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We will be in Cape Town Jan 1-16. we have lots we want to do but there is so much information online it hard to narrow it all down, or get responses!
We would love to sand board, overnight kayak/raft, wine tour, shark cage dive, a safari(of course)...etc What company has been awesome for you? How do we contact them? And a big challenge is figuring out how to get from CT to wherever it is?!
At that time? I'll be between capet. And joburg. For two and one half weeks. I'll be going with bazbus..the backpacker way. I'm hoping it won't be as busy during that time. Thanks
I am planning on going from Jo'Burg to Maseru over the holidays. Am a single, foreign, female, and am looking into bus options but they all seem to go from Jo'Burg first to Blomfontein and arrive in the evening, so I'd have to stay in Blomfontein over night and take a 6 am bus from there to Maseru. Is there any other way??
Thanks for the help.
Can't believe he's gone, he was out of the public eye for so long
He's given us all a legacy that should never be forgotten, even whilst travelling!
Rest in perfect peace Tata Madiba!!!
I am planing to obtain visa to Mozambique in Johannesburg as I heard the same-day processing can be done at a reasonable cost (USD20?) and am sadly a bit confused with the opposing information as to the location of Mozambique Embassy.
18 Hurlingham Road, Sandton
252 Jepee Street
Which is correct?
Info for opening hours, fees and tips are much appreciated!
My questions are as follows:
1. I understand many minibus taxis to other cities in South Africa and the neighboring countries depart from Park Station. Is Park Station a railway station, not a bus terminal? Exactly from where would I catch minibus then?
2. Does minibus taxi run to Mafikeng? How early should I be there? 4am? 7am? Or even 12 noon?
I hope to rent a car in Port Elizabeth to drive around to see the National/Private Parks/Reserves in Eastern Cape in mid January. It's the high season so I'm worried about finding a place to sleep without reservations. Thus, I thought I would sleep in my car if a backpackers place was full. Do they allow that?
In campgrounds, I'd like to sleep in my car also, since I don't want to carry a tent (I'll be doing other travelling before this). Do they allow that?
The guide books are a bit confusing, as they say "camping", but then talk about the rooms available. So, camping isn't always outside?
I'm hoping it'll be less crowded than the Garden Route. Is that true?
We are interested in going to Kosi bay next August but I would like to get some information first.
1. It is the road from St Lucia to Kosi Bay a safe road?
2. We would like to go one day to Ponta do Ouro from Kosi Bay and come back to Kosi bay to Sleep:
How long does it take to get Ponta do Ouro from Kosy bay?
Do we have to pay a visa in the border? How much?
3. I've seen that Tembe is close to Kosi Bay. Is it worth to go to Tembe Elephant Park? Before going to Kosi Bay we are staying in Hluhluwe–Umfolozi for 4-5 days.
4. Do you recommend me any other places to visit in Kosi Bay area?
Many thanks in advance
There is a lot of controversy stirring at the moment about Emoya Luxury Hotel & Spa's new 'Shanty Town' accommodation, which sits within a private game reserve near Bloemfontein (http://www.emoya.co.za/p23/accommodation/shanty-town-for-a-unique-accommodation-experience-in-bloemfontein.html).
Their website states that it gives visitors the opportunity to "experience staying in a Shanty within the safe environment of a private game reserve." Complete with underfloor heating and WiFi, it also features bathrooms with showers and outdoor "long-drop effect" toilets. The website goes on to say that the Shanty Town "is ideal for team building, braais, fancy theme parties and an experience of a lifetime"
Capetown and joburg????...thanks
I'm a solo traveller (male) planning a trip that will go something like: Kruger National Park - Martins Drift border (Botswana) - Nata (to see the salt pans) - Kasane/Chobe National Park - Livingstone (Zambia) for Victoria Falls. I will have about 12 days to do this between 19 - 31 January 20014 and was wondering:
1. Does this timeline sound realistic?
2. Is anyone heading the same way and fancy sharing transport - I was thinking of picking up a car in Jo'burg and dropping it somewhere in Botswana, preferably Kasane if this is possible (or I could jump out in Kasane and you could continue on?)
3. Is this doable with a normal car or is 4WD required?
Thanks very much!
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Next year I am going on a safari in South Africa, so I decided it's time to buy a new camera and start getting super-comfortable with it over the next 9 months.
I used to travel only with a P&S, and lately being less nomadic I take way less photos and mostly use my iPhone in that case. However, I have previous experience with SLRs and am planning to take a photography class to be able to get the most out of whatever I get.
I initially was going to go the DSLR route (Nikon D3200 or Canon SL1 or T3i), but in my research started to lean toward mirrorless models. My overall thought is that the rest of traveling in South Africa (and hopefully getting into doing more traveling again overall in the next couple years) a mirrorless would be much better for. However, I fear that it won't perform as well as a DSLR on the safari. Even if I could afford to buy both (I can't!), I wouldn't wan... more »
We will be landing in Durban late Februray and wish to travel down the coast to Capetown.-, doing the journey in two or three days, with hotel stops in between.
Is there a company that does this run or if not, how about a company that does a twice daily trip?
That way we could take the early coach out of Durban for the first full day, and get the a coach that departs Durban in the evening and catch it from the halfway point early the second day down to Capetown.
Looking forward to hearing if this is possible.
Just wondering if I can get some feedback on the following itinerary. Highlights would be beaches, nature, wineries an amazing food.
Cape Town - 4 nights
Wilderness/Knysna - 2 nights
Oudtshoorn - 1 night
Franschhoek - 2 nights
Are there other places along these routes to stop by, check out or better alternatives to others? Is Knysna a must or could we stop a little earlier along the Garden Route (say in Wilderness) and turn up to Oudtshoorn?
The LP says there are little boutique winery regions, brandies and ports etc along this route. Could you therefore give Franschhoek a complete miss? We can't get into the Tasting Room so we're doing our big eating out in Cape Town (Aubergine, Test Kitchen ... unless otherwise advised!).
What is mandatory to see in Cape Town? Robben Island? Is 4 nights too much (there will be some major jet lag recovery).
Thanks in advance. more »
Looking for some advice. I'll be in CT late January for an event. As I've seen most of CT before (came down the west coast from Namibia and did all the usual CT stuff) I was thinking that maybe I could fly into CT and out of Durban as I haven't seen any of that route. I'll probably only have about one week to do this. I don't really fancy the idea of driving this alone. Is it too far to drive in that timeframe anyhow? Would I be better off flying return from CT and just organising some kind of tour for a few days? I'm going to be on a tight enough budget though. Any advice or recommendations on what to do would be greatly appreciated. I'm open to any suggestions as I really just want to see things I didn't see on my last trip. Thanks.
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