9 days in South Africa- will mostly be in KwaZulu Natal and Cape Town. Any suggestions on where to go, what to do?
Will be there in June, so it'll be winter time. How do I make the most of the 9 days?
Cape Town - so many things so just read this - http://www.safariguideafrica.com/cape-town-south-africa.php or here is a longer thing from the same site - http://www.safariguideafrica.com/south-african-year-round-trip-planner.php which serves as a trip planner.
KwaZulu Natal - I would just stay in Richards bay and swim or surf, but it depends when you are going. about 7 years ago
Even though June is winter here KZN, especially northern, is quite mild. With so much to see and do in both destinations in just 9 days, you have a challenge. Distances to travel could take 2 to 4 days of that depending on how you get between the cities.
UShaka in Durban KZN (http://www.ushakamarineworld.co.za) is a great theme park with loads to see and do...not my scene as it is very popular and throbbing with visitors! I prefer getting into the countryside. You don't mention if yiou will have access to a vehicle...if you do, take 2 days and go on the Midlands Meander..can take in the battlefields, visit many craft places, have a great meal. (http://www.midlandsmeander.co.za/). Or as Jeff says just chill on the beaches in the area.
The Cape has a Mediterranean climate so their winters are rainy. Take warm protective clothing. Cape Town itself is a beautiful city...loads to do...highlight of that area for me, doing the Winelands route - I try to visit the lesser known estates - well known ones are quite commercialised and expensive. Fairview is great though - specialise in goats cheese and have a lovely place. Going up Table Mountain is a must...Noordhoek beach is stunning, Hermanus offers the best whale watching but I think that is only in July?? What's great about CT you can basically go off in any direction and experience something amazing!
SA is a fantastic country with so much diversity! But do be sharp and wise, familiarise yourself with things that could be a negative - such as don't go out looking like a tourist...as with anywhere in the world there are criminals who target foreigners. Especially if you are a woman alone...take care...be aware...have fun! about 7 years ago