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1. Posted by My Horizon (Budding Member 429 posts) 10y

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Hi all!

I am planning to go on a road trip next year from Cape Town to East London. My plan is to travel up the East Coast and when coming back to Cape Town, travelling more inland.

I am hoping anyone has any recommendations on where I should stop, what attractions are worth to see etc. It's all very well researching places on the net, but I'd like to get opinions from people who have been to the the places they recommend.

I will probably be going in June/July 2007.

Thanks in advance,
Carmen ;)

2. Posted by nir_hermel (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hey there,

So I think that I should first try and convince you to travel to South Africa at a different time.

June/July is Winter! And South Africa (especially Cape Town area) is all about the summer. (Though East Coast is still okay)

Are you interested in people, culture and lifestyle? You'd like to experience the modern South African life? (This will require staying at one place for a while)
Traditional life?
You want to see place? (and bounce around alot?)

How long you staying?

Once again.... I really suggest not coming round between June-Sept. As much as you'll have a good time... You'd have the best time if you came at a warmer period. (you'll probably want to relocate actually) hehe

Keep well
Nir

3. Posted by nir_hermel (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Oh my... i just realised that you're south african..!!

Thats makes things a whole lot different!

4. Posted by My Horizon (Budding Member 429 posts) 10y

Hi nir_hemel,

Yip, I'm from Cape Town so I am not too bothered about C.T. or East London, cause my cousins live there, so I have also been to E.L.

Reason why I will be going in June/July is cause that is University's long holidays are and I don't think I can wait so long for Nov/Dec to come. Thats a whole year! And as you say, the East Coast isn't so bad at winter time, as I thought.

I don't want to drive the whole way up to E.L. in one go, hence the road trip. I want to stop at places, spend some time there, and just generally relax and take my time. I could take up to week to get to E.L. I don't mind.

Any places you think I should definately stop at??

5. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 10y

Hi Carmen, The following is not going to help you much but at least maybe you would be including the mentioned countries in your path and I will find it useful to read your blog on it after your visit.

There are a couple of places that I have long wanted to visit in North Africa, which lie on your way: Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt. I also became interested in Botswana after reading the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series ;) and Nigeria sounded beautiful, when a friend described some places.

Have fun on your road trip!
Cheers, Ahila.

P.S: Tell me one thing... Is the aurora australis visible in South Africa? And, are there any cruises going to Antarctica from South Africa? I ask this because I am interested in both and have been looking at various options to visiting Antarctica and the cruise that goes from Argentina seems cheaper (though still expensive for me now) than the one leaving New Zealand ports. It would be great if there were cheaper cruises from SA.

6. Posted by My Horizon (Budding Member 429 posts) 10y

Hi Ahila,

The aurora australis is def not visible from here. Never heard of it, thats how i know!

About the cruises to Antartica, I have no clue if any depart from here. I will let you know, cause I actually was/am thinking of going to Antartica sometime and when I was looking around saw that I had to depart from New Zealand. Didn't think of looking to see if any cruises departed from Cape Town...silly me You can see I havn't given it much thought yet...

I havn't read much up on Botswana or Nigeria for that matter. I was looking at trips to Victoria Falls tho but way to expensive for me right now. Thats why I'm settling for the road trip at the mo!

Otherwise...see you in word associations!

7. Posted by sandnsea (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

hi my horison
merry xmass and hapy new year
i,m planning a trip over land too from egypt and want to do it all the way down to cape town in my toyota troopie ,
you have to give a visit to www.horizonsunlimited.com Not sure if it com or org ,
its realy great for overlandidn
and also i know a lady she is south african and she is on the road now from london to cape town
its www. long-way-home.com
hope to be intouch so we can echange ideas aobut the trip
omar
i dont know ifi,m able to put my email here?

8. Posted by jekalo (Full Member 118 posts) 9y

Hi Carmen,
I think a few readers have confused East London S.A. with London, England from reading some of the replies in this post. I have stayed close to the coast when traveling this route but would be interested in hearing of any places you find inland that I might visit on our next trip to the area. I would think that the drive through the the area around King Williams Town and on to Fort Beaufort should be very senic. I read somewhere that this area provided the inspiration for JRR Tolkien's novel, "The Hobbit".
Further west, the little Karoo, Oudtshourn and the Cango Caves is worth a visit and fairly senic that time of year. I have been to those places in June. Good luck and have a nice trip. The whales should be back in Hermanus by late July so you could drop in there for a look see.
David

9. Posted by My Horizon (Budding Member 429 posts) 9y

Hi Omar,

Thanks for the internet links. Will be checking them out soon. If you wanna exchange ideas, you can pm me, and we go from there!

Thanks again,
Carmen

PS: Merry Christmas to you too and a Happy New Year!

10. Posted by My Horizon (Budding Member 429 posts) 9y

Hi David,

Thanks for the recommedations to see King Williams Town abd Fort Beaufort area...never thought of that area. Interesting to hear that it inspired 'The Hobbit' for Lord of the Rings. Will pen that down on my list! :)

Afrifriend has recommeded that I should take a drive by Swartberg Pass. I havn't looked on the map yet where this is yet tho, need to buy myself a detailed, proper map still to start plotting my trip!

I see you say that you have been up the coast before, what places would you definatly say I should stop at and have a look around when I am in the coastal area??