I’ve been avoiding this blog for a few days now because I didn’t want to talk about how stressful it’s been trying to “travel on a budget” as well as trying to coordinate plans with a travel mate that’s been in Barbados, Las Vegas, and Texas for the past month (I guess that happens when you work with a spirits company).
We seem to be closer to a definite plan now.
I knew we made a mistake in February when we booked our flights flights from NYC to South Africa with a transfer in between from Capetown to Johannesburg without knowing where we were staying for safari. So after many phone calls to the reserve we found out a few things: (1) a charter flight from Johannesberg to our safari reserve costs $400 EACH WAY. (2) Hiring a car would cost us $850 EACH WAY. (3) It would take 6.5 hours for us to drive ourselves. So now what?
Book another transfer flight from Capetown to Nelspruit, the airport that’s near the game reserve for $230… then drive ourselves 2.5 hours to the safari. Yay, for Hertz. I wonder if I can get a discount, I’ve done enough print ads for them!
So here it is:
AIR: JFK to CAPETOWN, arrive 12:15pm
LODGING: Wynburg, Sheila’s boss’ house.
AIR: CAPETOWN to NELSPRUIT, arrive 12:35pm
DRIVE 2.5 hours to the game reserve
LODGING: Rhino Post Safari Lodge : Kruger National Park – Sabi Sands Bush Lodges for 3 nights
DRIVE 2.5 hours to the airport
AIR: NELSPRUIT to JOHANNESBURG, arrive 1:35pm
LODGING: One night in Johanesburg at the Radisson.
AIR: JOHANESBURG to JFK, arrive home by 7:40am
*Edit: As I was typing this, Sheila called me in panic and told me she couldn’t book the transfer flight from Capetown to Nelspruit because there website is retarded and the prices went up. Looks like I’m going alone – for now. Why is this so hard?