I am considering a trip of about 3-4 weeks and have sorted things out a bit. I bascially want to book a plane ticket and rent a car, that's it. It's for the month of June by the way.
I have these 3 ideas:
1. West USA, starting and ending in San Francisco
2. Southern Africa, starting in Johannesburg and ending either there or in Cape Town.
3. West Australia, starting and ending in Perth
I know about some advantages and disadvantages, like West Australia being a more expensive trip, maybe too short and the weather might be less. I was thinking about flying Darwin as well and ending in Perth, but prices of a car (and drop off fee) are much much higher.
I guess it would be one of the other trips, or what would you choose of these three trips? And generally, what cities/parks etc. are not to be missed on either of those trips?
Michael, you know i could go on endlessly about where to go in ZA, and I could pitch well for the states as well. But what are you interested in this time? Where haven't you been in ZA? Have you driven around Zululand and the transkaai yet? Do you like diving? You could hit Zululand and then head down to Sodwana and Kosi Bay. There are some incredible things along the Wild Coast which leads you into the Garden route. You know how easy the country is to get around. Did you make it to the Kalahari? I was just there a couple of weeks ago, and you could pretty much do the entire country and hit it all in a month...
Start with the Kruger, drive down through Swaziland to Zululand. Hit Hluhluwe & Mkuze, then go down to Kosi/Sodwana and do some diving. Back through Zululand to St. Lucia. Hit the Umfolozi and then down to Durban. From here you could head up into the Drakensburg Mountains and into Lesotho if you wanted. You could hit Royal Natal or Golden Gate, then head back down to the Wild Coast. Hit up St. John's and Jefferys Bay, do a little surfing, then head into the Garden Route to Cape Town and then drive back to Joburg through the Karoo. Or go up the Western coast, Augrabie Falls, the Kalahari and then from Kuruman to Joburg. There 4 weeks done! Oh, if you go to ZA, I can hook you up with a very reliable, very inexpensive rental agency. You can pretty much drive whatever you want at a third of the cost of a avis or other agency like that. We use them every time we go. They are a mom and pop business, so they wouldn't be listed through the travel agents. Let me know if you want a USA pitch.
Thanks a lot Holly!
If you can PM me that rental agency that would be great.
Well, I didn't make it to South Africa last year, tickets were much more expensive compared to the May/June period (in fact some were fully booked) and SAN parks like Kruger and Kgalagadi were full as well, months before.
I have been to most of Namibia, but am thinking of visiting the central and western parts of South Africa again (maybe including some of souther Botswana and Lesotho is a real possibility as well).
Do you know if malaria occurs in June as well? I mean, more in the east, like Kruger/Zululand etc.?
USA...well, like southern Africa it's mainly about enjoying landscapes, visit parks, have some great walks and enjoyable rides. Enjoy the solitude, emptiness etc. But combined with a great city I guess, like SF in US or Cape Town in South Africa.
My vote goes to WA, there's gonna be heaps or snorkeling and diving in the north west plus I think that time of year you can swim with whale sharks in the indian ocean
If you have a month start in perth and end in Darwin. you'll find that there are not heaps of cities and towns like the east coast. and you might just breeze through some of the towns. plus the kakadu is meant to be amazing.
Michael, the only malaria that occurs in ZA is in the Kruger/Swazi/Zululand region. You would still need some type of profylactic even down to St. Lucia. It is recommended all year round, but of course, in May/June the risk would be a lot less. It often depends on that year's season/occurances as well. To be honest, I've hit the Kruger several times in March and rarely seen a mosquito, but have then seen tons further down South. You might need it in Southern Bots as well, you'd have to check up on that one.
Currently the exchange rate is incredible. I don't know what the prices are in Europe, but here in the states, there are some incredible deals to fly SAA r/t through the end of March. The deals kick back in for Oct/Nov as well. The most recent is buy one ticket get one free. The ticket with taxes comes to around $900 usd. Tourism is really getting hit hard over there, so you could probably extend your euro a lot farther than in the past. Have you ever been to the Wild Coast? If you're thinking of it, check out Bulungula Lodge. I've yet to go, but have friends that went...incredible place! I'll pm you the number to the rental agency when I dig it up.