We have booked a flight to Cape Town on 2 jan. 08 .
We have a reasonably tight budget probally around £50 per day(are we dreaming??) for the two of us.... but we would like to do the baz bus thing to joberg over about 3-4 weeks we want to spent a week or so in/around kruger park and we would like visit vic. falls?
We are happy to camp/cabins (would almost prefer to..) but we dont carry a tent.
Anybody got ant ideas on where to spend our time? how is the best way to get to/from vic falls? is there anything to see on the way? if we have cheaper acc. near/in kruger can we organise tour guides there? is it cheaper?or should we book a guided tour?
Given your budget and preference to camp, you may want to try an overland tour which should offer you a guide as well. I have never done an overland before but this could be the best way to spend your time and the cheapest way to get to around and especially SA to Vic Falls.
Jo'burg to Kruger is amazing by road, you get to see so much and enjoy the fun. Whichever route you take, the landscapes are breathtaking!
I'm a fool for landscapes! The N1 highway to the north is a personal favourite and will take you through the beautiful countryside, small towns and villages, the city of Polokwane (Pietersburg). Via Loius Trichardt to the Tsipise turn off you enter the park through the Pafuri Gate. This way you get to tour the entire park north to south and out through the Panorama Route to join the N4.
The Panorama Route is even more beautiful and dramatic. Very touristy! There is more to see and enjoy: Pilgrim's Rest, Ohrigstad, Kiepersol, Hazyview, Graskop. You will get to see the Horse Shoe Falls, Echo Caves, God's Window, Blyde River Canyon and there are loads of activities to engage in along the way.
I just got back from 32 days in S.A. and enjoyed every day I was there. We camped out most of the days we were ther and split the other days between B&B's and hotels. It's going to be hard to stay within the budget you have set and still get to do much. My biggest expense was a rental car and gas but it was well worth it because of the freedom it provided as well as the ability to be more spontaneous with where we went. There are a million things to do around the cape and garden route so go to the S.A. tourism website to explore what is available. Most campsites cost between $10 -20 a night. If you visit one of the national parks, it is about $16 an night but you also have to pay a park entrance fee which is another 12 -16 dollars a night. Because we were staying a lot of nights we bought a Wild Card which cut the cost down quite a bit, it gives you free entrance to the parks. See the S.A. National parks website for information on this and all the parks. In most all the national parks you need your own transportation, tours of the parks are available but are a lot more expensive than renting your own car and most of the parks can be traveled in with any size car with no problem. Like Lyn said, the scenery around Kruger is great as it is with most of the places you plan to visit. When we got to S.A. we had no gear at all and went down to a local discount store and bought tent, sleeping bags, dishes, ice chest, air mattress, lantern and a few other handy camping tools all for just over $250. We rented the car and took off for our first destination. We found South Africans to be some of the friendlies people anywhere, especialy the campers we met in the parks. You will have a great time, the weather is nice around the cape that time of year. The parks can sell out of campsites and other lodging so plan to get reservations ahead to be sure. Have a great trip.
I too have spent a couple of months in SA and loved it. I hired a car from Cape Town and did all the Garden Route, Wild Coast etc plus Kruger. Nelspruit really is fabulous. Also Swaziland is worth a visit if you have time.
Pick yourself up a copy of 'Coast to Coast' available just about everywhere (free). It is geared towards backpackers and will give you a better insight as to where to go and how much it costs.
Re going to Vic Falls, I would probably fly. I drove up from Jo'burg and it is a long and tedious drive. There are some nice parks as you get further north though if you have the time.
If you need any advice on Zimbabwe/ Vic Falls ie money, where to stay etc., plezase PM me. I have been there twice last year and know it pretty well.
You are going to have a fab time and yes, it is possible on £50 a day!