Seis viagens em vários destinos na África do Sul


Por Eloise Barker

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Mai 2017

Na África do Sul, pode comprar um livro de receitas para cozinhar uma refeição no motor do seu carro, ou seja, é o principal território de viagem. Explore a região com os nossos itinerários em vários destinos. Passeie no deserto, faça caminhadas nas montanhas, mas continue sempre na estrada.

Cape Town, Winelands, whale watching

Best for: Cape Town capers

 

A viagem: 93 milhas

Na Cidade do Cabo, faça o check-in da sua estadia de três dias no luxuoso Table Bay Hotel, localizado na zona de V&A Waterfront. Antes de procurar um restaurante, apanhe o teleférico e assista ao pôr do sol no topo da Montanha da Mesa. Prove os kebabs de caça sazonais no restaurante Belthazar e, depois de explorar o Jardim Botânico de Kirstenbosh e os seus agapanthus no Tree Canopy Walkway, visite Robben Island. Foi nesta terrível antiga prisão que Nelson Mandela cumpriu 18 dos 27 anos da sua pena de prisão.

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.

Apesar de a Cidade do Cabo o conseguir cativar durante muitas semanas se a deixar, alugue um veículo no quarto dia. Uma pequena viagem vai conduzi-lo ao coração da região vinícola. Com uma história de viticultura que remonta a 1659, as garrafas produzidas nestas herdades não refletem o espírito "novo" do vinho do Novo Mundo. Em Stellenbosch, fique alojado no Oude Werf Hotel e desfrute da piscina, ora ao sol, ora tapada pela sombra. Descendo a rua, coma no Schoon de Comanje Deli. Vai descobrir que os melhores restaurantes da África do Sul se aglomeram nas zonas onde existem vinhas. Na vizinha Franschhoek, os pratos do La Petite Ferme são obrigatórios para muitos viajantes. No seu terraço soalheiro, poderá assistir à incrível paisagem do vale verdejante que se estende à sua frente.

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

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

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    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.

Extend your trip

Quando estiver em Hermanus, faça uma curta viagem e passe algum tempo em Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Este alojamento de cinco estrelas fica situado junto à lindíssima costa, onde poderá observar baleias e pinguins ou apenas relaxar num paraíso amigo do ambiente.

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Cape Town and the Garden Route

Best for: Arty towns and big cities

 

A viagem: 462 milhas

Alugue um veículo na Cidade do Cabo e passe por Mossel Bay, onde poderá degustar mexilhões e ostras acompanhados por um copo de vinho. Em seguida, vá até à cidade de George e ao Fancourt Hotel que oferece campos de golfe fabulosos. Esta cidade grande estende-se por um vale fértil, rodeado de parques nacionais. Um passeio de meio-dia para leste vai levá-lo a Oudtshoorn. Conhecida como a capital das avestruzes devido aos seus enormes bandos de avestruzes de criação, nesta região desértica de estradas sinuosas, poderá avistar um suricata ou até mesmo um meteoro: o deserto de Klein Karoo é o lugar perfeito para observar as estrelas. Visite as grutas de Cango, de uma profundidade incrível, e fique alojado no Rosenhof Country House.

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No dia seguinte, conduza em direção à costa. Não há nada melhor do que passear pelas praias de Knysna, onde pode ficar no exclusivo Pezula Resort and Spa. Port Elizabeth fica a três horas de distância. Mesmo antes de chegar à cidade, faça uma paragem em Jeffreys Bay, a famosa capital do surf. O seu clima quente ao longo de todo ano permite desfrutar de qualquer desporto aquático, literalmente sob o sol. Uma vez em Port Elizabeth, ponha a sua prancha com a cera bem aplicada de lado, pois vai encontrar aqui uma cidade acolhedora e descontraída, onde se pode finalmente deixar cair na areia.

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.

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Chic Cape Town and a spin in Sun City

Best for: Fun-lovers

 

A viagem: 922 milhas

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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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

 

A viagem: 109 milhas

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.

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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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