Trip do South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Aug 6, 2013 1:37 AM Last Post By: zikky
May 21, 2013 11:39 PM
Trip do South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and ZimbabweI am going visit South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe in September. Most places I want to see in South Africa, but I need advice and some information:
what is the distance between Blyde River Canyon, Three Randavels, God's Window and Bourke's Luck Petholes, is it everything in one national park?
What is the best places to see in Garden Route (the way from Port Elisabeth to Knysna)?
If I am going to Okavango and Kruger Park is it something more in other famous parks (Chobe, Caprivi or any other national parks in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe)?
What is the most beautiful places in N.P. Tsitsikamma?
If I am going to Victoria Falls what is to best places to see falls (the best entrance)?
I want to see also the skeleton Coast and Naukluft Park but Ido not know how to get there in best way (with 7 year daughter)
I will be gratefull for any advices
May 22, 2013 3:48 PM
I'll try answer your questions.
The distances between Bourke's Luck, God's Windows etc is not great and it is all easily done in a day.You do need your own vehicle for this. There is no National Park here, although there are lovely hikes and walks in Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.
Garden Route - there are many wonderful places. Plettenberg Bay has excellent beaches; nature's Valley is spectacular and lovely swimming for your daughter. A great place you may want to try is Skeiding which is a working ostrich farm + guesthouse, very nice. Otherwise Oudtshoorn is a nice town with a lot of ostrich farms.
All the game reserves are fabulous but for many eople, especially little kids, it can get a bit much. So you are probably seeing enough. Having said that, Etosha in Namibia and Chobe are wonderful.
Vic Falls - can be sen from Zambia or Zimbabwe. Either way is good. Once there, you can actually do a simple day trip to Chobe (if you want to see some of it), elephant back safaris and much more.
In Namibia, you really have to either drive your own vehicle or get a private or group tour. The distances are very vast and there are very few towns along the way.
Tsitsikamma - Storms River Mouth and nature's valley are the 2 main sections and are both worth visiting.
Let me know if you have other questions!
May 22, 2013 10:09 PM
Jun 5, 2013 11:37 PM
3Thank you for your advices, there are very helpful, but I have still a few questions:
About Kruger NP
- where should I stay at camp inside KNP or better in private reserve (where can I find better viewing and more animals?)
- if a go by my rental car can I take a local guide, for example he/she can contakt with anather guides ant faster drives us to animals?
- it is better to make reseration at camps and in private reservate with travel agency or by myself ?
Aug 5, 2013 2:09 AM
4Although this might anger some, I'd give Kruger Park a miss and head straight to Okavango.
I mean, the Garden Route is ok (I stayed at Knysna, which was nice), and I liked Capetown.
Vic Falls was wonderful - spent 3 or 4 days there, saw the falls from both sides (lots of walking!), rented a bike and visited the Big Tree and the village nearby and the bazaars, did a triple deal of Bungy-rafting-helicopter, a booze-cruise (though you can miss that), and then went on a week safari to Chobe and Okavango, sleeping in the field and eating out of tin cans - the best trip I've ever done!
Aug 6, 2013 1:37 AM
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