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getting to the nitty gritty

Wakefield
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getting to the nitty gritty

Hi everyone,

We are in the final stages of planning our trip for July. Cape Town (4 nights) at the start and 4 nights on Safari at the end are booked.

We were thinking

1 night Exploring winelands & overnight

1 night Hermanus (probably 138 Marine Beachfront Guest House) - hope to see whales!

1 night Prince Albert -booked African Relish Cottage Deurdrift 1 (including dinner) Probably take all day to get there (via R62 and Swartberg Pass)

1 night Wilderness

1 night Jeffreys Bay

Depart from Port Elizabeth 8.20am.

We like the look of The Vista room at Le Petite Ferme but it is over our budget. Given the time of year (early July) is it worth paying a premium for a room with a plunge pool and a view?

But now I'm wondering is Wilderness the best place to stay. We will drive from Prince Albert, call for lunch and a look in the handbag shops at Oudtshoorn and then on to the coast. It would be good to stretch our legs and take in the sea air. We like good local food (especially seafood!). Should we overnight at Wilderness or head on to Knysna? We'll then have one full day to drive the garden route, including walking and sight seeing.

It will be an early start from Jefferys Bay for our 8am flight it but looks more appealing than Port Elizabeth for our last night before our safari.

Will this work? We don't mind long drives and are not bothered about riding ostriches or visiting meerkats but would like time for photo opportunities, walks and good food.

All assistance gratefully appreciated

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1. Re: getting to the nitty gritty

Hi,

I suggest you add the Franschhoek night to you Ctn accommodation. Then what you do it take the Winelands trip from Ctn in the morning, ending at La Petite for lunch at their lovely restuarant(pse pro book) where you can any event admire the view. After lunch find your way back to Ctn with probably some more Winelands stops.

The reason for this suggestion is so that you can then travel from Ctn to Hermanus via the coastal route from Gordon's Bay ( called Clarens drive). This is magnificent and will take your breath away. En rote you could pop in at the penguin colony at Stoney Point at Bettys Bay. Furthermore, that whole area is part of the Kogelberg nature reserve, a UNESCO registered biosphere of plants. The Harold Porter Botanic reserve is here in Bettys as well. Make this you lunch stop. Then afterwards to Hermanus.

Wildernes has some nice eateries. although a good stop I would prefer to rather stay at Knysna.

WK

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2. Re: getting to the nitty gritty

Oh, just something about your route to Prince Albert. Please keep an eye on weather conditions in that area as the Swartgerg pass may experience snow and they then close it. Even if open, when wet or misty I do not recommend you attempt it.. The alternate route to reach P Albert is from Oudtshoorn via the De Rust and Meiringspoort. This road is tarand although longer than going over the Swartberg pass it will probably take the same time bcause it is much faster. You would in any event use the Meiringspoort route the next day on your way to the coast. The next day you must visit the Cango Caves in addition to the ostrich farms.

Also recommend you overnight in Port Elizabeth because of your very early flight. That way you will avoid the stress of being on time from Jefreys. Its some 75 km and entering the city you will pick up early morning traffic. There are really some lovely guest houses along the beach at Humewood in PE with lots of restaurants in the area.

Edited: 09 March 2013, 12:04
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3. Re: getting to the nitty gritty

2 things.. No, paying to have a pool in July wouldn't seem all that reasonable. And if you are going to Hermanus to see whales - I suggest driving the extra half hour over to De Kelders. It's not on a map, but it is on the R43 just before you reach Gansbaai.. There you will see whales.. right by the shoreline.. UNLESS it is a particularly stormy day. They tend to stay farther out in the Bay rather than deal with turbulence of the crashing waves.

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4. Re: getting to the nitty gritty

Thanks both.

Willem - we've decided to book Franschhoek Manor, but then will take your advice and drive to Hermanus via Somerset West and along the coast through Betty's Bay (R44) [according to the route planner about 2 hours so we could make Hermanus for lunch] Thanks for the tip about Swartberg pass, hopefully the weather will be kind to us.

On reflection we've decided to stay in Port Elizabeth, probably at Manor 38 in Summerstrand. For an 8.20am flight I guess we need to be at the airport about 7am?

And Dave, provided there are no storms, we'll drive on to De Kelders and, time permitting, possibly on to Elim for a spot more wine tasting :-).

Hopefully we'll have time in and amongst for walks at Betty's Bay, Hermanus and De Kelders

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5. Re: getting to the nitty gritty

Great. Good decisions.

One hour before departure is okay for PE. From Summerstrand an easy and quick drive. The airport is uncomplicated.

WK

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