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Honeymoon- nov 2014'

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Honeymoon- nov 2014'

Hi,

Me and my fiance are planning are honeymoon. We are looking at 14-18 days in South Africa and places around.

We would like to have a balanced trip including lots of relaxation hence suggestions for a mixed bag of wildlife safaris, beaches as well as some nightlife. A combination of this would be perfect.

We are looking at a budget of about USD : 7K-8K and ofcourse if there is something worth..are ready to spend a little extra.

I want to give her an experience she will remember for our entire life and would smile each time she would think about it.

Your suggestions and views will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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1. Re: Honeymoon- nov 2014'

Hello and you should consider spending some time in KwaZulu Natal. It has something of everything, from city beaches in Durban to the wild north coast beaches, all on the warm Indian Ocean. There are some truly excellent game reserves with stacks of wildlife for a safari. The Drakensberg mountains are breathtaking, plus there is history, from ancient rock art to battlefields. A very brief idea of what is on offer in KZN.

Mark - Owner - SafariKZN

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Hi there,

That is such a sweet idea! I love the part about wanting to always make her smile whenever she thinks about it. That is so nice, and I really wish you the absolute best!

Ok, SO, here's my two cents;

I would recommend doing a combination of our two most popular attractions; Cape Town, and the Kruger National Park.

Cape Town is an incredibly vibrant city with fantastic natural attractions, beaches, marine life, outstanding culture (foods, restaurants and cafes to DIE for!) and great nightlife too. Here, I would suggest checking out Table Mountain, Boulders Beach (penguins!!), Cape of Good Hope, Robbin Island (where Mandela spent the majority of his prison sentence) and the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay. Both are stunning and surrounded by fantastic culinary experiences. You can also squeeze in the markets at Green Point to find unique and interesting things, aswell as the V&A waterfront for a relaxed day shopping for some of the best known brands in the world.

Secondly, the KRUGER! Ok, I live right here, so I might be juuuuuust a little bit biased.

Anyway - The KNP (Kruger National Park) and the surrounding Greater Kruger area will give you over 2.2 MILLION hectares of pure wilderness to explore. It is South Africa's absolute premiere safari destination, with over 146 mammal species including the famous Big 5, and many more. It was established in the late 1800's, so it is steeped in romance and history.

If you choose to come here, you have two main options.

These are self driving, or staying in a private reserve.

Self driving involves renting out a car, and driving yourself around the park in search of our famous wildlife. You stay in self catering accommodations, though there are now some really great restaurants at the main camps (Mugg and Bean - delicious!). Or, you can have dinner like a South African and make use of the 'braai' (barbecue) facilities at night. There are basic grocery stores at the main camps too, should you need to top any of your goodies up - but I would recommend doing a big shop before hand. This is definitely an adventurous way to see the Kruger. The accommodation is basic but comfortable, with a bed, countertop, fridge and sink. Sometimes you have a private en-suite bathroom, and sometimes the ablutions are shared - it just depends what you book. Rates start at around R800 for a two sleeper per night.

You can also book guided game drives, which go on the same roads that you do, but you have the added benefit of having a guide help to spot animals.

My personal favorite camps here are Lower Sabie, Shingwedzi, and Olifants. I find Lower Sabie to have excellent big cat viewing (the Satara area does too), and a GORGEOUS view from the main camp area. Shingwedzi is tucked away quietly and offers a peaceful place to rest your head. Olifants has one of the most beautiful views in the entire Kruger.

Your second option is to stay within a private reserve.

The private reserves of the Timbavati, Klaserie, Sabi Sands and Balule all surround the public Kruger (self drive Kruger) via unfenced borders - allowing the animals to wander around as they please.

When staying within a private reserve, your rate includes all meals, two game drives daily, an optional bush walk daily, teas/coffees, snacks on safaris and sometimes laundry & transfers - depending on the lodge.

The game drives are conducted on specialized open topped 4x4 jeeps, and are equipped with a game ranger & a tracker, to help find and educate you about any of the wildlife you may encounter. The game drives depart in the early AM, just before dawn, and return in time for breakfast - so about 3-4 hours a time depending on what you see. The evening game drives depart about two hours before dusk, and return for dinner - also around 3 hours depending on what you see out in the wild. The inclusion of darkness during your safari raises the chances of viewing nocturnal animals.

The accommodation within the private reserves are ore comfortable than in the public Kruger, and they differ in luxury. Rates here start at around R1800 per person per night (including the above) but can go all the way to R14,000+ per person per night - so it all comes down to budget.

There are some magically romantic lodges in the Kruger that are perfect for honeymooners.

You can easily fly between Cape Town and the Kruger - depending on which lodge you pick, you will fly into either Eastgate airport for the Klaserie, Timbavati, Balule and northern Sabi Sands, or KMIA airport in Nelspruit for the southern Sabi Sands lodges.

If you have enough time, you could even combine a self drive experience with a private reserve experience - giving you the best of both worlds :-D.

I hope this helps!

Warm regards, and good luck!

Jacqui Sive l Owner & Safari Specialist l Lodge Trackers

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3. Re: Honeymoon- nov 2014'

Hi Prateek,

Congrats on your upcoming moon.

I would suggest Cape Town for 6 to 7 nights. Beaches are amazing. It would give you good mix of scenery, beaches,night life and relaxation. You can also spend 3 nights in Garden Route, if interested in adventure activities.

Kruger is best for safari. Combine a private reserve with self drive in KNP.

Adding Victoria falls, Zambia or/and Zimbabwe would definitely make your honeymoon memorable!!

If you need anything, feel free to PM me.

Regards,

Kavita

Edited: 09 June 2014, 21:31
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