Thank you to everyone for their help and advice on our trip in March 2015. We have now booked the accommodation we wanted at the rest camps in Kruger and are very happy with itinery for first part of our holiday as we also have time to see the Apartheid Museum, Soweto, the Cullinan Diamond Mine and the panorama route.
From there we plan a long trip to Dundee (277 mls and around 5 hrs 15 driving time?) in order to see something of the Battlefields and Drakensberg area. Does the following make sense? The maps we downloaded to our satnav worked brilliantly in the western cape but can go off piste in the mountains! I am wondering about:
- 2 nights in Dundee to see Tulana Museum and Rorkes's Drift, Isabdlwana and Blood River. What is the mileage and time needed to get around these battlefields, even allowing for the how long is a length of string argument?
- travelling through Ladysmith to see museum and then Spionkop to stay 3 nts at Winterton as a base for the area. One day south through the meander to Howick and return; another west into central drakesberg and champagne castle
- 2 nights in Royal Natal Park at Thembele
We will then need to drive back to Johannesburg airport for early Monday evening from the park. Is this realistic?
I'd really appreciate your thoughts on this. Does this sound like a plan or can you suggest a better approach. Also are we missing any good stopping places between Bergville and Johannesburg airport? We really like to see areas of historical interest, areas of natural beauty and short walks, and to sample the local area. I'd really appreciate your comments and help with finalising this itinery. Thank you