Any South Africans on the Forum

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by BillN, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    We are off to South Africa, Knysna, on Wednesday for a few weeks

    Anyone on the forum from the George/Knysna/Garden Route area

    Any tips ......... I'm hoping to spot some unusual wildlife, particularly birds
  2. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Not from South Africa, but I spent 2 weeks driving the length of the country.

    I would highly recommend a detour off the garden route into the Karoo, just take a left at Port Elizabeth. Lots of ostrich farms in the Karoo (in and around Oudtshoorn). It looks something like this -


    Penguins at Boulder Bay, large honking birds (I'm not a birder) at Kruger National Park up north. All round great country to have a camera around your neck. I wish I was as into photography back then.

    If you plan on driving, remember to stop well before a traffic light (they call them "robots") at junctions. Gives you some room to maneuver in case someone walks up to your window (my local guide and bestie was a cop, and she was all about defensive driving techniques). It's a bit unsafe, especially in and around the cities.

    Have a fun trip!
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  3. Pelao

    Pelao SC All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Not South African, but lived there, in the Cape, for a decade. I worked in tourism and know the Garden Route very well professionally and personally. I'm away for a few days but when I get back ill be in touch and maybe I can help.
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