Hello Andy and Helen,
I'm writing to you from France, and want to share my "small" experience of South Africa (I went there 3 times, the last time with my 4 kids-family).
Of course, before planning your trip, be careful about the south african holiday periods (many places are very crowded during the holidays, so you have to book well in advance). I think you have to wonder what you are interested by (nature, town, museums, parks, wine,...).
I went twice to Addo park : we visited Addo the first time in February 1999 , as we travelled along the coast from Cape Town to Addo (and return) ; we spent 2 nights there.
For the second time (July 2003), we came from the northern part of the coast (Durban-Port St John's-East London to Addo), and spent in Addo 2 nights again.
I think 2 nights (or 3 days) are the minimum for visiting Addo ; even if it is not a big park, it is really something special, especially when coming from Europe and its grey towns.
You can really take time for safaris (since I went there, lions and hyenas have been introduced), to enjoy the peacefulness of the place, the restaurant or the braai, every thing with sun (due to the period you will be travelling). This can be a way of resting, between more "frenzy" periods.
andy and helen uk wrote:
We will be visiting south africa for the first time in december 2005.
was hoping for a bit of advice on places to visit. so far we have decided on a route but the places to visit around this are still to be decided.
our plan is port elizabeth and the addo elephant park (how many days would be recommended to get a good experiance)then taking the garden route to cape town, stopping in knysna for a couple of nights on the way.
Staying in cape town for around 8-9 days then upto to sun city. before flying home.
we've never been to SA before and are a bit unsure of the best way to plan our park visit, wanting the best experiance possible from a 2 or 3 day visit.
any advice on this or any other part of our trip would be very much appreciated.