Help with Safari in mid range, Stellenbosch,


Feb 17th, 2015, 05:53 AM
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Help with Safari in mid range, Stellenbosch,

I was fortunate while working on this side of the world a few years ago to have a Safari at Saba Earth Lodge. We are now back and will be having some visitors April. We want to share this experience with them but would like to find a place that has the big five but with not the bigger price tag. We are thinking of driving the Garden Route, seeing Hermanus and hoping to be lucky enough to spot some whales. Do you have some favorites that you would share if we drive. A favorite lodge that gives you the experience, but not too crowded. Stellenbosch will be on list as well. I have for many years trust Fodorites to make me shine with guest, hoping you come through again with some ideas...Safe travels
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Feb 17th, 2015, 10:10 PM
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Good day r.t.y.s.,

As you will be on the Garden Route, you may be interested in the Schotia Private Game Reserve, near Port Elizabeth, which offers an affordable safari experience. We always call in there if we have travelers that aren't also traveling up to the Big 5 reserves further north.
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Mar 2nd, 2015, 06:30 PM
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DH, I and another couple stayed at the LoVane Winery guest house in Stellenbosch last year. Loved it! Nice rooms and very affordable. Free wine tasting as guests of the inn.

We also ate lunch at the Clos Malverne Wine Estate Restaurant.

We had the 4-Course Tasting Menu. It took over 2 hours. We all agreed it was the best meal with wine we had tasted in South Africa. Fabulous food for a great value. Highlight of our stay in Stellenbosch.

Skip Ernie Els Winery. High priced wines that are not very good.
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Mar 3rd, 2015, 12:26 AM
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Whales in Hermanus – strangely enough whales were seen off the Cape Town coast in February, when they are usually only expected from June to September/October. The only way you might see whales in Hermanus in April is by taking a boat trip or on the ‘Flight of Giants’ with African Wings – both wonderful experiences.

Safari: Since you’ll be travelling the Garden Route why not end with an Eastern Cape Safari, which is a logical end to a Garden Route tour. There are some lovely safari lodges there (and it’s malaria-free!), the best known being Shamwari (which has several lodges at varying prices). It isn’t Sabi Sands with guaranteed sightings of lion and leopard, but forget ticking off the Big 5 and enjoy every wild animal you are privileged to see, of which there will be many at Eastern Cape lodges including most of the Big 5 (if you must).

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