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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 26, 2016
Buying second hand car in Cape Town  (1 Answer)

We're thinking of buying a second hand car in Cape Town, for travel with it all over South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.
Is anyone know how it work in the aspect of ownership transfer as tourist?
Is there mandatory insurance that we need to have?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 27, 2016
driving tips  (3 Answers)

planning a working holiday soon in S/A, would start in cape town to johannesburg,& maybe mid east coast to joesburg,driving tips & areas to avoid please


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 19, 2016
Finding a Sangoma in South Africa  (5 Answers)

How does one find an authentic Sangoma to meet with? Does anyone have a recommended local guide or contact? OUr Travel plans our flexible, and locations flexible. Looking to travel around the U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 14, 2016
Driving by bike through the winelands?  (2 Answers)

I'm going to south africa at the end of december and i'm also visiting the winelands.
Here in Belgium driving by bike is a big thing.
So i saw online that you can rent bikes in Stellenbosch.
Now i wondered if it's safe to drive in the winelands. Like from Stellenbosch to Franschoek.
Would anybody recommand it?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 04, 2016
Which Beach Destination?  (3 Answers)

We are at the very early stages of planning our Southern Africa extravaganza and while it was pretty straight forward deciding which game reserves to head for I'm having a hard time figuring out which would be the best beach destination. We're not looking for anything too touristy just a great beach, nice food and maybe something to do in the evening. So far I am looking at Durban, Porto Ouro and Inhambane. I kind of put Durban at the bottom of the list as we'll be back to SA at some point in our lives and Durban is easy to access. Right now I'm favoring Porto Ouro - but Inhambane looks very interesting and we'd be able to drive there from Kruger.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2016
Visa Requireemts - Visa exemt time

I'm planning a 35 days trip to South Africa with Thai passport. As such normally 30 days are Visa exempt. However, after one week of my stay in SA I will travel from Kruger NP to Durban and on the way send a few days in Swaziland which apparently is another country. Therefore I would expect to get a new 30 days days Visa exempt time and hence would have no problems to do my trip as scheduled. (7 days Southafrica - 2 days Swaziland - 26 days South Africa.

Does anyone know whether this is correct? Many thanks for your info.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 04, 2016
Travel to South Africa  (6 Answers)

Hi!
My friend and I are going to travel to South Africa in two weeks, and I've just heard that there are huge delays and long queues at the passport control counters. We are supposed to both land and depart from Cape Town Apt.
Has anyone flown there over the last two couple of days and know what the border process entails and how long it takes?
Thank you !


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2016
shopping mate/travel frend  (1 Answer)

Ill be in instanbul frm the 3th of july till the 8th of july doing clothing shopping plz advice me as 2 where 2 go 4 my shopping ,and maybe if i can hook up with a south african just 4 company


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2016
Itinerary for a Month in South Africa. Little wildlife, Little scuba diving, little chilling.  (4 Answers)

Hello, what do people think of this itinerary ?
Any useful info for things to do along the way would be great.
General hints, tips, improvements about my itinerary. Anything you spot that could be a problem ?
The nights in Kruger are booked and not ideal I know as I left it a bit late to book !
The timeframe is mid July - Mid August.
Is there anything which can slot in which is a MUST SEE ?
You'll notice a few days that are totally empty at the moment so need ideas !!

Day 1 JNB (Arrive afternoon)
Day 2 JNB (all day) (City Tour & Soweto Tour)
Day 3 Fly JNB-Richards Bay, Hire Car, drive 2 1/2hrs to Sodwana Bay.
4 Scuba Sodwana 2 x dives
5 Scuba Sodwana 2 x dives
6 Scuba Sodwana 1 x dive. Drive 5 hrs to Umkomaas (Aliwal Shoal)
7 Scuba Aliwal Shoal 2 x dives (Umkomaas)
8 Scuba Aliwal Shoal 2 x dives Drive 90 mins to Shelly Beach in afternoon
9 Scuba Protea Banks 2 x dives (Shelly Beach)
10 Scuba Protea Banks 2 x dives (Shelly Beach) Drive to Durban in the afternoon.
11 Day in Durban.
12 Fly Durban to Nelspruit, Hire car, Stay o/n near Croc's Bridge Gate.
13 Enter Kruger , drive (min 8hrs) to Olifants camp. Sunset (1630) Game Drive.
14 Olifants 0500 Sunrise Drive 3hrs, Olifants 2000 Night Drive 2hrs
15 Olifants Sunrise Drive, Drive to Orpen Rest Camp. ?????
16 Switch to Tamboti Rest Camp
17 Tamboti
18 Tamboti to Satara Rest Camp
19 Satara AM Walk (4hrs).Leave Kruger. |Overnight nearby or somewhere on Panorama Route
20 Panorama Route Somewhere ?
21 ???
22 ???
23 ???
24 Get to Cape Town then Simonstown (can fly to CPT if still near Skukuza or another airport)
25 Simonstown - Great White Cage Viewing
26 Simonstown - Scuba 1 x dive. Then see Boulders Beach Penguins.
27 Get to Cape Town . Cape Town, just see the town :-)
28 Cape Town, just see the town :-)
29 Cape Town, just see the town :-)
30 Fly out of Cape Town midday


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 15, 2016
Which hot air baloon in South Africa?

Dear all,
In mid September, we want to do hot air balloon ride in SA.
There are so many options, region wise, flying over game park or gorge or plains- wine yards, budget wise and lastly safety wise.
My choice at present hovers around the one of Air Ventures - Safari hot air balloon flight.

Please guide me.

Thanks a lot.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 10, 2016
Self drive  (4 Answers)

Is it safe to self drive between Pretoria and Nelspruit at late evening or night?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 10, 2016
Self drive  (6 Answers)

Is it safe to self drive between Pretoria and Nelspruit at late evening or night?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 26, 2016
How to intentionally get denied visa to the South Africa, without getting into trouble?  (4 Answers)

I was going to study abroad in South Africa in summer but there was a change of plan and I couldn't go anymore. However, I have to pay 50% of fee if I want to cancel the program. The only way to not pay the penalty is if my visa was denied. I am a Taiwanese citizen living in the U.S, and I was just wondering what can I say to the south africa consulate located in the U.S to reject my visa? Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 06, 2016
Family trip to Cape Town  (3 Answers)

Our family is planning a 10 day trip to Cape Town in December. We're planning to spend 3 nights around the Waterfront and then move outside of the city center to either Hout Bay or Scarborough. I understand from my research that Hout Bay has much more to do, however Scarborough looks amazing and I think it would be a good place to relax, but also plan day trips to the Winelands, Cape Point, Simon's Town/Boulder Beach and surrounding areas. Has anyone stayed in Hout Bay or Scarborough?

How safe is it to drive? I love the idea of exploring, however would we be better staying somewhere more central in the city? We want to explore this beautiful area but can't help but be somewhat cautious when you read on potential dangers/risks.

Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 04, 2016
Itinerary Help  (7 Answers)

Considering South Africa for next April. We'll have about 15 days (12 excluding international flights). Highest priority is wildlife. I'm thinking Cape Town, Oudtshoorn, and Kruger. I don't want to cram too much in. How long is the drive from Cape to Oudtshoorn? And from Oudtshoorn to Kruger? Once we leave Kruger do we have to drive back to Cape Town or should we take a flight out of Johannesburg? Any hassle renting a car in one city and returning in another? Is it best to have a car in Cape Town or not? What is the most convenient area of Cape Town in which to stay?

Since I'm just starting to research, any help/suggestions are really appreciated!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2016
Zulu Nyala reserve  (3 Answers)

Has anyone stayed at the Zulu Nyala game lodge? Any feedback is appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2016
Backpacking in capetown  (5 Answers)

I am planning to travel alone to Capetown (backpacking). What are your advises? Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 23, 2016
battlefield from Zulu Wars  (2 Answers)

What is the best plan for visiting the battlefields from the Zulu and possibly the Boer wars. We are flying in to Johannesburg and can either drive from there or fly to Durban and fly from there. We go on to Cape Town afterwards.
How many days (a week enough? for the area. I plan to hire a car and pick up a guide nearer where we are staying.All advice welcome.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 14, 2016
Child seat in the car  (7 Answers)

Hi all

We'll be going to South Africa coming June.
I have looked for the regulations on child seats in the rental cars, but I don't seen to find any clear info on it.
Mostly I can only find that up until 2 years old the child has to be in a seat. As I can't imagine rules being that 'loose' I was wondering what to do ... Our boys will be 8 and 10 by then ...
Thanks already for the info!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2016
BudgetAir Bookings  (3 Answers)

Can anybody please tell me if amendments are possible on flight tickets booked via BudgetAir?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2016
Cricket JoBurg

We are visiting family in Feb/March and I would like to buy a ticket for 20/20 SA v Australia as a surprise for my hubby. I see there is Viagogo SA but I know from the UK site that they charge way over ticket price, is there anywhere else I can purchase tickets from? Also it would have to be just the two of us with hire car, would it be safe to travel from JoBurg to Three Rivers after the match finishes, which will be approx. 1930 hours. I would appreciate any help on this. We have travelled by hire car several times in SA but try and avoid dusk to dark driving.

Thanks in advance.

Patsy


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 23, 2015
Gaborone/South Africa Trip

My wife and I are travelling to South Africa via Gaborone.
We were wondering if anyone has been to South Africa recently and can tell us how the new biometric regulations affect the border crossings. We don't want to get stuck waiting on long lines.
Thanks in advance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 18, 2015
Best places to visit in South Africa  (3 Answers)

Hi Guys,

I am planning a trip to South Africa in March. Can you tell me what are some of the best holiday spots that i must explore? It'll be a family trip.

Thanks in advance :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 29, 2015
Self Drive  (4 Answers)

Hi, hoping someone can answer this question. We are getting soooooo many differing opinions on this....we would like to drive from Kruger to Durban and from Easton London to Cape Town. Has anyone done these two routes? Any issues or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Diane

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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 27, 2015
South Africa Safari options with a 5.5 yr old  (8 Answers)

We are trying to plan a trip to SA from the US with our 5.5 yr old son for my 40th birthday. I (and he) really want to do several game drives. Are we not going to be able to since he is less than 6? Any recommended hotels/reserves where we can see the most?

Also, I had heard that we didn't need yellow fever vaccinations for SA, is this true? What about malaria? We lived in India for almost a decade, so are used to being cautious with wearing long sleeves, etc

Any advice on where to go in SA would be greatly appreciated. Right now we are mostly looking at Capetown and a safari somewhere.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 22, 2015
3 days in Cape Town- what NOT to miss  (7 Answers)

Hi I am planning on arriving in Cape Town the night of 11/23 and leaving early 11/27. I am traveling on my own and I would like to make the best use of my time. I am staying at the Doubletree by Hilton in Woodstock and will not have a car. I am going to Hazyview - near Kruger for a week from Cape Town so would probably not take any safaris here. Any recommendations would be welcome, any tour company info etc. Thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 10, 2015
Visit july/august  (2 Answers)

Hi all

We're looking into our holiday for july/august 2016.
South Africa is in the running as destination.

Is our European summer a good time to visit?
We would like go on a safari. Would of course also want to visit the penguins and spot some whales.
Is there much difference between the western and eastern part of the country regarding climate. (I'm finding mixed info on this online)

Thanks already for your input!
Jessika


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 08, 2015
What in the world am I packing???? Help please  (11 Answers)

Getting ready for a 9 day safari in Namibia and then a 4 day stay at Rocktail Beach Camp in South Africa


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 18, 2015
American visiting South Africa  (1 Answer)

I am a 47y black American visiting South Africa. Located in the Pretoria/Centurion area, Looking to meet Professional career oriented people like myself.Were would one recommended to meet people?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 18, 2015
Plettenburg Bay.  (1 Answer)

Is a rental car necessary for a 10 day stay in Plettenburg Bay, SA?
Thanks



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