While everybody seems to have been bitten by the travel bug, one particular segment has risen to the occasion in full force – that of women travelers! Women besides outperforming at work, managing their homes and slaying everywhere – in general, have now increasingly turned to solo traveling. Not only is solo travel/travel with your girl gang therapeutic for the modern Indian woman, but also enriching and a bold statement of their empowered versions. The reasons to travel vary, from business and leisure to experiencing and exploring local cultures. ALSO SEE Adventure Activities in South Africa that Ranked Highest Among Indian Travelers in 2017
While there are a lot of destinations offering these experiences, the combination of stunning surroundings, fantastic year–round weather, a thriving wildlife and a wide array of adventure sports to choose from, have put the rainbow nation of South Africa on the map for an unforgettable experience amongst women travelers. March 8 is Women’s Day 2018 and as we get closer to it, it is worth looking at some great travel options for the solo woman traveler. Here is a look at some of the most bucket-list worthy activities to include in your itinerary for your next solo trip to South Africa:
1. Bloukrans Bridge Bungee, Eastern Cape
The highest commercial bridge bungee jump in the world at the Bloukrans Bridge has a 216 meter gorge below. It is one of the ultimate activities to feature on any adrenaline seeker’s bucket list while visiting South Africa. The growing popularity is evident by the fact that 12000 Indians walked + jumped the off Bloukrans Bridge in 2017, making Indians the 3rd highest participating nationality for the activity.
2. Abseiling from Table Mountain, Western Cape
The 7th Natural Wonder of the World offers a spectacular view of the Mother City with its bustling city life and the blue ocean. Abseiling from the top of Table Mountain gives you a view of the city that you will never see without indulging in the activity. One can also opt for cable car or trek.
3. Dance the night away in Cape Town
Nothing quite prepares you for Cape Town’s beauty and this is where one can feel perfectly in tune with the new South Africa. Cape Town’s energy is unrivaled and the day doesn’t end at sunset. Revel in some of the most happening party places across the city. From old school bars and beer houses to new cool sports bars and comedy clubs, Cape Town has it all.
4. Lip-smacking food of Durban
Durban is sure to tantalize your taste buds with the deliciously diverse spectrum of cuisines it has to offer. While gorging on the world cuisines, don’t forget to try the South African Bunny Chow. Bunny Chow is the Big Mac of South Africa. It’s a delicious treat unique to Durban that dates back to the 1940s, and your trip wouldn’t be complete without sampling it.
5. Go Hiking
Hiking trails are the best way to experience South Africa’s scenery, sunny climate and outdoor culture – it’s one of the world’s most popular hiking destinations. Whether you like to hike up mountains, along rivers or through valleys, you’re certain to find a perfect route. In Cape Town you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to hikes – take your pick from Table Mountain’s many routes, Lion’s Head’s popular and spectacular trail, walks in the various forests spread out below the mountain and beautiful coastal trails. DO SEE Hardik Pandya Posts Adorable Pic with “Beautiful Friend” in South Africa!
6. The Wild Safari
South Africa has to its name, a thriving and glorious wildlife. The major tourist attraction being the Big 5 – African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Lion, Black Rhino and Leopard. The African Safari promises myriad species amid dramatic, unspoiled landscapes. Tourists have the option of choosing from a wide variety such as a game drive, a bush walk, or even a horse-ride for an authentic wildlife experience. From gritty experiences in the bush to opulent luxury in a private lodge, they have it all covered.
7. Shark-cage diving
Great White Shark spotting is one of the biggest draws to South Africa. A trip to Rainbow Nation is incomplete without attempting the hair-raising shark-cage dive. It is one of the ultimate activities to feature on any adrenaline seeker’s bucketlist while visiting South Africa. In fact, Indians are the top 3rd nationality to undertake Shark-cage diving in South Africa. There are two places in South Africa that promise fantastic shark cage diving experiences: Gansbaai and Mossel Bay. Situated in Gansbaai, Dyer Island is often credited as a hub for shark-cage diving. It also serves as a sanctuary to rare pelagic bird species and the whole of Marine Big Five.
8. Cape Winelands Self-Drive Tour
The magnificent settings, rich history, art galleries and of course – great wines are reasons aplenty to take a leisurely self-drive past vineyards and orchards through Cape Winelands.