(Closed) honeymoon in south africa?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I spent a semester in South Africa and those were easily some of the best months of my life.  I love that country.  The food is amazing as are the people!  There is so much to see and do as well.  Although it is definitely the most crime ridden place I’ve ever been to so you do have to be very careful about where you go, when you go there, and what you take with you.  Do you have any particular places in mind?  We took a spring break trip along the Garden Route and it was incredible.  We also visited Capetown and Cape Point.  The Cape Point trip was also amazing and so worth taking.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My Fiance is South African and I have been over there twice to Cape Town, I absolutely love it!!! gorgeous place, going back again for Xmas 2013 this time to his home town and then down to Cape Town again 🙂 It has improved a lot as far as safety goes, was worse when I was there the first time 6 years ago, but much much better last year, just stick to taxis that are from actual taxi points or from the hotel. 

Recommend Table Moutain, Spier Cheetah Outreach Programme, Cape Point, Cocktails at The Twelve Apostles and I 100% recommend going to Robben Island, I am yet to do the garden route, also if you can go and see a Concert at Kirstenbosch I would really recommend it, we took a champagne picnic and it was a really nice day 🙂

I would highly recommend it

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@applecore:  Glad to hear that things are geting better as far as safety.  I was there five years ago and I was quite surprised how much crime happened on or near campus. 

If you are a wine drinker, you should definitley check out some of the South African wineries.  There are some really great ones and it is a wonderful way to spend a day: touring wineries.  🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I love SA! You have history, culture, beaches, animals…what are you interested in? When would you be going? It gets CROWDED and hot in the summer but the weather in the winter can bring freezing temperatures and rain…sometimes even snow. Safety-wise, yes there are a lot of robberies, so keep a low profile. Rent inconspicuous cars (if you rent at all, public transportion in Cape Town is pretty good and many of the private game reserves arrange transfers), if your rings are expensive, wear cheap fake rings instead and avoid pulling out cameras and iphones in sketchy areas. Really just common sense stuff. I’ll be able to give better recommendations when I know better what you are looking for.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@supervixen:  I spent a summer in South Africa and LOVED it. I was there in July and August (so it was winter time there). It is seriously a beautiful country.

I was in the Eastern Cape, around East London. It’s not a big tourist hot spot, but such a lovely little quaint town. There is an AWESOME game reserve just outside East London called Inkwenkwezi (http://www.inkwenkwezi.com/) – I highly recommend! We had a five hour private tour with a gourmet lunch and drinks, with an elephant interaction for the equivalent of about $100USD. Giraffes, zebra, antelope, rhinos, elephants, and lions – we were about… 5 feet from the lion pride? It was insane. And at the end our awesome guide let us go into the cheetah pen and pet the cheetahs.

I get really excited when I talk about South Africa. It was just awesome and I can’t wait to go back.

ETA: OH I got the pictures to work!

Crusing around on the game reserve…

Hanging out with lions. No big deal.

This was at a beautiful spot in Komga – a small town 40 mins outside East London.

The ocean front in East London

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@bowsergirl:  Woah! You guys got super close to the lions!  We took a trip to Namibia (Etosha National Park) and we only got to see lions dozing under the tree from quite a distance away.

I’ll post some pictures too.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

1. Penguins in Simonstown.

2. Cape Point

3. Addo Elephant Park

4. Whale watching in Cape Agulhas

5. Knysna

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have been to South Africa and Namibia, and I’m going to say that I really prefer Namibia. We did a self-drive safari there, and camped (tents pop off the top of the truck and have mattresses in them!). Their camping sites were nicer than in the US! They also have versions of this where you can stay in wonderful lodges. We were really far from people, with wide open spaces, tons of animals, and stunning vistas. Namibia is also a lot more stable and safe than South Africa, not to mention cheaper!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@supervixen:  Where are you looking to fly into?  Capetown?  PS.  I sent you a private message. 🙂  Best case scenario is one layover.  It’s really not such a big deal.  Especially on a longhaul flight like that.  It is nice to stand up and walk around for a bit.  Just make sure that your bags are checked through to your final destination and you’ll be fine.  🙂

Post # 14
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1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Delta has nonstop flights from Atlanta to Johannesburg if you would rather do a domestic hop and then nonstop flight. When I search for flights, I search kayak. I seem to get the best deals on them. Then if you find a good flight, you should look it up on the airline site and book from the site.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@supervixen:  When I went over it was from Dulles – it was 18 hours to Johannesburg with a one hour refuel stop in Dakar, Senegal. I didn’t even get off the plane. Just slept through it.

On the way back I flew into JFK, and it was basically the same flight. Jo’burg to Dakar to JFK. It wasn’t too bad. There are some nonstops though, but I’ve only seen them from Atlanta I think.

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