We just booked our tickets! This will be our 1st visit to SA. So excited!
We decided to go with Emirates through Dubai. Just wanted to try a new airline & a different country for our layovers. We pick longer layovers so we can rest & visit a bit between the long flights.
We will be arriving /departing to/from Johannesburg, Sept 12th - Oct 11th 2018.
We're mid - late 50ties. We like slow casual travel. We're not into museums but rather slowly soak up the vibes of the different cities we visit by waking around & trying the local food. We like hiking but we're not too adventurous so we would not bungee jump or swim with the sharks.
Please let me know if you see any red flags in the following itinerary or if you have suggestions:
Sept. 12th - Arrive in Johannesburg
Sept. 12-15th - Visit Johannesburg while recovering from the long journey
Sept. 15th - Fly to Port Elizabeth & rent a car
Sept. 15-18th - Safari at Lalibela Game Reserve (great deal pay 2, stay 3 nights)
Sept. 18-21st - Jeffrey's Bay (visit Storm River, PE, Francis Bay, ...)
Sept. 21-24th - Knysna (visit Plett, Robberg Nat. Reserve, ...)
Sept. 25-27th - Hermanus (hope to see whales from the coast)
Sept. 27-29th - Franschoek (do the wine route with tram/bus or wine walk)
Sept. 29-Oct 9 - Cape Town (I'll go over our plans there in more details on that forum)
Oct. 9th - Return car to airport & fly to Johannesburg
Oct. 10 - Fly back to Seattle through Dubai.
I know this is a lot more days than most people do on the Garden Route but I tried to organize it so we do no more than 2 hour drive between destinations. We would like to be able to hike everyday (weather permitting) & also be able to rest & relax in each place. We heard about the ostrich farms & the caves in Oudtshoorn but decided to skip that & focus mostly on the coast.
Any comments, suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated.
I already have a pretty good idea where we will stay in each places but I'm waiting for feedback before booking all the accommodations in case the # of days in each places changes. Planning to do mostly Airbnbs or B&B. Since we're traveling for 1 month & splurging on a Safari, we're trying to keep it at $100 or less/night for our rooms/apartments.
P.S. We know a self-drive Safari would have been cheaper but since it's our 1st safari we decided to splurge a little.