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#1 eachschoolholidays

Posted 19 October 2019 - 07:46 AM

Our trip is starting to take shape!

We are going to spend the first night at an airport hotel and fly down to Cape Town the following morning.

We have 7 nights and the current plan is to split it between Cape Town and a base in the wineries region.  This part is still up in the air.

The second part of the trip is been nailed down. I booked a direct flight from Cape Town to Skukuza where we will hire a car to drive around Kruger.  We are spending 5 nights camping in Kruger (split between Skukuza and Lower Sabie) and spending 3 nights at a Lodge. We ended up booking Nkhoro which is one of the cheapest in the Sabi Sands area. We’ll drive from Kruger to the airport.

Any suggestions for a hotel/bnb that would be a good base in Stellenbosch / Franschoek, please? We will have an 8 and 10 yr old with us so we won’t just be wine tasting. We’ll also drive down to the Cape of Good Hope, go and see the penguins etc.

Thanks so much!


Posted 19 October 2019 - 09:26 AM

Only advice (this is coming from a South African) is to be very very careful going to their country and driving around. Do all your research thoroughly first. It is Africa afterall, don't forget that.

#3 eachschoolholidays

Posted 19 October 2019 - 09:34 AM

Thanks Magician. I did a fair bit of research before deciding that we would do some driving. We will mainly be driving in the wineries section (Stellenbosch / Franschhoek) and around Kruger. What I read suggested that these were very low risk. We will need to drive back from Kruger to the airport. My understanding it that if there’s going to be a problem, it will be here. However, the risk is small, particularly if you have doors locked, don’t leave the car unattended etc.

Edited by eachschoolholidays, 19 October 2019 - 09:35 AM.

#4 rowd

Posted 19 October 2019 - 11:02 AM

No suggestions about Stellenbosch, but my husband and I did a driving trip around South Africa 3 years ago with no issues. We were careful and security conscious, and didn't drive at night in the cities, but otherwise it just felt like driving anywhere.

We drove from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, and then from Kruger to Johannesburg, both legs over several days with stops in various places.

I hope you have a wonderful time! I dream of taking a family trip there someday.


Posted 31 October 2019 - 08:25 AM

Well enjoy, and tell us all about it!

#6 BeachesBaby

Posted 31 October 2019 - 08:08 PM

That sounds really exciting! Another tip re driving, is that the vast majority of cars, including rental cars, in SA are manual transmission, so if you’re unfamiliar with driving manual, make sure your rental agency reserves you one of the limited automatic models they’ll have. Some of the nicest places to stay at at the wineries too, many of which have their own boutique hotels attached.

#7 eachschoolholidays

Posted 31 October 2019 - 09:11 PM

Thanks Beaches.
I really dislike manual cars and will be very unhappy if we get one.  I'll definitely be booking an automatic!!

Edited by eachschoolholidays, 31 October 2019 - 09:11 PM.

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