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1. Posted by staale (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello all.

We are a school class (18 people) that are going to travel around the world next year. We are planing to visit S-A for a couple of weeks. We arive at Johannesburg airport, but havent decided what to do next.

I have heard that JoBurg arent that safe, and that it would be recomended to stay outside the city, or fly to another city. (Cape town, Durban?)

Anyway, my job in the group atm is to make a plan in Durban. Is it easy to get there from JoBurg? (Plane?) anyone got Hostels to recomend? Things to visit? Food to eat?

We also going to take a 5 days safari in the Kruger Park. Is it easy to get there from JoBurg?

This are just some of the questions i got atm, hoping that you guys can answear some of them. Thanks.


[ Edit: Edited at Nov 7, 2006 2:02 AM by staale ]

2. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi staale,

The zulu tribe hills are quite nice, It´s a zulu village up in te hills outside Durban. You can visit the village and they show you how they live. Traditional lunch, how to make basket and necklace from grass and how to make beer from some fruits.

There is a seafood fastfood on the side of the ocean which is excellent and really good value for money.

I cant remember the name of the bagpacker we went to by it was part of the bazabus.

Have a good time

3. Posted by jekalo (Full Member 118 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Staale,
It is an easy and direct flight from Joburg to Durban or you can drive it and see some beautiful scenery but it is 578km so takes a while and roads are generaly good. In Durban, there is plenty to do for all kinds of people from the golden mile which is a fabulous holiday playground that stretches for about 6km along the shoreline of the Indian ocean. There is Sea World, the Victoria Street Indian market, Umgeni river bird park (one of the worlds best), the Gandhi museum, modern shopping malls, the Port Natal Maritime museum, a snake park and lots more. There are quite a few hostles, check the internet. The drive from Joburg to Kruger is at least 5 hours by car but you can fly from joburg by direct flights daily. If your group is wanting to experience the different cultures from a historical perspective, you will want to visit the different villages set up just for this purpose. Try going to SA tourism on the internet for detailed descriptions and locations for them. It sounds like a fun trip so plan well and enjoy.

4. Posted by CapMorgan (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

"The Zulu tribe hills are quite nice" that flo jo mentioned are good the other name they are known by is Valley of a thousand Hills. You get the whole Monty there Zulu traditional dance etc , good food and a good laugh too. You cant go wrong in Durban, lots of sun sand and surf, Mighty Fine food (but try n stay away from the food stalls on the side of the road) On Durban Beach from there are tons of restaurants / take always like the typical Mc Donald’s , but the best ones are normally the ones that have been there for years , Look for a few called No 1 XL restaurant (good chips). No 2 North Beach Polar Inn (good Bunny Chow , you just have to try a bunny chow ). No 3 Kazz Bar (best foot longs in Durban). There is now a huge sea world down the south of Durban which is very very good and the fun fair is also not too bad.

Just don’t wonder off alone at night, stay in groups and do not leave valuables lying around. In other words be sensible and respectful at all times