Hi, I'm thinking about a trip to cape town and knysna over next Xmas and new year. My trip will be at least two weeks , no more than three and I have a few concerns and queries that I would appreciate comments on.
My trip will be solo and I really do not want to drive. I will be flying into and out of cape town and I am planning on getting a bus to and from knysna. I have read that the bus companies cannot be booked from outside south Africa and also that their pick up and drop off points may not be from central locations but possibly that they set you down on the main road . I have read a little about baz buses and that they may have some kind of door to door service.
Im worried about crime and personal safety , how safe is it to walk around , from hotel to city centre and to generally spend your day wandering around. Are things generally accessible on foot . I d plan to be staying in the waterfront area in cape town and I haven't looked at hotels in knysna yet.
I've read that taxis operate on a totally different system to what I'm used to in England . Can you book taxis? Do you have to share them with strangers ?
In cape town there are quite a few obvious must see sights such as robben island which I have heard must be booked in advance. How long in advance is advised? Is it possible to go on a safari without a car, ie is there a company that does pick ups from hotels?
Obviously Christmas and new year are public holidays , how much of the country shuts down from a tourists point of view ? Are restraunts, bars and tourist sights generally open?
I have said I'm visiting cape town and knysna , I am open to the idea of other places as well if they are practical to get to. All replies and comments appreciated.
Is from mid December until the new year a holiday in south Africa