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  1. So long South Africa (and don't believe what you hear)

    posted by Colm Hanratty | 0 Comments


    It's 8.51pm and I'm in Johannesburg Airport. My time in South Africa has come to an end. I don't mind going home to be honest. I get to see my girlfriend who I haven't seen in over three weeks, and friends and family too. I'll still miss South Africa though. It's a fascinating country. But it's one that gets a lot of bad press. My mission is to change that with the content that we're going to bring you over the next few months.

    The one city that doesn't get as much bad PR as the rest is Cape Town. This is because it's by far the most spectacular city of the lot and it's full of stylish bars and cool neighbourhoods. Cape Town knocked me away. And I definitely didn't feel threatened in it.

    From here I went to Hermanus which I thoroughly enjoyed as, after a hectic week in Cape Town, I was looking forward to somewhere more relaxed for a few days. Hermanus was just that.

    Afterwards was Durban. It's certainly a bit rough around the edges, but that's the way life is there. It's also got some real touristy attractions like uShaka Marine World which provide great nights. And it's the gateway to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve.

    Finally I made it to Johannesburg, or Jo'burg as almost everyone calls it. This city surprised me the most. It's extremely green, it's got some really cool neighbourhoods, people are really friendly, and it didn't seem as dangerous as I (and you also I'm sure) have heard.

    So all in all what I'm trying to say is if you have a 'must-visit' list and South Africa isn't on it, then put it there immediately. It has so much to offer and there's no way you'll be disappointed by it.

    Finally, thanks to all the hostels who helped me along the way. So to The Backpack in Cape Town, Hermanus Backpackers in Hermanus, Tekweni Backpackers in Durban and Johannesburg Backpackers in Johannesburg thanks again. I hope to see you again one day.

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