With the plethora of other websites devoted to South Africa (who can blame
them?) it seems somewhat irrelevant to add yet more information. But having been
to South Africa numerous times (as I am ethnically at least 25% South African -
a grandmother from Graafreinet,
relatives in Knysna
- one of the loveliest towns on the Garden Route) and living for nearly a year
whilst doing some of the research for the Rhodesian section of the site - many
Rhodesians who "gapped it" ended up in and around Durban - it was
impossible not to add my own input. All recommendations are based on
favourable personal experiences.
Travel in SA
For what should be your greatest wildlife experience in Southern Africa, go
to the Wilderness Trails page.
Alternatively, if walking is not for you, South African trains
(more info on this page) are
wonderful - if you have the money to spare, the Blue
Train should not be missed, although more standard
trains in South Africa are also very much recommended.
for general travel information from the British FCO, or here
for the official SA National parks site.
|South Africa (with the possible exception of Joburg - a
wonderful city, but a) horribly busy - everyone there knows that they
are both more important than you and b) all you are doing is getting in
their way, even if all they want to do is rob you) is, for many
uitlanders, their first experience and often their only one of Africa.
It can be wonderful - often simply avoiding the driving, the sharks (if
you insist on going to the coast) and the scenery, which will probably
make you want to live there. Alternatively, if you enjoy eating
game meat, and have a spare potje pot, SA is Mecca.
|| Pilanesberg Guinea Fowl
Click on birds for a recipe for them from Paarl, a wonderful place about 60 km
north-west from Cape Town.