My wife and I (in our 30's) are planing to spend 3.5 weeks in South Africa---Capetown, Drakensburg and then about 7 days 'on safari' in South Africa during May 2016 with a budget of $200-$400 per person per day for the safari part of the trip.
We recognize that 7 days is not much time but we would still like to experience as much of what South Africa safaris have to offer in terms of the variety of wildlife (giraffe, elephant, lion, leopard, hippo, zebra, dog, hyenna, buffalo)…
I am looking to travel SA for 2 months from September to December. One of the main reasons i want to travel SA is for the marine life and wildlife (whale watching, the big 5, safari parks etc.) However i have read that time of the year isn't as good as May-August for wildlife viewing. Will it still be worth it? I know the animals don't just disappear in this season however would people still recommend going from September to December?
I am a single traveler and booked a returnflight to Jo'Burg to spend a 2 week holiday in mid March. I didn't look further, just trusting that there is enough to keep me busy for those 2 weeks. Now that I recently have started reading LP of SA and several websites, it became a little overwhelming and much of the top recommendations do not seem to fit me, and that's why I hope to get some response from here.
So what doesn't appeal to me:
* I have seen so many big 5/10 elsewhere in Africa…
I'm planning a trip to South Africa and I really want to visit Drakensberg, but I can't find any public transportation from Eshowe, Zululand. Does anybody know the best way to get from Eshowe to Drakensberg? Should I go by bus or rent a car? It is possible to take a bus and a taxi from Eshowe to Durban, but how do I get from Durban to Drakensberg afterwards?
I appreciate any help I can get, thank you!
Thanks for the previous replies everyone. The plans are coming together :)
We're probably going to arrive somewhere yet to be decided, and plan a car/whatever after arrival. That being the case, we're wondering if we should fly into JoBurg or Cape Town. As a general rule, where is it best to plan transport things from, JoBurg or Cape Town? Or doesn't it matter?
How is it for a couple (male + female) driving around South Africa and adjacent countries, in regard to accommodation?. My gf and I have spent a while in South East Asia, and would love accommodation prices in Southern Africa to be similar. Although, we're not expecting that, alas :(
How can we reasonably keep accommodation costs down? Neither of us want to sleep separately in dorms in hostels.
Just looking on the Intercape site right now and it shows the bus from Joburg to Vic Falls has a six hour layover in Bulawayo, making the entire journey about 26 hours (assuming no problems leave 18h00 one day arrive 19h45 the next). Is this the fastest bus to Vic Falls or is something missing here?
My girlfriend and I will be in South Africa as from the second week of March. We'll be renting a car, and because of the really low prices (is there a catch to them?), we'll probably rent it for quite a few weeks. We haven't decided how many yet. If it's not a hassle (which it probably will be), we'd like to take the same rental car to adjacent countries.
We can't really figure how much time to allow. 2 months? 3? We'd hate to be there in cold/rainy weather.
We plan on ding a fair amount…
I was originally mulling a trip to South Africa (mainly in the Cape area) and Namibia in April-May of 2017. However I just came on the chance for a really advantageous airfare if I do it in late December to early January? What are the pros and cons of travelling in those places in that period? I get mixed info when I tried searching online.
(Cross-posted in the Namibia forum.)
I will be in SA in March for 15 days and 14 nights. After doing a little research I tend to do the trip as follows:
days 1&2: Cape Town
days 3-8: 6 days Garden route by bus... not sure yet where I want to go. Knysna und Tsitsikamma, maybe one more place as distances are not too far.
day 9: Durban (flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban)
days 10-12: 3 days-trip to Drakensberg/Lesotho
days 13-15: Cape Town (flight from Durban to Cape Town)
Does this itinerary sound realistic to you?