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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Hi,

I wanted to go to the eastern part of South Africa maybe in september but things fill up quickly in Kruger and I don't want to prebook to many things.

So maybe I want to travel between Cape town to Joburg via the northern border areas with Namibia and Botswana, maybe visiting Lesotho in the end as well.

What would be a good budget when staying in places outside the national parks, is there enough accomodation outside parks as Augrabies, as in the parks it fills up quickly as well?
Or is every single place full when I travel through the country, it seems popular?

Any other suggestions on this route, so the inland route, not along the coast?
What about Lesotho, can I bring my rental car into the country?

Thanks, Michael

2. Posted by Backinafri (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Hey Michael,

Only part of Sept you may have a problem with is the latter half ie approx 14 - 30th as it's school holidays & then everything is more booked up than usual. How much time do you have? As the distances you're talking about are quite huge. It's possible to do it all by hire car - most car hire co's will let you take their vehicles across borders - you just have to arrange all the paperwork beforehand. Often, the excess doubles or you pay a higher daily rate. ALWAYS get unlimited kms.

Don't know what type of accom you're looking for, but there's an excellent network of backpacker lodges throughout the country - and you'll find these near most of the major attractions eg Kruger, Augrabies, etc. I reckon you could do most of it working on a budget of R200 - 300 per day, excluding fuel and car hire charges. Petrol/gas is currently about R7/litre. Current exchange rate is approx Euro 1 = R9,4.

Hope that helps & just shout if you need more info.

Regards,
Alison

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Thanks Alison,
So, the schoolholiday is for the whole of South Africa?
Maybe go a week earlier or so than. Thanks !

Michael

4. Posted by Backinafri (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Hi again,

There are school holidays for the whole country between 21 Sept & 1 Oct ... but some of the private schools close from 14 Sept - 1 Oct.

If you can swing your dates a bit, would really suggest August & preferably July for the areas you want to visit ... better game viewing season by far!

Hope that helps!
Rgs, Alison

5. Posted by S_Paradise (Full Member 65 posts) 9y

While it would be a long trip, the trek up through the Cedarburg along the N7, picking up the N14 heading through Augrabies, it offers a contrasting view of South Africa as opposed to traveling along the more populated and vegetative Garden Route. The Northern Cape is the most sparsely populated, but for me that holds a lot of interest. Just be prepared for many hours in the car.

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Thanks everyone. I guess South Africa will be for another time. Flights are almost full for the months of september/october, accomodation in parks is full. I guess South Africa has become a bit to popular these days. Wonder what month is least crowded.

7. Posted by Backinafri (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Wow - surprised to hear that. Sept/Oct (excluding school hols) IS usually quiet time. What about November? It's just before the Christmas rush & most students are writing exams. Weather usually good - hot but chance of early rains. Best time for doing the parks is still June/July though - dry season so grasses much lower, water more scarce & game viewing opportunities at their peak. Also it's significantly cooler and those pesky mosquitoes have gone off to sleep ;-)

Rgs, Alison

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting Backinafri

Wow - surprised to hear that. Sept/Oct (excluding school hols) IS usually quiet time. What about November? It's just before the Christmas rush & most students are writing exams. Weather usually good - hot but chance of early rains. Best time for doing the parks is still June/July though - dry season so grasses much lower, water more scarce & game viewing opportunities at their peak. Also it's significantly cooler and those pesky mosquitoes have gone off to sleep ;-)

Rgs, Alison

Well, november I have another trip planned, so probably will be for another year. But when I go, I will arrange things like 6 months before and probably stay longer than a few weeks. Maybe 4 or 5 weeks and visiting Botswana or Mozambique as well.
Thanks! Michael

9. Posted by Backinafri (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Hi Michael,

No worries - we'll all still be here. Mmm - 4-6 weeks would be perfect - longer if you can squeeze it. The distances are quite vast & I always believe in doing less ... more! South Africa (and her neighbours) are diverse and sprawling - with incredibly different landscapes, people, and places. I always say SA is like a fine wine ... should be sipped slowly and savoured.

About 6 years ago, my husband, myself & my eldest (aged 6 then) took off for 4,5 months thru SA, Namibia & Botswana. Still wasn't enough time!!

Take care & look forward to next year,
Rgs, Alison