Clueless ! Please Help Tanzania & Zanzibar

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Aug 17th, 2005, 06:38 AM
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Sorry -- the above $160 is TOTAL, not per person! It's about $80 per person.

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Aug 17th, 2005, 10:42 AM
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Julian! what a website. Im obsessed! Thanks a mil. Anne
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Aug 17th, 2005, 10:57 AM
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Annie,

Once you've decided where you're going, I'd be happy to let you know about any places I've stayed at in those areas. I also know a couple of sources for inexpensive car rental.

One thing about South Africa (especially in the off-season) is that you don't need to book more than a few months in advance. So you have plenty of time to look and decide on what you want to do.

The Portfolio Guides are also available as hard copies (though the website is more complete). You can order them online.

When looking at your trip, don't feel that you have to choose between Kruger and the Cape. If you book far enough in advance, you can get really cheap airfares through Kulula.com, SA's budget airline. I flew from Joburg to Cape Town for $50, and from Joburg to Nelspruit (Sabi Sands/Kruger Park) for the same amount. So you can combine flying with driving if you want to see both the Cape and the Kruger area.

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Aug 17th, 2005, 10:59 AM
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Hi Annie,

Forgot to mention -- if you need a good general guide to South Africa, I've used the Footprint Guide and it was very helpful. It's very informative without being targeted to backpackers like Lonely Planet and Rough Guides.

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Aug 17th, 2005, 11:08 AM
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Hi Julian, it definitely looks like this is the best choice for us. We are pretty independent and the thought of driving around ourselves appeals very much also. I cant stop looking at that website but trying to make a decision is going to be painful! One place is nicer than the other. We also have a lot of miles so we will book our flights well in advance, pay for them and upgrade to business hopefully. We will be coming from NY.

Have you combined the wine country areas of SA also? Is that pretty? Thanks for all your help, I really appreciate it.

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Aug 17th, 2005, 11:20 AM
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Hi Annie,

Yes, I've been to the Wine Country -- one of my favourite parts of South Africa, and at the top of my list for a return visit. The wine is good, the food is divine, and it all costs a fraction of what a mediocre meal would cost in London!

To be honest, the wine country isn't at its most scenic during the South Africa winter -- but the wines are just as good, and with enough wine the scenery will look just fine... ; ). If you were to go a bit earlier, in April or May, it would be much prettier but you wouldn't get the low season pricing.

If you love wine-tasting, you should definitely include the wine country in your itinerary. Franschhoek makes a nice base, being located between Stellenbosch and Paarl (the other two main wine country towns). I stayed at Basse Provence, which is a lovely place set on amongst the vineyards. However, when I return, I'll probably opt for somewhere a bit more central, like the Akademie or Klein Oliphantshoek.

If you want a bit of wildlife with your wine, stop by Spier and pet the cheetahs!

The Platter Wine Guide is the wine bible for SA. You can buy a hard copy when you land, or look at their website. I found the website a great tool for planning since it showed where the various wineries were located.

http://www.platteronline.com/home/

BTW, if you are planning to use ff miles, I would book your flights ASAP -- I used ff miles for my trip, and I booked the flight right around this time of year to get a good choice of dates. If I were you, I'd opt for June, as it will give you the best weather combo at the Cape and Kruger areas.

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Aug 17th, 2005, 11:21 AM
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Hi there!
Just to give you something different to look at...if you are still interested in the Tanzania/Zanzibaar option. There is a company that has packages to both areas and you could easily combine them.
http://www.africapoint.com/tours1/tanztour.htm
They have several trips (extremely reasonably priced) to both areas.
We are going to be using this company for our trip to Kenya in June next year and they have been quick to reply on email and very accomodating!
Have fun on the site! It's not the most luxurious of trips, but the accomodations seem really good anyway.
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