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whales/ safari /sharks!

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whales/ safari /sharks!

I am looking to book hols in september for 3 weeks has anyone done the tailor made packages that you can get or is it worth doing your own

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Hi art - I have just been in sth africa for

3 weeks so if you want to ask any specific questions please do. I arranged it with help and on my own, for help I used Kathy at Rhino Africa, extremely useful. It is wise to get advice re: the safety aspect, I was travelling alone and it was a great help.

I spent time in Capetown, then Hermanus, then drove right along to Grahamstown to do an amazing safari at Kwandwe, very uncommercialised and tons of game of every kind. The beginning and end of the Garden Route is just a long and fairly boring drive,

but the Wilderness/Knysna/Plettenberg bit in the middle is lovely with fabulous beaches. You will be there at whale watching time which I missed, but caught up with some in New Zealand!! If you think I can help please ask - It is a great place and I will definately go back.

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We were there for a bit more than 3 weeks in Sept/Oct 2005. We did it all ourselves and I can't imagine why you'd have a package unless you were either unable to make your own decisions or had money to burn. Better to read a few good guide books and make up your own mind from there.

Whales are readily viewable at the time you're there in both Hermanus (Southern Right Whales) and St. Lucia (Humpback Whales - boat trips). We're uncertain about the ethics of the shark trips, so wouldn't touch them with a barge pole - they seem mainly to be targetted at thrill-seekers rather than wildlife enthusiasts. We had a taste of both a private game reserve and self-drive in the Kruger and greatly preferred the self-drive because it felt that we were discovering the animals for ourselves.

We have a trip report with lots of photos on www.avengerpenguins.com - it concentrates on our main interest, bird watching, but there's lots of general info as well, about other wildlife, travel, hotels etc. so might be of some interest. The trip report is via the obvious link and the photos can be accessed via the 'photos' link at the bottom of the home page. Not all photos are referenced/linked from the report. We stayed in Cape Town, Hermanus, the KZM Midlands, Lesotho, St. Lucia, Mkhuze, Swaziland, Kruger and Nylsvlei. The list of other places that we would have liked to visit is enormous and we're rather breaking a rule and going back in 2007 to try a few more of them.