South Africa Favorites

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    the little pip on the top is destination
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    Stenbok licking the road
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South Africa Favorites

  • Beaches

    Cape Town Favorites

    Fishoek is a small little town on False Bay and is also on the way to Simon's Town and Boulders Beach. It doesnt seem like there is much happening in this beautiful spot other than people Fishing or lying about on the beach. We spent a day relaxing there and it is nice to get away from always busy Cape Town

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  • wildlife

    Kruger National Park Favorites

    Unfortunately, too many people are only interested in seeing the "Big 5" that they miss the opportunity to see some of the other great animals that call Africa home. I say this because many of the passengers on my safari where interested in the Elephants, Rhinos and Lion and Leopards that many missed some of the great animals that I was so happy to...

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  • Table Mountain

    Cape Town Favorites

    The decision was made: we are walking down. Today I am not sure if it was the right thing to do - we didn't know the way, we had no map or guide, we had no idea what to expect. By the way, one shouldn't underestimate the Table Moubtain - although it is only 1078 metres high, it can be really dangerous, especially because of the weather that can...

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  • facts

    Kruger National Park Favorites

    People who travel over borders via KNP will require to overnight in the park, not just drive through, proof of overnight stay will be required at borders.Please check with KNP or on their website for more details.

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  • Cape Point

    Cape Town Favorites

    This one day trip around the Cape Peninsula was the best day of our visit to Cape Town. We are grateful to our wonderful guide and great companion for the day - a VT member Mariana known as Mvtouring. Here is a short report from the trip. In the morning Mariana picks us up from our meeting place and we set off on our trip full of doubts because of...

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  • landscape

    Kruger National Park Favorites

    An advantage of game viewing in October, at the end of the dry winter season, is that the waterholes and rivers are all parched. This has the effect of bunching the game up for much easier viewing. Here, the view from the restaurant area at Oliphants Camp shows the yellowish normal width of the river, as compared to the few pools that actually have...

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  • Tours

    Cape Town Favorites

    It's not often that you need a tour guide in cities that you know well, but on my last trip to Cape Town, I came across Allan Korsman of Blue Monkey Tours, who lead the tour that I joined at Groote Schuur's Heart of Cape Town museum. He helps out occasionally at the museum, but more commonly guides tours which he customises to meet his clients'...

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  • V & A Waterfront

    Cape Town Favorites

    There are several good spots to go shopping. Whether you choose to stroll through a fleamarket or around a modern department store, there are many possibilities to satisfy your need. The Victoria Wharf is a shopper's paradise with something for everyone. The shops stay open 'till late each night. Outside, you'll find many pubs and restaurants....

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  • Wine Route / Stellenbosch

    Cape Town Favorites

    Unique landscapes - wine tasting - mountains - nice people - black or white! Different generations ! Democracy is the objective - they will get their target !! What are you looking for !! This is SA ! Cape Town has so lot to offer - and it was my first contact with this country - but not the last. First impression is different - but contact with...

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  • Kirstenbosch Gardens

    Cape Town Favorites

    One of the spectacular features of Kirstenbosch Garden is its location. Cape Town's Table Top Mountain creates a magnificent background for the beautiful garden of colorful flowers. Hikers can also enjoy the Garden as three forest trails have been laid out within the boarders of Kirstenbosch. The Stinkwood Trail only takes 45 minutes to hike...

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  • Volunteering - the true way to...

    For all the nature, wildlife, and conservation lovers out there, I want to tell you about a lion and black rhino monitoring program that I’ve spent the past 4 weeks volunteering at in South Africa! It's called LEO and is located in the secluded Selati Game Reserve, free from tourists, so you basically have the whole reserve to yourself! This...

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  • For Indian travelers/ Budget Vegetarian...

    Though you do get plenty of vegetables and vegetarian products, you will not always find vegetarian food in all restaurants. If you are a budget traveler and opt for self catering, it makes sense to carry some spice powders from home where it is so much more cheaper. It does not add much to your weight to carry some garam masala and chili powder....

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  • Buying water cans

    By and large the tap water in South Africa is safe to cook in. But check with your hosts and if they say that it is not to be used for drinking directly, then consider buying water in cans instead of bottles. Especially if you are traveling by car and do not have to carry the weight around. You can pick up 5 litre cans for 13 to 15 Rands instead of...

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  • For travellers who opt for self catering

    Those who opt for self catering can find many stores that sell groceries and other essentials. Pick and pay as mentioned earlier is the cheapest. But you can also find good offers in Spar, Woolworth and Shoprite stores. They are all good places to pick up your food items.

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  • Pick and pay stores

    If you are on a budget, then Pick and pay stores are your best bet to buy groceries and other essentials. These are cheap and offer value for money. They have many outlets in most towns and in all cities. In some outlets they also sell clothing under the name Pick and Pay clothes.

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  • Cape Town's Awesome Scenery

    I would include the V and A waterfront. There is lots of activity there plus a great mall that has at least one African shop where you can get souvenirs at reasonable prices. Simons Town and Fish Hoek are lovely small fishing villages on the sea. Simons Town is historical because of it's affiliation with the Navy and there are some interesting...

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  • ATM Machine

    On travel, it seems that the dilema of obtaining currency without having a high conversion fee is often difficult. I happen to bank with Bank of America. So, seeking out the right banks in other countries that Bank of America partners with is important to me. The fee is usually nominal. ABSA is one of four of the largest banks in South Africa. We...

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  • The uniquesness of Johannesburg.

    I think you sell Jo'burg short. For those of us who aren't South African, it is a very interesting city and very different (for me at least) from anything I had ever experienced before. The busyness, the cosmopolitan atmosphere, and just the street scenes were something I would not have missed and will be seeing again in December. Yes, it can be...

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  • Touring South Africa

    I am not a South African but have been there as a visitor. I have been to the Kruger and to Pilanesberg game parks and loved them both. I have no idea how August is for game viewing. While in the area, you could spend a couple of days in the Drakensbergs (very beautiful) which are about a four hour drive from Johannesburg. Pilanesberg is two hours...

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  • Safety in South Africa

    The only time in four visits that I worried about my personal safety was when a very large male elephant was coming after us in Kruger. My companion was fortunately very adept at backing up very quickly.I am from Canada and had no trouble using my debit card at Bank Machines (ATMs). Perhaps asking at your own bank in England will insure that it is...

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  • Excellent web-based maps for planning...

    When you are first planning a trip, it can be hard to get good maps that are detailed enough to give you good information, but not so high resolution that the detail is obscured. Maps in guide books are usually too small, or if they are large enough to read, they are so localised that it can be hard to work out how the different regions covered fit...

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  • great people, good nightlife

    My favorite thing about South Africa are its people, the most kind people you could ever meet.The country is really special for its wild life and beaches. Its probably the best value destination in the world.The best city is Cape Town with its relaxed vibe. The people are very freindly and its a great destination if you like motorcycle adventures

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  • COUNTRY INFORMATION

    COUNTRY INFORMATION:Visa: No visa for stay up to 90 days. No money to pay.Mobil phone: Very good roaming.ATM: Yes, all over the country. It works very good and gives normal rate.Recommended language: English.Infrastructure: Very good.Friendliness by the people: Still suspiciousness/racism between black & white people. Very proud to be the host of...

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  • South Africa

    I cannot explain or describe South Africa in general. It is probably one of the most amazing countries I have visited and no matter how long my visit could be you will always leave with the feeling that these is still so much more to see. I surely wish to go and visit again and if I could have a job there I would have pack my stuff and be there in...

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  • Go during South African winter season

    We went to SA mid august til mid september; low season as it is winter. Ok it is often a bit on the chilly side (especially when you go out for morning and evening game drives) but apat from that it's great! As hotels were often almost empty apart from us, we sometimes got upgraded (without even asking) and got all the attention from our hosts (be...

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  • Food in South Africa.

    I don't know what you are used to eating but I found with the exception of a few special dishes that the food was the same as in Canada. However, they have magnificent fruits and vegetables which are fresh and twice as good as here in Canada. They also eat a lot of yogurt...at least my friends did.Also, the braai (bbq) is very popular in South...

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  • Game drive; drive yourself or organized...

    Do both! We took our rental car and drove ourselves through Kruger NP. As we did this during winter, vegetation was not very dense so animals were easy to spot. However sitting in a car does limit your sight. And the person driving sometimes misses out. But I found it to be a fun experience doing the actual spotting yourself.We also visited 2...

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  • One Month in South Africa

    Hi. I'd suggest following itinerary to see the best of SA in four weeks (it may seem quite detailed, but I do this for a business!!!).It's also quite adventurous and includes a lot of driving (but the roads are good and the scenery is stunning). You could shorten it down by flying from Port Elizabeth or East London to Durban or from Nelspruit back...

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  • Visiting South Africa.

    Hi Nomad. I think you are quite right to join tours if you are traveling alone. I am lucky and have friends there so I didn't have to join a tour but I certainly would if I was alone.Kruger is an awesome place to visit and one you won't soon forget. South Africans can best advise you on where to stay there. The Kruger Park site gives many options....

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  • Languages

    There are 11 official languages in South Africa that are guaranteed official status in the Constitution of the country.English is generally understood, but you will usually find signs in 3 languages: English, Afrikaans and the prevalent third language of that region (which in the Cape region is Xhosa).If you are interested to read more, have a look...

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  • The border post between Swasiland and...

    The border post between Swasiland and South-Africa is well guarded and a bit time-consuming to pass. At Ngwenya border in Swasiland, all passengers have to get out of the minibuss and walk into the Swasiland immigration office to get a stamp in the passport for leaving the country. Then walk 100 meters over to the South-African border office to get...

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  • Exchanging Money

    I always felt that a safer place was the shopping mall. I always made sure I had at least one friend with me. There were often security people around. I heard but don't know for sure that the airport exchange places give a lower rate than the malls.

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  • James Michener "The Covenant"

    In my opinion the best and most readable novel on South African history. It centers on the history of a few native and settler families in South Africa and includes the most interesting episodes of SA history like the Dutch East India Company, Huguenot settlers, Shaka Zulu, the Great Trek of the Boers, Cecil Rhodes, the Boer Wars, and the apartheid...

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  • PE the place to be..

    SebastianSorry but I just can't agree with skipping PE.I'm a PE boy and I feel the need to defend my city :)Cape Town IS amazing (possibly the most beautiful city in the World), Plett is a great place to explore the Garden Route (Knysna, Plett, George, Mossel Bay). All are worth a visit but a bit far from PE or Cape Town for a day trip. Have a look...

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  • Visiting Townships.

    I just returned from my second visit to South Africa. I wanted to see it a lot more carefully this time and not just go to the regular tourist spots. I did visit those spots also but wanted to deepen my South African experience this time.I visited several soup kitchens in different townships and was at once horrified by the awful living conditions...

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  • BLUE SKIES AND BEACHES

    I am a South African myself but i still commend South Africans for their friendlieness to strangers. This is the Culture that makes South Africans exceptional from the rest of the world.The service in public places like Restaurants, Shops, Hospitals, Banks is excellent!!!keep up Mzansi Beautiful scenaries, the list is endless

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  • Safari trip / Kruger national Park !

    What kind of Safari are you looking for ? Camping or Lodge ? How many days ? are you alone ? You should visit the web site of some tour operators such as Africa travel co Acacia or Nomads for instance. Otherwise, here is the link of some safari that you can do around Pretoria : http://www.overlandingafrica.com/tour-details.php?tid=162 (4 days,...

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  • Safari help from a South African

    I am a resident in South Africa and have used many travel services. The best advice I can give - especially if you are abroad, is to speak with a reliable travel consultant, not necissarily a travel agent. A good website that I have come across is Safari-central.com. I think that these people fit the criteria you have stipulated. These guys can...

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  • Malerone / Malaria Sabi, Kruger, Africa...

    We went to Sabi Sands in the last week of Feb, 2008. Took malerone just as a precaution, and neither my wife or myself had any effects from it at all. (180lbs and 119lbs respectively) We only saw one mosquito while we there. They say it hadn't rained in 2 months, and it rained the last part of our last evening vehicle safari. It was awesome!COSTCO...

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  • Tipping

    A guide to tipping:Specialist guides and rangers - ZAR150 per dayTrackers (safari) - ZAR100 per dayGeneral camp/lodge staff - ZAR50 per guest per dayDrivers - ZAR25 per guest per dayPorters - ZAR10 per porterageRestaurants - 10%

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  • Weather

    The seasons in South Africa are directly the opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere. The dominating warmth of the country is interspersed with chilly, in fact cold winter evenings, particularly in the Highveld, the Lowveld does not generally suffer from the extremes of weather and is more of a tropical type of climate.The Cape has warm and...

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  • Passports

    make sure you have at least 6 months remaining on your passport on the day you leave SA.You do not required (if you are British) a visa however do ensure you have two adjacent blank pages in your passport

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  • Language

    Although there are 11 official languages of SA, you will not struggle as it is very rarely you will come across someone who cannot speak English and all signs are mainly in Afrikaans and English.The other dominant languages are Xhosa and Zulu

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  • Go2Africa travel agency

    South Africa is the trip of a lifetime, but avoid Go2Africa when you are booking your trip. We have amazing experiences in Cape Town and on safari. The only downside (a big one!) was Go2Africa's lousy performance. A classic example of a company you do not want to do business with if something goes wrong. There's lot of Africa booking specialists -...

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  • Animal Photography in National Parks

    It is highly advisable to buy a digital camera with a very good optical zoom and a stabilizer. Sometimes the animals appear directly on or near the road ... most of the times they keep some distance. With a normal 3X-digital zoom most animals will be just brown dots in the distance. A strong zoom also helps if you take photographs of interesting...

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