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South Africa 2016 DIY

With this post I will explain the itinerary of our trip to South Africa with some details on the movements, costs, accommodations, and I'll provide some useful information for yourself in total safety and freedom. To succeed in such a short time visiting the largest number of habitats and therefore to better diversify the types of landscapes to see we decided to split the trip into two parts: the first South African hinterland around Johannesburg, the second on the coast around in Cape Town.

Landed in Johannesburg we went by car to the Blyde River Canyon and then we reached the Kruger National Park (entering from Phalaborwa Gate) where we stayed for 3 nights (in three different rest of Olifant camp, Satara and Skukuza) and by whom we then come out after 4 days (from Paul Kruger Gate) in order to come to Johannesburg and take the next morning the flight to Cape Town. From here after an afternoon of relaxation in the city and a night of rest we have achieved, again by car, the Cape of Good Hope peninsula and Boulders Beach. The second day we dedicated to the ascent of Table Mountain and the last in the West Coast National Park. On the morning of the fourth day finally from Cape Town we got on the flight to go home!

January 21, 2016

Ethiopian Airlane flight from Rome Fiumicino to Johannesburg with a stopover of one hour in Addis Ababa (cost about 430 € A / R).

January 22, 2016

Arrive in Johannesburg at 13:00 and withdrawal car rental for 6 days (160 euro all inclusive). The journey begins with a first stop in the village of Waterval Boven 235 km from Johannesburg, where ferimamo there for one night only at the 'ACRA Retreat Lodge (50 euro with breakfast). If you arrive in the afternoon we recommend you take this intermediate step to get to the Blyde River Canyon in order to avoid driving for more than 400 consecutive km; Stop in this place it is really worth it and the next morning you will achieve more Graskop calm and then the Canyon.

January 23, 2016

Refreshed and delighted the view offered from the house of Waterval Boven reach Graskop (about 135 km) and we stop to see the Mac Mac falls: from here, take firstly the R534 and then R532 begin our visit to the Blyde River Canyon.

Along the way we do some targeted stops at view points that offer the most beautiful views (The Pinnacle, Bourke's Luck Potholese and Three Randavels) and we decide to have lunch at Boskombuis, "restaurant" lovely on the river, very picturesque and with a spectacular view!

After a day after stepping out from the Canyon and just before we reach our accommodation Hoedspruit, the Blyde River Wilderness Lodge (50 euro with breakfast) where you will also sleep there one night. Amazing place, set in a private reserve where you can become familiar with the first African animals, the dinner offered very high quality!

January 24, 2016

After traveling 90 km we reach the town of Phalaborwa from which we access to the Kruger National Park (4 days in the park 90 euro in two more the cost of housing). From Phalaborwa Gate fact begin our safari in yourself that will lead us to conclude our first gionata all'Olifant Rest Camp in the park where we will sleep one night in a typical building called African Hut. The accommodation is basic and dignified and is equipped with a private bathroom. We have dinner in the rest camp, very good food at affordable prices with a view of the river to the breathtaking sunset!

morning up early to attend a jeep tour with the park ranger (starting at 4 am, duration 3 h for 15 euro per person) really good choice and they recommend because you can see the park in zones not accessible by other means and to travel dirt roads that only the rangers are allowed to go.

Returned all'Olifant gather our things and DIY we venture on a safari that will give us a lot of satisfaction in landscape terms and sightings. In the afternoon, exhausted from the morning up early we reach the Satara Rest Camp where you will also sleep there one night in a hut, this time also equipped with a kitchenette. Dinner in the rest camp, great food at cheap prices.

January 26, 2016

Another full day safari in yourself that will take us to the last accommodation in the Skukuza Rest Camp located in the park.

To relax a bit 'and maximize the time we choose to avail ourselves once again of a jeep tour with the park rangers, but this time choose the one that takes place at sunset (starting at 16:30, duration 3h cost 15 euro per person), in hope of seeing animals not yet seen as the white rhino who has made his own appearance at the end of our tour! ;)

to wanted to end the safari so memorable and so it was, since for the latter night we chose to sleep in camping in a tent with shared bathrooms! Dinner in the rest camp of Skukuza then sealed this wonderful adventure in the best way: delicious meat, heavenly wine (like all those hitherto tasted!) Of great restaurant level always low prices.

January 27, 2016

Satisfied with our first safari, and in addition to yourself, we leave the Kruger National Park through the Paul Kruger Gate and the fagocitiamo car 450 km of the road to return to Johannesburg and get to our accommodation, the AERO Lodge, close to 'airport will welcome us for the last night in the hinterland of South Africa (50 euro with breakfast).

January 28, 2016

The coast and the ocean ahead! With a domestic flight we reach Cape Town (35 Euros one way per person), we withdraw the car rented for 4 days (125 € all inclusive) and are looking direitti to The Westin Cape Town, the accommodation will be our home for the entire stay in this city (4 nights). Tired we treat ourselves to a relaxing afternoon in the center, with a beautiful sunset stroll along the promenade and a visit to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Here we have dinner in a somewhat 'cheesy seafood restaurant, the Ocean Basket, but still offers food good quality at a very ridiculous!

January 29, 2016

Full day excursion to the wild and so narrated Peninsula Cape of Good Hope. The road runs alongside beautiful cliffs overlooking the ocean ice and agitated by the relentless wind and endless beaches are opened before us and, although it is not the season, we can even see a whale! With the wind in your hair, kissed by an insistent sun at 30 degrees, we travel the length and breadth of the peninsula before arriving at the Cape of Good Hope and then to Cape Point where stands the famous lighthouse; from there, along a short path brings you to the most extreme southern tip of the peninsula, which offers a unique view! On the way back we make a detour from Boulders Beach, a bay where there is a colony of South African penguins.

To end an unforgettable day we allowed ourselves a dinner equally memorable seafood at a restaurant Baja first level located at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, food and wine of the highest quality, high prices but adeguatissimi the proposal.

January 30, 2016

Today to stretch a bit 'legs after traveling so much in the car these days we decide to climb the Table Mountain following a fairly challenging path, the Platteklip Gorge, which allows us to get to the top in about 3 hours. We recommend venturing early in the morning as it is a totally exposed to the sun path and on a hot day like today the effort was felt! During the ascent we meet our first poisonous snake and got to the top the panoramic glimpses were really great and we took away from the ultmo breath left! After drinking hectoliters of drinks to recover a bit 'we went down with the help of the cable car (7 euro per person each way) and we treated ourselves to an afternoon in the hotel pool. For dinner we opted for The Africa Café restaurant offers a fixed menu of 18 dishes from different African countries; purely geared to tourists offers good food, African-style atmosphere, music and local dances and if you want you also paint your face!

January 31, 2016

On the last day we decided to visit the little beat West Coast National Park which is located 90 km north of Cape Town.Un place to see, landscapes very different from those already met, where tall white sand dunes divide the Atlantic Ocean bushy scrub and low, consisting mostly of pioneer plants. A thin strip of land separates the ocean from a long turquoise interior lagoon, ideal habitat for many species of migratory birds and even of some hominid who decides to get used to a bath!

Inside the park there is a small restaurant that is located in a very typical colonial house, you eat in the garden, and here serve excellent dishes of fish!

We return to the hotel tired but happy to have completed our trip with another marvel of nature.

February 1, 2016

With eyes full of so many things and sad for the end of the holiday there will return home with a flight from Cape Town with double stopover in Botswanaand Ethiopia.