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"A World in One Country" is an advertising slogan of South Africa and seems like there is a lot of truth in this sentence. Spectacular nature, particularly rich floral life, kilometers of sandy and rocky beaches touched by two oceans (hot Indian and cold Atlantic), majestic mountains, endemic species of animals: rhinos, elephants, lions, whales, penguins, dolphins... blooming deserts, spectacular waterfalls, bush, savana and wineyeards. South Africa surprises with variety and contrasts, being at the same time a country so different from the other African countries, dissimilar from Europe, the only one in it's kind...

General information
Dates: 4 - 27 september 2009 (23 days)
Distance: 7310 km (142 hours)
Itinerary: Rome > Addis Abeba > Johannesburg > Pretoria > Lion Park > Panoramic Route > Mac-Mac Waterfalls > Pilgrim's-Rest > Lisbon Falls > Berlin Falls > The Pinnacle View > God's Window > Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve > Drakensberg Escarpment: Three Rondavels > Phalaborwa > Kruger National Park > Olifants River Cruise > Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre > Kruger Park > Swaziland > Santa Lucia > Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park > Hluhluwe-Infolozi Park > Shakaland > Durban > Drakensberg Mountains > Addo Elephant Park > Tsitsikamma National Park > Knysna > Garden Route > Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary > Cape Agulhas > Hermanus > West Coast National Park > Cape Town > Simon's Town > Cape of Good Hope > Cape Town > Johannesburg > Addis Abeba > Rome
Car: Nissan X-Trail from Budget Car Hire. Hire rate: 1230 E for 3 weeks (pick-up Johannesburg, drop-off Cape Town, without km limit). The price include "Letter of Authority" that let you enter the small kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland.

lion park, park lwow, parco dei leoni

Day 1

Arrival to Johannesburg with Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Abeba.
Apartheid Museum. Direction Lion Park.

Accommodation - Shumba Valley Lodge, near Lion Park.
Price: 620 Rand
I highly recommend, beautifull luxury little houses, great location, nice and helpful reception.

Day 2
Lion Park. Home to over 80 lions including the rare white lions and many other carnivores such as cheetah, wild dog, brown hyena, striped hyena, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, side-striped jackal, and a wide variety of antelope which roam freely in the antelope area. Guests have an opportunity to interact with some of the animals in the Cub World area which has a giraffe feeding platform that puts you at eye level with our tame resident giraffe creating a fun experience for all ages. Then there is the popular cub interaction which allows guests to touch the cubs and take photographs.

Accommodation - Billy Bongo BackPackers (Sabie)
Price 200 Rand.
My advise is not to go (the room in a little wooden house was very confined, cold, with holes in the door, without electricity + outiside there were some crazy chickens that woke us up at 5 in the morning:(
Price 200 Rand.

Region Mpumalanga, Mac-Mac Waterfalls, Pilgrim's-Rest, Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls, The Pinnacle View, God's Window, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Drakensberg Escarpment, Three Rondavels
Day 3

Mpumalanga Region. Mac-Mac Waterfalls, Pilgrim's-Rest, Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls. Panoramic Route, The Pinnacle View, God's Window, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Drakensberg Escarpment: Three Rondavels.
The fresh mountain scenery and panoramic views over the Drakensberg escarpment are spectacular and give the area its name of 'Panorama Route'. Viewpoints are named for the spectacle they offer, God's Window and Wonder View hint at the magnitude of the scenery. The Panorama Route passes the north-eastern part of the Great Escarpment, the inland plateau declines abruptly and steeply and opens up fantastic views of the plains of the Lowveld a thousand metres below. Few regions in the world can match the extraordinary beauty of Drakensberg Escarpment. Mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests characterise this fabulous landscape.

Accomodation - Elegance Guest House (Phalaborwa, near Kruger Park Gate)
Price 460 Rand
I highly recommend 100%, trully beautiful place, large & elegant rooms, great breakfast. Veeeeeery nice owner (thank you for the adapter:)

Park Narodowy Krugera, kruger national park, sud africa, south africa, rpa, republika poludniowej afryki

Day 4

Kruger National Park (north part)
Make your Wild Card - loyalty programme that provides access for one year to South African National Parks and Cape Nature Conservation Reserves.
Read more about Kruger Park

Accommodation - Shingwedzi Restcamp (inside the park)
Price 640 Rand
My advise is not to go (the room was very sad, ugly and stinking + high price)

Park Narodowy Krugera, kruger national park, sud africa, south africa, rpa, republika poludniowej afryki
Day 5

Kruger National Park (central part)

Accommodation - Timbavati Safari Lodge (near Orpen Gate, outside the Park)
Price 980 Rand for a double room (include dinner and breakfast)
I recommend this place, beautiful little zulu houses, good food, swimming pool, bar and restaurant. Animals next doors. Helpful reception.

moholoholo rehabilitation centre, olifants river cruise, lew, leone, lion

Day 6

Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, Olifants River Cruise.
Cruise organized by Thompsons Touring&Safaris
Price 260 Rand / 1pax

Accommodation - one more time Elegance Guest House (Phalaborwa)

Park Narodowy Krugera, kruger national park, sud africa, south africa, rpa, republika poludniowej afryki, nosorozec, rinoceronte, rino, rhino

Day 7

Return to Kruger National Park (central and south part)

Accommodation - Skukuza RestCamp (inside the Park)
Price 720 Rand
A little bit better than Shingwedzi but I don't recommend (sad, uncomfortable rooms)

Park Narodowy Krugera, kruger national park, sud africa, south africa, rpa, republika poludniowej afryki, leoni, leonessa, cuccioli, leoncini, lewki, lwy, male lwy, leons, little leon

Day 8

Last day in Kruger National Park (south part)

Accommodation - Cockney Liz Hotel (Barberton, near the Swaziland border)
Price 360 Rand
I don't recommend (discoteque next door (!!!), windows and doors with holes, tap with boiling water - impossible to take a shower)

swaziland, kwa zulu natal, bulembu, Mbabane, Ezulwini Valley, Manzini

Day 9

Across Swaziland (Bulembu Ghost City, Mbabane, Ezulwini Valley, Manzini)
Read more about Swaziland

Accommodation - Isinkwe BackPackers Bush Camp (near Hluhluwe, Sth Africa)
Price 500 Rand
I can recommend, little houses surrounded by the bush, nice and clean but sometimes with a little mouse inside;)

Kwa-Zulu Natal, Rejs po Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, UNESCO site, Plaże Oceanu Indyjskiego w okolicach Santa Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Mission Rocks, Lake Bhangazi, rpa, republika poludniowej afryki, sud africa

Day 10

Kwa-Zulu Natal Region.
Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park cruise (UNESCO site). Indian Ocean Beaches near Santa Lucia. iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Mission Rocks, Lake Bhangazi.

Read More about Greater Santa Lucia Wetland Park

Accommodation - Shonalanga Self Catering (in the center of Santa Lucia)
Price 300 Rand
I recommend, quite nice, big apartments with a kitchen, near restaurants, shops, gas station, internet caffe.

Hluhluwe - Infolozi Park, część Hluhluwe, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Sodwana Bay, rpa

Day 11

Hluhluwe - Infolozi National Park (Hluhluwe part)
iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Sodwana Bay

Read more about Hluhluwe - Infolozi National Park

Accommodation - Shonalanga Self Catering (Santa Lucia)

My advice is:
Once you arrive in South Africa I reccommend you to get this free accommodation guides, they are just great:
Coast to Coast Independent Guide to Backpacking Southern Africa
Alternative Route ( B&B + backpackers)
Your Travel Companion (Hotels + B&B 3-4*).
Another thing that you should get just at the airport is a local sim card and local money.
Beware that in South Africa you can pay gas only with cash moneny!

hluhluwe, infolozi national park, infolozi, shakaland, wioska zulu, zuluska, zulu village

Day 12

Hluhluwe - Infolozi National Park (Infolozi Part), Zulu Village (Shakaland), Durban

Accommodation - Happy Hippo Accomodation (Durban)
Price 390 Rand
It wasn't bad. I recommend: central, clean, with a private parking, common kithen, bar and a kind of sea view (port).

Drakensberg, drakensberg escarpment, Góry Smocze, Amphitheatre Peak, Cathedral Peak, uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

Day 13

Drakensberg Mountains. Royal Natal National Park. Amphitheatre Peak, Cathedral Peak. uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park.
Read more about Drakensberg Mountains

Accommodation - Didima Camp (inside uKhahlamba National Park)
Price 680 Rand
I highly recommend! It is a fabulous place with spectacular views on Drakensberg. Fantazious, big and very very comfortable houses (on the right). Beautiful restaurant with a good food& wine, helpful reception. It was the most beautiful Camp we slpet in.

uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, Cathedral Peak Nature Reserve, Giant's Castle National Reserve
Day 14

uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, Cathedral Peak Nature Reserve, Giant's Castle National Reserve

Accommodation - Sani Lodge BackPackers (departure place for Sani Pass)
Price 350 Rand + 50 for breakfast
I recommend, nice round little mountain houses, tasty breakfast.

sani pass, lesoto, lesotho, kwazulu natal, kwa zulu natal

Day 15

Across KwaZulu-Natal, down from Sani Pass (Lesotho), direction Addo National Park (Estern Cape)

Accommodation - Avoca River Cabins (village of Avoca, near Addo Gate)
Price 300 Rand
I RECOMMEND in 100%!!! It was a great experience to wake up in the middle of citrus farm with a smell of orange flowers that were everywhere and wonderful birs warbling. The rooms are very very nice and the bathroom was just a masterpiece;) Nice owners and great position to visit Addo National Park. Don't miss it!

addo, addo national park, parco nazionale addo, elefanti, elefantino, elephants, little elephant, slonie, slon, sloniatko

Day 16

Addo Elephant Park (Estern Cape)

Accommodation - Abalone Beach House (Plettenberg Bay, at the ocean)
Price 350 Rand
I recommend, nice, clean, big rooms, quite nice, near the beach. It is possible to make whale&dolphin watching from the common terrace (beautiful view). Common Kithen, safe parking.

Tsitsikamma National Park, Nature's Valley, Storms River Mouth, Bloukrans River Bridge Bungee, Knysna

Day 17

Tsitsikamma National Park: Nature's Valley i Storms River Mouth. Bloukrans River Bridge Bungee Jumping. Knysna.
Read more about Tsitsikamma National Park

Accommodation - Island Vibe Knysna
Price 320 Rand
It wasn't bad. Tipical Backpackers. The bad thing was that we got sick in one of the Knysna restaurants (Oceans Basket).










Garden Route, Knysna, Wilderness, George, Mossel Bay, Western Cape

Day 18

Garden Route: Knysna, Wilderness, George, Mossel Bay (Western Cape)
Read more about Garden Route

Accommodation - 3 Colours Blue*** (Mossel Bay)
Price 600 Rand
I recommend, beautiful luxury rooms with a warm decor and brillant sea view. Delicious breakfast, perfect position.

Mossel Bay, Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, Cape Agulhas, Przylądek Igielny, Hermanus

Day 19

Mossel Bay, Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, Cape Agulhas, Hermanus.
Read more about Cape Agulhas

Accommodation - Walkerbay Manor an Artist's Home (Hermanus)
Price 550 Rand
I recommend, nice artistic atmosphere, rooms small but warm and climatic. Quite central. Breakfast extra.

Hermanus, Whale Festival, Cape Town, West Coast National Park, laguna, wydmy

Day 20

Hermanus (Whale Festival), direction Cape Town, West Coast National Park
Read more about West Coast National Park

Accommodation - Cape Oasis Guest House (Cape Town, Table View)
Price 380 Rand
I recommend, but avoid to choose the wooden house, it was cold and uncomfortable. The other rooms (inside the house) were quite nice. Parking outside, but it's quite safe at Table View. Far away from center but there are some restaurants near there.

Kapsztad, Green Point, Muizenberg, False Bay, Fish Hoek, Simon's Town, Boulder's Beach, kolonia pingwinów, Cape Point National Park, Park Narodowy Półwyspu Przylądkowego, Przylądek Dobrej Nadziei, Obserwowanie wielorybów, Simon's Town, Muinzenberg

Day 21

Cape Town , Green Point. Muizenberg, False Bay, Fish Hoek, Simon's Town, Boulder's Beach (Penguin Colony), Cape Point National Park, The Cape of Good Hope. Whale wathing near Simon's Town i Muinzenberg.
Read more about Cape Point National Park

Accommodation - Topsail House (Simon's Town)
Price 400 Rand
It wasn't bad, even if more beautiful outside than inside. The important thing is that little cities like Simon's Town for example are alternative for Cape Town that might be dangerous at night.

Ogrody botaniczne Kapsztadu,  Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Góra Stołowa, table mountain, cape town, citta del capo, cape town botanical garden, protea, proteas, rpa, republika poludniowej afryki

Day 22

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain, Cape Town.

Accommodation - Road Lodge Hotel (next to the Cape Town Intenational Airport)
Price 460 Rand
Only if yoy really have to... The hotel have 7 floors but doesn't have a lift (!) The rooms are small and sad. But the good thing is that Road Lodge is just a 300 meters from car hire dropp-off point, so if you fave to leave a car in the morning it's the best place you can go.

Day 23

Fly back : Cape Town > Johannesburg > Addis Ababa >Rome (22 hours)

They were three wonderful weeks in the country of contrasts, beautiful landscapes, paid slavery (I see it this way), a country maybe a little bit overvaluated but after all very beautiful...

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Last update: 16.10.2009
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