Hello! This is the itinerary I've planning to do at the end of november for 7 nights:
a) I'll arrive in Port Elizabeth at 9:30 am in the morning by plane. At the airport, I'll take my rented car and should leave at 10:30 straight to Addo Elephant Park (how long do you think it's enough to see the park?). I should arrive at the park at noon;
b) I'll come back to Port Elizabeth and overnight there, staying in Humewood neighborhood and maybe have some time to see the harbour at night;
c) On the next morning, I intend to have breakfast close to Kings Beach in PE and leave early straight to Tsitsikamma National Park and see the Storm's River and the Bloukrans Bridge. What is a must see or do in the park? How long should my visit take?
d) Later, I intend to head to Knysna trying to see the Knysna Heads or the lagoon at sunset (where can I buy the ticket for the steamer, Lyn?) and overnight in Knysna (night 2), enjoying the evening to visit some shops. What else should I do in Knysna?
e) On the next day, I intend to see something else in Knysna and head to Wilderness,making 3 or 4 quick stops along the route for photos and enjoying the oportunity to see Wilderness Park. How long probably will I take in the park? What is a must see there and along the road? I will overnight in Wilderness (night 3).
f) On day 4, I intend to go to Oudtshoorn (I guess 1 h. drive), see the Cango Caves and the ostrich farm (how long should I spend in each place?). Is there time to see anything else? Then I'll head to Mossel Bay (1:30 drive) and overnight there (night 4). The idea of overnight there is because I want to reach Cape Agulhas Park in time the next day;
g) On day 5, I need to wake up really early to be able to drive all the 280 km until Cape Agulhas National Park, stopping along the route for pictures (is the road to Agulhas from Mossel bay spectacular or not) and reaching the park in time (it seems that the gates close at 7 pm), at least until 3 pm to see some of it.Do you think it's possible to enjoy the park for 3 or 4 hours only? Then I intend to overnight in Cape Agulhas, because I think I'll be pretty tired (night 5);
h) On day 6, I intend to go straight to Gaans Bay already for shark cage diving. Does anyone know a good and cheap tour agency where I can book the tour in advance (only the tour,since I'll have my own transportation)? Normally how long does the shark cage diving take? Do they have departures in the afternoon or only in the morning? Then I'll head to Hermanus, spend some timethere at night and sleep there (night 7);
i) On the next day, I'll go to the place where it's possible to watch whales (how can I go to this place and where is it?), see a bit of Hermanus and head to Cape Point to check it out.Where should I overnight on this night? I thought to sleep in Simon's Town (night 7). On the next day (day 8), I'll visit the Boulders beach and make my way back to Cape Town, where I'll return the car and stay 4 nights.
j) In one of the days, while in Cape Town, I intend to do the winelands tour, see the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Table Mountain and sunset at Lion's Head, Clifton and Camp's beaches, Robben's Island and the V&A Waterfront.
Do you think that the itinerary above is possible to be accomplished? Any suggestions are welcome. If anybody wants to join me in this journey, send me a message. I'll do it from 20 to 27/nov. On this way,we can share petrol costs ans stories!
Other iportant questions:
1-) I read that the gates of all the parks I'll visit are open from 7 am to 7pm. Is it correct?
2-) Does anybody about where do I find toll fees information? Are there many tolls along this route?
3-) Does anybody know the average price of petrol per liter in the area?
4-) Along the route, are there safe stations to stop in case I have any problems?
5-) Is it safe to drive at night along this route? I'm trying to avoid this, but at least in 2 occasions, I'll have to drive around 100 km during the night .
6-) In the end of november, normally, at what time the sun sets down?
Thank you for all the tips that you might give me.