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Getting the most out of the trip

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Places off the beaten track
5 years ago, January 22nd 2009 No: 1 Msg: #60990  
Hi, I'm planning on going to south africa for a volunteer project in St Lucia, and from there I intend to travel for two weeks afterwards, and at weekends during the project itself. What would you say is your best and least touristy experience? Reply to this

5 years ago, January 27th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #61469  
Hey Amy, nice gig to have that one in the Wetlands of St. Lucia.

I think for weekends you really must get into Swaziland and Lesotho, definitely. Swazi is closer to SL.

If two weeks is all that you've got time for (shame, spend a month at least, or you will regret that you didn't), I would suggest to venture down south of Durban into the Transkei. It's the least 'touristy' part of South Africa and you will get to see the real flavour of South Africa there. The terrain is magical, the views spectacular and breathtaking. Put Coffee Bay, St Johnsport and The Kraal on your list.

If you want a non-touristy experience you can't do better.

Get a copy of Coast to Coast backpackers guide. It's a little free paperback book found at all the hostels that is invaluable and could provide you lots to think about while you are in St Lucia.

Have a fun trip.

With Kind Regards,

Rocco the Musical Chef Reply to this

5 years ago, January 27th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #61507  
That sounds perfect. I wish we had more time but unfortunately not :(
Thanks for your help, all the very best,
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3 years ago, March 25th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #131968  
When most tourists visit South Africa, they concentrate more on Cape Town and all it has to offer, forgetting all about Durban. For a great touristy experience, visit Durban. Durban also has beautiful beaches , amongst other fun and exciting activities and tourist attractions. These include snorkelling at Ushaka Marine World, which is the 5th largest aquarium in the world by voume of water. You can also go gambling at the Suncoast Casino. Or enjoy rickshaw rides on the beachfront, or buy Zulu crafts at the beachfront market and even visit the The Fitzsimons Snake Park <snip> Durban accommodation is also very affordable. So next time you come to South Africa, take some time to check out all that Durban has to offer. I hope my reply helps you to enjoy the touristy part of your visit.
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