South Africa

I love travelling, a little too much! I’m already planning next years summer holidays, even though we said we’d take a year out!! I came across our itinerary for the South Africa trip we did a few years ago (with a 6 month old) and I thought someone might find it useful. The route was great – we went to Joburg first of all and then we did the Garden Route down to Cape Town. South Africa is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.. it’s absolutely amazing! Accommodation and food is so cheap, £7.00 for a three course meal and cocktails are £2.00! However, the closer you get to Cape Town the more expensive it gets! Below I have literally copied and pasted my planning from before we went, we didn’t end up doing all of the activities, so I have just ‘italics’ the ones we did actually do! We also did more activities once we got there, but of course I’ve forgotten some of the places. I, however, like having a basic plan and accommodation booked and then work around that! Just to note, we stayed in decent accommodation but definitely not fancy fancy places – apart from the safari!! I’ve also written a few comments down the side from what I can remember 🙂

Any questions feel free to get in touch!

Kate xxx




Things to do


11th Dec 2014

08:20 departure from Dublin

Get the lounge pass – as there is unlimited food/drink. Free wifi and a shower to freshen up in between flights.

12th Dec 2014

Arrive Joburg at 08:40



There’s no jet lag as there’s only 1/2 hours difference.

13th Dec 2014


Soweto and Apartheid Tour

This tour is definitely recommended – it took in the shanti towns and the Nelson Mandela Museum.

14th Dec 2014


Mangwanani Spa 

A really good/reasonably priced all day spa.

15th Dec 2014


Ivory Tree 

This place is a little more expensive but sooo amazing! Food is all inclusive – there is an outdoor shower (ha!) and the safaris are just out of this world! You also don’t need any vaccinations at this safari either.

16th Dec 2014

Ivory Tree

We also visited Sun City resort when we were here – it has a swimming pool, crocodile farm, rides etc.. 

17th Dec 2014

Fly to Port Elizabeth

Tsitsikamma Village Inn (£104)

Fifth Avenue Tours

Not the most amazing place to stay but central to everything.

18th Dec 2014

Tsitsikamma Village Inn


Storm River Suspension Bridge

Tsitsikamma National Park is so beautiful – and so nice to go and have a picnic at and a swim in the sea.

We also did the tree tops – which is zip lining through the forest.

19th Dec 2014


Candlewood Lodge

Robberg Nature Reserve for walks and scenery

This accommodation again was okay, clean and inexpensive, breakfast included. 

20th Dec 2014


Candlewood Lodge

Meerkat Adventures – de Zeekoe Reserve

Cango Caves

Bella Mia Pottery

Ostrich Farm

Rust & Vrede Waterfall

Cango Wildlife Ranch

Wilgewandel Hol Farm

From Knysa we travelled to Oudtshoorn and did the Cango Caves – worthwhile seeing, and the Cango Wildlife Ranch – we ate ostrich here! You can also ride an Ostrich at the Ostrich farm.. which we didn’t do.

Dinner at Olive Tree – YUM! However, all food is sooo good and sooo cheap! It’s honestly so, so fresh and every meal we had was delicious.

21st Dec 2014


Abalone £225


This is a beautiful hotel.. definitely recommend!!

22nd Dec 2014



Whale watching

White Shark Diving at Gaansbaii 

Depending on season you can watch the whales .. we didn’t see any!

23rd Dec 2014


Spier Hotel (£75)

This is an amazing hotel….. definitely recommend!! Lots of wine tours here and the scenery is fab!

24th Dec 2014

Cape Town

At V&A Waterfront

Cape Town is so beautiful, and I felt very at home! Christmas isn’t commercialised which is actually lovely, we barely saw a Christmas tree up and on Christmas Day everyone was outside eating and drinking and just loving life!

25th Dec 2014

Cape Town

City Lodge Pinelands

Table mountain

Aerial Cableway

Hop on hop off bus 


Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

26th Dec 2014

Cape Town

Cape Point

Lions Head

Robyn Island

27th Dec 2014

Cape Town

Signal Hill

The castle of good hope

District 6 museum

Abseil Africa/Cape of Good Hope

28th Dec 2014

Fly to Joburg

It was cheaper for us to fly back to Joburg than to fly from Cape Town .. a bit of a pain but was grand, and I was just so excited to have seen SA!

29th Dec 2014

20:30 leave Joburg

30th December 2014

13:40 arrive in Dublin

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