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hi Selwyn,here's hoping you will be able to help.Three of us will be travelling from joburg to Cape Town via Durban.Can you suggest places of interest that we must see on the way.We expect the trip to take about three days.We are also considering an alternative route which will take us to Bloemfontein then onto P.E. and then the garden route to the Cape.I would greatly appreciate your comments on both proposals.   Thanks in anticipation,  Robert.

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Robert,

Great to hear that you are visiting our country in the future.

Before I even think of answering you let me tell you that if you intend doing one of two journeys that you speak of 3 days is much too little time to do it in. All that will happen is you will be flying (by car) from one city to another and wont have any opportunity to see anything along the way. Let me try and explain further.

The distance between Johannesburg and Durban is 600 Km. That is one day of non stop travelling.
The distance between Durban and Port Elizabeth is 950 Km. That is one SOLID day of non stop travelling.

The distance between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town via the Garden Route is 800KM which is another solid day of non stop travelling.

There you have your 3 allocated days. All you will se is national road and there will not be sufficient time to see anything else.

If you choose the alternative route the distances will work out as follows:

Johannesburg  to Bloemfontein.  You could probably do this ride in 4 - 5 hours however the 400 Km drive leaves you with a drive that has nothing to stop at along the way that is worthy of a stop.

Bloemfontein to Port Elizabeth = 700 Km which is one solid day of driving.

Once again the distance between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town via the Garden Route is 800KM which is another solid day of non stop travelling.

Once again there you have your 3 allocated days. Once again All you will see is national road and there will not be sufficient time to see anything else.

With the above said unless you have minimally 5 days available to you (I would go as far as saying 6 days is really what is needed) in my opinion you should not do the above two journeys.

Furthermore at this stage of our discussions there is not much that I can advise you to see as you simply do not have the time to do so UNLESS you change your timeframe. If you do this I can advise you on what to do on the Port Elizabeth - Garden Route journey however I I am not knowledgeable about what to see on the Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth journey, be it via Bloemfontein or Durban.

If you decide to change the amount of days available to do the ride will you please contact me directly on sd@ILoveCapeTown.com as communicating via the All Experts page is bit cumbersome in comparison to direct email.

My apologies for not being able to help you more at this stage however as can be seen a change in strategy is need to be made by you whereafter I hope that I can help you as best possible.

Not sure what your age group is but if you fall into anything in the under 40 age group have you by any chance looked at the following website:  http://www.bazbus.com/   Absolutely  brilliant manner to see South Africa at a very affordable price.

Hope this helps and look forward to helping you further if you require any further advice.

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PLEASE NOTE: I HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE THAT I CAN SHARE WITH REGARD TO SOUTH AFRICA RELATING TO VISAS, WORK PERMITS, COST OF LIVING, SALARIES OR MIGRATION. I can help you with your travel related questions before you visit South Africa. I know most of the little hidden tricks and tips and can be of great aid to you when planning a holiday as I live in Cape Town and work as a qualified tourguide. ONCE AGAIN PLEASE NOTE: I HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE THAT I CAN SHARE WITH REGARD TO SOUTH AFRICA RELATING TO VISAS, WORK PERMITS, COST OF LIVING, SALARIES OR MIGRATION.

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I am born and raised in South Africa
I am a qualified tourguide
In the face of very stiff competition from tourguides all over the world I have been honoured by being the Wanderlust International Tourguide of the year (2007-08). Wanderlust travel magazine thus rate me as being the best tourguide in the world for the said period. To see more please go to http://www.ilovecapetown.com/wanderlust/wanderlust.htm. Please note that I have no knowledge that I can share with regard to entry into South Africa relating to migration to South Africa, visas, cost of living, salaries etc.

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Electronics Engineer Qualified Western Cape and Garden Route tourguide (South Africa)

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