South Africa Advice. 2 month trip.
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Aug 16, 2010 3:03 PM Last Post By: wbrianna
Aug 7, 2010 4:09 AM
South Africa Advice. 2 month trip.Hi There,
Looking for some advice on a 2 month trip to South Africa during our RTW trip. We will be arriving about October 2011. This is the one part of our trip we really don't know anything about. So any advice would be greatly appreciated.
We have a very very rough idea of what were we're looking at. Maybe a the route from Cape Town to Kenya? I am very interested in National Parks and Safaris and this really is the main reason we are going to this country, does anyone have any advice on a good route?
Also, we are thinking of doing this trip mainly in a tour, not independently, because of safety aspects mainly. Does anyone know a good company to use? I have been recommended GAP travel?
We have a budget of £5000 for the two of us for the 8 weeks, if this in really unrealistic we could move it down to 6 weeks, I would rather do and see more in 6 weeks than spend the extra 2 weeks and have to miss out on things. Flights have already been paid for so this is the budget for spending money only, food, accom, travel and 'activities'.
Thanks for reading! Again, any advice is really appreciated!
Aug 7, 2010 4:31 AM
1Also, we are thinking of doing this trip mainly in a tour, not independently, because of safety aspects mainly.
Please, don't be fooled by the scaremongering media to think that it's dangerous to travel SA independently!
It's true that SA is one of the most crime ridden countries on Earth, however most of these crimes don't affect tourists at all, because these happen at places where tourists normally don't go!
Use your common sense, ask advice, take precautions and it'll be all fine!
Aug 7, 2010 5:40 AM
people do keep saying this to us! have you travelled it yourself? is it pretty easy to get around, i.e. staying in hostels and using public transport? i get the impression that it would be a better idea just paying for a tour where everything is included, it just feel a bit safer for some reason. Although it's not the way myself and my boyfriend want to travel, we would much prefer to do everything independently, like I say we just don't know a great deal about it at the moment!
Do you have any idea on our budget? Are we along the right lines!?
Aug 7, 2010 7:18 AM
3I have traveled Capetown to Nairobi and agree that safety is not the issue.
Your problem is time. With only 8 weeks a group overland is your best bet for covering that much ground. I recommend Dragoman.
Do a search here--there are plenty of threads on Nairobi to Capetown route.
Aug 7, 2010 8:20 AM
Aug 8, 2010 3:30 AM
5i agree an overland tour would be best, try african trails as well try and get danie as tour leader/driver he is fantastic! many to choose from though so read up on them all and see which one is for you two. have a great time africa is a wonderfull place to explore and expand your mind! love it :)
Aug 8, 2010 3:51 AM
6If I were you I wouldn't do a Cape Town - Nairobi overland in only 2 months.
Rent a car in SA and travel around Southern Africa: SA - Botswana - Zambia(Victoria Falls) - Namibia - SA
I think the RTW ticket will be also easier to arange and probably cheaper without a surface sector between SA and Kenya.
You could also think about spending a 4-6 weeks in Southern Africa than fly to Nairobi or Dar es Salam on your RTW ticket and spend the remaining time in Kenya-Tanzania.
Aug 8, 2010 5:22 AM
Aug 8, 2010 5:31 AM
Aug 9, 2010 6:37 PM
Aug 10, 2010 1:32 PM
10Thank you very much for everyones answers.
I have had a proper look into South Africa since I posted this thread and have taken a look at what it is we really want to do. everything seems to be in quite a compact area. around cape town, port elizibeth, durban, johannesburg.
the main things we want to see is cape town, dyer island, great white sharks, table mountain, kruger natinal park, garden route, do wale and dolphin watching see the elephant national park. soweto, drakensburg mountain and durban..
this looks like a much more compact area than we alreayd planned, would this be easier to travel independantly? and would the budget still be ok for that or would we need to budget more?
thanks again for everyones help x
Aug 10, 2010 10:55 PM
11We just returned from a five week trip in South Africa, with my wife, teenage daughter and myself. I must agree with master that crime was not a factor for us at all. we covered a lot of ground, driving from cape town to durban to Kruger, then graskop and ending in Johannesburg. In all, we put 4,000 km on our rental car, and had no problems whatsoever. People were friendly and helpful all along the way.
It may be that extra security during the world cup was a factor, but I think if you take ordinary precautions, listen to locals and avoid unsafe areas of the big cities, you should be fine. we found that food and living expenses were reasonable, and as soon as world cup was over, hotel prices immediately went down. so if you avoid five star hotels, your budget sounds fine.
If you are visiting several national parks, you might consider the wild pass, it might save you money on the daily conservation fees. good luck and enjoy your travels!
Aug 16, 2010 12:16 PM
12I wouldn't describe the area from Cape town to Durban and Drakensberg a "compact" area... Cape town to Durban is around 1600-1700km, depending the road you're taking... Then Durban Joburg, about 600kms...
Unless of course you mean that now you're considering only South africa instead of the route from CT to Nairobi...
SA is very easy to travel independently, and with 2 months you could also try to see some neighbouring countries (Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana or Namibia, although the last 2 are more expensive)
Aug 16, 2010 3:03 PM
13The money you have will be sufficient for two months, if you can have more then by all means bring it as you can then do a couple of really special nights at some of the wonderfull lodges around in south africa. The wild card is a brilliant idea as was mentioned above it will save you money in the long run if you visit the many national parks it covers in south africa. you could also look at basing yourselves in a self catering house say in marloth park which borders kruger for a week and do day drives around the surrounding areas even into swaziland, kruger crocodile bridge entrance and melelane entrance gates,. St lucia also get a self catering unit overlooking the estuary for around R400/ night we stayed at stokkiesdraii great views and fantastic manager debbie more than helpfull and knowledgable. look up self catering south africa for endless places to stay at around south africa and in the national parks.
zimbabwe is also a fabulous country. It is my favourite (dont tell anyone hehe.) hwange fabulous, vic falls spectacular, lake kariba and houseboat out of this world, vumba serene with spectacular views and hiking. People friendly and helpfull even with all the torment they have suffered they really are wonderfull people and enjoy the tourists. if you can do get to zimbabwe oh the train from harare to vic falls is a great trip in its self!
Malawi fanatstic as well. zomba plateau ahh so gorgious and great little baby potatos to cook up and eat :), blantyre not bad, lake malawi just calls you to relax unwind and chill out in general, although you can dive, snorkel, hike, canoe, play vollyball etc love it!!
actually all of southern africa is fantastic you cant go wrong no matter where you choose to go. great countries and you will fall in love with them. have a fantastic trip :)
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