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South Africa: Here I Come!  
User currently offlineCanuckpaxguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2035 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.

Like I said...WOO HOO!


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User currently offlinePanam330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2766 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1996 times:

Uhh, dude? This is an aviation site- where the hell is the flight itinerary  Big grin?!

Good luck, and have a ton of fun. From what I hear, South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries to visit, and there's plenty to do, as I'm sure you know!

User currently offlineNonrvsmdmf From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1992 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
they bite.

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...
User currently offlineCanuckpaxguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1988 times:

Uhh, dude? This is an aviation site- where the hell is the flight itinerary Big grin?!

It's actually the non-aviation forum, but fair enough point! We got a sweet deal on BA to fly YYZ-LHR-JNB (all 744), then CPT-LHR-YYZ home (744/772). Will be flying SA from DUR to PLZ (732 yikes!).

Thanks for the advice! Please keep it coming.

nonrvsmdmf: If you send me an email, I can give you some more details.


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8590 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1957 times:
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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...
User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1885 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1939 times:

Will be flying SA from DUR to PLZ (732 yikes!).

LOL whats wrong with them?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy They're lovely.
View Large View Medium

Photo © Zak Economides

 Big thumbs up

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 Big grin

Here are some pics I took from my recent rips to the Kruger and Cape Town.

12 Deciples in Cape Town (mountains  Laugh out loud )
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

Hope you enjoy!


BTW what about spotting in JNB?!?  Big thumbs up

EDIT: Don't think the 12 Deciples pic worked  Sad

[Edited 2004-10-14 10:20:08]

Proudly South African
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1929 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.

Have a great time !

User currently offlineNonrvsmdmf From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1914 times:

Morning G,

I am going out of town and will send you and e-mail when
I get back.

Applogies for my spelling error Andz, I just get excited when
I talk about South Africa  Smile.

I did not forget...I just misplaced the thought...
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