Planning a trip to South Africa in August 2009 for 2-3 weeks. Pretty flexible on timing. Trying to keep costs relatively low while seeing as much as possible and staying safe. There will probably be two of us traveling.
We have a friend who is a grad student in Cape Town that we plan to visit for 4-5 days.
We have a few options for traveling around and I'd love to get some advice so they we cover the most ground. Here's a game plan:
Fly into Cape Town directly or via Johannesburg. Spend 4-5 days there.
Rent a car and drive through the winelands and along the Garden Route (5 days). Visit game parks near coast.
Either drive to Jo'Burg or fly from Port Elizabeth, East London, or Durban.
Spend 2-3 days in/around Jo'Burg. Drive to Kruger (4 days).
Fly home from Jo'Burg.
Now some questions...
1. Where should I stop along the way on the Garden Route? How should I allocate my time? I'm not so interested in beaches, but nice waterfront areas are a must. Also maybe some outdoor activities (shark dives, rock climbing, etc.)
2. Is it worth visiting Kruger? Should I instead spend an extra day or two at Addo or the other parks in the South and spend more time on the coast?
3. What is the best way to get back to Jo'Burg? Is the drive interesting/safe? Where is the best place to fly out from?
4. Is it worth visiting Durban? I've heard mixed reviews from friends who have went. Is it easier to get to Jo'Burg from there?
Thanks for your help.