Hotel Garden Route

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Dec 1st, 2002, 10:44 PM
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Erik
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Hotel Garden Route

Hello Selwyn
I read your post regarding hotel in february along the garden route. We are a party of 4 persons who plan to drive from Port Elisabeth to Cape town from february 13:th to the 18:th and didn´t plan to book in advance but I changed my mind now.
I would like recommendations in which cities to stay? And if possible if you can recommend some hotels or B&B?

Thank you.
Erik
 
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Dec 2nd, 2002, 10:33 AM
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Selwyn Davidowitz
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Erik,

In response may I open up by saying that I always recommend guesthouses over hotels. I suggest this type of accommodation because owners of South African guesthouses are generally marvellous hosts. The ones that I use as a tour guide definitely are as such. Bear in mind that guesthouses represent excellent accommodation that is much more personalised at MUCH BETTER rates than hotels. Also bear in mind that guesthouses are marvellous venues to stay in and their rate also includes a fantastic breakfast. At most guesthouses you will enjoy this meal while watching wonderful Cape view
When you stay in a guesthouse you have total freedom of movement such as if you want to put some juice or soda in the refrigerator for yourself for late at night you can do this and whatever else you would like to do. It is a wonderful free and easy style of holidaying. What also is most important is that because of the sizes of the guesthouse's you will NOT be in amongst hordes of tourists as you might only have a couple of other guests at the guesthouse while you are there. Thus you get great accommodation, personalised attention as well as wonderful value in a what generally is a very safe place to stay when you reside in guesthouses and that is why I recommend them so highly.


With direct emphasis on your forthcoming trip if you are starting in Port Elizabeth and are going to spend a night in the city then I would try and stay at Lemon Tree Lane. http://www.lemontreelane.co.za/

Wonderful guesthouse with fabulous hosts.

I would then travel from Port Elizabeth to Knysna an would stay in Knysna for at least 2 nights using it as a pivot to explore the area surrounding the quaint town. In Knysna I would absolutely no hesitation in recommending Overmeer Guesthouse. http://www.knysna.co.za/overmeer/

Fabulous guesthouse; well priced; wonderful hosts in the form of Ludwig and Riette Fechter and finally you will be staying at a house which probably has one of the top 10 views on the whole of the Garden Route. If you cannot obtain a booking at Overmeer then try Heron Water Lodge www.heron.co.za
where Penny and Franc will host you like kings in their lovely guesthouse


I would then suggest that you overnight in Oudtshoorn at Shades of Africa. http://www.shades.co.za Different type of accommodation experience that is very African and well worth the stay.

From Oudtshoorn you could travel straight on to Cape Town (5 - 6 hour drive)

You might elect to not want to stay in Oudtshoorn and travel from Knysna straight on to Cape Town. If this i the case then I would stay in Swellendam and honestly in this town you can pick and choose from so many guesthouses that I would not recommend one over another.

Last point is that you obviously have realised that it is important to book early for the February period so make sure that you do this.

OK Erik I hope this answers your question and in case you need to know more simply ask.

Enjoy my country when you visit us
 
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Dec 3rd, 2002, 03:02 AM
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Hi Selwyn

I would like to thank you very much for your help regarding where to stay.

I will contact the guesthouses you have mentioned to see if they have any available rooms for us.

Again thanks alot.

Erik

 
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Dec 3rd, 2002, 09:09 AM
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Selwyn Davidowitz
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Erik,

You are most welcome. In case you cannot find accommodation in these places use my name as it will help you in that the owners know me well and they will do whatver they can to help you in cases like the above. Furthermore if that does not help please dont hesitate to write to the Fodors page again and I will do whatever I can to help you.

Also remember to tell all the Fodorites about your trip when you return from my great land. )

Go well and in peace.

Selwyn Davidowitz
 
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Dec 11th, 2002, 01:47 AM
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Erik
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Hello Selwyn

I will contact you soon I want to book a township tour with you when we are in Cape town, we will be there from the 18th of feb to the 1st of March.

I was lucky to find accomodation at Lemon tree lane, Overmeer and Shades.
We are really looking forward to our journey now.

I most certainly will post a short travel report when i get back from my vacation.
 
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