For Marc Lurie...

Old Apr 5th 2007, 9:57 pm
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Hello Marc,

I'm writing you this email as you are living in Gauteng and contributed many
usefull postings on rec.travel.africa so I presume you will be willing to
help...

I have people using my Land Rover which is based in Honeydew, Johannesburg
and i'm looking to make arrangements for them to be picked up from the
airport and brought to where the Landy is stationed.

This usually costs around 250 to 300 Rand one-way which was OK for us. But
now I'm told that they will be charged 450 Rand One-way! This looks to me a
bit to high.

My question is:

What will it cost 4 people with their luggage to be transfered from Jo'Burg
international to the Honeydew area (usually a 45 min. carride)

Reg. Hans Schoelink
 
Old Apr 6th 2007, 5:52 am
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Hi Hans,

R450 seems a bit steep. I'll make some enquiries, but I'd expect around R250
to R300. When are they arriving?

Regards,
Marc
"Come-Along.nl" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Hello Marc,
>
> I'm writing you this email as you are living in Gauteng and contributed
> many usefull postings on rec.travel.africa so I presume you will be
> willing to help...
>
> I have people using my Land Rover which is based in Honeydew, Johannesburg
> and i'm looking to make arrangements for them to be picked up from the
> airport and brought to where the Landy is stationed.
>
> This usually costs around 250 to 300 Rand one-way which was OK for us. But
> now I'm told that they will be charged 450 Rand One-way! This looks to me
> a bit to high.
>
> My question is:
>
> What will it cost 4 people with their luggage to be transfered from
> Jo'Burg international to the Honeydew area (usually a 45 min. carride)
>
> Reg. Hans Schoelink
>
 
Old Apr 6th 2007, 6:12 am
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I just contacted AA Metrocab. They are the most professional bunch, with
well appointed and well maintained vehicles. The drivers are properly
screened too. They will charge R420 for 4 passengers from OR Tambo Int'l to
Honeydew before 9pm, and R510 after 9pm. The vehicle will be an Opel Zafira
minivan. All the stories I've heard about AA Metrocab have been positive,
although I've never used them myself.

If AA Metrocab is charging R420 for their minivan, then you should be able
to find cheaper somewhere else.

NEVER use the taxi touts who hang out at the airport. They're a bunch of
criminals with unroadworthy vehicles. There's a chance that they'll inform
their friends if you're carrying expensive luggage, and be "hijacked". My
life has been threatened after I tried to get some touts removed from the
airport building. There is a legal taxi company operating from the airport,
but they are not allowed to tout for business at all. I once overheard a
tout telling an international visitor that the normal cost of a trip to
Sandton was R1000, but he'd take the visitor for only R600. I interupted and
told the visitor that the tout was illegal and I showed him to a legal taxi
where he was quoted R270.

I'll try to find some more info tomorrow.

Marc
"Come-Along.nl" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Hello Marc,
>
> I'm writing you this email as you are living in Gauteng and contributed
> many usefull postings on rec.travel.africa so I presume you will be
> willing to help...
>
> I have people using my Land Rover which is based in Honeydew, Johannesburg
> and i'm looking to make arrangements for them to be picked up from the
> airport and brought to where the Landy is stationed.
>
> This usually costs around 250 to 300 Rand one-way which was OK for us. But
> now I'm told that they will be charged 450 Rand One-way! This looks to me
> a bit to high.
>
> My question is:
>
> What will it cost 4 people with their luggage to be transfered from
> Jo'Burg international to the Honeydew area (usually a 45 min. carride)
>
> Reg. Hans Schoelink
>
 
Old Apr 6th 2007, 8:49 am
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ThX Marc,


The family will arrive early July.

Keep me posted if you better prices then 450 ZAR!

Much appreciated.

Hans
 
Old Apr 8th 2007, 7:36 pm
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As you know, early July will be cold, and coming from sunny Europe will be a
bit of a shocker ;-)

Best use a taxi with a heater :-)

Marc
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> ThX Marc,
>
>
> The family will arrive early July.
>
> Keep me posted if you better prices then 450 ZAR!
>
> Much appreciated.
>
> Hans
>
 
Old Apr 8th 2007, 8:25 pm
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Marc Lurie schreef:
> As you know, early July will be cold, and coming from sunny Europe will be a
> bit of a shocker ;-)

Winters in southern Africa are lovely. Warm and sunny during the day and
cool nights to sleep well. The perfect climate for me! :-)

Regards,
Hans
 
Old Apr 9th 2007, 8:54 am
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Hans, winters in the northern parts of SA are really nice. Johannesburg can
get bitterly cold at night (well below zero), and places like the central
Free State, and the Karoo are even colder.

Marc
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> Marc Lurie schreef:
>> As you know, early July will be cold, and coming from sunny Europe will
>> be a bit of a shocker ;-)
>
> Winters in southern Africa are lovely. Warm and sunny during the day and
> cool nights to sleep well. The perfect climate for me! :-)
>
> Regards,
> Hans
 
Old Apr 9th 2007, 5:15 pm
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Marc Lurie schreef:
> Hans, winters in the northern parts of SA are really nice. Johannesburg can
> get bitterly cold at night (well below zero), and places like the central
> Free State, and the Karoo are even colder.

I know. I have been there many winters. :-)

Regards,
Hans
 
Old Apr 9th 2007, 8:55 pm
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"Marc Lurie" <[email protected]> schreef in bericht
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> Hans, winters in the northern parts of SA are really nice. Johannesburg
> can get bitterly cold at night (well below zero), and places like the
> central Free State, and the Karoo are even colder.
>
> Marc
> "Wildpicture" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>> Marc Lurie schreef:
>>> As you know, early July will be cold, and coming from sunny Europe will
>>> be a bit of a shocker ;-)
>>
>> Winters in southern Africa are lovely. Warm and sunny during the day and
>> cool nights to sleep well. The perfect climate for me! :-)
>>
>> Regards,
>> Hans

I know what the weatherconditions are early July in Gauteng. These people
will head straight for northern Botswana and Etosha...
 
Old Apr 10th 2007, 12:29 am
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"Come-Along.nl" <[email protected]> wrote:

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> "Marc Lurie" <[email protected]> schreef in bericht
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>> Hans, winters in the northern parts of SA are really nice. Johannesburg
>> can get bitterly cold at night (well below zero), and places like the
>> central Free State, and the Karoo are even colder.
>>
>> Marc
>> "Wildpicture" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> news:[email protected]...
>>> Marc Lurie schreef:
>>>> As you know, early July will be cold, and coming from sunny Europe will
>>>> be a bit of a shocker ;-)
>>>
>>> Winters in southern Africa are lovely. Warm and sunny during the day and
>>> cool nights to sleep well. The perfect climate for me! :-)
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>> Hans
>
> I know what the weatherconditions are early July in Gauteng. These people
> will head straight for northern Botswana and Etosha...

I've met several people from Cape Town in Kenya in July because
(according to them) the weather is so bad in Cape Town then.

I suppose it all depends what you're used to.

Slainte

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Old Apr 10th 2007, 5:39 am
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Liz Leyden schreef:
>>>>> As you know, early July will be cold, and coming from sunny Europe will
>>>>> be a bit of a shocker ;-)
>>>> Winters in southern Africa are lovely. Warm and sunny during the day and
>>>> cool nights to sleep well. The perfect climate for me! :-)
> I've met several people from Cape Town in Kenya in July because
> (according to them) the weather is so bad in Cape Town then.
> I suppose it all depends what you're used to.

I have once spent a few nights on top of the Drakenberge on the border
of KZN and Lesotho in July. That was COLD! :-)

Regards,
Hans
 
Old Apr 10th 2007, 6:15 pm
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On Tue, 10 Apr 2007 13:29:04 +0100, Liz Leyden <[email protected]>
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>I've met several people from Cape Town in Kenya in July because
>(according to them) the weather is so bad in Cape Town then.
SNIP

Liz, Cape Town's weather in July is attrocious. It rains all the time
and there's always mist and cold conditions. The whole place is a
damp, cold, soggy horrible place at that time of year. A bit like
autumn in London ;-0

Johannesburg gets cold on winter nights but it's often quite pleasant
during the day. The problem is that we have single figure humidity
during winter, and your skin dries up very quickly, making the cold
very bitter.

Kwazulu Natal and the norther parts are fantastic in winter.

Lesotho in winter is potentially very dangerous as evidenced by the 20
or so herdboys and thousands of sheep who were killed in snowfalls a
few years back.

Regards,
Marc
 
Old Apr 11th 2007, 2:14 pm
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We live in Canada, so we are used to reasonably cool winters. My wife
visited her parents in Port Elizabeth in early August, 2002 and found the
cold weather very uncomfortable. The houses are not built with proper
heating, so when it get cold there is no way to warm up the buildings. You
just have to wear sweaters and coats in he house.

By the time I arrived and we got to Namaqualand the cold wet weather had
resulted in an incredible flower display. We also travelled north to
Kgalagadi NP where the weather was very pleasant, but when we returned to
Port Elizabeth in late September the weather was still not suitable for
beach parties.

Scott
 
Old Apr 11th 2007, 7:13 pm
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On Thu, 12 Apr 2007 02:14:29 GMT, "Scott Elliot"
<[email protected]> wrote:

>We live in Canada, so we are used to reasonably cool winters. My wife
>visited her parents in Port Elizabeth in early August, 2002 and found the
>cold weather very uncomfortable. The houses are not built with proper
>heating, so when it get cold there is no way to warm up the buildings. You
>just have to wear sweaters and coats in he house.
>
>By the time I arrived and we got to Namaqualand the cold wet weather had
>resulted in an incredible flower display. We also travelled north to
>Kgalagadi NP where the weather was very pleasant, but when we returned to
>Port Elizabeth in late September the weather was still not suitable for
>beach parties.
>
>Scott
>


Scott, that's the problem in a nutshell. Our winters are short so we
don't bother with double glazing and 24 hour interior heating. I guess
it takes a bit of getting used to, to wear a sweater indoors :-)

I find that the north American habit of over-heating interiors quite
uncomfortable, as you're constantly peeling off clothing when you go
inside, and then putting it all back on again when you go inside.

You saw one of the true wonders of nature in Namaqualand.

The weather on the SA coastline below 32 degrees south is not great
between June and September, but it's FANTASTIC between October andMay
:-)

Marc
 
Old Apr 15th 2007, 2:50 pm
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"Marc Lurie" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> On Thu, 12 Apr 2007 02:14:29 GMT, "Scott Elliot"
> <[email protected]> wrote:
>
> The weather on the SA coastline below 32 degrees south is not great
> between June and September, but it's FANTASTIC between October andMay
> :-)
>
> Marc

That is good news. My in-laws 60th wedding anniversary is October 2 in Port
Elizabeth. We will arrive in Jo'berg September 5, rent a car and plan to
drive via Blyde River Canyon, Kruger, Swaziland, beach near Durban (wife's
requirement), Lesotho and arrive in PE the week before October 2. I will
visit for a week after the anniversary and my wife for two weeks.

Any comments or recommendations for this trip?

Scott
 

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