Road trip in South Africa

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hey all, in March me and a couple of mates are doing a road trip from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town.
We've got flight booked for Durban on the 9th and then a connecting flight to Port Elizabeth the same day. Our Return flight back to Australia leaves Cape Town on the 29th. We've already got a hire car and all that sorted for the trip and a pretty good idea on where to stop etc, just wondering if anyone here has been to the southern coast of SA and has any recommendations for sights, towns etc. worth looking at that maybe the average visitor may not see.
 

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I did the garden route drive April this year with a mate from Cape Town to Durban. Was awesome. Did the drive in 3 days as we had to be at a wedding. Wished we had a bit a longer. We stayed in Plettenberg Bay for a night. A good hostel. Was very friendly. There is a main strip with restaurants. Went to good pizza joint. From there you can go to Blourkrans bridge to bungee jump.

By the looks of it you are not spending much time in Durban...dont bother. Not much to do there a part from a massive shopping centre.

Cape Town is amazing. Pretty safe if you are switched on. I recommend doing a wine tour in the Stellenbosch area. I stayed at the hostel called the backpack. Awesome hostel. Views of table mountain whilst having a brew. A few minutes walk from the main strip with the bars and restaurants.

When i was there it was too windy for table mountain and the only fine day was easter sunday and it chaos. So hiked up lions head instead. Was cool.

If you there on a sunday head down to camps bay. Its the place to be on sunday evening for a night out.

Everything is cheap! Main meals are $10, beers $1.50 and double spirits $3. The shopping is cheap as well. Head down to the VA waterfront. Some really nice restaurants. Saffa meat is amazing!

Some tips for your drive from PE to Cape Town:
Most places have parking attendants on the main street. They are there to watch your car.

Dont stop for anyone on the highway. Plenty of hitchhikers. Thousands of people just walking along the side of the highway.

When its dark the locals dont wear high vis clothing so it can be scary on the road

Plenty of wild dogs, sheep, cows and goats just crossing the roads

Plenty of dead animals on the roads

Try and drive through the backroads on the garden route. We did that and it took a bit longer but was worth driving through all the villages.

And one last thing try Steers (its similar to burger king)

You will love it!
 

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Cape Town is wicked! I stayed at Amber Tree Lodge backpackers and would highly recommend it. All the staff were amazingly helpful and were always up for a chat or happy to sit down and have a froffy or two.

Best thing I did was a wine tour of Stellenbosch. I told my guide that I had just graduated uni and she made sure I was given double helpings of everything, including the brandy :D

I also did a couple of walks. I climbed almost to the top of Lion's Head before bad weather set in, but that was amazing anyway. I also abseiled off Table Mountain. If you're an adrenalin junkie, then go for it. The walk back to the top was about an hour long (they will tell you it is about 10 minutes, you'll learn about Africa time :) ) but it was an amazing walk. Such great views.
 

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I recently spent a month in South Africa and it was amazing.
Cheap drinks, and eating out was reasonably priced with some amazing restaurants, I think I had more buffets then than I'd had in my lifetime.

Go to Jeffery's Bay if you're keen on surfing, should be getting towards the better surf that winter tides bring.

Tsitsikamma National Park had a few great hikes, one right along the ocean edge to a waterfall that flows into the ocean, pretty cool, and also is where the bungy is, easily the most incredible thing I have done in my life. I definitely recommend it. I did a zipline tour thing in Storms River too, which was alright, nothing too amazing.

In Cape Town, I hiked up Table Mountain, took somewhere around 3 hours, it was reaaaaally really tough but felt very accomplished after, then followed that with an abseil off the top where we then had to hike back up which took another 40 minutes or so, but great views. Lions head hike was great too.

The cape of good hope was worth the visit too,
I spent most of my time near East London, which is more on the East Coast, but I just loved the whole country. Everything we did was amazing, and the people were really friendly.

Everything was awesome, I want to go back to Africa so bad, and spend a lot more time there. Have fun!
 

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The Mrs and I are looking at going to South Africa at the end of the year and appreciate the advice already in here, but would like more. How cold is the water? I reaad that the average sea temp at Janurary was 20 degrees. And daily temp of an average of 26. I thought SA was a hot country? I see towards Durban the temp increases significantly but it looks a little Gold Coast like. Would love to spend a beach holiday in Cape Town but looks too cold. Any suggestions?
 

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Did everyone survive their trips?

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Yes!

Just got back after 3 weeks there with the family. Great country. Had a week in Kruger (still blows my mind sitting in an open top jeep 2 metres away from a lion), 2 days in Victoria Falls, a week in Cape Town and a few days around Johannesburg. Terrific wines and food, friendly people.

Re: dangers. We didn't really go into Johannesburg CBD because of this (with 2 kids), but Cape Town was no worse than San Francisco for being hassled by beggars etc. Tip, learn a bit of Afrikaans to say "no thanks, not interested" and it seems to be more effective. We were more conscious of security but about the same as walking through a big US city.

Re: weather. It's a big country. Cape Town is about the same as Melbourne for weather (a little warmer). Up north in Kruger was more like northern Australia at this time of year.

Highly recommended.
 

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Tip, learn a bit of Afrikaans to say "no thanks, not interested" and it seems to be more effective.
You know that in providing this "advice", you're essentially suggesting that people act like racists to deal with people who have nothing, right?

Everyone in South Africa speaks English. Afrikaaners only speak Afrikaans to black people if they're racists trying to indicate their belief that they're above them.
 

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The Mrs and I are looking at going to South Africa at the end of the year and appreciate the advice already in here, but would like more. How cold is the water? I reaad that the average sea temp at Janurary was 20 degrees. And daily temp of an average of 26. I thought SA was a hot country? I see towards Durban the temp increases significantly but it looks a little Gold Coast like. Would love to spend a beach holiday in Cape Town but looks too cold. Any suggestions?
Water in Durban was cold enough, but of course my experiences come from June temperatures as opposed to January when the beaches are a little more populated.
 
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