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I'll answer your first two questions: Technically, the road can be done with a normal car, but practically it can't. Too many bad patches, particularly between southern Egypt and northern Kenya or Uganda. That same stretch is also the most insecure. People are kidnapped, robbed and murdered on that stretch, though plenty, particularly locals, do travel the ...


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Grant you, this is about 20 years out of date now, but Michael Palin basically travelled this route in Pole to Pole. He shows what the roads are like, if as the Wikipedia article suggests is still unpaved, in Ethopia, and by the end of the hour in the documentary, you truly feel what its like to progress through the mud. Sudan is also likely to still be in ...


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The cheapest way to get from Europe to South Africa is, easily, flying. Booking and flying at the right time can easily get you a roundtrip for under 800 USD, sometimes even less. Not taking into account safety, nor taking into account additional costs for simply being in transit (that is, food and accommodation), just the sheer cost of all the visas you'd ...


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You could try contacting Luhambo tours, who do daily tours leaving from Cape Town. Small groups with specialised wine guides. +27 21 551 04 67. If you want to do it yourself, maps, information on vineyards that receive and accommodate visitors and advice on getting to them are all available from the very helpful people at the Tourism and Information Bureau ...


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As an aside, I would HIGHLY recommend "Swahili for the Brokenhearted" by Peter Moore. An Aussie travel writer (who I was fortunate enough to meet and hear speak at a travel show in London) he went overland from from Cape Town to Cairo, and the book would give you a great insight into what you might expect. Africa is VERY different to Europe, including ...


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Almost all hotels in Cape Town can be found in a few key locations, so you don't need to worry too much about which one is safer than the other. the first location is around the waterfront, where several big hotels are location (I'll leave names out of this) the second area is in the city centre, around the Company Gardens and Green Market square. Great ...


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It's Cape Town - if you have a car, you can get anywhere, and you really do want a car. Walking is not recommended. It's one of the nicer cities and warm, so it's a shame, but I'd highly recommend choosing a place where you have safe and ready access to your car to take it to wherever you're going. Aside from that, last time I was there we stayed in a ...


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There are a lot of nice and cosy restaurants, cafes and bars, around long street, so having those within walking distance is rather pleasant. On the other hand, for a South African, 'walking distance' is not much more than 100 meters, most particularly when it's dark, for fear of being a crime victim. And this is not completely unreasonable. You'll find ...


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The Tour I went on was organised by Cape Town Backpackers, and was a small group with a driver/guide. We visited four vineyards of which I can sadly only find the details of three: Backsberg, KWV, and Tokara. I wouldn't trying to squeeze more than four into a day as they're not exactly close to each other and at each stop we sampled between four and six ...


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Of course it's possible, people do it every week every year. Last year I even cycled it (blog.samt.st) Is this highway passable from the start to the end with a normal car? Yes. The vast majority of cars in Africa are very old, so your 'normal' car will be fine. Are there dangerous regions that I have to cross? Northern Kenya was dangerous, now it's safe ...


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According to Shark Diving Unlimited, based in Gansbaai: Low season January to March, however shark activity still continues and you can come and see Great White Sharks during this time. High season May to October is the best time to see the sharks. Winter is better than summer Our water is warmer in winter and the visibility better. Winter ...


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There are probably some Schengen countries that are easier to get the visa at however you will need to visit that country first. To apply for a Schengen for France you will need the Attestation d'accueil. To be exempt of that requirement you would need a 1 year multiple entry Schengen visa. If you are planning to stay in Paris with you friend, then the best ...


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I was in South Africa earlier this year and rented a SIM card for my iPhone 5 at the Vodacom store in the Johannesburg Airport. You should be able to go into any mobile store off the street and buy a prepaid SIM card for your device. Make sure your device is unlocked and able to be used with another carrier other than the carrier you originally bought it ...


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It's not worth paying more to find a place closer to Long Street. As others have said, you'll want a car (partly because Cape Town is so spread out and geographically interrupted [lots of mountains and valleys], and partly for safety reasons). There is a lot of street parking near Long Street and in most other areas of Cape Town that have busy nightlife. ...



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