Plan a Trip in SA
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Nov 17, 2012 8:21 AM Last Post By: SwagatKPL
Nov 14, 2012 4:16 AM
Plan a Trip in SAHi.
I am looking at spending 10 to 12 days in SA.
I am planning to do it by self driven car....
Franky dont have much idea about following :
1) Would March end would a good season to visit ?
2) Is it safe to drvie ... how is the overall safety in SA ?
2) 2 Days stay at Kruger National Park (or somewhere elsed that I'll just as easily see leopards and lions)
3) CAPE TOWN (For Table mountains and Robben Island)
4)Walk with Lions,
5) Victoria Falls. (I really doubt if this can be possible...)
What should be the budget and how to arrange for travels ...
also, we have a constrain that we are Vegetarians so whether the food would be issues ???
Nov 14, 2012 5:41 AM
11) March is perfect weather wise
2) It is safe to drive just beware at night outside the main centres don't stop for anyone at night other than that no drama I drove by myself from Joburg to Cape Town easy...
3) Kruger is great but can't guarantee you will see what you want in 2 days, there are other options such as Pilanesburg next to Sun City 2hrs from Joburg or along the garden route parks
4) Cape Town definitely
5) If you are heading up to Kruger Victoria falls is an option...I would fly though but back down to Cape Town no.
SA is cheap if your from Europe or Oz.
The vegetarian issue you will have no problem if you don't mind looking at Biltong wherever you go, you are going to the biggest red meat eaters in the world...Most Afrikaaners believe that chicken is a vegetable...Braai's are king in SA.
If your'e into outdoor things and want to see Cape Town:
Research the Garden Route, there is so much to do and you will end up in Cape Town.
Hope this helps
Nov 14, 2012 9:46 AM
2Don't walk with lions. A lot of these lions end up in the canned hunting industry which you really don't want to support. Do a quick google search.
1) March is nice and hot, but more vegetation than in winter so some animals could be harder to spot. And there Are way more bugs.
2) it's safe to drive and the roads Are great, but many advice against driving at night and there's certain areas you should avoid.
3)If you go on a real safari there's never any guarantee of seeing anything, that's part of the thrill. But certain areas Are famous for having more than other places. Sabi Sands in known for leopard. I've been on several safaris and last year was the only time we didn't see leopard or cheetah. Hyena on the othe hand I've only seen twice.
Nov 14, 2012 9:52 AM
3Agree with GrantJ. Bear in mind petrol is +_ R12 p/litre, and that 4x4 is not needed for the places you are going to, just an economical car with aircon for the heat in March. KNP needs at least 3 days, and leopards are extremely rare to see - so if you do you're the lucky one! Love Grant's comment about chicken as a veg. In the cities vegetarian food is no prob. Not THAT prevalent in the countryside unless you consider toasted cheese sandwiches vegetarian food, or self cater :-D
Walk with lions??? There are places that have orphaned lions (probably Mommy lion was shot by some human who considers it fun to kill animals) but what I want to warn you about is that not all people who have these "orphaned" animals are doing it for the animal. I have been to some, as we take tourism students on various trips, and I am saddened at what I see. So be mindful of that. Rather see them in the wild, and go on a (armed) guided bush walk if you can. But have a great time here. We have a wonderful country.
Nov 14, 2012 12:25 PM
4Ditto on the walk with lions thing. It´s pretty much all a part of the canned hunting industry...
Vegetarian... I hope you like Greek salad :-P Although there´s a place called Umami in Stellenbosch that has some really nice vegetarian dishes (my husband and I chose those because they were the most appealing)...
Nov 14, 2012 7:27 PM
5As above - please don't walk with lions!
Kruger definitely needs at least 3 days. You have more chance of seeing predators in the south of the park but you may also see none - that is what wild animals are like - unpredictable :)
I am vegetarian too and self catering is the way to go here outside the larger cities.
I would leave Victoria Falls for perhaps another trip in the future unless you want to blow some money and time just flying there and back and one day seeing the falls.
Nov 15, 2012 5:55 AM
Nov 15, 2012 5:56 AM
7And yes...definitely avoid the walking with lions.
And more days for Kruger please! I wouldn't say that seeing leopards is 'extremely rare' ( I saw them 5 days in a row) but it is not guaranteed by any means.
Probably unpopular to say this here but you are far more likely to see leopards if you are on a 'tour' with a guide (who is used to spotting at long distance and knows where they hang out) rather than trying to self-drive at the same time ;-)
Also time of year makes a big difference....
Nov 17, 2012 8:21 AM
8I agree that 2 days in Kruger is not enough. I would break the trip between Kruger and CT.
Self-driving in Kruger is fantastic and not a hassle at all. As for the animals, you will see what you see. Last time we were in Kruger, we had 11 leopard sightings in 12 days. We saw three in our first hour -- we rushed to get a few hours in since we were staying in Hazyview.
One suggestion is to join Kruger Sightings -- (SMS, Twitter, FB) -- a very clever crowd-sourcing way for folks to share what they are seeing in Kruger. I plan to use it on my next trip but follow it religiously from afar.
Self-driving is easier than one thinks and loads of tips online. I'd be happy to share some of those if you are interested.
As for places to stay, check out SANParks website for availability. Try not to jump to too many camps in short period of time. There are lovely places to stay outside the park as well. Hazyview offers some nice places and is 10 minutes from the Phabeni Gate and close to restaurants and supermarkets.
Hope this helps.
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