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Pick this itenerary apart, please!

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Pick this itenerary apart, please!

Hello,

We'll be travelling to SA in late Dec. Here's what we're thinking. Please tell me if it's doable. Many many thanks!!

Dec. 17 - 22 safari in Kruger

noonish on 22nd - pick up rental car at Kruger airport and drive through Swaziland to Bathashoop border crossing (it closes at 4pm)

Try to get to Newcastle area and spend night

Dec. 23 - head to Moteng Pass (near Royal Natal National Park) to cross border into Lesotho. Spend night near/in park

Dec. 24 - drive from RNNP to Qacha's Nek

Spend night in Qacha's Nek.

Dec. 25 - noonish, leave Qacha's Nek and drive to Sani Pass area and spend night.

Dec. 26 - arrive in Durban and catch flight to Port Elizabeth, spend night. Would love to stay at Jeffrey's Bay, but don't want to drive back to Addo.

Dec. 27 - Addo Elephant Park, boat trip into canyon at Tsitsikamma Nat. Park. Spend night in Plettenberg Bay.

Dec. 28 - Oudtshoom ostrich farm, Meerkat Magic tour, spend night in Mossel Bay area

Dec. 29 - cruise to Seal Island, drive to Cape Agulhas to spend night

Dec. 30 - shark diving at Gansbaai and spend night in Hermanus area

Dec. 31 - drive to Camp's Bay and see sights of Cape Town until Jan. 5

Jan. 5 - flight from Cape Town to JNB

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1. Re: Pick this itenerary apart, please!

Phew!!! You're going to fit a lot in. Can't comment on the first half of your trip but here's my comments on the last part.

We have just returned from a month in SA staying at Guest Houses shown in the Portfolio Collection book (wonderful accommodation in each one). Wasn't particularly keen on Plettenberg Bay - preferred Knysna - loads of really good restaurants and not as spread out as Plett. From Knysna you could easily do a day trip to Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay (which we definitely weren't impressed with) and another to Tsitsikamma without having to pack up each night - we got fed up of packing and we stayed 2 or 3 nights in each place. Gansbaai - if you want a rest, then stay at De Kelders next to Gansbaai - quiet hamlet but check out Whalesong Lodge - they do dinner alternate nights and there is also a fairly good restaurant just around the corner - but there is nothing else!!!! Might be just the place to rest after your shark diving which is only 5 minutes away from De Kelders, and your next driving day Hermanus is quite nice but quite busy

Cape Town and the whole of the Cape Peninsular exquisite and 5 nights just about right to see most things. Remember this is Christmas/New Year/School Holidays and will be very busy.

Enjoy!!!! We did and can't wait to return.

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2. Re: Pick this itenerary apart, please!

Thank you sooo much for the info. Good idea about a couple of nights in one place. I always get carried away with that. Never seems like trouble to pack up each day, but always is when you're actually doing it.

We will have 3 adults. Do you know if the places you mentioned make you book 2 rooms?

Thanks again!

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3. Re: Pick this itenerary apart, please!

You will not drive through Swaziland in 4 hours, if that is what you are planning. Border crossing tend to take the very minimum of 20 minutes, but I would budget on 30-40 minutes. You have to go though the South African and the Swazilands going in and going out.

You would do better to skip Swaziland and stick to national roads, if you have deadlines. Once off the National Roads, in South Africa, the roads can become very windy and up and down (okay we feel it more because we are in a Landrover, pullin a large trailer). The minor roads also go throught towns and don't bypass them. The speed limits in towns is 60km/h and the small towns are riddled with stop streets.

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4. Re: Pick this itenerary apart, please!

lamlee,

If we went to Swaziland and spent the night there, would that be better?

Maybe stay in the Mbabane area?

When we head to Qacha's Nek the next morning, what would be the best route to get there?

The only reason we were going to the Moteng Pass border cross is that we were trying to make a circular route, since we're leaving from Qacha's Nek on the 25th to start the drive to Durban.

We fly out of Durban on the 26th.

If there's an easier/better way to get in and out of Lesotho without backtracking, please advise.

Thank you so much for your help and expertise!!!

We are pretty clueless!

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5. Re: Pick this itenerary apart, please!

lamlaee,

Here's another thought.

What if we left Swaziland at one of the 2 border crossings near Mbabane?

No reason to go so far south to cross border.Just want to see some sights in Mbabane area.

Would this be a viable alternative?

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6. Re: Pick this itenerary apart, please!

Am not sure about 3 people in Whalesong Lodge, but their Honeymoon suite is wonderful with a settee as well as a double bed (don't know if it is a bed settee). 1500 Rand per night for that room but it is wonderful with the most amazing views across Walker Bay - I had a sneak look around.

If you look on Trip Advisor there is also another B&B very close and with similar views - can't remember what it is called - and they might do triple rooms.

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