Capetown and South Africa in December

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Jul 24th, 2003, 07:21 PM
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Capetown and South Africa in December

We are traveling to Capetown in December - we are taking a cruise that leaves from Capetown. We want to spend some time in Capetown and would love to do a safari,etc. I have been reading through the messages but haven't found a good map that gives me an idea where many of these places are. Kruger is north of Capetown, I know. We will have a week or ten days prior to catching our ship so I would love to know the best way to see as much as we can see. Spending a couple of nights in one of the camps sounds like great fun. Do we need to go to Kruger or are there places closer to Capetown? My mother, who is 80, will be traveling with my husband and I. She loves to go and gets around quite well but can't walk long distances. Any suggestions would be appreciated. We need to be economical but realize this is a once in a lifetime trip. Denise
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Jul 24th, 2003, 11:27 PM
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Kruger is a two hour+ flight from Cape Town. There is a small reserve close to Cape Town that Selwyn has mentioned before, and I think he also has it featured on his website. Alternatively, you can travel through to Addo Elephant Park just outside Port Elizabeth. This is an hour's flight from Cape Town, with a short drive from there.
Aside from Kirstenbosch or the V&A Waterfront, you really don't need to worry too much about having to walk around. And there are plenty of places to take a break at both these sites. Remember that Cape Town is very busy in December (summer school holidays etc.) so make your bookings ASAP. If you want to go up the mountain, and the weather is good, you will find that there will be a long queue.
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Jul 25th, 2003, 03:48 AM
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Denise -

As Traci suggests and I concur you should contact Selwyn. His website:
www.ILoveCapeTown.com

or email: [email protected]

and he should have very good ideas what you can do around CPT and suggestions as to a safari camp whether close to CPT or elsewhere. He'll also have good ideas for accommodations.

Are you taking the cruise around and up the Eastern Coast of Africa towards Mombassa? Friends did the cruise which they loved, but did safari in Kenya.
You'll love trip regardless which safari camp you visit in SA - SA is a beautiful country.

Hope this information helps.
 
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Jul 25th, 2003, 10:37 AM
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This is one site that has a reasonably helpful map:

http://www.go2africa.com/south-africa/map.asp

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Jul 27th, 2003, 06:15 PM
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Hello OwlnSun

Sandi and Traci. Thanks for the kind words. Appreciated

Firstly the mini game reserve that Traci speaks of that I frequent in Cape Town is called Clara Anna Fontein. This reserve is about 30 Km outside cape Town and is a game experience with non predators. There are 20 specie on the game reserve ranging from many types of Antelope to Zebra. If you want to travel on this farm you can write to the owners to find out more of their latest details as they do have wonderful tented accommodation (very luxurious by bush standards) on the farm and if you stay on the farm you go on game drives too. I have to stress that this is NOT Big 5 type trips however it remains a great experience. http://home.intekom.com/capelodges/venues/claranna1.htm

If you want to really have a fabulous safari experience, seeing that you have 10 days at your disposal, I would recommend that you do the following which links up very closely to what Traci has so soundly advised:

Day 1 and 2
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Don?t fly in to Cape Town, rather fly in to SA via Port Elizabeth. Overnight in Port Elizabeth for 2 nights. Try and stay at Lemon Tree Lane . Great guesthouse http://www.lemontreelane.co.za/

You should be able to hire a vehicle and attempt to do this tour yourself and if you follow this path my I suggest that do your car hire through Tempest car Hire as they are a national company whereby you can swop vehicles if anything goes wrong along the way and their rates are pretty good. http://www.tempestcarhire.co.za

While in Port Elizabeth travel to the Addo Elephant Park in the morning. http://www.addoelephantpark.com/. Famed for the elephants on the game park.

In the evening go on the Tooth and Claw trail at Schotia gamefarm http://www.schotia.com/ . On this game drive you will see lions in the wild, giraffe, hippo,. lots of antelope and many other animals.

Day 3,4 and 5
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Travel back to Knysna and reside in this town for 3 days while exploring the Garden Route using the town as a pivot. Try and stay at Overmeer Guesthouse http://www.knysna.co.za/overmeer/ While staying in Knysna make a point of going on the game drive at Botlierskop in Groot Brak http://www.botlierskop.co.za/ Great 3 hour game drive

Day 6
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Travel to the Cape winelands and overnight on a winefarm. Stay at Cathbert Country House FANTASTIC establishment http://www.cathbert.co.za

Day 7
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Explore the Cape Winelands and travel on to Cape Town.

Day 8, 9 and 10
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Spend 3 nights in Cape Town and enjoy all that the city offers. Stay at Avanti Guesthouse http://www.avanti.co.za/

This is a very broad sketch of a plan to enjoy 3 safaris, see the Garden Route as well as Cape Town in 10 days
Much will depend on what you want to spend and what your interests are however if you follow the above plan you will find that you can attain a very reasonably price tour of the area with safaris added in too. Furthermore all should be fine for your 80 year if mom if you do the above plan.

Hope the above helps and if you need any further advice just write to Fodors and I will respond accordingly. In this way others also gain from the advice given.

Hope that you have a wonderful stay in our great country

Selwyn Davidowitz
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Very proudly part of the wonderful nation of South Africa



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