Canuckpaxguy From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 1510 posts, RR: 56 Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1144 times:
I just booked my flight to South Africa for 3 weeks vacation in February.
If there are any South Africans who care to share their thoughts on my itinerary or pass along some advice, I'd really appreciate it. Feel free to email me if you like too.
Our itinerary is tentatively planned as follows:
Arriving to Joburg and spending a few days before heading to Kruger for a 3 or 4 day Safari. Then we're driving through Zululand to Swaziland and then on to Durban where we'll hop a flight to P/E and begin the trek along the Garden Route with a stop in Hermanus before spending a few days in Cape Town.
Nonrvsmdmf From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 186 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1101 times:
You will have an excellent time in South Africa.
Plan on spending lots of driving slow in Krueger and not seeing
anything. Then out of nowhere seeing everything. Do not
for any reason get out of your car in the park unless it is
at a Ranger protected area. Where are you staying in Kreuger?
If you want great pics, one person drives and the other is in
the back seat going from side to side taking the pics. Watch
out for ele's, water buffalo and hippos, they will take you out.
I do not know about Durban but hear it is excellent.
Now the Cape. Table Mountain is a blast. If you go to seal
island in Hout Bay you can also see whales. The best place
I have ever been is "The Boulders". It is the penguin area.
For a few rand you can walk with the penguins, be careful
You can also go to the Cape of Good Hope. Watch the baboons
they steal things.
When you are driving in open country do your best to not drive
at night. There are 4 and also 2 legged predators out there.
February is a good time of year to be going. Make sure you develop
your pictures there, it is dirt cheap. Compared to the other
countries I have been to South Africa is extremely afordable, you
just have to get there.
I did not forget...I just misplaced the thought...
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8298 posts, RR: 11 Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1066 times:
Going to Kruger (not Krueger) in Feb means early mornings if you want to see anything. Go out at 5:30am when the park gates open because when the temp goes up the animals go into hiding. Find a shady tree at a water hole, park and wait to see what happens.
Durban had become a bit of a dive in recent years and was losing out to Cape Town big time in the tourism stakes but has improved a lot, the authorities have cleaned up the beach area and spent millions on development so it's pretty good now. The weather in Durban in February is TERRIBLE....it will be extremely hot and humidity up in the 90s, Feb is the hottest month in this country.
Remember we drive on the left side of the road here LOL
The drive from PE to Cape Town is a beautiful part of the country, it's about 800-900km and make sure you take in Wilderness, Knysna, George, Mossel Bay and of course Hermanus is cool too.
Cape Town of course is famous for the mountain, but don't forget the winelands and if you want a one on one encounter with a cheetah make sure to visit the Spier wine estate, they have a cheetah outreach program and a raptor rehab centre where you can go in with the creatures.
BTW don't worry about flying a 732, SAA's are well maintained but by Feb it will more likely be a 319 on the route as they are starting to phase the 732s out soon.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
Anyways back to the topic...The garden route part of it sounds awsome. George is a lovely place and so is Hermanus. As Andz has said go into Stellenbosch if you have time...nice place,beutiful scenery etc.
I was recently in Durban and I recommend Balito..nice place but as Andz said Durban's weather in Feb can be stifling
Here are some pics I took from my recent rips to the Kruger and Cape Town.
12 Deciples in Cape Town (mountains )
CPT_12Deciples.jpg"> An Elephant bearing down on me
An awsome sunset at the camp Olifants...My favorite camp
And the typical landscape at sunset in the Kruger National Park
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1038 times:
Sounds like a great itinerary ! While you're in Mpumelanga, if you have the time, try and get round to some of the non-Kruger scenic bits, near Sabie. Bourke's Luck, Blyde River Canyon, and the various waterfalls - in Feb they should be pretty good, after the rains. The lowveld will be stinky hot and humid round then too.
Swaziland is lovely (btw, Zululand is after Swaziland, not before it, if you're coming from Kruger - you'll pass through it en-route to Durbs. While you're up that end of KwaZulu-Natal, you can visit St. Lucia and Sodwana (good diving in Sodwana - SA's only coral reef). 4WD might be necessary - at least it used to be.
The Garden Route is great - there used to be a lovely Relais & Chateaux hotel in Plettenberg Bay, I can't remember the name though. George is nice, as is Knysna. In the Cape, try and get out to Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschoek - great wineries and excellent food. Fish and chips in the Independent Republic of Hout Bay is also a must.