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I'm planning a 2 week trip to SA in July. I have a little bit of work to do in Durban and Stellenbosch and then I'll visit Cape Town. The first half of my trip, I'll be solo. Then, my cousin is joining me in Stellenbosch.

We love art, wine, music, nature, hiking, adventure, museums, history...we're game for anything.

I'm also wondering if a safari is possible? A day trip? Or a night or 2? Not to sound daft, but I'm not exactly sure how to plan a safari.

I am a PhD student, so I'm definitely on a budget (but I do have funding...so there's a little wiggle room). I'm planning to stay at AirBnBs and get taxis (or hire a car when necessary).

Here are the bones of my trip:

DURBAN
7/6 Fly from the states-Joburg-Durban
7/7 Get acclimated
7/8 Research at Killie Campbell
7/9
7/10 Shembe Festival

STELLENBOSCH
7/11 Fly to Cape Town (shuttle to Stell)
7/12 ACLALS Conference presentation
7/13
7/14
7/15

CAPE TOWN (+safari?)
7/16
7/17
7/18
7/19
7/20
7/21
7/22 Fly home

Lastly, a few questions:

1. I've read the weather is in the 60s. Would sweaters be advisable? Is it rainy? Just wondering if I need my wellies.
2. I have an old iPhone; how do I go about setting it up so I can use it in SA?
3. Which Stellenbosch vineyards are must sees? Is July an ok time to visit?
4. Should I request Rand from my bank (is that even possible) or just exchange once I'm in SA?
5. I have a standard international converter (missing paperwork of course). Do most standard converters work with SA outlets?
6. I travel all the time, so I'm good at packing light. For 2 weeks I could easily get by with a carry on and a backpack. However, I've read SA flights (Joburg-Durban and Durban-Cape Town) are super strict on luggage (and sometimes don't allow carry on roller bags). Should I bring a checked bag? Is that just going to be a pain?
7. I've heard advice about carrying a "dummy" purse (and keeping a copy of a passport and rand on my body). Is this necessary? I mean, I won't be swinging around a Louis Vuitton, but it would be nice to carry some Chapstick, phone and a camera.
8. I bought a pacsafe bag (http://www.pacsafe.com/travelsafe-12l-portable-safe.html) to put my laptop, passport, and credit card in while out and about. Basically, it's a wire mesh bag you can attach to a pipe or etc. Will this be sufficient protection? Is there a better suggestion/solution/advice? If someone really wants your stuff...not sure it's going to do much.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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