Cape Town, SA & Garden Route Recommendations

  • SilverRRCloud

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    Feb 16, 2016 5:58 PM GMT
    I am planning a very small party of 3 trip back to Cape Town, and over to the Winelands, and onto the Garden Route up to Port Elizabeth in January 2017.

    We are all your (un)usual top of the line folks.

    I would be very grateful for unbiased and impartial recommendations for the best accommodation/local guides/chauffeurs available along the way.

    Thanks in advance!

  • kew1

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    Feb 16, 2016 6:48 PM GMT
    Mossel Bay, Knysna, Plettenberg. Liked Storms River as well,so small there's no bank, or even an ATM. Wilderness is pretty, if you like hiking, not much else there,apart from expensive houses,restaurants, bars and nice countryside .
    Are you likely to do a bungy jump, Bloukrans bungy in Tsitsikamma is 216m.icon_biggrin.gif
    If going inland a bit , Oudtshoorn is quite nice, and the R62 around there is a nice drive.
    Can't help with recommendations for hotels, I was back-packing there last month, & hired a car, so can't recommend a driver either. Not a lot of traffic once you get out of Cape Town, & usually well behaved on the road, even PE was easy to drive around if you want to drive.
    Most of the towns actually on the N2 are small, & you're more likely to find b&b , I drove past lots of signs for those.

    Once in PE, make time for Addo Elephant Park (about 80miles further east, don't drive over the dung or take citrus fruit). An early morning start there, & you can try one of the other (Schotia, Shamwari etc.) animal parks in the area in the afternoon for lions etc.
    It's likely to be very hot, it was about 40C in Stellenbosch when I was there.
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    Feb 18, 2016 12:31 AM GMT
    I wouldn't bother with Port Elizabeth, it was a big disappointment. Very run down. You can see it would have been amazing in the 60s and 70s...

    Anywhere else along the Garden Route is magic, especially Knysna and Plett. Hermanus and Gansbaai are also lovely spots. Be sure to stop by the little dorp (town) of Bredasdorp and Cape Agulhas where the two oceans truly meet.

    The winelands of Stellenbosch are great but my personal favourite is Franschhoek. There are some brilliant cafes and the amazing Huguenot Chocolate Company.

    You can't go wrong with the Garden Route, but do be careful of your personal security and don't pick up any hitch hikers...
  • SilverRRCloud

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    Feb 19, 2016 6:17 AM GMT

    Thanks a lot for your info. Much appreciated.

    I am planning to drive to Port Elizabeth in order to fly back to Cape Town and transfer to my Europe-bound flight. It is good to know not to expect too much out of PE, and plan accordingly.

    Nope. No hitchhikersicon_rolleyes.gif Hate to turn down the guys in need but got to take care of my party and myself first...

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    Feb 19, 2016 6:15 PM GMT
    Have no accommodations recommendations, but no intelligent person should visit Cape Town without seeing a performance of Pieter-Dirk Uys. He is a famous South African satirist, who can make the country's leaders really look like the fools that they are, and he does impersonations. IN one performance I have seen him gracefully switch between doing Mandela, Willie Mandela, Bishop Tutu, Madndela's jailer, housewife Evita Bezuidenhout, and more. He has had a part of his act where he reads from the paper and turns it into satire.

    He once had a weekly television show, where he appeared in drag with Mandela (not in drag).

    He has a theatre in Darling (suburb of Cape town), and sometimes performs in Cape Town itself.

    He recently posted a clip about Zuma's house and wives: