South Africa is the number one travel destination topping most people’s bucket lists thanks to its hot climate, sandy beaches and vibrant culture. Some tend to be put off the self-proclaimed Rainbow State by its notorious violence and crime rates, but for those who aren’t deterred, the country promises a holiday like no other.
Whether you’re sunning yourself on the Garden Route or soaking up the culture in Cape Town, South Africa’s impressive beauty is undeniable. Its main attractions are infamous: Table Mountain, Cape Point and Robben Island to name just a few. The country’s true beauty however lies in its relaxed everyday life: having a casual drink with friends on the coast or a tranquil coffee in the capital whilst taking in the mountainous surroundings. The crystal blue seas, golden dunes and leafy green palms combined with the crisp fresh air and spectacular views make South Africa a dreamlike holiday destination. Step into any café to ask a local yourself and they will tell you proudly how they live in the most beautiful country in the world.
South Africa promises a wonderful experience no matter your tastes and expenses, with thrill-seeking back-packers on shoestring budgets opting for a bungee jump on the Garden Route and family groups deciding on a Safari to see the Big 5. If however you are like the Ultramarine team of jetsetters and favour a holiday of affordable luxury, filled with great style and culture with the odd glass of Prosecco, here are some of our personal recommendations…
Hotel: La Grenadine, Gardens, Cape Town
A chic boutique hotel in a restored 200 year-old house in the heart of Cape Town decked out with vintage furniture and a bar, all for under £100.
Bar: Honest Chocolate Gin Bar, Cape Town
This is Cape Town’s best-kept secret. The capital’s luxurious Honest Chocolate shop is also the secret entrance to a hidden gin bar at the back boasting an impressive array of Gin and Tonics and great company.
Sunset viewing: Twsalu Kalahari, Kuruman
The luxury games reserve Twsalu Kalahari has a lavish new sleeping deck for visitors to enjoy a drink whilst watching the sunset and then after an alfresco sleep, enjoy the sunrise with a delicious breakfast.
Restaurant: The Pot Luck Club, Cape Town
Dubbed the coolest place to dine in the capital, The Pot Luck Club situated in the Old Biscuit Mill is always buzzing, enticing punters with its innovative and affordable menu.
Beach: Camps Bay, Western Cape
Camps Bay is known for its mountainous landscapes, golden sand and breath-taking sunset views. With sunbathing in the day and beachside cocktail bars coming alive at night, this coast is not to be missed.
Shopping: Victoria & Albert Waterfront, Cape Town
Ultramarine Resort Wear is obviously the best place to shop before your holiday but once you’re in South Africa, the V&A Waterfront is packed with everything that you could possibly want, even an indoor antiques market.
Our Ultramarine picks:
This season our Ultramarine essentials for South Africa are…
Lila Eugenie Camel Wrap Kaftan
Catarina Mina Mira Tropical
Patricia Nicolas African Tribal Mask
Heliconia Tilapia Skin Espadrilles
Sloane Stationary World Travels Notebook
Top tip: Download the Uber Taxi service app, everyone in South Africa swears by it, it is safe.