Kim Wilson

Kim Wilson

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    How safe is it for a single (male) backpacker to visit Jo'burg?

    Personally, I'd take a lot more care around Johannesburg (particularly downtown) than you would at home but by all accounts they have been putting a lot of money into lowering crime in Johannesburg (even enlisting the aid of Rudolph Giuliani) before the 2010 World Cup. If you are going to Johannesburg, make sure to get out of the city and visit places like the Pilanesburg Game Reserve. Also, I'd recommend taking a tour to one of the townships (like Soweto) - but I wouldn't try to do that on your own, its better to rely on people that know and understand the area. over 9 years ago

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    Where's the best fish and chip shop in Sydney...and one that does real chips as opposed to frozen ones.

    If you like the beach thing, then the one in Balmoral is pretty good...Bottom of the Harbour, 21 The Esplanade, Balmoral. Great fish and chips and a fantastic beach to enjoy them on! almost 10 years ago

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    Which South African Safari lodge would you recommend?

    Hi there, I am a South African (but from Cape Town originally). I guess it all comes down to $$$$.. and also the nature of the experience that you are looking for (game drives, walking in the bush with guides, etc). If you want a really hands-on experience why not try something like the Conservation Academy's 5 day Bush survival course? (http://www.conservationacademy.co.za/). One of the best national parks that I visited was Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park - again, you can do it via conventional 4 wheel drive safari (eg: http://www.saplaces.co.za/cgi-bin/home?id=8) or do it via a walking safari . My in-laws have just come back from a walking safari (they are in their 70s!) and were completely blown away by the experience - see: http://www.safari-guide.co.uk/south-africa-imfolozi-umfolozi-game-reserve.php#walkingsafaris. Quite frankly the choices are endless... the www.safari-guide.co.uk site is a good place to do some initial research. almost 10 years ago

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    Does Sydney have a history museum?

    Hi there, probably the best museum to go to is the Australian Museum - www.austmus.gov.au. It is on 6 College Street (opposite Hyde Park) not too far from the city centre and an easy walk from the Domain or Botanical gardens. There is a focus on Australian natural history and indigenous culture. It is really fascinating and there are always great exhibitions. Enjoy! almost 10 years ago

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    After Malaria, is there anything else I should consider taking medicine for, or taking with me?

    If you don't want to take Malaria tablets, a friend of mine travelled through Africa eating tons of raw garlic! The mossies kept away but then so did his friends! almost 10 years ago

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    What are the 5 must sees of South Africa?

    Hi there, having lived in Cape Town for 25 years, I am struggling to keep the list down to 5 but here goes: 1. Climb up Table Mountain - I wouldn't recommend you go up Platteklip Gorge (very rocky and steep), a far more scenic way is to climb up from Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and make your way across the escarpment to the Cable Car Station). You can take the (revolving) Cable Car down for a different experience. After the climb a good place too cool down is Clifton Beach... but beware of the ice cold water! 2. Go to the wineries around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. The mountain scenery is simply stunning there (I went to university in Stellenbosch). Some lovely wineries are Lanzarac, Spier and Boschendal Estate. 3. Go to a Game Reserve - the best game reserves are up north, if you have a big budget go to one of the big Private Reserves (like Sabi Sabi - http://www.sabisabi.com/) adjacent to Kruger National Park. If you don't we have had fantastic experiences at Pilanesberg (not too far from Johannesburg and far easier on the wallet!) 4. Drive down the Garden Route - this route leading from Cape Town up the east coast to Plettenberg Bay is simply stunning. Beautiful places to stay along the way are Knysna, Sedgfield and Wilderness. Hire a kayak and explore these towns by water - theres a lot of it! 5. The final one is a tough one - but I'd recommend going to climb in the Drakensberg mountains (http://www.drakensberg.kzn.org.za/) - some of the highest mountains in South Africa. National Park chalets and campsite abound and the mountains are awe inspiring. Last thing - going on a township tour (eg: of Soweto - see: http://www.vhupo-tours.com/Soweto_Tours.asp) to see the diversity in how people live in SA is another "must do". Good luck and have a great time, South Africa is a stunning place to visit. almost 10 years ago

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    What are the best ways to see New Zealand?

    I have found that one of the cheapest ways to find accommodation in New Zealand is by booking holiday houses using sites like bookabach (www.bookabach.co.nz). For the unitiated, a bach is a holiday home in kiwi terminology. Driving is a good way to go and I agree with Ian that the South Island is most certainly the most scenic of the two. Beware of the roads - they are full of bends and what may take you a few hours in Australia can take you double the amount of time in New Zealand! One of the highlights of my visits to the South Island was kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park in the north of the south island (although it might be a bit too chilly in winter!). Other highlights for me are a trip to the Milford and Doubtful Sounds down south - simply awe inspiring scenery! You also can't go down south without hitting the ski slopes in either Queenstown or Wanaka (or why not make it both!) about 10 years ago

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    Anyone have road trip advice from Melbourne to Sydney?

    There are some stunning places to stay between Melbourne to Sydney - particularly if you are taking the (longer) coastal route and want to stay off the beaten track. If you are doing it on a budget and don't mind camping, my personal favourites are Cape Conran Cabins (http://www.conran.net.au/) - on the Victorian side, Mimosa Rocks National Park, Murramarang National Park (Depot Beach cabins and campsites are great - particularly if you enjoy camping with kangaroos!) and my all-time favourite Booderee National Park in Jervis Bay. The sand is the whitest and squeakiest in the world... really! about 10 years ago