Whether you are here for the FIFA World Cup or have any other reason for visiting South Africa in winter, I hope to present you with some helpful travel hints and tips around different areas of the country. Now the whole world is visiting us, Hooray world cup. Last night Southafrica won France but still did not qualify for the second round. Ah well, we have enough other reasons to celebrate. So many people from all over the world have come, and they are realising that our country has much more to offer than township tours, Kruger Park and Table Mountains – although the latter two are definitely a sight worth seeing. Personally I am not a fan of township tours. In German magazines it’s always the same old, same old tone: Vibrant life in the ghettos, white Southafricans are dumb and don’t know what they are missing out. I personally know none of my black African friends (here in SA there are enough native white Africans as well, so the politically correct way of saying African friends is not specific enough) who enjoys that kind of publicity. They want to get out of the townships with their crimes, shabeens and daily male chauvinism displays. It’s never as simple as saying good black guys are poor, bad white guys are rich. Got quite a number of white friends who are barely scraping together a living, and several black friends who recently bought the nicest villas. All South Africans are very proud of their nation. Sometimes very ambivalentely so. We hate our country with a passion for its crime and corruption and high taxes. And we love it with a ridiculously blind love for its landscapes, rough humour, diversities and freedom.
But Southafrica is actually many different country in one. Staying up north in Limpopo right now, I am time and time again amazed when traveling at how different not only the climate and countryside but also the mentalities are in the different regions. The last two weeks we spent down in the Cape. My husband had some business there and in between appointments we got to travel about 1700 km around in the are. Here are some of the highlights for you – some maybe useful hints and tips for your own South African winter exploration. It can actually get much colder than what you expect, in the Cape we have minus degrees (Celsius) in winter and the houses are not insulated. Expect to wear a thick jacket in your living room at night and T-Shirts in the warm sun during the afternoons.