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Need ideas

Looking to travel South Africa
14 years ago, September 26th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #87426  
Hi guys and gals, First timer here.

My brother and i are looking to do a 12 month world tour starting in South Africa and heading north to Cairo. primarily sticking to the east of the country due to a lot of research on safety issues elsewhere.

We are flying into Cape Town and already have our itinerary planned for our first week or 2 we are now working on our itinerary for our following 11 and a bit months. starting with the trip up to Cairo and from there into Europe, then onto Asia finishing back in Australia.

What i am after is a list of ideas or links that can provide more info on other areas of south Africa that are relatively cheap yet a great way to see the country and experience its culture.

At this point we are looking at spending around 4-6 weeks in South Africa alone then moving up north,

Starting in Cape town we plan on visiting the following

Robben Island
Table Mountain
Castle of Good hope
Signal Hill
V&A Waterfront and Aquariam
Greenmarket Square

We don't have any time constraints but obviously being a large trip we do have monetary constraints. ideally we want to spend a week or 2 in Capetown and start working our way up the coast towards Swaziland and use that as our launching pad into Zimbabwe -> Zambia -> Tanzania -> Kenya-> Ethiopia Straight thro to Egypt ( skipping thro Sudan due to Australian federal travel warning) Unsure at this point whether we will fly out of Cairo to Start our European part of our trip or head over to Morocco and fly out from their. Still doing some research on the Libya /Tunisia/ Algeria Morocco part of that trip,

we have spoken about heading thro Spain from Morocco and starting our European portion of the trip their but it all depends on our budgeting at this point. our west - east Europe into Asia portion of our trip is covered and organized pretty extensively as this was our first decision on our trip, we just added a tour of Africa as a last minute thing.

So yeh if you have any ideas or suggestions whether it be from Accommodation, sight seeing, safety right thro to transport it would be much appreciated, Not asking you to do all the work for us, just we are a little concerned if we should can a full tour or just do a 2 week stay over in Cape Town. So haven't put as much thought and research time into this part of the trip yet.

Thanks in Advance,


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14 years ago, September 26th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #87427  
Oh Accommodation wise we are planning to stay in Backpacker hostels and already have a extensive list for the South African part of the above trip, Any recommendations on safe and clean ones would be much appreciated tho Reply to this

14 years ago, September 27th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #87485  
Hello Chris 😊

You might find blogs by le_flow worth reading. He cycled around large parts of Africa, including S. Africa.

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14 years ago, September 28th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #87573  
D Posts: 38
Many years ago, it was the dream of colonists, and one Cecil John Rhodes in particular, that wanted to run a train from Cape Town to Cairo on British soil. In the last few years, I have met a number of Aussies that is doing the Cape to Cairo route. You seem to have more success on this than Rhodes did.

OK, I am based in Cape Town and have traveled Southern Africa extensively, and in fact still do. To give you some advice or ideas, I must look at our country and then wonder, if I have to see the best in 4 to 6 weeks, which places would I recommend? Where would I go?

My first thoughts will include Cape Town (always a given, not only as a starting point of a trip), the route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, known with good reason as the Garden Route, the Drakensberg area including Lesotho, the Natal coast and Game Reserves, Swaziland, the north-eastern part of our country, (both in and out of Kruger), and my personal favourite, the Kgalagadi. Then I would add some must see places like Namibia, Botswana and even parts of Mozambique.

All of the above is spread over a very big area and some are easy to reach. To come up with a workable itinerary and possible route to follow may take a little longer than what it took to write this note. I will however do that with pleasure if you want.

When do you plan to take your trip?

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14 years ago, September 28th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #87582  
thanks Faurec,

We are looking to take it in Sept/Oct 2010. we have already planned the Western Europe to Asia portion of our trip with extensive research and planning and have booked most flights ect planning around a total of 35 weeks traveling from Madrid thro to Bali before coming home to Australia

Hopefully the prices will have dropped after the World cup by then. and it gives us a full 12 mths. At this point our European Tour starts in Madrid on the 27th Dec 2010 so hopefully we can squeeze enough of Africa in the 2 -3 months before that date on a tight budget.
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14 years ago, September 29th 2009 No: 10 Msg: #87717  
Hello Joshua 😊

Hostel owners/staff are not allowed to advertise on these forums. You can put an add on your profile page, if you want.

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14 years ago, September 29th 2009 No: 11 Msg: #87772  
Hi Chris,

Cape Town offers a myriad things to do and places to see, whatever your tastes, inclinations or budget.

* See and experience Table Mountain and the National Park - either hiking or take the cable cart.

* Visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

* Tour the Cape Winelands and visit towns like Paarl, Stellenbosch or Franschhoek

* See Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

* Discover Robben Island

* Go with the Fun Bus

* Go shopping and visit Century City, Canal Walk, Ratanga Junction and more

* Explore the Peninsula and Hout Bay

* Go gambling at Grandwest

* Wine and Dine at any of the variety of restaurants

* Buy something "African" at any of the many crafts markets

* Take a tour the Townships

* Take a helicopter flip or day tour

* Travel the Whale Route and visit Hermanus

* Absorb some History and Culture by visiting the many museums and historical places

* Enjoy some Outdoor Fun of parachuting and skydiving, canoeing & kayaking, sailing, abseiling, mountaineering, hiking and walks or do some birdwatching.

* Go surfing

* Play golf

* Discover the magic of gemstones at the Scratch Patch\

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14 years ago, September 29th 2009 No: 12 Msg: #87776  
D Posts: 38
I just took the time to read the blogs of SmithyWorldWide
In his last couple of entries he cover areas included in my suggested 'must see/experience' places.

Thought it may be an idea for you to look at them.

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