South Africa Journals

South African Road Trip

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A January 2010 trip to South Africa by catsholiday

Chapmans Peak & Atlantic coast Photo, Cape Town, South Africa More Photos
Quote: These reviews are mainly about the places we stayed but include places we visited too. We travelled up from Cap Town through Lesotho to Kruger National Park and then we flew out of Johanesburg

Chapman's Peak & Atlantic coast

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Attraction | "Wow! What Fantastic Views!"

Chapman's Peak & Atlantic coast Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Chapman’s Peak DriveThis spectacular drive known as Chapman’s Peak Drive has been built between the small town of Hout Bay and Noordhoek not too far from Cape Town on the south-western tip of South Africa overlooking the Atlantic Coast, and it has to be one of the most spectacular marine drives anywhere in the world.We left Cape Town quite early in the morning for our leisurely drive along past the Twelve Apostles Mountain peaks along the Chapman’s Peak coast road via Hout’s Bay and through to the Cape of Good Hope.The route is 9km long and has 114 curves and it skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman's Peak which is 593m high and is the southerly extension of Constantia B...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 26, 2010

Chapman's Peak & Atlantic coast
Cape Peninsula
Cape Town, South Africa

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony)

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Attraction | "We Had Happy Feet!"

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony) Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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We left Cape Town quite early in the morning for our leisurely drive along past the Twelve Apostles Mountain peaks along the Chapman’s Peak coast road via Hout’s Bay and through to the Cape of Good Hope.We drive along the Great Ocean Road in South Australia and I have to say that this road is infinitely superior in terms of views and stunning vistas. Ever turn gave a ‘Ohh ‘or ‘Wow’ from one of us with bright blue sky, silver lined sandy coasts and secluded harbour towns nested in safe coves.We reached the Cape of Good Hope and rushed up the hill to the top to see the last of the Atlantic waves crashing over the huge rocks. We also walked to the top of the peak at cape Point. Having ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 29, 2010

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony)
4 Boulders Place Simon's Town
Cape Town, South Africa
+27 (21) 786 1758

Robben Island/Robben Island Museum

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Attraction | "Home of Nelson Mandela for Many Years"

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Robben Island which is just a short boat ride from the mainland in Cape Town is most famous for being the place where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were held captive for many years during the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Today it is no longer a prison but has been turned into a museum and guided tours of can be taken of the island to view the various historical sites. The island is an official World Heritage site today.If you would like to take a trip or just want to read more about the place than I can tell you then the website is www.robben-island.org.za. We tried to book at the ticket office down at the V&A waterfront but their internet was down so we ended up bo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2010

Robben Island/Robben Island Museum
Table Bay
Cape Town, South Africa 8002
+27 (0)21 409 5100

De Zeekoe Guest Farm

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Hotel | "A Little Piece of Luxury on an Ostrich Farm"

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De Zeekoe Guest farm, Oudtshorn, South AfricaWe booked the accommodation through roomsforafrica.com as we did with all our other accommodation for our trip to South Africa. This is an excellent site and covers all of South Africa for accommodation with pictures and details of what is available at each place.This is a working farm just outside Oudtshorn which has ostriches and seems to have crops as well as a huge area set aside for meerkat conservation.We had two superior rooms as we were lucky enough to be upgraded from the standard ones we had booked. We had a lovely queen sized bed with silk cushions edged with coloured ostrich feathers. There was a mossie net bu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 11, 2010

De Zeekoe Guest Farm
P.O.Box 226
Oudtshoorn
+27 44 272 6721

Table Mountain

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Attraction | "The Table Had No Cloth"

Table Mountain Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town has one of the most dramatic settings of any city in the world with the flat topped Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill as its back drop and the Atlantic Ocean to the front. Cape Town is a very cosmopolitan colourful city welcoming 60% of South Africa’s tourists.No visit to Cape Town would be complete without a trip up Table Mountain and the day after we arrived it was a fantastic sunny, clear day so we headed for our visit as it is not always clear and the views both of the Mountain from the bottom and the views of Cape Town from the top are obviously best enjoyed when it is clear and Table Mountain has not got its table cloth covering it. Lucki...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2010

Table Mountain
Cape Town 7848
Cape Town, Western Cape 7848
00 27 21 7156136

Stellenbosch - scenery and wineries

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Attraction | "Cheetahs, Goats, Wine and Beautiful Scenery"

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Stellenbosch, Paarl and the wine landsWe spent a lovely day touring this area.We started from Cape Town at about 9am and drove to Paarl. Our first stop was the monument the Afrikaans language which is on a hill top not from the Paarl Mountain. This monument seems to be open every day except Christmas Day and New Years day it opens at 8.30 but it stay open longer on the summer months. This is a very interesting monument symbolising the different language influences that make up the Afrikaans language with a cooling fountain and water feature in the middle symbolically bridging the continents of Asia and Africa I believe.We chose to visit one vineyard near Paarl and one near Stel...Read More

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Stellenbosch - scenery and wineries
Stellenbosch region
Cape Town, South Africa 7600

Bhejane Bush Lodge

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Hotel | "We Had to Climb the Gate to Get in Here"

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Bhejane Bush Lodge, Nelspruit, South Africa We booked the accommodation through roomsforafrica.com as we did with all our other accommodation for our trip to South Africa. This is an excellent site and covers all of South Africa for accommodation with pictures and details of what is available at each place.This guest house we assumed would be out of Nelspuit and indeed it was but the directions we got in order to find the place were excellent and we found it easily up quite a long dirt road and then came to an automatic security gate. We tried pressing a button but no luck, we tried phoning a number on our booking form with no luck, we walked to the nearest two houses but neither wer...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 1, 2010

Bhejane Bush Lodge
Nelspruit
South Africa, Africa
+27 13 744 1189

Cranes Nest Mountain Lodge

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Hotel | "Luxury at the End of a Long Dirt Road"

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Crane’s Nest Mountain Lodge, Near Lydenburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa We booked the accommodation through roomsforafrica.com as we did with all our other accommodation for our trip to South Africa. This guest house was booked as we wanted somewhere rather nice to stay on our last night with the boys in South Africa and not too far from Blyde River canyon where we were going to visit that day.Unfortunately we had a double puncture in our hire car and managed to get to Sabie to a ‘Super Quick’ tyre company as they were run safe tyres. We had thought it was only one but it turned out to be two completely useless tyres. They were able to order two similar replacements and th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 1, 2010

Cranes Nest Mountain Lodge
Farm 7, Cranes Nest
Belfast
+27 13 2569055

Eagle View Guest House

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Hotel | "No Eagles Seen Here"

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Eagle’s View Guest House, Ficksburg, South Africa We booked the accommodation through roomsforafrica.com as we did with all our other accommodation for our trip to South Africa. This is an excellent site and covers all of South Africa for accommodation with pictures and details of what is available at each place.This guest house was booked as we needed somewhere not far from the border of Lesotho as we had planned to spend the day driving up through Lesotho visiting my husband’s old village and the school where he had taught about 20 years ago. We had also planned to visit Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho on our way up northwards back into South Africa.We found t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 1, 2010

Eagle View Guest House
37 Visser Street
Ficksburg
+27 51 933 5555

Herb Garden Guest House

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Hotel | "Not Exactly Self Catering Accommodation"

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Herb Garden Guest house Colesburg, South AfricaWe needed a place to stop and break our journey between Oudtshorn and Lesotho so we chose Colesburg as it was about half way and close to the main road. We booked this accommodation through Roomsforafrica.com as we did all our accommodation in South Africa apart from Kruger and Cape Town. Colesburg is not a big town but obviously gets most of its guest house trade because it is just off the N4 from Cape Town to Johannesburg. The town was full of small guest house and not much else. As we were quite tired and the boys were keen to use the pool we dumped our cases and left them at the guest house while we popped over to a small super...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 1, 2010

Herb Garden Guest House
2 Louw Street
Colesberg 9795
+27 051-7530245

Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

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Attraction | "You Really Can Ride an Ostrich"

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Highgate Ostrich farm, Oudtshorn, South AfricaThis farm is in Oudstshorn, the ostrich capital of the world and is just down the road from another Ostrich farm, Safari Ostrich Farm and also not far from our wonderful guest house De Zeekoe Guest Farm.We paid 66R per person for a full tour (11R per £1 when we were there) which was the most amazing value. We started with our guide looking at an ostrich chariot which was designed to be pulled by four ostriches but apparently it was a failure, it looked like a Ben Hur chariot but the system of braking and steering was requiring a little refinement so it was not used at all. The next place was the feather room where we dis...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 1, 2010

Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
10km from Oudtshoorn on R328 north of Mossel Bay
Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Lower Sabie Camp

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Hotel | "Camping in Style"

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Lower Sabie Camp – Safari tentWe booked our accommodation in Kruger National park thought SAN parks on the internet. As you book your accommodation you also sort out your National Park entrance fee too. We had three nights in the park, two in the safari tents at Lower Sabie and one in a two bed roomed cottage in Skukuza Camp.We had two safari tents which are very luxurious really. They are wooden structures that have tented top parts to them. On the verandas area is the kitchen, braai (BBQ) and a table and chairs to sit on. We did have to keep mov8ng two chairs from one tent to the other as we had our meals outside the different tents but that wasn’t too hard as we were next to...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 1, 2010

Game Lodge Skukuza

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Hotel | "We Chose a Bungalow So Not Really Camping"

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SKUKUZA CAMP – Elsie Clarke CottageWe booked our accommodation in Kruger National park thought SAN parks on the internet. As you book your accommodation you also sort out your National Park entrance fee too. We had three nights in the park, two in the safari tents at Lower Sabie and one in a two bed roomed cottage in Skukuza Camp. When we arrived at our cottage having checked in at Reception we were greeted by a welcome party of Vervet monkeys. They were very interested as we unpacked our car so we had to make sure we shut the car and boot each load as well as shutting the door to the cottage just in case we ended up with extra guests in the form of monkeys. One of the larger monkeys sat o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 4, 2010

Game Lodge Skukuza
Skukuza Main Camp
Kruger Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park

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Attraction | "Kruger Largest Game Park and So Much to See"

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WHERE IS KRUGER NATIONAL PARK?Kruger is in the north eastern area of South Africa to the west is Limpopo and to the south is Mpumalanga two South African provinces. In the north is Zimbabwe, and if you travel east you will come to MozambiqueWHAT WILL I SEE IN THE PARK?If you really look hard and know what you are looking for you could see 147 different species of mammal in the park however all the Big Five game animals (lions, elephants, rhinoceros, buffalos and leopards)are found at Kruger National Park There are more species of mammals in this park than any other African Game Reserve . Just in case you think this is a private game park with imported animals this...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 12, 2010

Kruger National Park

Kruger Park, South Africa