Help on planning on SA itenerary

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Jul 8th, 2004, 01:52 AM
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Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 18
Hi again Jen 79!

Aren't you the lucky one, with lots of time to plan your visit, access to locals at the Botanical Gdns and -just like I predicted- receiving all this wonderful advice from the forum contributors.

We are hoping to go back soon for a second visit so I'm following your thread for very selfish reasons!

Just a few comments based on our experience:
Addo: A wonderful place. Like Alisony I think you would get a lot more out of the visit with a guide. My advice is to prebook but do get a confirmation of your booking.
Schotia:We took their afternoon tour+dinner/overnight stay in one of their lodges+ the morning tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice people, very comfortable but the two tours were pretty much identical.
Knysna: We took a wonderful trip beyond the Heads on a catamaran,had a fabulous dinner at the Firefly restaurant and a "just look a that" stroll through the neighbouring villages of Belvedere,Brenton, etc,etc -We can't wait to get back there!
Plettenberg:A very enjoyable whale/seal spotting boat trip with a guide who clearly loved her work and happy memories of visits and chats with the craftspeople at Old Nic Village, just outside the town.
Tsala (Hunters, between Knysna and Plettenberg): Good food,excellent service, luxury accommodation, might be just your kind of place.
The Treetop experience is great. I wouldn't have missed it for the world but I did chicken out of the bunji jump at Storm River.
Baviaanskloof: Really stunning but map out the route you want to take.We somehow managed to get hopelessly lost well into the night on untarred secondary roads in that area.
Route 62: It is utterly beautiful. It was our last drive during the visit and the endless vistas are unforgettable.

One day I just might ask for book suggestions from this forum. Selwyn recommended some wonderful books to us, like Mandela's autobiography and the very powerful Country Of My Skull by Antjie Krog. On the Garden Route our bible was the Garden Route Guide (published by Jacana)which you too might find useful.

Greetings to all and all the best to you!





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