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Planning a trip« on: April 02 2005 16:04:00 »
My husband and I want to travel to South Africa. We are taking 3weeks in June. I want to give him 2weeks to surf and then do a 1week safari. We are planning to start in Cape Town. Can we just hire a car for two weeks and then do the safari camp for the last week? Is it safe for us or should we do a tour? He is not much of a tour guy and likes the independence. I like knowing where we are going and where we are staying. Are there plenty of places to stay near the breaks so we can just show up? Is one week for a safrai too long or too short? Any suggestions would be great.
RE: Planning a trip« Reply #1 on: May 18 2005 05:05:00 »
There are plenty of places to stay close to the breaks. My suggestion is to start in the Cape and work your way up the East Coast towards J-Bay for the first two weeks, then drop the hire car off at Port Elizabeth and catch a flight to Mpumalanga where all the best quality game parks (including the Kruger) are. You will probably have to book first for the game parks. It is pretty safe all round if you just use your head and don't 'flash your cash' or put yourself in a stupid situation. But I suggest that you don't drive to much further north than East London, as from there till about Durban it is not the safest. Enjoy the trip!
RE: Planning a trip« Reply #3 on: May 03 2006 07:05:00 »
I can tell what he means, seeing as i have done both trips to j bay and durban. The eastern cape route to durban is not safe due to alot of poverty in this area as it was the old tranksei and ciskei areas of apartheid and still illustrate its effects. If I were u i would do the cape town to j - bay. There are great spots along the way, bettys bay, vic bay, plett, jbay. Amaing surf spots and enugh 4 two weeks.
RE: Planning a trip« Reply #4 on: August 14 2006 10:08:00 »
hey man an the area between east london and durban is by far the best to me, it is beautifull an very different. the key is knowing where to go, as the waves can be epic. The area gets alot of bad press but once you there it is another story. Drop me a line if you need any further info.
RE: Planning a trip« Reply #5 on: August 16 2006 03:08:00 »
I love the Transkei, waves are exelant with nobody in sight. The nature is perfect. Sharks is a bit of a problem, Coffee Bay cooks with great accomodation, we normally go to Injumeni, just camp on the beach and surf a righthand point break. Give the local kids some pressents and they will look after your stuff and not steal it.
RE: Planning a trip« Reply #6 on: August 21 2006 22:08:00 »
Whilst you are already on the net, you should look around. I went to SA for my honeymoon and organised the whole trip by just having a plan. So first you need to work out whether you want to hit the game parks or go surfing. When you work out what you want to do - it'll all fall into place, but have a plan. We spent a week at the game reserves and then another week on the Eastern Cape finishing it off with several days in Capetown. Your situation sounds identical to mine. My advice is to listen to the locals when you are there. The local people are not ashamed to tell you where the trouble spots are and get out of the cities