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Jul 24th, 2004, 10:00 PM
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Please help refine Cape Town, Garden Route Dec. itinerary

Hello,
I recently posted and then read various strands and now have a better idea of what I want to do. any suggestions to tweak this itinerary would be very helpful. Thanks.
Days 1,2,3 (Dec. 11-13)Cape Town
Table Mt, Roben Is, waterfront, Bo-kaap, Kirstenbosch Gardens, GreenPoint
market (sn), Pan Afrocan Market, District 6 museum, aquarium, castle of good
hope, signal hill, etc.

Days 4, 5 Dec. 14-15)Winelands/Township Tour
Cape Peninsula Tour with Selwyn's friend

Day 6 (16th) Drive to Mossel Bay via Hermaus, Agulhus, Swellendam
Lodging: ? Overzee Guest House

Day 7 (Dec. 17) Game drive at Botlierskop and drive to Knynsa (should we
schedule the am or pm drive?)

Days 8, 9, 10 (Dec. 18-20)Knynsa Area (Should we stay 2 night is Knysna and
2 in Tsitsikamma Area or 4 nights in one spot?)

What might be a logical itinerary for three full days in this area?
A half day of snorkeling or diving would be great if possible. I think
we'll skip the tree canopy tour since we all had that marvelous experience
in Costa Rica.
I LOVE primates (spent a month working with orangutans in Borneo) What is
monkeyland really like?
My son has a major in biology and is teaching 7-8th grade science in
Constantia. His wife is also an avid nature lover. all of us enjoy nature
more than city venues.
We'd like to do some walking/hiking but not full-day hiking (my husband's
and my arthritic joints won't allow for that!) Our kids will have two years
to explore SA on their own!
sorry for the digression....

Lodging: I'd like to stay around the $200 mark for the four of us. I know
this is tight, but the kids don't have much money (when they travel, they'll
backpack) and we'll be footing the bill for 4.
any suggestions? I found:

Stromboli Bet. Knynsa and Plett
Lily Pond Country Lodge - edge of Tsitsikamma
Coral Tree and Forest Haven in Harkerville
Eden's Touch - couldn't find rates for this
all self-catering and in our range
do you know these properties?

Should I tack another day on to the above area or to the Oudtshoorn area? I
have an extra day...

Dec. 21-22 (?) Drive to Addo and stay at Addo for 2 nights. do Addo and
Schotia. How would you divide your time?

Dec. 24 (?)Drive to Oudtshoorn (Oudts./Meinngsport/Prince Albert/ Oudts.)
Lodging Oudts.
Shades of Africa or Rose Leigh's?
Calitzdorp - Oue werf in Schoemanshoek
they all sound great, if one night costs a little more that's ok. What's your vote?


Dec. 25 Drive back to Constantia via ________
Any ideas as to what restaurants in CT might be opened on Christmas?

Dec. 26 spend day in Cape Town

Dec. 27 Departure

I'm open to altering the above itinerary in any fashion that makes for a
better trip. thanks for your help.

Betty
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Aug 5th, 2004, 06:04 PM
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Hi bettyfox
I can help you a little with the Knysna area. We spent 3 days there. We were at the Knysna Hollow Country Estate. I believe for 2 cottages (there were 4 of us with us paying) it worked out to approx $240 Canadian per night including breakfast. It may be more given the time of year you are going but still check it out.
We went to monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
http://www.monkeyland.co.za/
and I must admit I didn't want to go. I hate zoos but this place was kind of uplifting. They rehabilitate and return to the wild the former pets or lab animals that can be released. As for the others, they live in a heavily forested compound where they are encouraged to live as wild animals. You go around with a guide who points out the various species and individuals you may encounter. Like a mini safari it is not always predictable. The tour was a bit preechy, as we are already into conservation and the non-exploitation of animals, but well worthwhile. We took time after the tour to speak with the guide and learn more about them.
There is also the Raptors of Eden next door. It was a quiet day and we were the only visitors. They are a tiny set up but attentive. Because we were alone we got to fly the birds. Very exciting.
You can see some of our photos from Monkeyland and raptors at
http://www.monkeyland.co.za/
We also went horseback riding in the area. There was alot to do around the area and we felt we didn't have enough time to do it all.
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Aug 18th, 2004, 08:28 PM
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thanks for your reply. We'll definitely check monkeyland out. I agree that they should have given it a different name. did you go to Schotia or Addo? If so, would you recommend going to both parks? thanks
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Aug 20th, 2004, 08:40 PM
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Hi Bettyfox
Sorry I've been away for awhile so just catching up again. We stayed at Addo but skipped Schotia. We really enjoyed Addo very much. There was plenty to see and experience for our first time in Africa. We did hire one of the the Eyetu Hop-On guides for a couple of hours. She was a pleasure to have along and introduced us to parts of the park and ecosystem that we would not have discovered on our own.
I have heard that the Schotia experience is different and worthwhile but I can't comment on it.
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