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1. Posted by dalia_ghal (Budding Member, 2 posts) 2 Aug '06 06:08

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I am intended to visit south Africa next January, I will stay for 12 days and I was wondering what are the cities beside cape town that I should go for please advice?

2. Posted by rasberries (Inactive, 154 posts) 2 Aug '06 06:26

Kruger National Park is a must see.

http://www.sa-venues.com/tourist_attractions_south_africa.htm

check out all the to dos...
your goign to want to see as much as possible. Only spend like 3 days in Capetoen and move on.. You have alot to see in 12 days.

3. Posted by dmentor (Budding Member, 3 posts) 2 Aug '06 06:35

Hi Dali

Cape Town is definitely the most beautiful city in the world - but if you want more sea and mountain views I will suggest the Garden Route - towns such as George, Wilderniss, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay ( about 400-500km from Cape Town) there are many other tourist attractions in that vicinity as well.

If you into wildlife - Kruger National park in Mpumalanga is ideal but that far from Cape Town - 1600km away.
If you need more info please let me know

Kind regards
Desiree

4. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member, 414 posts) 2 Aug '06 11:58

Obviously cape town is a must go with thousands of things to see there. If you are going to be in Pretoria do a day trip to sun city (nice water center).

J´burg
Gold reef city (park about the south african culture and fun fair) Ellis Park : the stadium of the rugby world cup final 1995.

Durban
Zulu land one thousands hills

The garden route in general
Knysna and the chou chou old train.
North of Georges-Blanco go to Housworn (not sure how it´s spell) Austrich farm.

You can spend two days in Swaziland which is nice too.

Have a great time Flo

5. Posted by mgregory (Budding Member, 25 posts) 3 Aug '06 00:39

Girl,

Fly into Cape town, spend 3-4 days there, then move on up the eastern coastline, up through Swaziland, to Kruger, and then fly out of JHB - use the BazBus www.bazbus.com and local hostels will advise you and assit you on your travels. Hostels information at www.backpackingsouthafrica.co.za
PLENTY to do in 12 days

6. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru, 5073 posts) 3 Aug '06 09:20

Get the cable car up Table Mountain.

7. Posted by StephanieH (Inactive, 18 posts) 4 Aug '06 15:29

I agree, don't miss to go up the table mountain! I also enjoyed the nightlife in Cape Town.

If you find time you could go up to Namibia, too. It's only 800 km away from Cape Town. The South is very beautiful (Fish River Canyon, sand dunes in Sossusvlei).

8. Posted by Demian (Full Member, 116 posts) 7 Aug '06 04:15

Spend about two days in CPT, visiting Cape Point and Robben Island at least, don't forget to relax at the Waterfront. Then either hire a car or get yourself in the bazbus (preferrably the first, as it leaves you more mobile) and head for the garden route. Stop over in Hermanus (beach) and Knysna/Storms River (adrenaline adventure) at least. Fly from East Londen or Port Elizabeth to Nelspruit, to go to the Kruger Park. Spend three days there before you go back to Joburg, where you should visit Soweto (the biggest and most notorious township). I wouldn't go to Sun city or Gold reef city. I'm not saying it is no fun, but those are theme parks (almost) just like home. If you really want to see something of this beautiful country, go to Soweto (take a guided tour!).

Oh, take notice that january is the hottest month here, the mercury can go up to 40 Celcius. (Kruger even hotter).

Good luck with the planning and enjoy your trip!!!

If you need more tips/help, let me know!

cheers!

9. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member, 270 posts) 7 Aug '06 08:41

I enjoyed the Addo Elephant Park near Port Elisabeth.

We saw heaps of Elephants, kudus, warthogs, (even a Lion during the day), Zebras etc.

It depends what u wanna see and how much money u r prepared to spend.

There are lots of nice places along the Garden Route and if u wanna know my opinion about Baz Bus, send me a message!

Kathi

10. Posted by ecampbell (Budding Member, 9 posts) 16 Aug '06 07:02

Quoting Demian

Spend about two days in CPT, visiting Cape Point and Robben Island at least, don't forget to relax at the Waterfront. Then either hire a car or get yourself in the bazbus (preferrably the first, as it leaves you more mobile) and head for the garden route. Stop over in Hermanus (beach) and Knysna/Storms River (adrenaline adventure) at least. Fly from East Londen or Port Elizabeth to Nelspruit, to go to the Kruger Park. Spend three days there before you go back to Joburg, where you should visit Soweto (the biggest and most notorious township). I wouldn't go to Sun city or Gold reef city. I'm not saying it is no fun, but those are theme parks (almost) just like home. If you really want to see something of this beautiful country, go to Soweto (take a guided tour!).

Oh, take notice that january is the hottest month here, the mercury can go up to 40 Celcius. (Kruger even hotter).

Good luck with the planning and enjoy your trip!!!

If you need more tips/help, let me know!

cheers!

These are some good tips i would say

Although I wouldnt advice going to the cities if ur here so short, the nature has more to offer IMO, and u can easily take a bus or rent a car to take a short trip. The Garden route is easy to do in 14 days and you will get the most out of it.