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Garden Route on a budget

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Garden Route on a budget

Hi,

Three of us are traveling the garden route from Jan. 4- Jan. 13. We were thinking of traveling from PE to Cape Town. What is the best way to go about the trip... through an agency or book the car and accommodation all ourselves? If you do know an agency, is there one you would suggest? Also, what are people's thoughts on camping along the way? We are starting from scratch and would love any suggestions you may have!

Thanks!

Italy
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1. Re: Garden Route on a budget

I would book a rental car and drive yourselves, there are a lot of really nice guesthouses that are very reasonable, we paid between 525Rand per night to around 800rand with breakfast, depending on the area and guesthouse. check out this hire car price comparison website, you only know the name of the company after you've booked the car but they only use the big companies like Hertz, avis etc.

www.carhire3000.com

Cape Town Central...
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2. Re: Garden Route on a budget

You can hire a car for the hole duration or you can make use of Bazz Buss which runs along backpacker accommodation from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town.

Hank Daries - Owner - Ulungele Tours

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3. Re: Garden Route on a budget

Hi Ashley,

Its a very busy time of the year on the Garden Route, so my advice is to prebook your accommodation / camp sites. Many South Africans head down to Plettenberg Bay /Knysna at this time of the year for their annual holidays.

Try using www.safarinow.com They are a great site with loads of options.

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4. Re: Garden Route on a budget

Good advice from madaboutwine. It is busy during that time and many places will be fully booked well in advance. The cheapest way is to rent a car and drive yourselves. This is safe and easy to do. The benefit of getting an agency involved is that they can help you with securing accommodation, providing route descriptions and suggestions for activities or sights along the way, and will probably take all the hassle out of booking all the different destinations and car rental directly. Try and find an agency or operator that does not mark up the rates, so that you end up paying the same as if you booked everything direct (the agency will get their income from their bulk discounts on car rental and accommodation, but you should pay the normal rate for everything).

My suggestion is that you avoid spending single nights at different places. That ends up being a lot of packing and unpacking and limits your time to enjoy each destination. I would for example spend 2 nights in Tsitsikamma or Natures Valley, then 3 nights in Knysna, then 2 nights in Oudtshoorn (if you plan on visiting the Cango Caves and an Ostrich farm). From those destinations, you will be close enough to make day outings to the attractions and activities in each area, while being more relaxed and not having to pack and unpack each day.

No problem with camping, it is a fantastic time of the year to camp, but you may find that all the prime camp sites are fully booked at least until the 11th or 12th of Jan due to the South African summer holidays.

Have fun!

Onne from Wild Wings Safaris

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