Any South Africans on the Forum

BillN

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S W France
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Bill
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
 

Boid

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Bangalore, India
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Rajiv
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 -

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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!
 

Pelao

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Ontario, Canada
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Stephen
Bill,
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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