1,780 miles

Start off in cosmopolitan Cape Town before flying to Johannesburg. Collect a car and drive east to reach the Kruger National Park in half a day. 180 cheetahs, over 1,000 leopards and 1,500 lions call it home, and you can too, for a few days at Motswari Private Game Reserve. It’s time to go big and try and cross these native residents off your list of sights: the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros make up the so-called ‘big five’ species you have to see if you’re playing safari bingo. Go out on a self-drive or borrow a good pair of eyes and take a guided tour.

From Johannesburg, fly to either Livingstone, Zambia or Harare, Zimbabwe, with Comair. At their border on the Zambesi river is the world’s largest waterfall. Before it was called Victoria Falls, it was called Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ – a name that fits the tumultuous sheets of water that bring your African adventure to its crashing grand finale. Stay close by at The Victoria Falls Hotel, a five star beauty overlooking the Victoria Falls Bridge.

Durban and the Drakensberg Mountains

Best for: Beach breaks and peaks

 

Il viaggio: 109 miglia

Fly to Durban via Johannesburg with Comair or, from 29th October 2018 take a direct flight from London Heathrow to reach the coastal city. Arriving in Durban, it’s clear that the place to go first is beach-wards. The Dolphin Coast is known for its bottlenose residents. Stay at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort. It faces the Indian ocean and the water is warm, averaging 23-26 degrees in the summer. For a classic golden sand beach holiday, you could stop here and learn to surf – the golden mile at Durban has beaches with the right breaks for both beginners and experts. But you may find inland adventure calls.

A day’s drive north takes you to the Drakensberg mountains, considered the most spectacular scenery in South Africa. Stay lakeside in a stunning valley at the Drakensburg Sun. The Drakensberg peaks have an evocative Zulu name: the ‘Barrier of Spears’. The 620-mile range hides formidable sculptural peaks, the world’s second-highest waterfall, and 22,000 examples of rock art that might be new compared to the natural rock formations, but are an ancient wonder to us. While you’re here, see the Drakensberg Boys Choir perform an African repertoire, including "Night Sounds" where they imitate the sounds of the bush – by now, you’ll be familiar with them all.

  • Photo by Mambriyu Pratama / EyeEm

    On safari

    Malaria-free game reserves make South Africa a brilliant choice for a wildlife-spotting holiday.

  • Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Tilney Manor

    Animal manor

    For stunning views over the mountains, book your place at Tilney Manor in the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.

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  • Sandton city, Johannesburg. Photo by Henrique NDR Martins / Getty Images

    Southern hemisphere shopping

    Sandton City Shopping Centre contains 300 shops, restaurants and a cinema.

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Johannesburg and Mauritius

Best for: Urban living and an island heaven

 

The journey: 1,910 miles

Fly to Johannesburg – see its emerging arts scene and embark on excellent shopping trips. Stay in the affluent Sandton district for three nights at the Hilton Sandton and get lost in some of the biggest shopping malls in the southern hemisphere. Gnaw biltong for sustenance whilst you find your way. In Soweto, visit the former houses of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu on a street which has housed as many Nobel Peace Prize winners as it has public telephones (two).

A direct flight to Mauritius gives you the ultimate escape. The jewel of the Indian ocean has white sand and calm lagoons. Surrounded by a shallow shelf, coral bound and beautiful above and below the water, Mauritius is a sight for sore eyes and its Indian, Chinese, French and Creole communities create a cuisine that’s worth leaving your hammock for. Stay at The Oberoi for twenty acres of beach and one superb spa, or go All Inclusive at Maritim Resort & Spa.

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