Cape Town to Johannesburg
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Sep 19, 2012 3:32 AM Last Post By: DTOM
Sep 12, 2012 11:02 AM
I'll be flying into Cape Town the second week of October. I have 3 1/2 weeks to explore South Africa and then i will be flying out of Johannesburg. I don't have any set plans but I would like to see some of the wine country, garden route and spend some time at Kruger. I'll probably rent a car at least part of the time I'm there. I will be solo backpacking and staying at hostels wherever I can. Does anyone have any recommendation of a suggested route I should follow. Any areas or specific sights not to miss? This is my first time to South Africa, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Sep 13, 2012 5:04 AM
1Have a look at the Baz Bus http://www.bazbus.com/
October is a good time to visit the Cape, whales should be about, 5 days in CT to do most sights perhaps also a day trip to the winelands of Stellenbosch/Franschhoek/Paarl. Must do sights, Table Mountain & Signal Hill, Cape Peninsula tour including Chapman's Peak Drive, Cape Point, Simon's Town/Boulders Beach for the penguins. Hermanus is very popular for whales but they can be seen elsewhere, closer. Otherwise depending on your tastes, Cape Agulhas, De Hoop NR, Witsand, Oudtshoorn, Knysna/Plett, Storms River, Port Elizabeth, wouldn't miss Addo NP whilst in this area even if you are going to Kruger.
Sep 13, 2012 5:13 AM
braaiseason has cover the Cape province for you. Regarding Johannesburg and Kruger:
check out Apartheid museum
Check out Cradle of Human Kind (just outside Johannesburg)
Getting to Kruger: drive out towards Witbank and then onwards to Dullstroom (small quaint town. Good stop break)
From Dullstroom head to Pilgrimsrest (town that has been preserved in it's historic state. Worth a stop)
From Pilgrims rest drive on to Hazyview. You will find hostels in Hazyview. You can use this as your base for Kruger (wake up early and drive to the nearest Kruger Gate (1 hour) and do a full days safari-ing. Alternatively, find yourself a campsite inside Kruger, but this will cost a bit more. Enjoy
Sep 13, 2012 7:24 AM
3This is awesome information, thank you so much. mamameeya can you recommend any rest camps in Kruger that I should make reservations at? At a minimum how many days should i spend inside Kruger? While I'm in the area should I try and see Blyde River Canyon? I'm not sure if I'll have enough time, but I've heard good things about Durban and Drakensburg Mt. Are any of these areas on the must see list?
Thank you braaiseason for your information about Cape province :)
Sep 14, 2012 2:54 AM
4I think you should spend a minimum of three days in the Kruger. I'd say 3-4 days is usually a fair amount of time. Also, I would say the Drakensburg falls into the unmissable category for sure!
Sep 14, 2012 5:01 AM
5Excellent, I'll be sure to allot myself 3-4 days in Kruger. I'll also make it a point to go to Drakensburg falls. I sure am looking forward to seeing South Africa, so much to see!
Sep 14, 2012 5:24 AM
6I concur with CTSF; 3 days in Kruger is enough. The thing with wildlife is that they are unpredictable; you might be lucky and see the big 5 in one day, depends on your luck but generally speaking, I would say that 3 days is a good amount of time. As for camp sites, just google and check out review sites. I actually did the Hazyview option when I went last year and stayed at a nice lodge but it is your first time so try and get a campsite spot, in the kruger.
Drakensburg: Yes. Put it on your list.
Durban: Leave it for next time, if you can't fit it in this trip.
Sep 15, 2012 3:49 AM
Sep 15, 2012 10:07 AM
8By all means, if you think it's worth seeing please mention it. I'll mark it on my map, I have a feeling that this won't be my only trip to S.A. :)
Mamameeya thank you for the follow up, I think 3 days will be enough too. Does anyone have an opinion of Blyde River Canyon? It looks like it's close to Kruger, is it a day trip destination or require more time?
Sep 16, 2012 3:26 AM
9check out www.alternativeroute.net and www.backpackingsouthafrica.co.za for South African hostels
Consider the Wild Coast for some of the most beautiful rural beaches and a trip into the Great Karoo
Sep 19, 2012 3:32 AM
10Great links, thanks for the advice on the wild coast. I just reserved my rental car for the duration of the trip. I'm all set to go explore South Africa :)
Thanks again to everyone for your input
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