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    Thinking about a South Africa trip

    Mrs blindsided me the other day and said 'lets take the kids to SA for the rugby world cup in 2023'. Time enough to save maybe but got me wondering if its a good idea.

    What do the members with experiences on the matter think? It'l be me, my wife and two girls, by then 10 and 8.

    I have mates at work from SA and they tell me horrible stories from first hand experiences.

    Ideal scenario would be to watch a couple of the minor AB games and get a safari/park trip in. Ive always been obsessed with the game there.

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    going by what the south African guys I worked with you will need to do your homework on where you go.listening to some of their stories I wouldn't go with my wife let alone kids.some places are probably good but when they tell about watching armoured car hold ups while driving down the road crims using automatic weapons and the odd rocket grenade I could understand why they where so happy to come to nz and the excops wife telling me about the murder of her husbands old partners only made it onto page 18 of the paper when 4 off duty cops shot as normal murders are back page news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by berg243 View Post
    going by what the south African guys I worked with you will need to do your homework on where you go.listening to some of their stories I wouldn't go with my wife let alone kids.some places are probably good but when they tell about watching armoured car hold ups while driving down the road crims using automatic weapons and the odd rocket grenade I could understand why they where so happy to come to nz and the excops wife telling me about the murder of her husbands old partners only made it onto page 18 of the paper when 4 off duty cops shot as normal murders are back page news.
    Friends of ours have taken there kids over there for a decent trip. The wife is SA.

    Gibo, I'm happy to put you in touch with them if ya wanna yarn about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milan501 View Post
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    I know you tagged the other boete but hope you don't mind if I jump in here. Simply put - take your chances with the other millions of tourists who visit each year.

    On the NZ$ there is really little that you can't see or do even with a crowd (family). Personally I'd recommend going during SH winter - cheaper air fares, less tourists, hunting season, can feel what cold South Africa feels like - inland and on the escarpment.

    There's no shortage of game reserves, no matter which province in you're in but to me the best is the Kruger National Park. Addo though is unique in the sense that it's the only place I know of where you can see elephants against an ocean background. Rugby wise Ellis Park is arguably the stadium with the most history from a SA / NZ perspective. Loftus Versveld in Pretoria is also a good stadium, I'd also recommend Newlands in Cape Town but I believe subsequent tests will now be played at Cape Town stadium.

    History wise, the Western Cape province is the only place to be for grassroots level South African history with Cape Town being the oldest city, founded in 1652 and the surrounding area predating the interior of the country by ~200 years before The Great Trek.

    The best preserved and commemorated Anglo-Boer War sights / guides are in the Bloemfontein, Northern Kwazulu-Natal and North West Province area. I'd recommend visiting The Mystic Boer pub in Bloemfontein. Bloem is a lekker city, terrain though - like the Free State itself is flat as a pancake except for a feature known as Naval Hill. To this day the city has a large military presence - the highest concentration in the country.

    You'll never eat as diverse and tasty an array of species as you will there.

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    I've been a few times, and apart from being car jacked, police escort to ATM, etc.... the place is brilliant. The food is great(if you end up going to joberg, 'the butchers block' in Mandela square is/was great), the scenery is great, the nature reserve s are special (having to wait for giraffes crossing the road is something special, they are big mofos), the weather is great, most of the people are really really nice, cheap.

    Having said all of that, I would now do alot more planning if I was going there. And even more if I was taking the wife and kids. The SA folk on here should be listened to.
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    I still have the occasional nightmare and it's been 20 years since I was in the South African Police. My advice would be to be very aware of your sorroundings and never go about the place alone. Always in a group and with a local person.

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    Thinking about a South Africa trip

    Sorry Gibo, just got home from conference.

    Let me know what type of stuff you would be keen to do and which areas you will be in and I can give you some pointers.

    Generally the tourist areas, gameparks, drakensberg, winery areas are not an issue with safety although you still need to be careful.
    Big cities and towns are where the main risks are and local knowledge is very important though.

    Get it right and it will be one of the best, cheapest holidays of your life.

    I would say donít book or pay for anything until after their next general election as I have a strong feeling a civil war may be brewing if what I think is going to happen does happen!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spudattack View Post
    Sorry Gibo, just got home from conference.

    Let me know what type of stuff you would be keen to do and which areas you will be in and I can give you some pointers.

    Generally the tourist areas, gameparks, drakensberg, winery areas are not an issue with safety although you still need to be careful.
    Big cities and towns are where the main risks are and local knowledge is very important though.

    Get it right and it will be one of the best, cheapest holidays of your life.

    I would say don’t book or pay for anything until after their next general election as I have a strong feeling a civil war may be brewing if what I think is going to happen does happen!


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    Nothing like a holiday in the middle of a civil war!! Bro you should be talking her into a trip into Te Urewera
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    Mrs blindsided me the other day and said 'lets take the kids to SA for the rugby world cup in 2023'.

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    noone has picked up on this big detail yet.

    what does she want?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Konev View Post
    noone has picked up on this big detail yet.

    what does she want?
    Just got the travel bug
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