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Routing and Game Reserve - Lodges

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Routing and Game Reserve - Lodges

We are planning a trip to South Africa in 09 and was considering staying a few nights at the "Lalibela Game Reserve" near Port Elizabeth. We would be taking a few days to drive up the coast road from Cape Town. We will possible spend a day in Mossel Bay and a couple in Port Elizabeth before going to the reserve. The return trip Cape Town will be a norther route through the Vineland

Question-1: is the coast road considered a save area to drive.

Question-2: Is this a good Game Reserve or is there a better on? We were thinking of staying at the "Tree Tops Lodge"

We live in Vancouver BC. let us know if we can provide any info on the 2010 Winter Games.

Thanks in advance

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1. Re: Routing and Game Reserve - Lodges

We stayed at Lalibela Tree Tops in 2006 and really enjoyed it. The accommodation is very comfortable, food was fantastic and we had some great game viewing. I can't compare it to other reserves in the area but I think you would enjoy your stay.

The only down side, to us, was that we had just come from a reserve in Sabie Sands so Lalibela was not as large and remote as we were used to but that's a little like comparing apples to oranges. Our son and his girlfriend, neither of whom had ever been to a game reserve before, drove up from Cape Town to join us there and they absolutely loved it.

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We've recently returned from Shamwari game reserve which is about an hours' drive from Port Elizabeth. It is regarded as one of the best game reserves in the area but is fairly expensive! We had a fantastic time there, saw the big five and would highly recommend it.

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My wife and I also stayed at Shamwari in the Bayethe lodge. It was expensive but worth it. The other poster is right though. It's not nearly as big or remote as the lodges near Kruger.

If you're going during their winter, you can get some good deals on the expensive places. We booked through the Mantis Madness special. The Mantis Collection is either a partnership between hotels or an ownership group, I never could figure that out. Anyway, we paid for 2 safari nights and got 3 hotel nights free at a 5 star hotel near Cape Town. Actually we did that twice. The other hotel we stayed at was some sort of time share condo on Lake Pleasant. It's pretty deserted in June, but it was nice. Sort of like a ski lodge feeling, except you're on a lake.

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Shamwari and Kwandwe are better than Lalibela and are bigger, but they are both more expensive.

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5. Re: Routing and Game Reserve - Lodges

Great info - thank you all, we will look into and see what the other game reserve you mentioned has to offer in accomodation.

The roads are they fairly safe too do your own thing? we hear/read of lock your car doors, keep windows closed, plan a route and stay on it, much of this is alien to us in North America. Is most of the just media? We have driven in many countries and never occured any problems.

Is the road from J'burg south ok.

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We spent a month on the Garden Route and Cape Town in March, including Lalibela. We enjoyed every minute of it and really enjoyed Lalibela. Yes it is not the largest of reserves but we saw everything we wanted to, the accommodation, food and game drives were wonderful and at half the price of Shamwari. As far is driving is concerned, we never had one moment of worry both on the inland route (though it is quite remote) and on the coastal road. For guest houses (if they interest you) try portfoliocollection.com. All our accommodation was with them and all were excellent.

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Thanks joyce in North Yorks, I think we will stay at the Lalibela Game Reserve, did you have any problems driving in SA? should warn you we got lost on th North Yorkshire moors looking for the town Heartbeat is filmed in.

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As, of course, South Africans drive on the correct side of the road as we do, we had no difficulties whatsoever!! We had a very basic map but only got lost once in Cape Town when there was an international cycle ride on and they closed lots of roads. The inland road is a bit remote in places but we stopped for coffee at a small village and everyone was really friendly. We never felt unsafe. Usual common sense rules apply. Don't go into remote areas at night, show off valuables or flash wallets.

Have a great time - we did - would love to go back - there was loads on the Garden Route we didn't see and we had about 7 nights.

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9. Re: Routing and Game Reserve - Lodges

Sorry - forgot to add, we live in the Yorkshire Dales and we too have been lost on the North Yorkshire Moors - too many unsigned junctions!!!

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10. Re: Routing and Game Reserve - Lodges

Thanks Joyce, look forward to going.