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Garden Route and Route 62

by stuartkidd1

When visiting cape town at beginning of Nov we intend to hire a car and travel along the garden route to Port Elizabeth then back to Cape Town via Route62. We are thinking of booking accomodation as we travel the route and decide day to day how many days we want to spend in each town? Do you think this is ok to book as we go or should we book accomodation before traveling to cape town. Would booking as we go be more expensive then booking in advance? We are thinking we will do this journey within 7-10 days, is this enough time?

Re: Garden Route and Route 62

by canuck68

Stuart I will leave the answers to the folks who live in South Africa. However I feel compelled to tell you that South Africa is a very big, beautiful and diverse country. If you can possibly spend quite a bit more time there I know you won't regret it.

Re: Garden Route and Route 62

by lynnehamman

There is no need to book accommodation for the Garden Route before you depart. You are spoiled for choice. Many hundreds of great hotels, inns, bed & breakfasts, chalets etc etc along the way. Just drive- you will find something.
The Garden Route is very scenic. You may be tempted to spend for time along the way. Theoretically, timewise it can be done. But do avoid night driving.

Re: Garden Route and Route 62

by faurec

Stuart
You have a great idea to travel on both routes. It is hard to believe at times that only a mountain between them can make for such a big change. You will enjoy.

Booking as you travel will not be a problem. Price is normally the same, except for some of the larger hotels that charge more for what they call "walk in" guests. I am still trying to understand their thinking.

One should be able to do the round trip in 7 to 10 days. But beware, there are some stunning and beautiful places along the way, and you may loose track of time.

Faure
Cape Town

Re: Garden Route and Route 62

by JohanIsWeg

Mate, sounds like a great idea. FYI, spots to look out for, and where you may want to consider staying over, include Hermanus, Arniston, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Mossel Bay, Herolds Bay, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Tsitsikamma National Park, St Francis Bay and Jeffreys Bay.
On the way back, you simply have to stop at Oudtshoorn and visit the Cango Caves. Also, Montagu, Robertson, Paarl and Stellenbosh (for wine routes).
Google these locations and see what appeals.
Hope it helps!

Re: Garden Route and Route 62

by Gerald_D

Beginning of November will be easy to go without booking. Generally, if a guest house is full, they will happily refer you to someone else. Some tourist info offices are good at helping to find accomm, but unfortunately most of them are not - they close around 4pm and only operate 5 days a week. You need to be armed with a couple of lists/brochures before it gets too late in the day. Many good guesthouses are shy about advertising - in case it gets the attention of the locals and the tax collectors.

Re: Garden Route and Route 62

by mikelisaanna

We did a similar trip in July and August and booked everything on about 2-3 days notice along the way. There are a lot of places to stay along the way, as long as you have some flexibility. Bring a laptop so that you can do research into lodging and sightseeing choices along the way.

Travel Tips for Cape Town

Absolute perfection

by anahata56

Cape Town is best seen on foot. Bring your comfy shoes, and do some walk training before you go. The people in Cape Town are some of the warmest and friendliest anywhere. They are open,helpful, and they LOVE Americans.

Xhosa colours

by Jenniflower

Xhosas are often called the 'Red Blanket People'. Their traditional colours are ochre (an orangey yellow colour) and red. An orangey red, not a fire engine red. This colour seeps into every aspect of their lives, their clothing, housing and decoration. It is often made up of an earthy clay.

Quaint Kommetjie

by Jenniflower

A couple of our arty-type friends live here (it feels funny writing that as most of our Cape Town friends are arty-types! Haha) They have a beautiful home and bought at the right time. It has become a fashionable (and expensive!) residential area, with a lovely beach and its own lighthouse to boot!

Bigger is Better

by GerryFM about Dockside Cape Town

The largest, most technically advanced dance floor in the country plays host to visiting international DJs, who spin discs against a spectacular backdrop of lights and lasers. The massive venue, noted for it's tight security, takes 5,000 people and is spread out on three levels.

There are a number of different sub-venues within Dockside, including: a jazz room; a Belgian cafe; a cocktail bar; the Monte Carlo dance area (playing 1950s to 1970s music); and the main dance area playing house music. It's big, it's flash but it lacks the heart of a small intimate venue. Funky and Trendy

A full night's entertainment!

by Radiomom about Moyo

Our day with a group of friends from London, Montreal and South Africa, came to a close in a table in the treetops, amid candles, torches, lanterns and fabulous entertainment. Moyo is a large place on the grounds of Spier, just outside of Stellenbosch. Tables are under tents or in the trees. There are wonderful constructed waterfalls and fountains and firepits to add to the exotic setting. Live entertainment performs on a stage and also strolls among the grounds performing just for you! . We stayed until midnight. What a grand party!
This picture compliments of our guide, Selwyn Davidowitz - pictured center- www.ilovecapetown.com Sel is a great guy and a terrific guide to Cape Town and environs. The wonderful buffet -- well there's everything you could imagine! This is not your standard buffet. They'll grill lamb, chicken, fish, game for you on the spot, or you can try interesting stews and soups. Here is were I fell in love with springbok...and they had some terrific couscous and vegetables for sides among many many choices.

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