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Old 22-03-2017, 07:31 AM   #46
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Cool thanks for your recommendation!

Communication can be thru emails or even calls. It's no issue because they probably use VOIP calls or even if IDD calls, the price of calls has come down very much.

As for "planning", there is no cost at all to you. Basically you just approach them and tell them you are exploring the possibility of [whatever] and you come across their website / agency and could they tell you what they have to offer / suggest. Of course, from there narrow it down to your shortlisted agencies that you ask more questions of. Don't lead people along unnecessarily. For them it's part and parcel of the business that not every enquiry results in a sales. Just be reasonable - don't be like the auntie who pokes and prods each and every fish at the market then decide not to buy any at all type.
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Old 03-07-2017, 05:30 PM   #47
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Flying to SA in a months time!
Anyone have any experience buying sim cards? Will need it for google maps as we are driving ourselves around cape town before safari in kruger.

any MUST EATS in SA?

It will be our honeymoon so any nice romantic scenery spots recommendations would be awesome as well.
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Old 06-07-2017, 12:01 AM   #48
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I've booked for travel to Namibia in April next year. Anyone been there? Planning to self drive for 2 weeks. I chose Namibia because the soussvlei desert is too beautiful.
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Old 07-07-2017, 10:57 AM   #49
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Anyone have any experience buying sim cards? Will need it for google maps as we are driving ourselves around cape town before safari in kruger.
Vodafone was fine. About $20 for 1.5GB data.

any MUST EATS in SA?
Anything containing meat.

It will be our honeymoon so any nice romantic scenery spots recommendations would be awesome as well.
The whole country can be. Coastal drives nearby Cape Town. Garden Route. Panorama Route. Plenty.... the only problem is time.
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:01 AM   #50
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I've booked for travel to Namibia in April next year. Anyone been there? Planning to self drive for 2 weeks. I chose Namibia because the soussvlei desert is too beautiful.
2 weeks is probably enough time just for Botswana. I had grand plan of road trip - to start from Cape Town, drive to Namibia, then across Namib Desert to Botswana, coming back to South Africa again via Kruger, but people told me that without rush I need to reserve 5 weeks for it, I must have 4x4 and should expect that whole trip - rental, accommodation, flights will costs minimum $10k for one person or $16K for two. Decided that it was way too expensive.
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Old 07-07-2017, 12:43 PM   #51
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2 weeks is probably enough time just for Botswana. I had grand plan of road trip - to start from Cape Town, drive to Namibia, then across Namib Desert to Botswana, coming back to South Africa again via Kruger, but people told me that without rush I need to reserve 5 weeks for it, I must have 4x4 and should expect that whole trip - rental, accommodation, flights will costs minimum $10k for one person or $16K for two. Decided that it was way too expensive.
If you need to go to desert, definitely a 4x4 is required.
5 weeks is about right as the car cannot go fast on dirt roads, lucky if can hit 50kmh. Please remember vehicle recovery is almost non-existent in most of Bostwans, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Most tours like these travel in a convoy and visas, vaccinations, 4x4 preparation have to be done in advance.
There is also cost to buy spare parts for the 4x4 to standby and also a car mechanic cum driver needs to tag along.
The route you mentioned has almost zero accommodations along the way. In this case, the trip has to stop around late afternoon to look for and setup a safe camp sites.
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Old 07-07-2017, 12:56 PM   #52
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If you need to go to desert, definitely a 4x4 is required.
5 weeks is about right as the car cannot go fast on dirt roads, lucky if can hit 50kmh. Please remember vehicle recovery is almost non-existent in most of Bostwans, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Most tours like these travel in a convoy and visas, vaccinations, 4x4 preparation have to be done in advance.
There is also cost to buy spare parts for the 4x4 to standby and also a car mechanic cum driver needs to tag along.
The route you mentioned has almost zero accommodations along the way. In this case, the trip has to stop around late afternoon to look for and setup a safe camp sites.
Botswana has 2 seasons - wet and dry. Wet most area will be flooded. Zambia is impossible to drive as flooding can be very dangerous.

I went Botswana wet season to see African greenery, lions etc.. and Zambia dry season to see leopards daily. Both private game reserves and book directly in UK. If u book locally or in Asia, u tend to share 4x4 with PRC and they can be noisy..
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Old 07-07-2017, 04:23 PM   #53
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If u book locally or in Asia, u tend to share 4x4 with PRC and they can be noisy..
This is the reason why I don't go with any groups and always to my own trips.
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2 weeks is probably enough time just for Botswana. I had grand plan of road trip - to start from Cape Town, drive to Namibia, then across Namib Desert to Botswana, coming back to South Africa again via Kruger, but people told me that without rush I need to reserve 5 weeks for it, I must have 4x4 and should expect that whole trip - rental, accommodation, flights will costs minimum $10k for one person or $16K for two. Decided that it was way too expensive.
How was minimum 10k deduced?? Whats the breakdown?
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:36 PM   #55
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How was minimum 10k deduced?? Whats the breakdown?
5 weeks minimum:

$2K - air ticket ( SIN-CPT-SIN, Christmas time, via SQ)
4x4 rental and gas - $5k, including mandatory additional comprehensive insurance which includes 'single vehicle accidents' for Namibia/Botswana. Third party/credit card complimentary insurance DO NOT cover 4x4 in general and such additional options. Just insurance only can run $80/day and more.
$3K - lodging, food, permits, satellite phone rental, perk entries, etc.
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Old 09-07-2017, 03:12 PM   #56
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Vodafone was fine. About $20 for 1.5GB data.


Anything containing meat.



The whole country can be. Coastal drives nearby Cape Town. Garden Route. Panorama Route. Plenty.... the only problem is time.
Thanks for the tips.

Malaria pills a must for kruger?

Seems like its not necessary for cape town.

Lastly, where is a good place to change rand? I went to my neighbourhood money changer and he tells me that he doesn't have haha.
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Old 09-07-2017, 03:30 PM   #57
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5 weeks minimum:

$2K - air ticket ( SIN-CPT-SIN, Christmas time, via SQ)
4x4 rental and gas - $5k, including mandatory additional comprehensive insurance which includes 'single vehicle accidents' for Namibia/Botswana. Third party/credit card complimentary insurance DO NOT cover 4x4 in general and such additional options. Just insurance only can run $80/day and more.
$3K - lodging, food, permits, satellite phone rental, perk entries, etc.
I am not surprised with the breakdown. The risk is high so a higher insurance premium is quoted.
Food cost is also higher due to the remoteness of the lodgings. I am not surprised if end up staying in tents.
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Old 09-07-2017, 03:32 PM   #58
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Thanks for the tips.

Malaria pills a must for kruger?

Seems like its not necessary for cape town.

Lastly, where is a good place to change rand? I went to my neighbourhood money changer and he tells me that he doesn't have haha.
Malaria pills, yellow fever vaccination, typhoid fever are highly recommended. Otherwise insurance may not pay for claims if illness happens.
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Old 10-07-2017, 02:30 AM   #59
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Malaria pills a must for kruger?

Seems like its not necessary for cape town.
No need for whole South Africa. However, SA requires yellowcard (malaria certificate) if you are coming from northern/middle parts of africa.

Lastly, where is a good place to change rand? I went to my neighbourhood money changer and he tells me that he doesn't have haha.
Arcade. Works fine.

I am not surprised with the breakdown. The risk is high so a higher insurance premium is quoted.
Food cost is also higher due to the remoteness of the lodgings. I am not surprised if end up staying in tents.
The main problem at Namibia/Botswana are 'single vehicle accidents' - in other words when overturning on a road due to the fact not being familiar how to drive on tar roads.

As far as lodging, I was quoted something starting from US $300 per day for Botswana/Chobe. After that I crossed over Botswana and Namibia entirely.
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Old 17-09-2017, 02:14 PM   #60
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Anyone planning to go to South Africa for end of year holidays- I've some remaining rand left, can contact me if keen ^^
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