Possible 21 day SA safari iternary


Feb 22nd, 1997, 09:31 AM
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Possible 21 day SA safari iternary

What will be your mode of transport as some of the distances are quite far apart?
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Feb 22nd, 1997, 10:18 AM
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I would imagine that our mode of transportation would be inter-Africa air carriers. I do have the Comair brochure. I did also hear that Phinda does not offer anywhere the game experience of the other reserves. Possibly Hluhluwe-Umfolozi would round out the animals with their black and white rhinos. Open for suggestions. Thank you for your time and response! It is appreciated.
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Feb 26th, 1997, 06:56 AM
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You certainly are planning a fantastic trip, although I would recommend a few changes in your itinerary. First, you are slated to stay in a lot of game lodges, both in South Africa and Botswana, and altogether it may prove too much. Consider either reducing the number of lodges you visit and possibly staying longer in each one, or using some of your time to do other things. Let's start at the beginning. Three nights in Cape Town is fine, although you might want to add a couple of days to explore the Western Cape--it truly is spectacular. If you plan to head to Phinda next, consider flying to Durban rather than Johannesburg, since it's much closer. Rent a car in Durban and drive up the coast to Phinda. Phinda is a beautiful reserve, and you may want to consider extending your stay there and forgoing the trip to Zululand Safari Lodge. If you are dead-set on seeing a black rhino, take Phinda's escorted walk into Mkuzi during which you track a black rhino on foot. If all else fails, you can drive through Hhuhluwe on your own (you are bound to see a white rhino during a stay of just a few hours). Next, I encourage you to head north up the coast for a stay at Rocktail Bay Lodge, a remote camp on one of the loveliest stretches of coastline in South Africa.
Instead of flying back to Johannesburg and then down to Singita, why not just drive straight through Swaziland to Kruger National Park? It's shorter and far more interesting. Singita is fabulous, and well worthwhile, although I do think that the best game-viewing experience will probably come at the Ker & Downey camps in Botswana, which are sensational (if you're talking about the ones in the Okavango). One night at Victoria Falls is sufficient if you just want to see the falls, but consider two nights if you want to go rafting or canoeing on the Zambesi. As I said, you have a wonderful trip ahead of you, but it is very heavy on the game-viewing, and you don't stay in any one place very long. I would reconsider that, but otherwise I think you'll have a wonderful time. Andrew Barbour.
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Jun 22nd, 1997, 05:25 PM
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While in Cape Town visit the Wine Country, Cape of Good Hope and a drive down to Hermanus to spot Southern Right Whales(and other whales) might be worthwhile and the drive is beautiful. Although the best time for whale viewing is September & October, you still might view some. Also, visit the penguins at Betty's Bay. Hermanus is a 2.5 hour drive from Cape Town.
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