Apart from Cape Town, South Africa is not known for its city destinations. Many people think that the cities are too dangerous, and don't really know what is on offer here. I always encourage my visitors to include at least one city experience in their itinerary. Partly because it is a vital part of understanding life in South Africa, but mostly because there are so many amazing experiences on offer. The large cities are like all of South Africa condensed into one small space: a place where the vast array of peoples and cultures exist side-by-side. Worlds collide where imposing skyscrapers send their shadows over shops selling traditional medicine, where black, white and coloured South Africans jostle for a living next to immigrants from all over the continent. You will find old traditions and new ways of life, modern cuisine and old style street food, and you will meet people from all walks of life!
Like any big city, it is best to go with a local guide who knows the people and places (and where not to go). There are many guided tours available in South Africa's largest cities - Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth - where you can learn about everyday life and culture, but also about fashion, food and new developments. Historic tours, street food and cooking classes, fashion, culture, street art and inner city markets are just some of the tours available.
Slow Travel Africa works closely with local guides in each city. This enables us to offer you an experience that is enriching, interesting and safe that also contributes to the local economy by creating jobs and an income for the people you visit.