Month and half in SA Itinerary
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Feb 6, 2013 5:38 AM Last Post By: Nbill003
Feb 3, 2013 8:51 PM
Month and half in SA ItineraryHello! I'm a 21 girl traveling solo in SA for a little less than a month and half (20 of February until 1 of April). I fly into Cape Town, and figured I'd spend about a week (Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope, etc). I hear the closest place to go cage diving with sharks is about three hours from Cape Town? Can anyone recommend a place/how to get there? I'm a little hesitant to rent a car, because it will be just me.
Then I have a pretty flexible schedule. I was thinking I could take a bus through Namibia and Botswana (independently, not with a tour) which would total about a week and a half, maybe less. I really don't know what to do in either country except for National Parks, which I hear are beautiful. Can anyone give other suggestions or suggest which NP to go to? I like all things outdoors and don't mind a bit of bruising.
Then I figured I'd be able to take a bus from Botswana to Livingstone, where I'd spend a week. Im a bit of thrill junkie, so white water rafting, zip lining, etc.
Then I was a bit confused.I would ideally love to get to Durban for about two weeks (maybe just one) to learn how to kiteboard! If anyone can recommend somewhere better than Durban, or a school, that'd be fantastic! Should I take a flight from Victoria Falls (what is the nearest airport?) to Durban? My flight is out of Johannesburg, which i heard i need at least 3 days for (i hear i have to go to the cradle of life, or something named similarly?) And then a train from Durban to Johannesburg? How long is that? Would it be better to fly? I hear there are relatively cheap flights domestically through certain airlines.
I know this isn't all SA, so I apologize. Is it possible to do this with the time allotted? Also, I'm really not on much of a budget. I certainly don't mind plane rides to save time, but am hesitant to rent a car. Can anyone guess how much money I'm looking at for a trip like this? I was thinking 3500£ excluding flights.
Thanks a bunch!
Feb 4, 2013 2:26 AM
1A week in Cape Town is about right. Most of the hostels can arrange the shark diving for you, bringing you to Gaansbai. It is a very early start from Cape Town though.
Namibia and Botswana are tricky to get around independently, but not impossible. I went from Livingstone to Cape Town through Botswana and Namibia. From Cape Town, you can get a bus to Windhoek. It's 21 hours overnight bus, obviously you would save time flying. At Windhoek, there are a couple of backpackers, such as Cardboard Box. The hostels arrange tours to all the various main attractions. They are quite expensive though. Another option is to put up notices on the boards in the hostels, outlining what you would like to do. This worked for me and I rented a car with two other people and we drove down to Namib-Naukluft NP to see Sossusvlei, Dune 45 etc. This is not to be missed. In Namibia, it is also easy enough to get a bus to Swakopmund on the coast. Here you can go sandboarding, quadbiking etc.
To get to Botswana, might be a little difficult. The only stop I made in Botswana was in Maun, to do a trip on the Okavango Delta. From Maun to Windhoek took me a full day travelling with a combination of buses and hitching. I know there are buses going direct from Windhoek to Livingstone, but not sure about into Botswana. If you get to Maun, I recommend you stay at the Old Bridge Backpackers. From here you can arrange a trip on the Okavango Delta quite easily.
Going from Maun to Livingstone, is also not too straightforward. I hitched in the opposite direction the whole, changing at Nata. Hitching is quite common in Botswana, because the public transport is fairly scarce. Livingstone is great for all the adrenaline stuff, so if you are into that you will be happy. These activities are all expensive, so if you do a lot of them the costs will rack up. I wouldn't bother doing the sunset cruise, I found it to be a waste of money.
Flying from Livingstone to Durban would be advisable, it would take several days overland. 2 weeks in Durban is a bit much, in my opinion. I can't help you much on the kiteboarding, but I would advise you to head down the coast to Coffee Bay and stay at the Coffee Shack. This is a beautiful part of the coast and they do really cheap surfing lessons.
This is the link to my blog if you want to see more details, pictures etc. http://www.travelblog.org/Africa/Zambia/Livingstone/blog-747160.html
£3500 will be loads for 6 weeks. You could do it for half, depending on how many flights you took.
Feb 5, 2013 5:40 AM
2You can also do shark diving from Simon's Town which is about 50 mins from the city on the False Bay coastline. Stay a few nights around the city then move for a night or two to False Bay, perhaps look at Kalk Bay it's lovely & you can get the train to Simon's Town, from here you can get the Green Bus to Cape Point if it's still running ? I think you need more than a week & bit for Namibia & Botswana.
Feb 5, 2013 11:19 PM
3As a solo traveler, I recommend a camping tour with either Gap Adventures or Africa Nomad if you want to visit Namibia and/Botswana. Namibia is bigger than Texas and France, and public transport isn't that great. So the tour will maximize your time and money. (I normally don't do or recommend tour.)
Feb 6, 2013 5:38 AM
4Thanks, guys. Does anyone know of Durban or Simons does scuba diving certifications?
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