South Africa, what to see while travelling the garden route?

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1. Posted by davifoe (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

HI, I'm travelling from Australia via south africa back to germany. my problem: I only have 2 weeks time to get from johannesburg to cape town. I would like to see wildlife, but the kruger is so expensive. are there other national parks? i.e. an the garden route?
if yes, wich and where are they?
I would like to hear some ideas, so if you have ever been there or you know sth. about it in aother reasons, please tell me, all the travell agencies here can't really help me.
Thank you so much.

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2. Posted by mgregory (Budding Member 25 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


Come into Johannesburg or better still fly directly into Cape Town ex Europe ( cheaper). Start in Cape Town, travel with BAZBUS up the Eastern Coas tline right up to Durban. Theres plenty to see on this route and plenty of activities and different parks to visit - eg Addo outside port Elizabeth'for big game. Then go north with the bus to Swaziland and Nelspruit or Sabi - do a day trip in the Kruger from either of these and then back to Johannesburg fto fly out.
2 weeks and you will have seen quite a large proportion of SA and NOT paid a huge fee to do it all. Game camps and Safari's aimed at the SUPER RICH not the locals nor travellers
ANY hostel in SA can assist with information and advice

3. Posted by Brerrabbit (Budding Member 15 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi there

If you are arriving in Jhb arrange a trip down to Nelspruit and take a day trip into the Kruger Park.

Its not too expensive to do that.

From the Kruger Park you can then fly back to JHB or travel by bus and then fly onto Durban.

Depending on the time you have you could also fly directly to East London.

To travel from Durban by road you have two options, along the south coast through the Transkei with beautiful scenery to East London.

Do not travel through the Transkei at night!

Second option, travel from Durban to Pietermaritzburg and around the border of Lesotho to East London. This is a safer route and the roads are better.

From East London you can drive to the Addo elephant park where you can also do day trips and see the elephants and other wildlife in the park.

From there make your way to Port Elizabeth and westwards to Plettenberg bay.

If you like walking do a Nature trail from the Storms River Mouth.

There are some short trails from the mouth which take a few hours to do.

On your way to Plettenberg Bay you can do Bungee jumping off the highest jump in South Africa at the Bloukrans bridge.

Visit Natures Valley via the Groot River pass. Beautiful beaches and forest drives

At Plettenberg Bay you travel through the Tsitsikamma forests to Knysna.

You must visit the Knysna Heads, especially the view point at the top of the left head as you face them from inland.

If you like Oysters have some at the Knysna waterfront.

From Knysna take the Choo Choo to George and see the lake district from the train as you make your way to the Wilderness and George.

Visit the S A Railway Museum in George.

From George travel onto Mossel Bay.

In Mossel Bay visit the old post office tree and the Diaz Museum with its sailing ship.

Some beautiful scenery to be seen from the hill above the town.

Between Mossel bay and Albertinia there is a wild life Park which has some of the big five animals in it. It could be quite expensive there.

If you stay at Mosselbay for two or three days (which I recommend)you can do a day trip to Oudtshoorn to see the Cango caves and an Ostrich farm.

There is also a crocodile park and a cheetah breeding farm on the road from Oudtshoorn to the Cango Caves.

After MosselBay travelling towards Cape Town you can stop at Swellendam and visit the Bontebok Park just outside the town.

Mainly buck and smaller animals in this park.

From Swellendam you can either travel to Cape Town through the wheatlands of Caledon and apple farms of Grabouw over Sir Lowry's Pass The scenery is fantastic on this route.

If you turn inland near Swellendam you can travel to Cape Town via Robertson and Worcestor through the winelands of the Breede River valley.

Once through the mountains and the Huguenot tunnel you drive through the winelands of Paarl and down the N1 to Cape Town.

Leave yourself at least three days in Cape Town to explore.

Visit my website at -snip- to find out what there is to do in Cape Town for tourists.

I suggest that you hire a self drive car in East London and drive yourself to CT. You will see far more this way.

If you are in a hurry you can do the trip in 10 hours but I don't recommend that.

Hope this helps


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4. Posted by davifoe (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Wow, obviously, there is a whole lot to do in SA on thr garden route.
I heard about the BAZ BUS and actioly I'd like to travel on it, but I've only 2 weeks of time and for the FLEXI TOUR they recomend at least 19 days min. of travelling. I thought about going to Kruger from JHB and then take a flight to Port Elizabeth to go on a bus pass from there on.
Problem the tour to Kruger would cost me for 3 days aprox. 600,-AU$ (aprox.400,-US$). I think thats a bit too much. do ypu have any information about other companies? where can I find these one day safaris you spoke about?
And on my way along the garden route than; all the places you recomend sound beautiful, great. Only one question: where do I book tours to the parks like Addo and do I have to do it in advance?
Thanks for your answers!!! David

5. Posted by Brerrabbit (Budding Member 15 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi there

In my opinion the best part of the Garden Route is from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town.

There are hundreds of things to do and see and they are not expensive.

I do not know how you are travelling but there are backpackers lodges which are relatively cheap.

Inland from Cape Town there are now a number of parks where you can see wildlife.

I can try and find out there names for you if you like.

It is not necessary to stay in expensive hotels if you are willing to self cater.

Hiring a car and driving yourself could be your best bet yet.

It is not necessary to go to Kruger Park to see wild animals so you could save yourself the expense.

In your message you speak of amounts of us$ 400.00.

Remember to multiply that by six to work out our local currency and you will find things cheaper than you imagine.

Why not fly direct to Cape Town and utilise some of the day tours that are available.

There are tours up the Garden route that show you most of the places I have mentioned and buses that will bring you back for a couple of hundred rand.

Seeing wild animals means just that. A day tour into a park will let you see what you want without the major expense of accommodation

I do not know about the Buz bus but travelling by bus means you go from point A to point B and follow main highways normalling travelling at night so you see very little.

If you likeyou may contact me direct at -snip- for more specific information


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6. Posted by Nix1 (Full Member 25 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


Yes, USD400 does sound expensive.

The Kruger National Park actually has its own website with rates, however, I'm not too sure what the addy is, please google it...I would guess it would be something like There are lots of different accommodation options.

Have a great trip.

7. Posted by kevstump (Full Member 123 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

you have to go to monkey land near plettenburg bay. It is AMAZING!! you get to walk around an enclosure with a rediculous amount of awesome monkeys (all shapes and sizes) swinging around you and coming within metres.

thats if you like monkeys of course, but who doesnt?

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9. Posted by natters (Budding Member 7 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hi if you loo at kruger backpackers they have really reasonable tour rates if you do want to go there

10. Posted by beduicom (Budding Member 14 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Well the highlight I found in South Africa was the Drakensberg and Lesotho, around Sani Pass (border post name). Very beautiful!

/C -snip-

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