We have our 4th night arranged in Namaqualand. We decided to stay at Naries Guest Farm which is west of Springbok. This will allow us to stay in a different area than Springbok but not move that far. It is full board since it is out of town which will be nice. It is turning out that maybe half of the places we will be staying are full board.
I have also been corresponding with Mariette at Papkuilsfontein. She has been so helpful finalizing our booking and arranging a tour.
I have one last accommodation to find. After Namaqualand and the Western Cape, we are returning to Capetown to stay for 5 days. We want to get a rental or self-catering as they are called in South Africa. I have found many listings and a lot of them look great. There seems to be everything from a summer beach cottage to high end luxury condos. Many of the owners consider September to be low season in Capetown so the places so far have not been too expensive. Almost everything is available by the day so it is easy to get one for 5 days instead of a week.
There are also several portals to help locate the units. So far, I like South Africa Explored. The web site is extremely well organized. I really like the clickable map which will show all the accommodations. You can then sort them be hotel, guest house or self-catering. It definitely is making it easy to quickly review many options. Unfortunately, I just don’t have a good handle on the different suburbs and if they would be a good place to stay. Or if we should stay in Capetown instead.
I also have to get cars for both SA and Namibia. I’ve checked Auto Europe and they have some great deals for SA so I’m going to definitely use them. Unfortunately, they don’t have agents in Namibia so I’ll use the Cardboard box to rent.
I found a great tool to use for planning our trip. I've started using Backpackit which is an on-line organizer. I don't use a Palm or other organizer so this is a good tool for me and a great replacement for notebooks.