Please tell me if this is too much traveling to consider. I am 53 and my husband 67 and we will be share the driving together.
We were planning to take the overnight train from JoBurg to PE, arrive in PE in the morning and take a taxi to the PE airport. There we would pick up a rental car and begin driving along the Garden Route. The night 1 we would stay in SanParks Tsitsikamma Storms River (chalet/cottage). The 2nd night we would stay in Knysna or Oudtshoorn. Nights 3 & 4 we would stay at a B&B (hopefully in or near a vineyard/farmhouse) closer to Cape Town. Nights 5, 6, and 7 we would stay in Cape Town center (day 5 we return our rental car to CPT city center before taking a taxi to our hotel). On our 8th day in the area we depart Cape Town for Upington for a week in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Someone on another forum told me this is planm far too ambitious, and we need to spend at least a week in Cape Town proper, or bypass it all together. She said this itinerary is too tiring, and further, staying in SanParks lodging as first-timers is ridiculous.
We would be taking this itinerary after coming off a 5 day safari with an overnight in JoBurg. Would it be better to skip the Garden Route altogether, and instead, stay in the northern part of South Africa (meaning, Marakele National Park and Pilgrim's Rest area) after our safari, and then return our rental car to JoBurg, where we would re take the Le Premiere train directly to Cape Town? After arriving in Cape Town we would spend 3 nights before proceeding to Upington.
We had been under the misperception that Cape Town city center was a very walkable area and we wouldn't need a car, we could be out and about at all hours, sightseeing as we have done in Paris and Istanbul. We have since learned that after dark one needs a taxi to get around Cape Town, and at our ages, we are wondering exactly what we would be doing at night that would justify a weeks' visit to the City??????
Thank you for any advice.