Traveling to SA, Add on Tour Ideas

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Oct 5th, 2005, 02:05 PM
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Traveling to SA, Add on Tour Ideas

Hi everyone -
I'm going to be traveling to South Africa, just south of Kruger Park, for 2 weeks in July 2006, but I would like to add on a tour in addition. I'm looking for a trip that does more than just Kruger Park (I'll be working with animals during my 2 weeks there, and will have gone to Kruger Park already, so I don't want a trip that is exclusively there) and I would like to see more of the country. Does anyone have any suggestions of trips they've been on or general tour companies that are reliable? The ones I'm used to dealing with don't travel to South Africa. I am on a budget since I'm already doing a 2 week program there, and I'm not afraid of roughing it a bit, so non-luxury accomodations are okay, and probably preferred.
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J


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Oct 7th, 2005, 02:38 PM
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I would suggest that you fly down to George from Johannesburg and hire a car so as to make your way to Knysna. I would then suggest that you spend about 3 days in Knysna exploring the Garden Route terrain using the town as a sort of hub and spoke system whereby you can visit the Tsitsikamma area where you can amongst others do the Canopy treetop tour (http://www.treetoptour.com ) and maybe even bungi jump off the Bloukrans Bridge. (http://www.faceadrenalin.com/) You can also visit places like The Wilderness and George while staying in Knysna.

I recommended you hiring a car and doing the above however if you dont want to do this you can link up with a scheduled tour operator who will in turn be able to help you with all of the above.

After your stay in George you can either drive or use a scheduled tour operator to travel to Cape Town.

On arrival in Cape Town I would once again suggest that you link up with a scheduled tour or drive yourself to see the Cape Winelands as well as do the Cape Peninsula ride. This will take 2 days of your time whereafter I suggest you spend 2 more days in Cape Town exploring the city.

I am unsure as to how much time you have to yourself however if you have 8 free days the above journey would be absolutely perfect to fulfil your needs to see another part of SA after spending time in Kruger.

You could do this all on your own and you should not need an agent to plan all for you. There should be a lot of fun in you trying to arrange this all too.

In terms of tour operators for scheduled tours I would recommend that you contact any of the following operators as they are all reliable scheduled tour companies in the Western Cape.

Hilton Ross - http://www.hyltonross.co.za/

Talana Tours - http://www.talana-tours.com/

Take 2 Tours - http://www.take2tours.co.za/

If you need any further help dont hesitate to ask for aid on this board as there will be many, inclusive of myself, who would help you with other ideas if you need them.

Hope the above helps you in your planning to see the best of our great country

Very proudly part of the wonderful nation of South Africa
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Oct 12th, 2005, 08:35 PM
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Thanks for the reply, Selwyn! I checked out those ideas, and the tree-top tours definitely sounds like something I am interested in doing. I found another tour group, though, that kind of added together just about everything I wanted to do and visits most of the places that you suggested (although I'll have to add on the Cape Penninsula tour, which shouldn't be too hard, and I'd like to add a trip to Victoria Falls if possible). I'm not too keen on doing a self-driving gig so much because I'll be traveling alone, so I'd rather stick with a group (it's more fun, anyway).

The tour company that I found is called Nomad Tours, but since I don't know anyone personally who has used them I was wondering if anyone had any information about them? They do both accommodated and camping tours, although I am slightly concerned about the safety of camping tours in general in South Africa. Heck, I'm scared to camp in my own back yard with the bears that we have... now I have scary pictures of camping in South Africa in my head. Geesh, I'll have nightmares for a month now!

Does anyone have any suggestions/input about camping tours in general in South Africa?

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