We’re back from our 3.5 week honeymoon 2.5 weeks of which was spent in South Africa starting in Cape Town. Wanted to say thanks to the forum for all the help in planning our trip to Cape Town. We absolutely loved Cape Town and have fallen in love with South Africa.
We stayed in the Blackheath Lodge in Sea Point, the location was great, plenty on your doorstep and easy access to the rest of Cape Town. I really liked the V&A waterfront but we’re glad we didn’t stay there as it appeared more expensive than elsewhere in Cape Town. We were in CT for 5 days in total, you could easily spend longer but it was a nice amount of time to see what we considered the main sights. We used the Hop on Hop off bus for the first couple of days until we got our bearings and picked up our hire car.
We love to dine out and what really surprised me about Cape Town and SA in general was the relative inexpensive cost of eating out compared to the UK. £50-£60 easily bought us a 3 course meal with drinks and a bottle of wine (sometimes 2!) in a high end restaurant. The quality was on a par or better with anywhere else we’ve been in the world.
I’m glad we didn’t buy into all the negative opinions about safety in CT and SA and now having been these are surely the opinions of people who have never been! I felt as safe if not safer than I would walking around cities back home and like cities back home there are places you probably shouldn’t stray to. Just use some common sense and you’ll be fine.
We went to Newlands to see a Stormers game which was a highlight for me ;-) The city is really cosmopolitan, and everywhere you go in the city you have the awesome back drop of Table Mountain. I would go out jogging in the morning on various routes and never got tired of the views. We spent an afternoon in Camps Bay which is also set to the back drop of stunning scenery and the short drive on the cost between the two was spectacular. SA is a place of contrasts, I’ve never been anywhere with such wealth on one hand and poverty yet people from all walks of life I found universally friendly and welcoming.
We carried on to the winelands, drove the Garden Route before flying up to Kruger for a safari then on to Mauritius. Next time I’d like to start or end in Cape Town but see the East Coast next time too, and come in the South African Summer or later spring/early autumn so we can also have some chill out time without leaving SA (didn’t really rate Mauritius). The weather in CT was shall we say changeable but we generally had good weather-when we thought about it was the equivalent of being in the northern hemisphere in late November so with that in mind it was great! With it being late Autumn/Winter we found the tourist attractions were really quiet across the country which was a big bonus.
In recent years we really like to spend our holidays exploring on a self drive basis and spent several weeks in the US which was our favourite holiday destination until we visited SA, it’s very easy to get around and within a relatively small area you have such varied scenery-essentially the world in one country I found.
Can’t wait to come back. Will hopefully hang around the forum and if anyone has any questions feel free to ask, what we did was pretty standard of people visiting SA but can recommend hotels etc.