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Jan 2nd, 2003, 06:53 AM
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Suggestions for 15-day South Africa itinerary Nov. 2003?

This will be our first time in Africa. We are using frequent flier miles on NW/KLM, arriving in Johannesburg the evening of Nov. 15 and departing out of Cape Town the evening of Dec. 1. Our first night will need to be spent at a hotel at the J'burg airport (suggestions for a hotel there under 1000R?) because we land at 9:30 pm. After that we have 15 full days and nights. Our main priority is seeing as much wildlife as possible, and our budget is limited to 1350R/$150 per ROOM per night for accommodations & breakfast ($75 per person), or 1350R/$150 per PERSON per night including all meals and activities such as game drives. We were thinking of renting a car and driving to Kruger and staying at Lower Sabie or Oliphants rest camp for 3 nights, then to either Chitwa Chitwa or Elephant Plains for 3 nights, then somewhere else for 3 nights (Mkuze Falls? Mashatu in Botswana near S.A. border? Suggestions for somewhere else?). Then we were thinking of flying to Port Elizabeth, renting a car, and spending about 3 days driving the Garden Route (maybe with a night at Addo Elephant Park? Suggestions for other accommodations along the garden route with nice views, scenery, wildlife viewing, keeping in mind our budget?). Then finishing with the last 3 days in Cape Town (again, we'd love suggestions for comfortable accommodations with beautiful views in our price range). Will the last week of November be too late to see whales? I would love ideas from some of the Fodorites' South Africa experts (Selwyn, Karen, anyone???). Thanks in advance.
 
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Jan 2nd, 2003, 07:26 AM
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Lisa, think about including the Umfolozi-Hluhluwe Park in Natal. You will see rhinos all over the place, and giraffe, and elephants, and perhaps lions. It's wonderful. Stay at one of the rest camps in the park. Hilltop Camp is really great. The cost is somewhere in the range of $50 US per cabin per night, if I remember correctly.

If you stay in hotels frequented by South Aficans, you won't pay anything like R1000, except maybe in Cape Town or Jo'burg. R600-700 is more the norm. It's been a while since I've flown into Jo'burg, so I don't have a recommendation for an airport hotel there, but I'm sure someone else will be able to suggest something.

The tourist infrastructure is really good all over the country. The food is excellent and (by US standards) very cheap. You'll have a wonderful time!

 
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Jan 2nd, 2003, 09:42 AM
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A quick answer to your first question. will come back to the others later.
For a hotel at Jhb airport, I highly recommend The Caesars Gauteng. There are 2 parts to this hotel, the 5 star Emperor and the 3 star Senator. They share the same entertainment facilities. We stayed at the 3 star and it was great. Prices are about R715 per room including breakfast and the family rooms are huge.
It is a beautiful facility with a big entertainment area, conference facilities, casino, shops, restaurants and a shuttle to the airport. They also have pools and a spa. Great to get a massage after a long flight.

For Cape Town, my recommendation is the Sir Francis. www.sirfrancis.co.za as long as you have your own car. It is an apartment block with beautiful views that was converted into a full service hotel, so each room is a small condo or flat. It is a 5 minute drive from the waterfront and the service is outstanding. Rates are about R600- R750 per condo. We always stay there every time we go to Cape Town.
 
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Jan 2nd, 2003, 10:16 AM
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Hello Lisa,
With a late landing at Jo'burg like that I would be inclined to say to go to The City Lodge. You can take a shuttle bus to it from the airport - about 10 minutes drive - and, if your experience is anything like mine was from JFK to Jo'burg - it was a 13 hour flight, you will just want to veg out when you get here - the first night anyway. You can check it out at http://www.citylodge.co.za/cl4.htm
Then if animals are what you want, I would make Pilanesburg my next stop. It is a terrific game reserve out in the Rustenburg area. From there I would cross over to Botswana and see the Chobe Game Reserve which has been very highly rated by anyone I have sent there. Since you are this close to Vic Falls I would definitely recommend a night or two in Livingston, Zambia. There are also reserves handy to this town. From there cross over to Kruger where you can stay in a neat little rondowal or a luxury tent and - or you can stay at one of theprivate game farms just outside Kruger. If you can do both, that would be my recommendation. The experiences at Kruger are very different from those at a place like Garonga or Kapama and both experiences are great. You can do a safari on elephant back at Kapama. Then I would fly from Hoetspruit to Cape Town (SA Airlines has a direct flight)and drive back to see the Garden Route. Save yourself a flight doing it this way. Also since you are planning to rent a car, you could probably do a little side trip to the wine country - Franschhoek or some other charming spot there before you head up the Garden Route. I would definitely have someone else do the driving prior to Cape Town. The road into Pilanesburg is a terrible place to drive - construction and detours all over the place and very easy to get turned around and - or lost. Most of the accommodation on the various game farms is quite a bit less than your budget so you should have plenty to have a guide for a good part of the way and they are worth their weight in gold in this country. Cape Town and Livingstone are the two pricey places. Zambia spots require you pay in US dollars - the rest take local currencies. Any of the places tyou have mentioned as well as the ones Celia mentioned should be good. I am sure Selwyn will be here soon and I would definitely defer to him where Cape Town is concerned - he's one of those guides who is worth his weight in gold - and we are all worth a lot more since the holiday feasting
Hope this helps
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Jan 2nd, 2003, 12:52 PM
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Hi Lisa,

I have had to split this response into two because the Fodors maximum length of page has blocked me from posting the whole mail. )-

Part one
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Wow you are going to have a wonderful journey when you visit us in November. The beauty of your journey lies in the fact that you are planning so well in advance that one can do a great job of helping you plan the whole trip thoroughly. I can that you are going to have a great time from your original proposed itinerary and as far as I am concerned when I look at Lisa W and Karen's advice it really will be a trip of a lifetime if you use their tips as I believe they have both given you fantastic, excellent advice. May I add that with regard to the advice that Karen has given you I had two visitors with me this past week who visited Pilanesberg Game Reserve and the raved about the game farm as to how wonderful it was.

My own expertise lies on the Garden Route and Cape Town so that is where I will try and help you. In this regard may I point out that the Sir Francis is a great place to stay however please bear in mind that it is self catering. This is something which does not suit all hence I am simply mentioning this.

If you want to find a place with an incredible view in Cape Town it takes a lot to beat Bluegumhill Guesthouse. The views from this venue are spectacular to say the least. The rooms are smallish but the venue represents fantastic value for money. Do remember that breakfast is part of the room rate. I also have to tell you that Aissa Parenti is a hostess in a million. http://www.bluegumhill.co.za/

Another great place to stay at is Avanti Guesthouse. Ask for room 4 as it has a seaview (small view) of the sea. The location is great as you simply roll out of bed and virtually fall into the sea. Avanti room rates also include breakfast and overall the value for money at the guesthouse is excellent . Furthermore Mari and Johan Smuts and hosts extraordinaire.

End of part one - see next mail in subject line (part two)
 
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Jan 2nd, 2003, 12:54 PM
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I see that you are flying in via Port Elizabeth. With you having a great safari experience in the northern parts of the country may I suggest that you rather fly into George and stay in Knysna. There is no question in my mind that the place to stay in Knysna is Overmeer guesthouse. The views of the Knysna lagoon from this guesthouse are unbeatable on the Garden Route. The hosts Ludwig and Riette Fechter are wonderful people. I must point out that they recently renovated and added on to their guesthouse and the new rooms at the guesthouse are amazing to say the least. Every room has a private view of the lagoon. The guesthouse has a rate of R700 per room for 2 people on a bed and breakfast basis. The breakfast at Overmeer is also fantastic. Look no further than this venue for great value and wonderful accommodation. http://www.knysna.co.za/overmeer/ The newly renovated section of the guesthouse is not on the website as yet and believe me it makes what you see on the above present website pale into insignificance in that it is so good. There is now a wonderful swimming pool, all rooms have fabulous views and bathrooms are all fitted with jet stream baths etc.

I would suggest that you spend 2 nights in Knysna using the wonderful town as a hub to explore the surrounding Garden Route. On one of these 2 days visit the Stormsriver Bridge. Ludwig will tell you as to what route to take to do this. Do NOT use the National Road; use the Natures Valley Road. This is the old, these days unused National Road. I kid you not when I tell you that you will travel through REAL jungle forest and dont be surprised if you see Tarzan come swinging through the trees while you travel this road. ) May I add that the road between Port Elizabeth and Storms River (200 Km) is not worth the ride and unless you are wanting to go to on a safari then Port Elizabeth is not worth visiting either, hence my suggestion to fly to George. My final tip at this stage on the Garden Route is that you use day 3 to travel back to Cape Town.

A far as Hermanus is concerned I have to mention that you will unfortunately not see whales in Walker Bay in November and with you only having 3 days available in Cape Town I would unfortunately advise that you leave visiting the town out of your itinerary.

In terms of Cape Town I suggest that you leave yourself a MINIMUM (if not more) of 3 days to visit the city. I would advise that at this stage first make sure that all your accommodation is booked and once you have done this open a new thread on Fodors as to obtain advice as to what to do in the city and we can then take the whole subject of touring Cape Town further.

Heavens I have just realised that with me passing out the names of all the guesthouses that I use as a tourguide/operator in Cape Town one of these days I will find that I cannot book the venues for my own clients as all Fodoites will be booking up the small establishments up front. ) Oh well all in all the establishments will do well and deservedly so and Fodrites will gain accordingly with Cape Town being the biggest winner in the end and that is what is important to me in the whole picture.

Hope all of the above helps.

Selwyn Davidowitz
 
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Jan 3rd, 2003, 04:18 AM
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I've just returned from my second visit to Cape Town. This time we had only 3 days, and spent most of our time in the wine regions. However, last time we drove from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, stopping en route over a week.
I'd definately recommend the Shamwari Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth. It's very close to the Addo Elephant Park, so you'd be able to do both.
We stayed in small, luxury hotels during our visit, and I would absolutely recommend two of them, well within your price range. The Roggeland Country House Hotel at Paarl is fabulous and great for touring the winelands. We also stayed at Hog Hollow, which is very close to Plettenburg on the Port Elizabeth side, and just off the motorway. Both of these are renowned for their food, and offer beautiful views and hospitality.
Have a good time.
 
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Jan 3rd, 2003, 03:48 PM
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Hi Lisa,
I returned from my first visit to SA on the 18/11 and have been raving about it ever since! We had a fantastic weekend in Hermanus and did see Whales (10/11to 12/11)but it was too cold and windy to sit on the beach, stayed in a superb guesthouse La Fontaine, had a great steak at BB's Suggest you stay in guesthouses rather than hotels much nicer, we used the Portfolio Collection and the Greenwood Guide all 7 places were excellent. Only hotel we stayed in was an overnight stop in J'burg, if you stay in Sandton City it is safe with easy access to good restaurants.
I would also recommend Tembi at Hazyview just outside the Kruger if you want an ecconomical place to stay, they will arrange a safari for you and they serve excellent food. Franschoek was divine and loads to do and see around Cape Town
Can't wait to visit again but off to Hong Kong in Feb so need to get some good Fodors advice!
Have a good trip
Jo
PS The best restaurants get very booked up so make sure you make some reservations before you leave home,the Guest House owners made ours
 
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Jan 6th, 2003, 06:59 AM
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Thank you everyone for your suggestions. The more research I do, the more I feel we do not have nearly enough time to do SA justice. As much as I am dying to see Botswana and V. Falls, I think based on our time limitations I will save those for another trip. If we spend 3 days & nights in Cape Town and 2 days & nights in Knysna (Selwyn, I will take your advice and skip Port Elizabeth), given that we must spend our first night at the J'burg airport that really only leaves us 10 days & nights for the rest of the trip -- not nearly enough!

I have several questions of you experts. One is that I have been assuming that air conditioned accommodations would make things much more comfortable given that we are traveling in the latter half of November. Do you think this is necessary?

Also, is anyone familiar with Mkuze Falls Lodge? I have been reading about it and it sounds wonderful. We are thinking of spending 3 days there after Kruger/Sabie Sands.
 
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Jan 7th, 2003, 05:27 AM
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Hi Lisa
I firstly want to suggest a hotel in Johannesburg. As you are quite wisely treating Jhb as a thoroughfare (I should know I live there!) I suggest you stay at the Quatermain Inn in Morningside. It is not right by the airport, but they will arrange transfers without a problem, and the quality and setting of the hotel combined with the very good rates make it more than worthwhile. Recent rates were just over R500, they operate as a four star hotel but would be considered five star in any country. Lisa W is quite right about being dead on your feet after the trip from the US - I see you are flying via Europe, which makes it even tougher. Trust me - I know from experience that the transatlantic flight to Europe followed with a southward flight to SA is tough. You will just want to shower and relax! The Quatermain is perfect for this, it's a small hotel, very personalised, stunning setting (much quieter and nicer than being by the airport) helpful and friendly staff, and very, very comfortable. You can e-mail them on [email protected]
Luckily late November is not the hottest time of the year. Most hotels do have air-conditioning, but I would doubt that B&B's or guesthouses would go that far. My advice would be not to consider it a factor in your decision. I suppose it all depends on what type of weather you are used to? As a reference if it helps: average temperatures are about the same as Florida.
About Mkuze Falls - I say include it if you can. I have not been but investigated it fully for a function and was very disappointed when the event fell through as it does look stunning. Also - it is situated in my absolute favourite part of the world: the KZN north coast
Enjoy!
 
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Jan 7th, 2003, 05:30 AM
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Lisa and everyone else too:

Hi!

I am trying to plan a trip to South Africa for Late August early September as well - 15 days. I would like to go with a tour company, but am having trouble deciding what is a must-do and what is not..
I know I need to spend time in Cape Town, J'burg, Kruger National Park (4 days), Swaziland and Zululand.
Is this possible in 15 days (including flying days to and from the US)?
I am not sure how important it is to see Port Elizabeth? and some of the other garden route areas, if my main goal is to see the major landmarks.
I also want a day to shark cage dive.

If anyone can suggest something along those lines also, I would appreciate it!

Lisa: I will email you about your research so far. I would appreciate any ideas you can suggest with your recent findings.

Thanks!
Ingrid
 
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Jan 7th, 2003, 07:20 AM
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Traci -- Thank you for your encouraging words. I agree that we are probably going to want to collapse into bed upon our arrival in Jo'burg. The only reason we are not overly dismayed at the prospect of the lengthy journey to South Africa is that we just returned from Australia & New Zealand which were also quite a distance from Washington DC, and we both agreed that those LONG flights were well worth the wonderful time we had. I'm sure we will feel the same about South Africa as this is a trip I have dreamed of taking for a long time.

Hmm, in Florida I would definitely want A/C, and the more I think about it the more I think we may prefer at least having it as an option for some of our time in SA as well. We generally prefer open-air places and probably don't need A/C if there is a breeze, ceiling fan, etc., but otherwise I think it can be uncomfortable without it at times...

Ingrid -- I don't use my real e-mail address here because unfortunately I received very distasteful spam after once having done so. However I can tell you that in terms of research we are using the Insight and Eyewitness guidebooks on South Africa in addition to Frommers and Fodors, plus I am reading lots of old threads on this site. I think at this point we are leaning toward just one night in Jo'burg; 7 nights in either Kruger itself (Lower Sabie or Oliphants or both) or nearby private game lodges like Elephant Plains, Chitwa Chitwa, or Bongani Mountain Lodge -- or some combination; 3 nights at Mkuze Falls Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal; 2 nights in Knysna on the garden route (considering Phantom Forest as a splurge); and 3 nights in Cape Town. It sounds like you are planning a trip for about the same length of time that we are. Unfortunately our budget does not permit us to consider many of the most-recommended places such as Singita, Mala Mala, Londolozi, Sabi Sabi, Royal Malewane, etc., so it is requiring some work to find places in our price range that seem to offer the kind of experiences we are looking for. I am also just beginning to look into options for flights within South Africa and rental cars. In terms of tour companies, I have not looked into any yet, although if we could save money doing it that way I would consider it (but I do think it helps to do the research first and figure out how you would like to spend your time). On the recommendations of Selwyn & Karen we are skipping Port Elizabeth.
 
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Jan 7th, 2003, 12:48 PM
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Lisa,

If you are going to go into splurge mode then I would suggest that you dont stay at Phantom Forest. I have stayed there and believe me as great as the venue sounds so it has problems too. If you are a young energetic type of person who loves hiking and being on the move then Phantom could just be worth your while however if you are looking for a relaxing, romantic stay then I would caution you about this venue. As romantic as the rooms might seem to be so unromantic they truly are when it comes to practicality. Amongst others the lighting in the rooms are shocking to say the least. I have to add that this could be a case of one man’s meat is another man’s poison but if I wanted to have a stay equivalent to what Phantom Forest profess to offer then I would rather stay at Tsala (http://tsala.com). I know that this venue is much more expensive but you cannot compare the two establishments in that Tsala is so much better. As a matter of fact they are incomparable imho.

Due to bad experiences with Phantom ranging from a very abrupt and unco-operative owner to dark rooms, I would choose Tsala any day over Phantom Forrest. Furthermore charging R225 for a meal anywhere in SA is virtually unheard of as it is total rip-off and even though Phantom's cuisine is excellent I dont believe that it is worth the money when you can find just as good meals in nearby Knysna for 75% of the price.

Just my twopence worth.

Selwyn Davidowitz
 
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Jan 7th, 2003, 02:22 PM
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Selwyn -- I am so disappointed to hear that about Phantom Forest! Tsala looks AMAZING but unfortunately at $395/night as opposed to Phantom Forest's (already very dear) $250/nt., Tsala is not in the cards for us I'm afraid (over two nights there is almost a $300 price difference which is quite significant to us). So I guess it's back to the drawing board for those two nights...
 
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Jan 8th, 2003, 01:30 AM
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A suggestion for Knysna: try St James (www.stjames.co.za)
I know people who stayed there and said it was lovely - it's also right in Knysna so you can use it effectively as your base to tour around the area. It's also considerably cheaper than Phantom so you can have more cash in hand to spend on other things.
I am sure that Selwyn will be able to give useful comment on this venue ... ?
 
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Jan 8th, 2003, 05:48 AM
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Lisa - I couldn't disagree more with Selwyn about Phantom Forest. Last August we stayed there for one night, but it wasn't enough. On our next trip, we are planning to stay for at least three nights. During our one month trip to South Africa, we stayed exclusively in luxury accomodation, and I have to say that we ranked Phantom Forest second only to Singita. The food at Phantom Forest was superb and the rooms were incredibly romantic. I have no idea what Selwyn means about the lights. We certainly didn't have a problem in our room. As well, we found the management and staff to be very hospitable. I very much doubt that you will be disappointed by Phantom Forest.
 
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Jan 8th, 2003, 09:19 AM
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Lisa, our experience in 2001 and 2002:

Best game viewing in the Natal area - Phinda Forest Lodge

Biggest disappointment: the Umfolozi Park - could see game only at a distance. My suggestion: stay at Zululand Tree Lodge, see their game, and their rangers will take you into the park.

In the Kruger Park, your best bet is at MalaMala, specifically Kirkman's Kamp.

Our experience, and the same from others: you have much more productive game viewing if you stay at a private lodge with rangers and trackers. MalaMala borders Kruger - the fences are down, game all over the place. Budgets and money saving ought to be secondary if at all possible.

In the Cape Town area, try Hermanes for the Southern Right Whale - best viewing from shore in the early fall. Great Whites nearby as well.

Cape Town and the Cape are well worth two days!

Enjoy your trip!
 
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Jan 8th, 2003, 01:40 PM
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Lisa,

I respect LT's opinion however I want to mention that where LT has spent one month at luxury accommodations in SA I have spent 5 years of staying in luxury accommodations all over SA. Please bear in mind that when I travel with my visitors I always stay with them wherever we go and I mainly travel in the mid to upmarket sector. My opinions remain unbiased in that I have one goal in mind and that is that my visitors, or anybody whom I advise, MUST have a wonderful time when they visit my city or country. As per my earlier email Phantom falls short when it comes to my opinion of the venue due to bad first hand experience at the establishment. If you want to know all about these bad experiences then email me and I will tell you all as well as I will give you the email addresses of visitors of mine who will more than likely confirm all I say. Enough said in this regard.

As far as the St.James is concerned Traci is correct imho in that it is a very classy venue and is run very professionally as a wonderful family establishment. There is one important factor to consider and that is that the St.James does have a noise problem in that the national road runs past the hotel and the noise from cars and trucks driving past the hotel drone through most of the rooms throughout the night. The only two rooms I would recommend at the hotel are the George Rex Suite and the Lady Anne Suite. Both these suites are noise free and are wonderful to stay in however they are pricey with the Lady Ann costing the same as Phantom and the George Rex equating Tsala.

As far as other recommendations are concerned my favourite in Knysna still remains Overmeer however it does not represent a splurge mode type establishment.

Other Knysna splurge or semi splurge mode establishments that I would recommend you should take a look at are:

Falcons View Manor
http://falconsview.com/

Hunters Country House
http://www.hunterhotels.com/intro.htm

Belvidere Manor
http://www.belvidere.co.za
Only book Lagoon Classic, De Luxe or Loerie Cottage if you select this wonderful establishment.

Lairds Lodge
http://www.lairdslodge.co.za/lodge.htm

Hope all of the above does not confuse you even more and that it helps in your decision making process.

Selwyn Davidowitz


 
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Jan 10th, 2003, 10:01 AM
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Thanks so much everyone for the advice. I will look into all of the places mentioned. Fortunately we have a good long time before we go -- this is why I am starting on the trip planning early, so that I have time to do the "homework" which in my opinion is at least half the fun!

We have a few things worked out now and many more left to decide. For our first night we have decided on the Intercontinental at JNB airport even though it's somewhat more costly than other options (1200 ZAR) -- its proximity to JNB arrivals (50 meters supposedly?) means that we can walk directly there and fall into bed and not have to worry about taking a shuttle to a hotel or driving at night after the long flights -- and since it's for only one night the fact that it's a bit more isn't terribly significant in the big picture.

In Kruger for our first two nights we are still debating between Lower Sabie or Satara and welcome comments on those, and on which type of accommodations (bungalow or cottage?). For the next two nights we have decided on Olifants although there we're still debating between the bungalows or cottages there as well. I'm inclined to go with the less expensive bungalows as I can't imagine we'll be spending that much time in our rooms. For the following three nights we have decided on Chitwa Chitwa, and probably Mkuze Falls for the next three nights -- both on the splurgier side of things, but since the rest camps at Kruger are so inexpensive I think it will roughly average out in the end.

One big problem I am having at this point is the issue of transport -- deciding whether to rent a car from JNB & drive to Kruger & Mkuze Falls (and if so, whether to return the car back in JNB or do a one-way rental and return somewhere else), or fly into one of the airports nearer to Kruger and rent a car there...it is a bit confusing as many websites I've seen have conflicting info about which airports to fly into near Kruger, which airlines fly to which airports, car rentals, etc. Options seem to be Hoedspruit, Nelspruit, Skukuza? In general we prefer independent travel and on past trips have rented cars driven all over Costa Rica, parts of Mexico, Australia & NZ, Italy, etc. so we are not terribly timid when it comes to driving in unfamiliar places & have driven on the left before. Plus, we like to stop along the way when we drive for picture taking, etc. However, I have not priced out all the options yet, and due to time constraints it may be better to fly -- but many flights seem limited on certain days (e.g. Sunday is the day we will be going from JNB to Kruger). We will have the same issue to figure out for the day we depart Mkuze Falls on -- where to return the car (Durban, Richard's Bay, one of the airports near Kruger, or all the way back to JNB?) & flying from one of those airports into George or Plet.?).

Anyway, once we get that part of the trip sorted out we will start to make decisions about where to stay in Knysna (doing homework on all the options that have been suggested in the meantime), and then about Cape Town, for which I know I will need to post back with more questions for all you experts!

Thanks again and please feel free to post more suggestions as I am trying to check back here fairly regularly.
 
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Jan 14th, 2003, 03:27 AM
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Hello again Lisa
About the airlines - there is only SA Express which serves the smaller centres you are looking at on a scheduled basis. They are part of SAA and aside from being smaller aircraft are fine. SAA don't fly into Skukuza anymore, and the choice between Nelspruit or Hoedspruit would depend on whether you select Satara or Lower Sabie. I suggest that you fly from JNB to one of these two airports, then take a hire car and drive through Swaziland to Mkuze Falls. You can then drive through to Durban, leave the hire car there and fly direct to George. This is the most effective route. The drive from Mkuze to JNB will be about 5 hours, compared to 2.5 hours to Durban.
 
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