Your Questions About African Safaris

Charles asks…

I am planning to come to South Africa next year….?

Where would South Africans recommend?

Where wouldn’t they recommend?

I would like to stay for about 6 months so what are the tips?
Michael, lul!!! I am addressing this post to South Africans whose country I am coming to from their point of view.

mike answers:

Do you golf or gamble? If you do then you have to do Sun City.
Http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AqxfxoxljNKMmWGAS94.9F_ty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20080826235911AADgVmj&show=7#profile-info-DqqYQkKMaa

Or if you are heading east from Jo’burg, another place for both golfing and gambling is Graceland in Secunda, Mpumalanga. See below

Lots of good golf right in the Jo’burg/Pretoria area.
Http://www.joburg.org.za/content/view/184/52/

There are lots of fun and interesting things to do in Jo’burg including some fabulous museums
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AvMGS.xdSiOCgoNKmThnq5fty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20080818083006AA9B3YZ&show=7#profile-info-9181f6c3f2db58276caa4175a77e7daaaa
There is also the Apartheid Museum at Gold Reef City.
Http://www.countryroads.co.za/content/apartheid-museum.html

If you plan on spending time in the Jo’burg area, know that you are in a city with a lot of poor people – not all South Africans, many of desperate refugees. So do not act like a victim or you will probably become one. Do not wander around alone, especially at night. Do not pick up hitch hikers and when you see an accident, be a Good Samaritan and call the police but do not stop or get out yourself to help. As in a lot of the rest of the world, Good Samaritans are often targets for the bad dudes in life. Do not flash your money and leave your Rolex etc. At home. If you have any racist tendencies, probably best to leave them at home also if you want a good look at South Africa and some fun memories when you leave. I mention these things here in Jo’burg but practice them everywhere and you should be just fine.

If money is not an object, you might want to trip over to Pretoria and catch the Blue Train out to Durban or down to Capetown. Ah!!! Luxury at it’s finest! Need to book these trains early or you might not get a booking at all.
Http://www.bluetrain.co.za/
Actually you have a choice of luxury trains. Another great option is the Rovos
http://www.rovos.co.za/

A good part of the history of early (post white folks) South Africa can be found in Kimberley where Mr. Rhodes left a big impression. Oops! Playing with words again LOL
Here is a bit of the history plus a pic of the Big Hole,
http://www.francesbaard.gov.za/tourism/attcontent.php?id=diamonds
Here is a list of interesting things to see here
http://www.bdb.co.za/kimberley/museums.htm

Safaris – they are all over but if you are heading up to Kruger you might want to check out a close neighbour, Khaya Ndlovu Manor House.
www.khayandlovu.co.za or The River Lodge at Thornybush   www.thornybush-riverlodge.com both are excellent chaoices and awesome value for money
With 6 months though, Kruger, which is huge, is a good trip. Just get to your lodging before the sun sets. The rangers frown on having to track down tourists who do not appreciate that South African sun rises and sets are more like turning a switch off and on than the gradual things they are elsewhere in the world.

Cape Town – there is a host of good stuff to see in and around Cape Town and most is fairly easy to find with google. Here are a few things I have put up in the past about it and dont forget to visit the African Penguins on Boulders Beach
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ApxS1ey5BMn4a5DASM8T5_Lty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20080718140338AAC73Rh&show=7#profile-info-L0gzfgrCaa

If you follow the links you will find a lot of places covered here. But do be sure to work google to death – there is no end of good and interesting info, fabulous photos. And if you want to get a feel for early South African history without reading a lot of dry history, try picking up a few Wilbur Smith novels. He has done a great job of researching for these historical novels. Men of Men is a good one to read before going to Kimberley.

There is a huge amount Not included here but you gotta start somewhere. Why not one of these places? Enjoy South Africa!

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