4 weeks to travel
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jan 16, 2013 7:53 PM Last Post By: getyoung
Dec 21, 2012 10:01 AM
4 weeks to travelHello,our daughter will be spending her gap year in CapeTown next year.We have previosly been to Tanzania,Jo burg and Zimbabwe.We are planning on visiting her ther in June/July and will have 3 weeks with her and then 1 week on our own,though we will have 2 other daughters with us.I am after suggestions for places not to miss,tossing up whether we head to Rwanda,Madagascar or do we have the time in South Africa,I am guessing the weather will be cool.We are travelling from QLD Australia,,would love to hear from anyone ,we are just backpacking,kindest cheers,Carol.
Dec 21, 2012 11:14 AM
Dec 21, 2012 12:48 PM
2Thankyou for that,we have done the Serengeti so not thinking of another safari,looked at Namibia but we would like to do some diving so not sure what it would be like there,thanks once again,cheers,Carol.
Dec 22, 2012 1:52 AM
3If you want to do some diving then you should head up the east coast a little. Temperate waters (ie cold) start the transition into coral reef around Sodwana Bay.
There is some spectacular diving off Mozambique but it is often quite hard core as regards current and swell. Still that means you'll see big fish - mantas especially. You will always find sheltered options if that isn't your thing. Check if it is whale shark season - swimming/snorkeling with whales sharks is unforgettable.
If you are up for a little cold water diving (semi-dry suits unless you're very hardy) and like sharks then look at somewhere like Aliwal Shoal where you will see raggie toothed sharks up close. If you are very lucky you will catch the Sardine Run in June which is one of natures most amazing sights (google it). On the way to your dive sites you'll see humpbacks and dolphin schools and maybe even get a sight if some action underwater,
For real hardcore shark fans try Protea Banks.
Jan 16, 2013 7:53 PM
4My view, Etosha Safari is not the main attraction in Namibia. Two best things there are Sossusvlei and eating raw Namibian oyster. Both are amazing.
For diving, consider doing white shark cage diving in Gansbaai. If I remember correctly, July is the peak shark season there. And given you're into nature, consider DeHoop Park.
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