Richard’s South African Adventure
by Grove Admin
Experience waking up to the sound of a Lion’s roar in the heart of a game reserve or tasting world famous wines as the sun caresses the vineyards. South Africa is a true “bucket list” destination, read our Director Richard’s trip he took recently in this immense country…
“South Africa is such good value at the moment.
I went this Spring to Cape Town, the Garden Route and Amakhala game reserve and had a fantastic time in a very safe country.
Flying out with South African Airways from Heathrow to Johannesburg, you pass through immigration here and it’s a short walk to the domestic terminal, for the connection onto Cape Town.
I stayed at the President hotel which is at Sea Point just outside Cape Town, but still on the hop on and off city bus tour route and close to local restaurants offering stunningly good seafood.
I can recommend this bus as it includes Table mountain, Kirstenbosch botanical gardens and the Great Constantia wine estate with all the other main city sights.
It even includes guided city walking tours and a sunset trip to Lion’s Head for the most perfect view of the city, with the 3 day ticket.
Not to be missed is a separate all day trip to see the rugged scenery of Cape Point, and the quaint almost English towns of Boulders Bay and Simonstown
After 5 nights I hired a car for the easy drive (compared with London) out of the city, along the South coast, stopping at to see the penguins and whales at Hermanus. Lovely cliff top walks here.
Then a stop at the old Dutch/Afrikaans town of Swellendam, before another full day’s drive to get to Mossel Bay and the Garden Route. It‘s a very big country you realise!
I spent 3 days in Knysna in a lovely B&B right on the waterfront, enough time to relax and explore the nearby resorts of Wilderness and Knysna Heads… though not long enough really.
With a stop at the spectacular Storms river for the night, I arrived early afternoon at Amakhala, a vast game reserve made up of 11 different camps and lodges.
I stayed at the Woodbury tented camp which was the highlight of my trip. To be woken up by the African sun, maybe a lions roar or tweeting birds, is a once in a life time experience.
This is Africa as you imagine it, vast plains with herds of Wilderbeast and Springbok, the occasional Giraffe and the Elephants which totally disappear in the deepest scrub.
Days are taken up with early and late game drives; a Land Rover with driver and knowledgeable local spotter/guide looking for the elusive Big 5 and taking pictures of the spectacular scenary.
After 3 days it was time to make my way back to Port Elizabeth airport to return my car and check in for my homeward flight via Johannesburg.
A true holiday of a lifetime!”