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Old 3rd July 2014, 11:11   #31
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How beautiful.

I've always loved the wildlife and SA is right there amongst my top destinations to visit. Hopefully, I'll be able to check that one off the list sometime soon.

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Trek..Man O Man.. you are the Man!

Great thread with details we can use. Been doing research on this circuit for some time for a self-drive Landy Holiday, but your option seems better! The details you have given on Krugar, cars and stay are wonderful, exactly what I've been looking for.

You were so lucky to have seen the animals at close quarters! Looks like you had a swell time. Thanks a ton for the T log and photos. Looking forward to more.

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How beautiful.

I've always loved the wildlife and SA is right there amongst my top destinations to visit. Hopefully, I'll be able to check that one off the list sometime soon.

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Thanks for reading and rating it 5 stars. Appreciate it

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Trek..Man O Man.. you are the Man!

Great thread with details we can use. Been doing research on this circuit for some time for a self-drive Landy Holiday, but your option seems better! The details you have given on Krugar, cars and stay are wonderful, exactly what I've been looking for.

You were so lucky to have seen the animals at close quarters! Looks like you had a swell time. Thanks a ton for the T log and photos. Looking forward to more.

--Ramky
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Thanks Ramky . You put a wide grin on my face on a boring afternoon work day! Thanks for the good words.

Yea luck surely played a big part in us getting to see so much of the wildlife. Hope you can make it to Kruger soon.
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Some tips:

Please always be cautious when spotting elephants. Maintain a safe distance and if the animal seems uncomfortable about your presence (signs of raised ears, fake charge), move on fast!


There was a lot more that I have experienced during this trip which I am unable to put in words like the starry African sky, the tranquility and silence of a jungle, the thrill of being so close to the wild, the seclusion and slightly scared feeling on the gravel roads of Kruger..

I am in love with Africa and I am hoping to go back to Kruger soon!

Thanks for reading!
We are planning a road trip from Johannesburg to cape town and back to Johannesburg next year. The rough itinerary is as follows:

From Johannesburg:
1. Kruger National Park
2. Eland’s river falls
3. Bourke’s luck potholes
4. Blyde river canyon
5. Mapangubwe baobab trees
6. Drakensberg

Johannesburg to Capetown
1. Camdeboo National Park
2. Stellenbosch

From Capetown:
1. Augrabies (900 kms)
2. Bulders beach
3. Richtersveld
4. Table mountain
5. Bokaap
6. Namaqualand
Capetown to Johannesburg
1. Can drive through garden route.

We checked air prices/accommodation prices/ car rental charges and everything fits the bill except for one major factor: SAFETY.

We are just back from a road trip of Iceland and what fascinated us most was the safety in that country. You could just keep your belongings in the car and even forget to lock it, nobody would steal anything. I do not expect the same in SA but have been seeing such horrid videos over the internet for the last 3 days that it really bothers me. Carjacking/ traffic signal burglary/ pickpockets seem common place along with gunfights in Johannesburg.

A quick search on the crime rate reflects that murder rates/100000 are >20 times than in India.
I also see contradicting stories in Tripadvisor where people had a wonderful experience. So my question is how safe is it to self drive the above route(not just Kruger) in South Africa.

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We are planning a road trip from Johannesburg to cape town and back to Johannesburg next year.

We checked air prices/accommodation prices/ car rental charges and everything fits the bill except for one major factor: SAFETY.

I do not expect the same in SA but have been seeing such horrid videos over the internet for the last 3 days that it really bothers me. Carjacking/ traffic signal burglary/ pickpockets seem common place along with gunfights in Johannesburg.

A quick search on the crime rate reflects that murder rates/100000 are >20 times than in India.
I also see contradicting stories in Tripadvisor where people had a wonderful experience. So my question is how safe is it to self drive the above route(not just Kruger) in South Africa.
Hi there......

I have traveled to South Africa extensively (around 8-9 times) for work over the past 3-4 years. Some of my trips can last for around a month - and I often use this opportunity to explore places in this beautiful country. I usually get a rental car from my company, and have driven quite a bit in South Africa including long distances (J'berg to Kruger and back). I usually stay in J'berg during my trips. My wife has also traveled with me on a couple of occasions, and we have driven on our own quite a bit in SA.

Yes, South Africa does have it's own share of crime, but a lot of it is exaggerated by the media - the same perception that any foreigner will have of our country!

I have been to most of the places on your itinerary, and these are generally popular tourist destinations - so you will not be in any isolated places.

As long as you follow the usual precautions of driving in any country (including ours) - such as driving during the day, making sure there is sufficient fuel in your vehicle, keeping your car windows up in traffic stops, staying in popular tourist hotels etc, you should be fine.

Pick up a local SIM card from the airport - CellC, MTN & Vodafone are the most popular ones - and get it activated from the airport itself. You will easily get reception at all the places you are planning to travel to - I was surprised to find excellent reception even inside 'Kruger park'!

You may have to be a little careful walking around on your own in J'berg - especially in some of the 'troubled areas'. Just ask any local person (or even your hotel folks) about safety of walking around in that area. Cape town is quite safe for walking around.

Don't forget to check out some of the wonderful restaurants in the country. Every place that I have been to had excellent food - and fairly in-expensive too.

If you are into wines, South Africa grows some excellent wines and Cape town is a great place to check out some fine South African wine and some excellent seafood.

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Yes, South Africa does have it's own share of crime, but a lot of it is exaggerated by the media - the same perception that any foreigner will have of our country!
Thanks, even I felt the same , hence the query.
Thanks a lot for sharing your first hand experience. Will go ahead with the planning.
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Thanks a lot for sharing your first hand experience. Will go ahead with the planning.
Excellent! Do try and spend the most time in Cape town (you will absolutely love the place), followed by the Kruger area, and the least amount of time in J'berg. Also, try and cover Cape town in the last leg of your journey - J'berg will feel 'drab' after Cape Town - so it's best to sign off your trip from Cape Town - if you schedule permits it.

Here are a couple of teaser photographs in case you need any further motivation....

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