Looking to travel? Never travelled before? Here is our list of the best destinations to visit from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, that are easily affordable in a tight budget.
1. Thailand (Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui, Chaing Mai & more)
It's probably the most popular destination amongst South Africans at the moment. With daily flights available to Bangkok and Phuket (not direct since Thai Airways stopped flying from Johannesburg), it is easy to get there. It gives you a great taste of the Far East, with cheap shopping, amazing islands and snorkeling spots to take your breath away.
Idealic and prestine beaches are just as the pictures portray them! Most resorts and hotels are surrounded by a peacefull, which makes snorkeling easy, only a few meters from the beach. Mauritius offers watersports, beautiful hiking/cycling trails, shopping and relaxing holidays.
3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Increasingly popular, this city is aiming to be the best tourist destination in the world. They have the biggest, tallest and first of anything you can think of! It's in the middle of a desert, however you can ski here and they have alot of waterparks and massive shopping malls to keep you entertained.
4. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Most likely the cheapest destination, Zanzibar is a small island off the coast of Tanzania. The island is alot lot less commercialized than other destinations and keeps true to it's African roots. Resorts and hotels on the island are very cheap. The beaches are long and stretched on the east coast and diving is exceptional in the northern part of the island.
5. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwean or Zambian side
One of our continent's most popular attractions, the Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall on the planet in terms of falling water. It has grown into a popular tourist destination and base for visiting Botswana and Zimbabwe. Nowadays the destination is known for it's adrenaline activities like gorge swinging, white water rafting and microflights.
A destination that not many would think of, however it seems to be one of the best sellers. Most South Africans prefer to self drive through the country as self catering accommodations are found all across the country. Top attractions are the Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast, Etosha National Park & Fish River Canyon
With cheap flights directly from Johannesburg to Mumbai, India should be oin your bucket list! The destination is so competetive that you can do a private tour for about the same cost as Mauritius! In India you can visit some of the oldest and most cherished palaces and forts as well as the world renown Taj Mahal.
Very popular as a self drive destination, however with roads not being the most kind, many prefer to fly in instead. The most popular activities to do in mozambique are diving, snorkeling and historical tours.
Though not the cheapest, Bali is a destination filled with splendour! It is considered on of the most beautiful destinations in Indonesia. Here you will find some of the best spa's and most beautiful art and scenery of the Far East, from the rice terraces in Ubud to the serene coastsline in Sanur.
One of Europe's most affordable destinations, Italy is best explored by rail between Venice, Florence and Rome. Fine art, cuisine and history, here you will experience delights for all of your senses!
Once one of the most popular destinations to visit, Egypt was hit by a political conflict in 2012 which saw the tourism decline. The country is however returning to it's former glory and aims to offer tourists a most memorable holiday. Other than the pyramids and sphinx, there is much more to see, like a winding guided cruise on the Nile or diving in the Red Sea.
Definitely worth a visit! Greece is best experienced on an island hopping cruise between Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. Widely covered by magazines for it's postcard views of the white houses overlooking the ocean.
13. Paris, France
One of the world's most favourite cities, Paris is known for it's arts and architecture. The city has one of the richest history's, most celebrated cuisine. Great for an anniversary of honeymoon.
A tropical paradise you read about in the magazines, Seychelles is unique. Crystal clear turqoise waters, white sandy beaches and hanging palm trees, all as you imagine them. Here you will want to try and visit more than one of the islands, including Praslin Island.
Reunion has only recently been made accessable to the South African market and you don't need visas either! The island is located in the Indian Ocean and formed around an active volcano and might remind you of the Hawaiin Islands. It is considered an adventure destinations and most popular for it's activities.
16. Malaysia & Singapore
Nature Trails, Tropical Islands, Theme- & Water Parks and alot of shopping! Malaysia is an all-in-one destiantion waiting to be discovered. Travel beyond the city of Kuala Lumpur and visit Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Langkawi & the Cameron Highlands for a truly wish-fulfilung trip! Also a great combo with Singapore, a modern city metropolis.
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