It is travel month and we went out and about to source some top travel tips from the one and only Jared Ruttenberg! Hippo.co.za spent some time with Cape Town-based travel journalist and content creator. He is also the founder of the blog, JaredInCPT - which focuses on travel, lifestyle, spirituality and uncovering the hidden gems of South Africa. To hear his stories about some of his best experiences we decided to have a chat and discover South Africa. As with everything, hippo.co.za loves to compare travel destinations, and Jared was more than willing to share some of his own comparisons.
Now you're asking me a difficult question! After reviewing over 80 in the last three years, it's no easy feat to pick two! These two have both been very special for me:
An iconic Durban hotel, for the ultimate experience. Lavish interiors, tropical gardens, a variety of food offerings, and of course its beachfront location make it a must-visit. Red and white are the hotel's signature colours, which are generously splashed about, mimicking the lighthouse alongside where the hotel proudly sits.
For the most lavish Mother City vacation, you need to stay at Ellerman House. This very exclusive property is a favourite among celebrities and international visitors and with good reason. This grand property features only six suites and offers unparalleled views over Cape Town's beloved coastline. The hotel also features an art gallery and one of the most impressive wine cellars I've ever seen.
We're incredibly spoilt in South Africa with our safari choices! My top highlights would include:
Ponte City Tour with Honest Experiences – Visit the Hector Pieterson or Apartheid Museums, Constitutional Hill Tour, and Cradle of Humankind.
Peninsula Tour – Visit a Constantia Wine Farm, hike up Table Mountain, and visit District Six Museum.
The Inanda Heritage Route incorporating Gandhi's home and the Ohlange Institute – Walk along the Golden Mile promenade, take the kids ice skating, or explore uShaka Marine world, ride the Skycar, and Big Swing on the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
As part of the South African experience, a road trip through some of the country's most scenic routes is always one for the memories. In as much as hippo compares car insurance deals, we also offer car rental comparisons and have asked Jared where to best use this service.
From foodie hotspots to the most iconic landscapes within our borders, there is always a reason to find your next adventure. South Africa is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes on the African continent that are waiting to be explored.