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1. Posted by jenny100 (Budding Member 6 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hey, i am seventeen atm, but am gonna be eighteen when hopefully visiting south africa! It has been my dream to visit the country, especially Cape Town, Garden Route and surrounding areas. The idea of being at the top of table mountain and shark cage diving amazes me! However, as I am having to save money for this trip in basically six months, I am going to have to work when I am out there. If anyone could let me know if this is easy to organise, and if possible can I do it before I get there?

For the first couple of weeks I hope to be able to stay with people I know and then move on travelling; this may be on my own although i hope to meet people once i'm there that i can do this with - people always say that this is easilt achieved. I have looked at many hostels in the area i wanna go, but there's so many. If anyone knows of any good budget ones that are good for first time travellers, it would be great to hear from you?
Lastly, if anyone knows of how far your money goes out there, this would be great - been told it is a lot cheaper - how true is this?

Got so much to sort, but really wanna do it!
Hope to have help soon thanks:)

2. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jenny,

Whilst you are to be commended for planning you O.E. especially at such a young age. I think you might need to read the thread a few down from this one 'Travelling Alone' don't let it discourage you from travelling though... but maybe a different destinaton first time out might be worth some thought

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Here's the link to the thread Fiona mentioned about traveling alone in South Africa:

Traveling Alone

4. Posted by mgregory (Budding Member 25 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


There is PLENTY to do in SA, Cape town and the Garden Route, as you will see by the host of hostels and activity businesses in the region. That’s why Cape Town is called THE MOTHER CITY and the GREATEST esCAPE.

As to your plans of Working here - OFFICIALLY that is not allowed during your VISIT, as you will be coming in I assume on a Visitors Visa entry type ??

There are Many hostels in cape town and most regions of the country, get advice from fellow travellers or the hostels themselves. All cope quite well with 1st time travellers - as for many its just that that they are arriving here on the first leg of their tours. I would visit one of the larger ones in Cape Town while here to get advice on your travels - THEY will advise you on how to best travel with your budget

SA is GREAT value for money ie I draft beer (Guiness) in UK GBP 2.70 equates to 2.7 *12 = ZAR 32.4 - which will easily get me 2 Guinesses or is that GUINII at the local here . Anyway costs here are very low for food, drink, smokes, and basic lifestyles - JUST what you want ??

Rates today :

Rand - $ 6.6700
Rand - Sterling 12.2470
Rand - Euro 8.2291

Travelling alone is an art, read what others have to say , get a good guide book if you can and if POSSIBLE - travel with others once you are in SA - its generally more fun, and you learn more - travel on the BAZ Bus ( if you can its safe and a simple service. There are plenty of other good general sites

Otherwise Don’t fear, its that that make us timid - step out and SEE SA - get your friends in Cape Town ?? To give you a grounding and THEN STEP out - use the guidance of the other travellers and the travel suggestions at the lodges


5. Posted by beduicom (Budding Member 14 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Remember that if you're on a budget - there is nothing you can save more on then accomodation. So bring a tent, or buy one in SA! =)

/C -snip-

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