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South Africa tour in August 2 to 15, 2014

Dhaka
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South Africa tour in August 2 to 15, 2014

Dear All,

We are a group of architects are planning to visit SA during next August from Aug 2 to 14, 2014. Our group will be busy in attending an international congress to be held in Durban from Aug 3 to 7, 2014. From Aug 8 to 14, we would like to visit Cape town and JNB and some other interesting places nearby that fit our time frame. Being architects please be informed that we have no interest in amusement parks, rather we are more interested about historical buildings / places as well as safari.

Would you please design an itinerary ( Enjoyable but not hectic) that will cover cape town and other interesting places from Aug 8 to 13th? We shall be leaving JNB on 14th or 15th morning.

Awaiting for your kind advice.

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1. Re: South Africa tour in August 2 to 15, 2014

It is not the best weather in Cape Town at that time of year.

Rather go north from Durban. Visit a game reserve. Think of spending time in St Lucia or Hluhlwe or Phinda.

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Hello and August is a lovely month to be in Durban & KwaZulu Natal. Temperatures in the early 20's, no humidity, and cool evenings. There are lots of game reserves both private and government managed within a few hours of Durban by road. It comes down to budget and what you want to see. The north coast beaches are on the wild side with some of the worlds biggest sand dunes. Its also whale season and trips run from St Lucia & Durban. In-land are the Drakensberg Mountains which contain the highest concentration of ancient rock art. There are also the Zulu & Boer War Battlefields, plus the freedom route.

Mark - Owner - SafariKZN

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My travel agent suggested a tour package as follows. Is it doable or hectic?

07 Nights / 08Days Package Offer for Group 15+ participants .

Day 1; 02Aug : Arrival Durban ETA1645 hrs Transfer to Hotel evening

Day 2; 03Aug : Transfer to conference place Opening ceremony return to hotel (B)

Day 3; 04Aug : Transfer Conference , afternoon tour with Dinner (BD)

Day 4; 05Aug : Transfer Conference , afternoon transfer to Hotel (B)

Day 5; 06Aug : City tour Durban incl UShaka Marine World - Transfer to hotel (B)

Day 6; 07Aug : Transfer to Airport for flt to CPT…. arrival Cape Town transfer to hotel

After noon city tour , Table Mountain , Water Front (B)

Day 7; 08Aug : Hout Bay - boat trip to Seal Island - Cape of Good Hope - lunch - penguin colony –

Kirstenbosch - (BL)

Day 8; 09Aug : Arr Johannesburg transfer to Sun City hotel (B)

Day 9; 10Aug : Morning game drive in the Pilanesberg national Park Transfer to Pretoria - city tour

transfer airport for final Dep 2220 pm

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4. Re: South Africa tour in August 2 to 15, 2014

Pilanesberg is not a bad game reserve, if you are in Johannesburg and only have a spare day or 2. Hluhluwe (if on a budget) or Phinda () are however far better.

The trip your travel agent has planned isn't bad. You do get to see more of South Africa. But, there are a lot more flights and transfers and wasted time. And, it will be a lot more expensive. Your choice.

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Hello and its a shame your agent has not included anything out of Durban in KwaZulu Natal. Maybe they have not been there? As above a lot of traveling which is unnecessary in a limited time.

Mark - Owner - SafariKZN

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6. Re: South Africa tour in August 2 to 15, 2014

You specified you wouldn't to choose theme parks. Although not exactly theme parks, I am suprised that the itinerary mentions both UShaka (a water park with aquarium) and Sun City. They do not appear to have adjusted the trip to you. There is a lot of historical architecture in and around Durban itself and there are daily walking tours organised around the city. The same criticism would also apply to CT. Go back to your agent if you are going to use one and get them to rethink or get ready to plan yourself, Lamlee is correct, CT can be cool and wet in August but we have visited several times and survived.

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Dear Mark

Due to the conference we have to stay in Durban for 7 days. The agent has nothing to do.

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Dear Mark

Due to the conference we have to stay in Durban for 7 days. The agent has nothing to do.

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Dear Mark

Due to the conference we have to stay in Durban for 7 days. The agent has nothing to do.

The travel agent is asked to remove all theme park from the list. Pls suggest me an itinerary so that I can plan plan myself.

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10. Re: South Africa tour in August 2 to 15, 2014

As I said earlier please take a look at and consider the Drakensberg Mountains, where you will find some of the worlds best ancient rock art. These are approx 3 hours in-land from Durban. Just over two hours north of Durban is the Isimangaliso Wetlands, excellent for crocodiles, hippos and birdlife. Both these are world heritage sites. Hluhlue-Imfolozi is an excellent Big 5 game reserve where you can self drive or stay in the hotel there. Otherwise there are many private big 5 game reserves. It really depends what you are interested in. My view is that its a big country and why not see a section as well as you can, rather than fly all over and only see tiny segments.

Mark - Owner - SafariKZN