Top Reasons to visit South Africa this Summer

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Coastline for Days

When summer begins knocking in Southern Africa, the only place to find yourself is seaside. South Africa boasts some of the most spectacular coastline; spanning up the rugged west coast into Cape Town’s breathtaking peninsula through the Garden Route’s lush coastline with the towns of George, Knysna, Pletttenberg Bay and Tsitskikamma. Before you hit the Eastern Cape’s rural Wild Coast with its turquoise huts on hills and deserted beaches sporting cattle and Durban’s vibrant beaches and Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal’s diving havens.

There is a reason Cape Town is continuously voted the World’s Most Beautiful City. All you need to do is take a coastal drive along Chapman’s Peak with its 32 bends with nothing but ocean, mountains, and curves for days. Sunset picnics and coastal drives along Chapman’s Peak are a must. As is a tour of the peninsula where you hug every inch of the coastline and make your way to Cape Point Nature Reserve and behold the South Western most tip of Africa.

From the West Coast down to the Cape Peninsula, through the Garden Route and all the way to the Wild Coast and Durban, you’ll never be too far from breathtaking coastline.

Storytelling through Street Art on the city’s canvas

Take a sip of the city’s soul trials and triumphs by taking in the street art adorning the city’s canvas. In Maboneng, skate, cycle or walk your way past art studios, murals, markets, galleries and street art. Read more about our City Tours on foot on Lonely Planet here.

Get a taster of Johannesburg Street Art Scene:

Mountains and Trails to Trek

Sometimes we all just need to take a hike! Depending on your fitness level and experience you can embark on a half-day or full day hike in the Drakensberg, coastal trails along the Wild Coast or up the renowned Table Mountain. When things start heating up in South Africa’s summer, it’s always best to head up the mountains first thing in the morning or at sunset.

We love the coastal trails between the Wild Coast’s Hole in the Wall and Coffee Bay, the Tugela Falls and Sentinel Peak Drakensberg Hikes, Magaliesberg mountain adventures and Cape Town’s Lion’s Head, Platteklip Gorge and Constantia Nek. 

When it comes to mountain safety, always head up in a group, ensure you have enough snacks and water for the return trip and pack a warm jacket as Cape Town’s weather is highly unpredictable. 

Join CURIOCITY Cape Town’s Sunrise/Sunset Hikes or a contemplative hike from FARMHOUSE in Cradle of Humankind with Epic Hikes, Enquire here

Hike from Farmhouse in the Cradle Of Humankind
Sunset Hike in Cape Town

South Africans

Sure we have incredible natural beauty but the real wealth of this nation lies in our people. With 11 official languages (Xhosa, Zulu, Ndbele, Tswana, English, Afrikaans to name a few), multiple cultures and races ranging from Black, White, Coloured, Indian and more, you’ll be visiting a country filled diverse tribes and people groups each with their own stories to tell, cuisine to share and colours of their cities to show you. We’re a warm and hospitable nation and strive to show visitors the very heart of who we are and we so look forward to welcoming you.

If there’s a place in South Africa where you can fully immerse in the beat of the city, it’s Maboneng in Johannesburg. Check into CURIOCITY Johannesburg and join in on the in-house games evenings, braai and dj evenings or sign-up for a city art tour, Soweto tour and explore the city on foot, on a bike or skateboard.

To book an immersive exploration in Maboneng or Johannesburg, email us here.

Beaches for everyone.

Longing to dip more than your toes in the ocean? Take your pick from the beaches on option for you to enjoy along South African’s coastline. Go snorkeling or diving in Rocktail Bay or Sodwana Bay, hire a surfboard and hits the waves alone (or with an instructor in Durban or Cape Town’s Muizenberg beach, Jeffrey’s Bay Main Beach or in Coffee Bay). 

Go kayaking in the quiet of the morning in Seapoint, Cape Town or along the West Coast’s Paternoster or try your hand at bodyboarding at the iconic Victoria Bay, George.

Enjoy daily dips at any one of Cape Town’s tidal pools from Camps Bay to the False Peninsula’s St James Beach, Dalebrook where you can ocean without the waves. And kids can further investigate the rockpools.

Our African is sun tends to catch new visitors unawares so remember to always protect your skin with sunblock and a hat. And try stay out of the sun during the hours of 11am-3pm.

You’re never far from breathtaking coastline in Cape Town. This Atlantic Seaboard coastline begins in Greenpoint, home of CURIOCITY Cape Town and runs all the way to Cape Point Nature Reserve.

Drink to that

South Africa, particularly the Western Cape Province boasts some of the best wine regions and fruits of the harvest in the world. From the Constantia Winelands right in the heart of Cape Town, to the iconic wine regions like Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl, there’s a wine for every tastebud. Craft beers, artisan gins and coffee roasteries have also all gained popularity over the last few years and can be enjoyed throughout the country especially in the main cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

Try a gin-making experience at the Radisson Red in Cape Town, a truly unique coffee experience at Truth Coffee and whisky tasting along with a gourmet 3-course meal (booking only) at Fox Street Studios in Maboneng and craft beer at Mad Giant in Blairgowrie.

Email [email protected] to book a whiskey tasting experience served up with a Gourmet 3 Course meal at Fox Street Studios in Maboneng.

Wellbeing while Travelling

When travelling to South Africa, there’s no need to forsake your dietary requirements or your well-being practices. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, banting or on the organic-only train, we’ve got you. 

CURIOCITY Cape Town hosts regular vegan pop-up dinners, weekly yoga classes in the park, beside the ocean or indoors as well as mindful creative walks for you to be present in your surroundings with a journal in hand. 

Vegan Pop-Dinner @ Curiocity Cape Town
Morning meditation with The Nest Space @ Curiocity Cape Town

FARMHOUSE in the Cradle of Humankind is designed and created with harmony and balance of body, mind and soul. With mindful hikes, breathwork sessions beside the waterfall and yoga and sound bathing on offer, this is the ideal space to unplug and rejuvenate.

Outdoor yoga available at [email protected]
Breathwork Sessions besides the waterfall with Breathwork Africa at [email protected]

To enquire about any of CURIOCITY’s Experiences or Stays in Cape Town, Johannesburg or the Cradle of Humankind, email [email protected]