What trip to tack on to Johannesburg?

Old Oct 12th, 2007, 06:07 PM
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What trip to tack on to Johannesburg?

Hi,

I will be traveling to Johannesburg on business, alone. I have a bit of time to spare, and I'd love to take advantage of the fact that I'm down there to see some more of SA or Africa. A safari has always been a dream.

Since I'm on my own, I want an option that I can be with a group or join up with some people.

What would be some suggestions of where to go for 3-5 days after Jo'burg?

Any input and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Best,

Donna
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Old Oct 12th, 2007, 07:36 PM
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Depending on budget - Kruger NP or it's surrounding private reserves.
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Old Oct 12th, 2007, 11:29 PM
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Hi Donna,

you could maybe go to Phinda or to one of the lodges in the Sabi Sand or Timbavati areas that border Kruger where you would travel independently according to your available dates and share activities with other guests http://www.phinda.com Phinda has a wide range of habitats and offers a great chance to see lots of southern African game species. Excellent information can be found in Atravelynn's trip report at http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=35037046

I had difficulty locating a short scheduled group departure to Kruger when I was last in SA and now wish that I had included one of the private game lodges - there are lots of these to suit a variety of budgets.

Cheers,


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Old Oct 13th, 2007, 07:57 PM
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Have a look at Madikwe Game Reserve, about 3hrs drive NW from Joburg (but you can also fly in). It has the big 5 and so much more. There are several different lodges in Madikwe, of varying affordability. One advantage of this reserve is it is a malaria-free area, so you don't need to take malaria drugs - nice to avoid when you are only staying a few days. We stayed at the Bush Lodge (one of the cheaper options) and it was great - lovely rooms, small vehicles, great food, excellent guides - I would highly recommend it. Frommers, where we learned of the reserve, gives it 3 stars and deservedly so! Robin
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Old Oct 14th, 2007, 08:42 PM
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The great thing about Phinda, or any of CCA Africa's other lodges, is that they don't charge a single supplement, which is a tremendous cost savings.

Atravelynn went alone, so her trip report will be helpful. I didn't go alone, but I could easily see myself going back alone. Between your guide, vehicle mates, and other lodge guests, you won't feel lonely.

My trip report on Phinda (which I'm only partially through) is located here: http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=35058301

I stayed at Phinda Rock and Phinda Vlei. Loved both, but Rock was my fave, though the manager at Vlei (Sean) is amazing.
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Again, depending on budget, for the most intense game viewing experience go to one of the private camps in Sabi Sands, e.g. Mala Mala, Leopard Hills, Londolozi, Djuma. Cost starts at around $350 per night, on person.

regards - tom
ps - Sabi Sands private reserve borders Kruger, short plane flight.
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