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1. Posted by happy1 (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

The time has nearly come for me to book my tickets for RTW.Our first stop will be South Africa, we have a wedding in Cape Town end of Dec so we are planning on travelling a month before.Im not sure where to get a flight into if we are going to travel. Ive heard the garden route is very nice, how long would it take to see it? Any comments on SA would be great, thanks

2. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

The Garden route is beautiful, but if you can be around cape town around jan , there are some massive festivals and fun fun fun!

I had a wonderful time in Tstsikama , great horse riding, water sports and walking.
If you get a chance head into the Eastern cape. Durban, PE..


3. Posted by happy1 (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

Thanks Mim. The Garden Route does look lovely, how long do you need to do that? Did you go on safari in SA?

4. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

hey, i have never been to south africa, but my boyfriend was born there, and just recently immigrated... anyways, he said that Durban is great...!! Also apparently Cape Town is amazing too...! (so you've made good choices!!)
good luck in your travels and finding out what you need...!

5. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

I certainly did, Inkwenkwezi on the eastern cape, it's a park that is composed of a few small farms, nearly got trampled by rhino! and chased by a mad one eyed ostrich!!!
It was wicked and the accomodation was cool, The shower faced into the jungle and had a tall window right out, they were all on stilts in the middle of the park.

The garden route, well I guess it depends on you how you wanna do it, if you take a tour or if you hire a car.


6. Posted by cocomay (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hi All,

Am traveling to SA next week really want to spend some time in a couple of the townships, anyone have any experiences to share?


7. Posted by MyriamC (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Quoting happy1

Thanks Mim. The Garden Route does look lovely, how long do you need to do that? Did you go on safari in SA?

The Garden Route is lovely indeed. We made a 15 day tour starting in the Winelands (Stellenbosch), then the Little Karoo (Oudtshoorn) to see the ostriches and the spectacular Swartberg Mountain area, further south to Plettenberg (hiked in Tsitsikamma Natl. Park) and along the Garden Route to Cape Town. Garden Route & CPT leg of the trip were 9 full days. We could easily have spent another week! Make sure to drive all the way to Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope. Lovely scenery underway (and penguins!).

8. Posted by Nix1 (Full Member 25 posts) 11y

Cocomay, the township tours won't really give you a true experience, but would be a start, but please don't take everything the tour guide says to heart. I would NOT recommend that you do this alone, remember that SA is still a "new democracy" and unfortunately there is a criminal element.

I've lived in Jo'burg for 20 years and love it. I wouldn't live anywhere else (I'm a Brit).

For trips to SA, my cities of preference are Joburg (not that much for tourists to do though), Cape Town, Durban, PE, East London etc.

The Garden Route (Cape) and Knysna are stunning - hire a car and do it at your own pace - there are plenty of stunning B&B's.

Also, Kruger Park is relatively easy to get to from Joburg - and you really should go to Mozambique while you're in the area.

Email me if you need any help.

9. Posted by Nix1 (Full Member 25 posts) 11y

Also, if you intend to fly around the country, try our budget carrier: or

Alternatives are: or or (I think)

10. Posted by Mau29 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Hey Everone,

I live in South Africa, in a city called Port Elizabeth along the coast of the Eastern Cape so if you need any information about the Eastern Cape I will gladly help.