South Africa in August - Cape Town, Jburg and Kruger
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Apr 13, 2012 5:34 PM Last Post By: fuchsroter
Apr 6, 2012 12:18 PM
I am planning to spend the first week of August in South Africa with my girlfriend and I would like to get your feedback on our itinerary :)
- Arrival in JNB from Brazil and flight to Cape Town. Arrive in Cape Town around noon and spend 4 nights there. Suggested hotels: Lady Hamilton or Best Western Cape Suite.
- Take flight to JNB and stay there for 3 nights. Suggested hotel: Sunny Side Park.
- Wake up early in the morning, rent a car and head to Blyde River Canyon region. Try to see the most of the region until sunset. Spend one night somewhere close (Hazyview, Mpumalanga, or anywhere else you might recommend).
- See anything left from the Canyon region before heading to Kruger to spend 2 nights.
- In the last day, take a long drive to Jburg airport. Our flight to Brazil would depart at 6pm.
What do you think of this itinerary? Too many/few days planned at any destination? I also have a few questions, specially regarding Kruger/Blyde River Canyon:
- Any experience on the suggested hotels for Jburg and Cape Town?
- Any recommendations on the best place to sleep close to the Canyon?
- I was thinking about going to Satara and/or Lower Sabie camps, however Satara is available only for one of the 2 nights we would spend there. Do you recommend to spend both nights in Lower Sabie (which is available), or to spend one night in each of those camps? How much time would it take to go from Lower Sabie to Satara camp? I am afraid that driving from Lower Sabie to Satara would take too much time that I could enjoy more staying both nights in Lower Sabie.
Thank you very much for your help! :)
Apr 7, 2012 12:42 AM
Apr 7, 2012 2:17 AM
2Given your tight timescales I wouldn't stay in Jo'burg for 3 nights. In fact I'd avoid it altogether if possible - traffic and route finding are a nightmare.
I'd arrange to pick up a car at the airport and drive straight out and find a nice B & B somewhere en route to Blyde. Or if your flights too late to do that overnight somewhere near the airport and get out of town the next morning.
Apr 7, 2012 12:09 PM
Apr 7, 2012 6:58 PM
4Thank you everyone! I had no idea that Joburg wouldn't have as many attractions as I expected!
I followed your advices and now I have booked 2 nights at Satara and 1 night at Lower Sabie. I picked more nights at Satara because Lower Sabie does not offer a Night Drive and it was the only combination available. Unfortunately that was the longest time I managed to convince my girlfriend to spend in Kruger, because she is afraid she might get bored there. Let's say that 3 nights would make everyone happy :P
BTW, a quick question. In Kruger facilities that offer shower, is it implied that it is hot shower, or is it usually cold shower?
In relation to Joburg, I will spend only one night there, as adiviced by you, leaving 5 nights to spend at Cape Town and surroundings. I just found out about the garden route, which seems to be a very beautiful trip, however I am afraid I won't have enough time. I think the best would be to spend 1 or 2 days in the wine valley, between Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Hermanus. Any suggestions?
Thank you again!
Apr 7, 2012 11:06 PM
Apr 8, 2012 3:12 AM
6I'm really sorry that you won't have more time in Johannesburg. There is indeed a lot more to do and see around here than Soweto and the Apartheid Museum - you could easily spend 5 days here and not get bored. That said, however, I would certainly opt for 3 or even 4 nights in Kruger. My choices would be 1 night in Lower Sabie, 2 nights in Satara and 1 night at Letaba. Too bad there are always time constraints.
But whatever you decide upon, book NOW for Kruger. Go onto the web-site http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/ and check out the August availability at the various camps and book on-line ASAP- August is a very popular month to visit Kruger.
For a night at the canyon have a look at http://www.foreverblydecanyon.co.za/
Apr 10, 2012 9:15 AM
7I agree with Stellenbosch/Franschoek if you're going for the wine - spend an afternoon picnicing next to the Breede River, and climb up Paarl Rock if that takes your fancy (massive boulders with steps and chains to assist you climbing up - it's high, but manageable - my 4-year-old went up with me).
The spots I love visiting in August in the Western Cape are those with hot spring baths - if you enjoy that I'd suggest going to Montagu - I love that "dorp" (Afrikaans for town) - it also has a wine cellar.
Although September is peak season for the whales, there's a good chance of seeing southern right whales in August in Hermanus. You could also fit in some shark cage diving there, & hopefully see some Great Whites. That way you can see all of Africa's Big 7! (the rest in the Kruger).
Edited by: Yzerfontein
Apr 11, 2012 11:15 PM
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