As you guys may have seen on Instagram, I recently spent two weeks in South Africa and Swaziland with a friend from college. Despite my poor decision to visit in winter (it was cold and damp, and I slept in a tent for most of it!), I really enjoyed the trip.

The highlights? Swaziland for the safari and Cape Town for the vibes. Honestly I could move to Cape Town – it's basically my dream city. It has adorable restaurants, dirt-cheap wine, and incredible hiking – plus, the mountains and the ocean. How can one city have all of that?!

Anyway, I have a lot to share about South Africa and Swaziland. But first, I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos.

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Which photo is your favorite?


Books to read before visiting South Africa: Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela and Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (I LOVED it, but I've heard the audio version is even better!).


South Africa travel tips:

Travel gear – Before your trip, buy a South Africa travel adapter plug as they're different than any other country.

Transportation – In Cape town and Johannesburg, I took Ubers everywhere for safety and convenience. If you're new to Uber, get $20 off your first ride here.

Safety – I felt safe in most of South Africa but have common sense like you would anywhere else. However I would avoid walking alone, especially at night. Petty theft is fairly common in South Africa so ladies, pack a crossbody bag.

Health – You don't need a yellow fever vaccine to travel to South Africa. But if you're traveled from a yellow fever risk country, you will need a yellow fever certificate. See more information on which vaccines you will need for South Africa here.

Make sure to purchase travel insurance before your trip to South Africa. I've used World Nomads for years and highly recommend it.

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Uganda. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Colorado. She's been to forty countries but somehow still gets lost in her home town. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour magazine.
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