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agadez822

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Tags: south africa, botswana, traveling alone, winelands
  • Added on: March 11th, 2011
I'm headed to SA this summer for just over 2 weeks for work. Is it possible to book local flights from here in the US? I want to take a few days of vacation in one of these places but have no clue where. I am a (blonde) American twentysomething and will be traveling alone. Considering a day trip to the winelands (but would it be fun alone?) or a 3 day safari in Kruger. Also read about valley of 1000 hills. Feedback would be awesome!

I am headed to:

Cape Town
Grahamstown
Durban
Gaborone (Botswana)
Joburg

Gracias!

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  • Added on: March 14th, 2011
There are some suggestions for short trips from Joburg on this thread, including my recommendation for a Kruger safari.

A day trip to the winelands from Cape Town can be a lot of fun, or stretch it out for a couple of days. You can take a tour if you don't want to do it alone. They're not that expensive, you'll meet some people and get driven around to several wineries & learn more of the history than you probably would on a self guided expedition. I did one last year with Tsiba Tsiba and they were excellent. Stellenbosch is a college town too, so it has more than just wine tourism going on. I really enjoyed a couple days there.

If you rent a car, I would highly recommend stopping in Franschoek as part of your wine region tour. It's a cute little town with a ton of wineries, some of which have B&B facilities on-site so you can taste & talk wine with the owner (even if you know very little, like me) & go beyond a normal wine tasting. I chose one randomly, but it was excellent - La Provence.

Of course, you can also burn through a couple days just in Cape Town. And I assume you mean the US summer, so SA's winter, so take that into account weather-wise. I was there for 6 weeks in June/July 2010 and had great weather everywhere except Cape Town where we had a few days of rain - though I would say we got extremely lucky.

You can book local/internal flights online. Here are the cheap options:
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  • Added on: March 25th, 2011
Drive through the winelands is fantastic and you should make hiring a car part of your itinerary. In Franschhoek there are many beautiful wine regions as well as nice restaurants to enjoy. You can also experience whale watching, shark cage diving and horse riding in the coast of Knysna and Hermanus. So there are lot many things to do and see on the route. For car rental, I would like to recommend southafricacarrentalsDOTnet as they offer a wide variety of cars at cheaper rates. They are covering good network of places in South Africa and very reliable.

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  • Added on: March 27th, 2011
Cape Town is awesome and I traveled there as a solo female too actually. I ended up joining a backpacker tour while I was there to see the winelands arranged through my hostel (The Backpack, highly recommeended if you're interested in hostels) and there were maybe 5 others? Great tour albeit a LOT of wine consumption, though if that's your interest a tour is best as you don't want to be driving right? ;)

Besides that you have Table Mountain, Cape Point, Robben Island, Hermanus and the Garden Route nearby... in short I'd definitely pick Cape Town for the getaway, as you could easily spend a week based in the city alone. You can book internal flights from the US though shy away from South African Airlines as their booking office is a nightmare- instead go to whichbudget.com and see which of the budget airlines fly to Cape Town. I wouldn't worry about booking way in advance though as I had a ticket the day of by just showing up at the airport and asking the 4 airlines who fly the route what their prices were, and did it for under $100 even last minute! :)

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  • Added on: July 14th, 2011
I travel quite a bit and, if I'm looking for a bed an a shower the YMCA usually does the trick. Sometimes (like Rangoon) it's like going back in time but I kind of get a kick out of that. Being male I can't speak to the YWCA but I know there is one in Jo'burg (and many other places in SA) and would suggest that it wouldn't hurt to check them out on line as a possibility.



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