South Africa Travel Tips: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go

South Africa is one of my favourite countries to travel to and is the kind of place that you can return to time and time again. It’s huge, so you can do something new on every visit, or find your favourite spot (mine is Knysna) and keep coming back. Whichever way you do it, if you are planning your first trip to South Africa there are few things that knowing in advance can make your adventure a bit easier; enter my round up of the most useful South Africa travel tips!

I have been to South Africa twice; our first trip in 2016 was a two and a half week whirlwind where we explored Johannesburg and Cape Town, spent a few day on safari in Kruger, drank wine in Stellenbosch and experienced the iconic Garden Route road trip. I love pretty much everywhere I visit, but rarely return in favour of exploring new places. South Africa, however, was somewhere I always intended to come back to.

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The Best Restaurants in Knysna, South Africa

We had grand plans to cook in our villa and chill during our three week South Africa trip, but with so many great places to eat in Knysna, we ended up eating out almost every night.

I have quite a diverse preference on where to eat depending on my mood; sometimes it’s all about casual dining and other times I fancy dressing up a bit. My guide to the best restaurants in Knysna reflects this and isn’t an exhaustive list of every restaurant we ate at, just the ones that gave us such a pleasant evening that we returned (or plan to return).

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Beautiful Beaches in Knysna: Sand, Sea & Sunsets

Sea and sand are always an integral part of my holiday and the beaches in Knysna (a seaside town located on the Garden Route of South Africa’s Western Cape) do not disappoint. I would have been thrilled with just one Knysna beach, instead I got six; each one completely different from the one before.

I loved each one for different reasons, but for me Brenton-on-Sea was the winner of the best beach in Knysna for me (if only this was a paid job)!

We stayed in Knysna for a blissful three weeks (my second visit to the area) renting a house in Pezula. I fell in love with South Africa on our last trip which was an epic two week long road trip taking in Kruger, the Garden Route, wine lands and Cape Town. We had a wonderful time, but as part of my drive to slow down my travel, we wanted to have a more laid back holiday this time.

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Oman Itinerary: Muscat, Mountains & Desert

Our Oman itinerary gave us a perfect blend of of adventure, exploring and relaxing time, the best of all worlds and ensures you come back from your holiday in Oman having learnt something about the country you visited, but also feeling refreshed and relaxed, ready to take on the daily grind again.

Personally, my natural instinct on holiday is to cram in as much as possible, whereas my husband’s is to do as little as possible. We compromise by meeting in the middle (the day on, day off approach works well) and we have each recognised that actually, this is the best thing for both of us anyway (a rare result when we compromise!).

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A Luxury Hotel Review: Six Senses Kaplankaya in Turkey

I had first discovered Six Senses Kaplankaya in Turkey in an article by Condé Nast Traveller, who are excellent at writing in such a way that entices me drop everything and book whatever it is they are talking about immediately.

Fast forward a year or so and the name popped up again, this time with a deal attached to it from one of my favourite luxury boutique hotel booking websites, Mr & Mrs Smith.
No further encouragement needed, a couple of hours later and we were all booked to visit Six Senses in Turkey!

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