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How safe driving Cape Town to J-Burg. Pls advise

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dubai
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How safe driving Cape Town to J-Burg. Pls advise

Ever since i spent 4 months in Cape Town in 1979 i have always wanted to go back and drive Cape Town to JO Burg.

I am now in a position to do just that. So much press about the crime, road side hi jackings etc.

Just how safe is it for a white nearly 60 male driving alone.

Any thoughts, opinions would be gratefully received.

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1. Re: How safe driving Cape Town to J-Burg. Pls advise

All that I know about that drive is that it is VERY far and VERY boring!

We once drove down from Nelspruit (east of Joburg) to Cape Town, and it took forever.

We basicly drove straight through, non stop. Basicly because we wanted to get to our destination in Cape Town as SOON as possible!

Safety wise, I would really say that it is safe. Its a busy highway, and if you stop for gas at a busy Gas Station, you will be fine.

Also, if you are not in a hurry, you can stop along the way and overnight in towns. Again here, you will need to find out what towns are enroute to Joburg.

And THIS will depend how much you will want to drive everyday.

Major cities along the way are:

Beaufort West

Bloemfontein

I do remember we stopped in Cradock to visit the Mountain Zebra National Park. Its not too much off the road, and it is REALLY worth seeing.

But otherwise than that I would say safety wise you should be fine, just try to only drive during the day, and get to your overnight destination before sunset.

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2. Re: How safe driving Cape Town to J-Burg. Pls advise

I agree, very long and very boring - we first did it in 1993 when it was very safe and enjoyed the empty roads and the feeling of isolation. However doing it again last year we found that the literally hundreds of heavy vehicles on the road were being driven in a highly dangerous manner resulting in that we could never relax for fear of collision plus having to look out for potholes all the time which cut down on the speed - so my advice would be FLY. Maybe taking a flight from J'burg to Port Elizabeth and driving from there to Capetown via Graaf Reinet, Prince Albert, Montagu on Route 62 - also the drive up to Clanwilliam from Capetown coming back through Paternoster and Langabaan on the coast - these places are rarely mentioned on these forums but are charming in that they are a bit off the usual tourist track of for example the Garden Route - for different type of accommadation on these routes look at www.greenwoodguides.com and you will find delightul places to stay.

dubai
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3. Re: How safe driving Cape Town to J-Burg. Pls advise

Thank you Monica for your input.

I am a driverolic. I have done East coast to West coast States. Sydney to Port Douglas etc etc. I plan on doing this route slowly stopping at towns as per your or others suggestions. This route has been one i have wanted to do for 30+ years.

I may go C.T. Durban J-Burg. The safety aspect is the main issue.

Once again thanks for your post, i will take all onboard.

Bob

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4. Re: How safe driving Cape Town to J-Burg. Pls advise

I was also wandering why you would want to drive that route, but you have explained you are a "drive-aholic".

As far as safety (as in crime) is concerned, you should be absolutely fine. However, as in Dubai, there are many careless drivers and many accidents.

Agree with Monica, it is a long boring drive - perhaps Cape Town/Durban/Johannesburg would be a much better bet.

P.S. I stayed at the Atlantis Palm during October - how did your construction workers enjoy it? Did they get their beds made up?

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5. Re: How safe driving Cape Town to J-Burg. Pls advise

......thats your dream. Drive it and enjoy it. Please report back to us, if you would. Perhaps you discover something exciting.....

Make frequent stops and you'll be alright.

Good luck

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6. Re: How safe driving Cape Town to J-Burg. Pls advise

Well, I'm white, heading rapidly towards 60, and drove the opposite direction in October.

Agree its long. Disagree that its boring. Went via Kimberley, Upington, Augrabies National Park, Springbok, Clanwilliam, Langebaan, and West Coast National Park, before stopping on the beach to see that amazing Table Mountain across the bay.

Took a week, could have taken amonth to explore all the side routes. Missed out on the beautiful Cedarberg mountains but had seen them before.

Had no issues with safety except for the precocious baboons at Augrabies. Even though I'd toured parts of South Africa before, I got a definite feeling that people were being even more helpful than usual because we were off the normal tourist routes. (eg - Garden Route, Kruger, Winelands, etc).

The stretch between Springbok and Upington may not be dramatic (except for Augrabies), but there's something about being able to see the next bend in the road 20 miles away and not passing any traffic. Coming from a crowded country, that was a great place for driving. Admire the sociable weavers nests......

Enjoy!

dubai
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7. Re: How safe driving Cape Town to J-Burg. Pls advise

The thing about this forum is one get's a balanced view of an issue raised and all are valuable. I thank you all. I WILL be doing the trip in FEB Jo-Burg to C.T. via Durban.

Peterscot thanks for the suggested stops, i am in the process of Googleing all, any other info would be gratefully received.

LoverofMilan, no i didn't put my guy's in Atlantis, something to do with them not being able to use a knike and fork.

As a footnote, my wife was born in Durban, her mother (deceased) was a lifeguard in Durban for many years, she was also one of the Laker tribe. Other Lakers i will be catching up with when i get there. I didn't want to leave in 1979 but was escorted out (this when i came to dubai), the political situation was a bit differant then, but that's another story.

Get the bri going.

Bob

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8. Re: How safe driving Cape Town to J-Burg. Pls advise

Ha ha, it was such chaos, no-one would have even noticed if they didn't use a knife and fork!

Why are you driving alone on that long journey - take your wife!

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