Hello all, I am so excited to be heading to SA soon! I spent so much time planning the big stuff that some of the smaller stuff has fallen by the wayside. Please let me know if there are must sees! Unfortunately, the first half of the trip is kind of booked fully, but maybe there is room for a quick drive somewhere? xo
Day 1 - arrive Jo'burg at 10PM head straight to hotel (sounds like we wont be able to pick up SIM cards upon arrival; does anyone know what time those shops open?)
Day 2 - 7AM return back to OR Tambo and pick up car rental for drive to Balule Reserve (nothing planned along the way, want to get there before 2PM and get settled in--maybe take in an afternoon game drive at our lodge)
Day 3 - Balule
Day 4 - Balule
Day 5 - Balule
Day 6 - Drive back to Jo'Burg via the Panorama Route (R36 to R532 to R534 back to R532 down to Graskop and Sabie and R37 back to Lyndberg... and then back to Jo'Burg) - Does anyone have an estimate of how long this will take? Which sites should we spend some time and get out of the car and enjoy? We just want to be sure we have enough time to make it back to OR Tambo before it gets dark.
Day 7 - morning flight to CPT; pick up car rental and drive to Franschoek.Stop in Stellenbosch for lunch (any food recs welcome!) Relax the afternoon and evening; maybe walk to a winery if one is within walking from us.
Day 8 - Wine tour days--looking at some other forums, I have la motte and lynx on my list of must visits
Day 9 - drive back to CPT - not sure what to do the rest of the day while we still have the car in hand. spend more time in the winelands, maybe?
Day 10 - drive down the cape (or elsewhere? What's a good route for a drive to soak in some sights and wildlife?? Does anyone have a good route to recommend?)
Day 11 - return car. Hike up Table Mountain
Day 12 - ?? robben island or not?
Day 13 - we fly out at 12AM day 14 so we have yet another full day where i'm ???
Day 14 - 12:05am FLY HOME :((
Sorry, as you can see, my planning got lazy at the end there! If anyone has any advice it would be greatly appreciated!