(Closed) Delayed Bali, Immediate Africa, or???

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee

Come to Africa, it’s awesome here!

 

Although maybe a safari isn’t the best idea.

A friend of mine was working on a safari tour. On a game walk, they ran into a lion, and while the guide was taking care of the situation, the new groom shoved his bride out of the way, so he could run away faster. The next morning she got up early, and left for home before the groom knew what happened.

 

Anyway… I wouldn’t wait. I’d want to do my honeymoon right after the wedding.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Come to South Africa, its beautiful here.

When are you getting married? Our summer season is from Nov/Dec – March. I’ve been to Bali and i’d choose Cape Town, South Africa over it any day.

If you really are interested in coming here please let me know, my friend works for a company that does African tours – she’d be able to give you tons of info.

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are planning to do Africa — safari followed by some beach time and we are very excited. However, I think you could find some amazing places in South America too. Brazil is my favorite place that I’ve ever been and I’ve heard great things about Argentina and Venezuela as well. Either way, you have some incredible places in mind and I really don’t think you can go wrong!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Africa!!! We went there on our honeymoon (South Africa, Zambia, and Mozambique), and it was the MOST amazing experience. Although I do have to warn you, if you’re concerned about the costs of Bali, Africa is not exactly a cheap honeymoon either…

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@moara: Ha, that’s terrible!!! On all our game viewing trips, we drove around in an open air Jeep, so luckily we were not faced with that situation. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am a South African – the most beautiful landscapes, friendly ppl, rich multi-culture and almost always great weather, esp. our Summer (time of your wedding).

Obviouschoice 🙂

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We just got back from our honeymoon in Bali! It was AMAZING

You’re right, February is just at the end of the wet season in Bali- but typically it’s not THAT rainy but a little more humid than the rest of the year.

At the peak of the wet season there’s usually rain in the afternoon.

It depends what you want to do while you are there I guess- if you are into shopping, cocktails, etc for the afternoon then the rain shouldn’t dampen your honeymoon!

It generally doesn’t rain all day in Bali so there will be plenty of beach and pool time even in the wet season!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Definitely SA! I spent most of my time in Jozi, but Cape Town is wonderful.. and so are many other places there! I miss it just thinking about it. However, I went during their winter.. and my oh my it was cold! 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My sister just moved to Mossel Bay South Africa to study great white sharks and she is loving it.  She is near to Cape Town and went and saw Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held, did Table Mountain and the little cable cars that take you up, went to some beach with some seriously cute penguins on it.  She has also bungee jumped off a super high bridge and there is a cool wildlife park called Cango Wildlife Ranch where you can ride an ostrich and play with cheetah and tiger cubs for $20!  Then in Mossel Bay, you can go on boat dives to see great whites or I’m sure they have whale watching/dolphin watching trips because she says she sees them and hammerhead sharks when she is out looking for great whites all the time.  I can’t wait to get over and visit her!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have found another reason for you to come to Cape Town on your honeymoon instead of Bali – TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, voted Cape Town the Number 1 travel destination for 2011…..

You can go to http://www.tripadvisor.com/TCDestinations if you would like to see the article.

If you’re interested in a Safari contact http://livsaf.com/#url – i’m sure there are tons of other places you can contact, but thats the one my friend works at so I know it. Another friend lives with a guy that does Cape Town tours but I have no idea what his company is called so cant send you a link, but I can find out.

You can fly to Cape Town, book accommodation + hire a car (you’d need to find out about international driving licenses) and book everything yourself, but I supposed it’s easier to do it as a packaged tour.

I don’t think it would be that expensive for you guys because the rand to dollar rate is R6,65 to 1$.

Also, these links will give you a good idea of things you could do here

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g312659-Activities-Cape_Town_Western_Cape.html#TtD

http://capeinfo.com/best-lists/101-things-to-do-in-cape-town-western-cape

http://www.letsgocapetown.co.za/western-cape-activities.htm

Hope all of that helps.

I promise you’ll have an amazing honeymoon, especially in the summer months.

@OzToCaBride – the penguin beach is called Boulders Beach, its one of my favourite beaches in Cape Town because the water is a bit warmer plus the rocks shelter it from huge waves. The Cango Caves + Ostrich Farm are a few hours out of Cape Town, but the drive is beautiful, especially if you go over the Swartberg Pass. Did your visit the Cango Caves too? it would be a pity if she drove all the way and didnt go on a cave adventure. When do you plan on coming? You’re going to love it and your sister sounds like she’ll be an awesome tour guide now that she’s done so many things.

 

 

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you can, stay at one of the Singita resorts in Africa. http://www.singita.com. We stayed at Singita Boulders and it was hands down the nicest, most luxurious place we’ve ever stayed, and the whole experience was just incredible. We had amazing game drives and got to see all of the big 5, plus a cheetah, which I’m told is pretty rare.  And if you have enough miles to upgrade to first class, DO IT!! I slept like a baby on the way there/back because my seat reclined fully–it was like the best plane trip ever, lol. 

We also did a beach-y part after our safari and went to Benguerra Island, in MOzambique. It was gorgeous, just amazing. Definitely PM me if you have any questions! 🙂 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Niqs:  Yeah, she’s done the caves at Cango, too, and actually hit up the Farm/Animal Park a few times on her first stay in S.A. last year.  She seems to have really made it a point to go out and see as much as possible during her free time.  I think her next adventure is up to Jo’burg for the Opi Kopi Music Festival or something like that?

I can’t wait to go, but it probably won’t be until late 2013 since we live in Australia, but are getting married in CA (where I’m from) so that will drain most of our savings/vacation days so we are hoping that the year following our wedding we will be able to take a honeymoon over there.  By then she’ll have lived in SA for 2 years so hopefully she’ll make a really good tour guide!

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