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Old 27 Feb 2006
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Having driven down through Africa, my girlfriend and I are now living in the north of Johannesburg. As we did in Nigeria, we'd like to offer any overlanders (bike or car) a place to stay for a couple of days on their travels.

Just send us an email or call and see if we're around.

Ben & Christine

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Hi Ben,

I am new to The HUBB having just stumbled across the website while planning for my trip from Maputo to Cape Town at the end of March 2008. I plan on taking the coastal route and just wanted to know if you might have any suggestions for good accommodation along the way. I have the travel guides and what not, but frankly an insiders opinion is always preferrable! If you have any suggestions at all, I would truly appreciate it.

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I ain't Ben, but I might be able to provide you with some input ;-)

The campsites are mostly mostly well kept and not expensive in S.A. But my suggestion would be not to ride all the way down to CT along the coast. Gets boring after a while. Try some zig-zagging. Zululand has some awesome mountainous areas like Nkhandla Forest.

Same further south. The roads along the Drakensberg are brilliant, the Sani Pass into Lesotho is one of the most beautiful roads in that area. Gravel road though. Again my suggestion would be to enter LES via the Sani Pass, carry on westwards towards Maseru and exit LES via Telebridge in the south. Then make sure you don't miss the Naudés Nek Pass and carry on into the Transkei where you pick up the Garden Route again. Stunning! The stretch from Sani via Naudes Nek takes you across the highest passes in Southern Africa.

In LES check out the St. James Mission. They rent out their guest rooms to travellers. There's a mission station just south west of Mokhotlong on the A3 and another at Thaba-Tseka, further west.

Further along the Garden Route you could make a detour into Baviaans Kloof and Swartberge (Oudtshoorn - Prince Albert).

Hope this helps ;-)
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